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Timothy Burns

Partner (New York), Mishcon de Reya

Personal Profile

Timothy is a leading US tax lawyer in Asia, practising in Hong Kong since 2008. Prior to that time Timothy practised in the US. Timothy assists clients in the creation and administration of wealth planning structures to protect and grow wealth in a tax efficient manner with a view of multi-generational succession.

Timothy advises high-net-worth clients, family offices and fund principals on cross border tax, trust and estate planning involving US beneficiaries, trusts created by US tax residents and wealth planning structures with US persons as fiduciaries. He advises on expatriation, pre-immigration to the US, investment in US real estate and US federal tax and reporting compliance. Much of Timothy’s work involves providing strategic advice to clients in navigating complex tax and legal issues and offering resolutions that are both technically sound and practical.

Timothy is frequently quoted by the media including South China Morning Post, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal on US federal tax issues. In addition, Timothy is a regular speaker at wealth planning conferences in Asia.

Timothy is named as a leading private wealth practitioner in Chambers' HNW Guide 2020-2022. He is also recognised as a leading individual in tax and trusts in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020-2022. His clients describe him as a lawyer who "gives all the options and researches all the work before [making] any decisions. He gives a lot of attention to detail and makes sure that any actions [his clients do] will have better long-term outcomes". He has received industry awards from Citywealth and WealthBriefingAsia.


Connecticut Bar 2007
New York Bar 2008

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Partner, Withers LLP
The University of Connecticut School of Law, JD
University of Connecticut School of Law, Certificate in Taxation
Tulane University, BA