Dear Members,

On behalf of the Branch Committee, wishing everyone Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

It was good seeing some of you at our recent events. First: “Marital, Quasi-Marital, Familial and Quasi-Familial Property Disputes” where we learnt the complexities that may be involved in co-ownership of property assets. The presentation went very well, thanks to the two excellent speakers- Simon Bruce and Mark Yeo. Secondly, earlier in the month, we also had the benefit of the insightful views of Fernando Gandioli on the topic “So you’re FATCA registered…Now what do you do?”.

So what else is in the pipeline at our Branch?

STEP members’ complimentary event
With March 2015 round the corner, I see my schedule populated with various matters. I’m sure the same goes for you as we all get ready with business again. Please mark on your diaries on 24th March 2015 for the STEP members’ complimentary talk cum networking event: “The Jersey Experience – Fourteen Years of Trust Company regulation and the Impact on the Beneficial Ownership Debate”. Do register early HERE.

Chief Executive’s visit
The STEP World Wide Chief Executive, David Harvey will be in Singapore and also joining us for the Jersey Finance event. One item on David’s agenda is to promote STEP’s Qualifications Framework and Employers’ Training Scheme and to give employers an opportunity to let us know what they need from STEP with regard to qualifications. If you feel that it might be opportune for David to meet with you or your employers, please drop me a note.

4th intake, STEP Cert for Financial Services (Trusts and Estate Planning)
The 4th intake had started in early February and is into its 2nd week. This Certificate has been developed to help financial intermediaries understand the legal issues concerned in financial and estate planning in Singapore. The teaching team comprises some of the leading practitioners in Singapore.

Charity Event
Just giving you advance notice that STEP will help SNTC (Special Needs Trust Company) raise some funds this year. We look forward to members’ support and contributions towards this charitable cause. Details will be available shortly.

See you soon!

Lee Chiwi
Chairperson, STEP (Singapore Branch), 2014-2015

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