Use of Trusts in Pre-IPO Planning (13 February 2012, Oasis Theatrette, Park Mall)


The STEP Singapore branch's February presentation featured Todd Beutler and Stephen Nelson on the topic of "Use of Trusts in Pre-IPO Planning".

Due to the great response from our members and guests, the venue selected was the Oasis Theatre at Park Mall. Over 120 participants registered to get a glimpse of the main issues concerning client`s needs once they decide to structure and IPO.


Chaired by Ms. Seema Bhayat, our speakers provided a thorough analysis of Singapore, Hong Kong and China perspectives, with an emphasis in solutions using trust structures geared for US connections and their own experiences in this field. The use of tools such as IDGT and GRAT as well as the upcoming reduction on the US gift/estate tax drew the attention of the participants.



Founder's Award Ceremony and Lo Hei Celebration (2 February 2012, Guild Rooms, NUSS Suntec City Guild House, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #05-001 Suntec City Mall)


On Thursday, February 2nd, STEP Singapore welcomed in the new Year of the Dragon with a Lo Hei celebration. This happy occasion also served to present the Founder's Award to our very own Gurbachan Singh for his outstanding long term contribution to the Society. This award, which is into its fourth year, recognizes the contributions of prominent STEP members around the world. In his brief acceptance speech, Gurbachan recalled how he became interested in our industry with his Partners. His participation in the inaugural STEP Asia Conference in 2005 as well as in 2007 and 2009 and his presentations in many conferences and events to share his knowledge and experience are testament to his contributions.


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