Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2001)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar in May 2002

Ken Loon advises on tax aspects of corporate transactions, such as income tax, GST, stamp duty, and property tax. 

She assists clients with negotiations with the IRAS and represents clients before the tax tribunals and Singapore courts.

Her clients come from across business sectors. She advises local and multinational corporate groups, financial institutions, and investment funds on a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structures and restructurings. 

In addition, Ken Loon works with private clients to provide solutions to complex tax, succession and private wealth management issues.

Before joining Drew & Napier in 2008, she was a Principal Legal Officer in the Law Division of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

She is recommended as one of Singapore’s leading tax lawyers by  Chambers & Partners, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?.

Ken Loon has worked on a number of tax litigation cases that have led to landmark case law, including:

  1. AQQ v Comptroller of Income Tax [2011] SGITBR 1 in which she appealed against the decision of the Income Tax Board of Review.

  2. Lai Ling Wan (alias Lai Lily) v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2011] 4 SLR 845 in which she successfully represented the appellant in the High Court in overturning the position taken by the Commissioner of Stamp Duties in his administrative circular on multiple property purchases.

  3. Comptroller of Income Tax v MT [2006] 3 SLR(R) 688 in which she successfully represented a  ship owner before the Income Tax Board of Review and the High Court in tax exemption on the bareboat charter fees of a Singapore-registered ship.

  4. First DCS Pte Ltd v. Chief Assessor and Comptroller of Property Tax [2007] 3 SLR 326; Chief Assessor and Another v First DCS Pte Ltd [2008] 2 SLR 724 in which she represented the Chief Assessor before the High Court and Court of Appeal in the assessment of pipelines running through land owned by third parties.

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2019 – Band 2 for 5 consecutive years

She is sought after for her depth of experience in handling tax disputes initiated by the tax authorities. "She is a lawyer I would go to for technical matters." 

Peers note her ability in tax litigation, while a client notes "her advice is very clear and understandable." 

Interviewees describe her as “technically strong” and praised her ability to “empathise with clients’ needs.”

Sources describe Ken Loon as "responsive, on the ball and very sound" and "very calm and composed: when she's in court, she clearly knows what she's doing."

Clients also praise Ken Loon for her pragmatic approach, stating: "We have been given clear advice and provided with support."

Another market source was similarly impressed, describing her as "commercially savvy and very prompt."

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 
Tax 2019 – Leading individual for 8 consecutive years
Private Wealth 2019 – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

A client commended Ken Loon for her “strong technical skills.”

Ong Ken Loon is a "go-to person for any tax dispute work" and particularly rated for her "professionalism and knowledge".

Asialaw Profiles 
Taxation 2018

Clients describe Ken Loon as “very knowledgeable” and she has “calm hands.”

Asia Legal Awards
Tax Lawyer of the Year 2018

International Tax Review
World Tax 2019  – Highly regarded
Tax Controversy Leaders 2018 – Leading individual for 6 consecutive years
Women in Tax Leaders 2018 – Leading individual for 4 consecutive years

World Tax 2015
“Well-respected specialist in tax dispute resolution and regularly represents clients in tax tribunals and courts.”

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Tax Law 2020 – Endorsed individual
Trusts and Estates 2020 – Endorsed individual

Singapore Business Review
Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2015 – Listed lawyer

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?
Private Client 2012 – Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Criminal Law Advisory Committee (Hearing)
  • Member, Law Society Corporate Practice Committee
  • Member, Study of the Tax Ecosystem and Practices in Singapore (STEPS) Implementation Committee