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Co-Managing Director
Advocate & Solicitor
TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

ABOUT

Wong Kai Yun

Ms Wong Kai Yun graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1994, and was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1995.

In legal practice for the over 20 years, Ms Wong’s areas of practice include civil & commercial litigation, company law, corporate debt recovery, corporate litigation, directors & shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, matrimonial matters, property disputes, advisory work on company and commercial matters, agency and distribution agreements, asset and wealth management (trusts structuring), banking and finance matters, business development and structuring, corporate / company agreements, corporate governance & compliance issues for private & listed companies, estate and succession planning, franchising and licensing agreements, joint venture & cross-border transactions, loans and securities documentation, partnership agreements, registration & incorporation of businesses and companies, shareholders’ agreements, tenancies and leases.

With a niche focus on matrimonial law matters, Ms Wong’s clients comprise largely high net worth individuals with especial concerns over financial solutions and settlements, as well as expatriates with cross-jurisdictional issues.

Ms Wong is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and expert matrimonial law specialists in their respective countries. She is the present President-Elect of the IAFL Asia-Pacific Chapter.

Ms Wong deals extensively with estate & succession planning, and acts for private banking clients in structuring trusts and other mechanisms for wealth preservation. Ms Wong handles both contentious and non-contentious probate, having conducted trials involving the division of sizeable estate properties. Ms Wong is a registered practitioner of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues.

Ms Wong is an accredited Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) Associate Mediator for civil and commercial disputes and an accredited Mediator on its Family Panel for family disputes and sits on the panel of SMC’s Collaborative Family Practice. She is also a Mediator on the panel of Cross-Border Family Mediators of Mediation bei Internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK), Berlin, Germany. She advocated for the formation of the Law Society of Singapore (LSS) Family Mediation Scheme, as well as for the endorsement of the Scheme by the Family Justice Courts, and continues to sit on their panel.

From its inauguration in 2013 to date, Ms Wong has been honoured as part of the Citywealth IFC (International Financial Centre) Powerwomen list of the most powerful women in government, private wealth, private client advisory and philanthropy across the world’s financial centres and was also included as one of a select few of Singaporean lawyers listed on the Citywealth Leaders List, the guide to leading global wealth managers and advisers who are nominated to the List by their peers. She was also named in the Doyles Guide for Family & Divorce Lawyers from 2015 to 2023 and has been consistently nominated as a Litigation Star in family and matrimonial disputes in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific, including the 2023 edition.

In 2023, Ms Wong won the Gold Inspirational Woman of the Year – International Award and the Gold Woman of the Year – Professional Services – International Award at the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards.

Ms Wong was interviewed by Citywealth for their 60 Seconds Leaders List Interview series. The interview can be found on Citywealth’s website.

Ms Wong is the present Co-Chairperson of the Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore from 2020, and the present Co-Chairperson of the Family Law and Children’s Rights Working Group of the Singapore Academy of Law from 2022.

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (1995-2023)
  • Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (2012–2023)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers (2012–2023)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2019–2023)
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (2019–2023)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore (1995–2023)
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law (1995–2023)
  • Co-Chairperson, Family Law & Children’s Rights Working Group, Singapore Academy of Law (20222025)
  • Member, Family Law Practice Committee, Law Society (2001–2015, 20172023)
  • Co–Chairperson, Family Law Practice Committee, Law Society (2020–2023)
  • Member, Inquiry Panel, Law Society (2022 – 2024)
  • Mediator/Neutral Evaluator on Family Panel, Law Society Mediation/Neutral Evaluation Scheme (2021–2023)
  • Executive Editor, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, National University of Singapore(2009–2023)
  • Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (2014–2023)
  • Mediator on Family Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre (2015–2023)
  • Collaborative Family Practice, Singapore Mediation Centre (2015–2023)
  • Associate Mediator, Law Society Mediation Scheme (2017–2023)
  • Mediator on the Panel of Cross-Border Family Mediators of Mediation bei Internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK), Berlin, Germany (2017–2023)
  • Member, Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (2016–2023)
  • Member, Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (2017–2023)
  • Member, Asean Law Association (2018–2023)
  • Member, International Bar Association (20182023)
  • Board of Governors, International Academy of Family Lawyers (2019–2023)
  • President-Elect, Asia Pacific Chapter Management Committee, International Academy of Family Lawyers (2022–2024)
  • Member, Asia–Pacific Chapter Management Committee, International Academy of Family Lawyers (2020–2023)
  • Member, Accreditation Committee (Accreditation Panel), Singapore Institute of Legal Education (2020–2025)
  • Accredited Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute (20212023)
  • Member, Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) of School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences (2022–2023)
  • Qualified Mediator, Institut Français de Certification des Médiateurs (2023)
  • Member, Business China, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (2009–2023)
  • Singapore Chapter for Chambers Global Practice Guides Child Relocation 2023
  • Singapore Chapter for International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Co-authored an article titled ‘Legal Responsibilities Borne by Will-Drafting Lawyers That are Not Apparent on the Face of the Will’ published in the Singapore Law Gazette, June 2022
  • Singapore Chapter for Global Legal Insights: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2018 and 2019
  • Co-authored ‘Singapore Sling’ for Family Law Week, the leading UK website dedicated to family law news & Continuing Professional Development, 2017
  • Contributed to a chapter in 2018 Special Edition of the Law Society’s publication The Art of Family Lawyering
  • Contributed to an article titled ‘Why it pays for the wealthy to divorce in Singapore (and not Hong Kong)’ published in Trusts & Trustees, 2016
  • Presented a paper on ‘The 5Cs of Child Maintenance in Singapore’ at the 30th LAWASIA Conference in September 2017 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Presented a paper on ‘The 1980 Hague Convention – The Singapore Experience’ at the International Academy of Family Lawyers Symposium, 7th LAWASIA Family Law & Children’s Rights Conference in June 2018 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Presented a paper on ‘The Treatment of Trusts in Divorce‘ at the Private Client Forum Asia in December 2018 in Singapore