Millie Chan

Millie Chan  

Lawyer and Senior Consultant, Asia Pacific Market

Executive Summary

Millie Chan is a lawyer in both the Tax Group and the Corporate and Commercial Group in our Vancouver office. She is also our Senior Consultant for Asia Pacific Markets. Millie advises high-net-worth families, particularly in Asia, in the area of holistic global estate planning, involving international wealth transfer, asset protection, and capital preservation. In the terminology of holistic planning, wealth is defined to include intangible “assets” such as the family identity, vision, values and traditions. In addition to planning for protection and preservation of assets, Millie works with families to establish strategies and processes to promote family governance, maintain family unity, and uphold family identity and integrity. For this purpose, Millie travels regularly to Asia and works in synergy with BLG’s extensive contact base of bankers and offshore service providers for trust, foundations and corporations.

Millie also advises immigrants to Canada on tax-planning options. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Malay, and conversant in Cantonese and Hakka, as well as (minimally) Hokkien. Before immigrating to Canada in 2007, Millie practised law in Malaysia for approximately 27 years at her own firm, W.Y. Chan & Roy, for whom she remains a consultant. There, Millie’s primary focus was on corporate/securities and commercial matters, including corporate finance. 

Representative Work

In British Columbia

  • Advised on holistic global estate planning for families in Asia.
  • Advised on tax planning for immigrants to Canada, and related matters.
  • Advised on estate planning in British Columbia.

In Malaysia

  • Advised clients in stock exchange listing, initial public offering and on issues of corporate governance and compliance. 
  • Worked on matters involving issue, offering and placement of equity and debt securities and corporate debt restructuring. 
  • Advised financial institutions on banking and loan transactions, and debt restructuring.
  • Advised on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations.
  • Undertook selective corporate litigation and acted as counsel in exercises such as scheme of arrangement and reconstruction, capital reduction, share buy-back.

Publications & Presentations

  • Panelist, "Global Estate Planning for Asian High Net Worth Individuals," Auckland, New Zealand, Inter-Pacific Bar Associations Annual Conference, April 9, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Private Wealth Management beyond Legal Traditions and Conventions," Auckland, New Zealand, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, April 5, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Private Wealth Management beyond Legal Traditions and Conventions," Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, March 16, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Wealth Management Beyond Legal Traditions: A Study of Foundations vs. Trusts", Hong Kong, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, October 20, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Wealth Management Beyond Legal Traditions: A Study of Foundations vs. Trusts", Hong Kong, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, October 19, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Building Legacies & Business Succession: Understanding the Fundamentals of Holistic Global Estate Planning", Taipei, Taiwan, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre in conjunction with TMF Group, October 18, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Wealth Management Beyond Legal Traditions: A Study of Foundations vs Trusts", Labuan, Malaysia, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, October 6, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Wealth Management Beyond Legal Traditions: A Study of Foundations vs Trusts", Singapore, conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, September 29, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Succession, Legacy And Preservation: Challenges And Opportunities”, Hong Kong, ASEAN Road Show 2015 conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, October 20, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Unlocking The Potential of Labuan Trusts: A Focus On Special Trusts,” Jakarta, Indonesia, Wealth Management For Managers Seminar conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, October 1, 2015.
  • Speaker, “通过信托和基金会挑战‘富不过三代’”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Seminar jointly conducted by Nanyang Siang Pau and Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, September 29, 2015.
  • Speaker/Panelist, "Wealth Management for Managers," Kuala Lumpur, Conference conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, June 16, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Building Legacies: Family Business Succession in Southeast Asia," Jakarta, Presentation jointly organized by The Economist and Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, January 29, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Building Legacies: Family Business Succession in Southeast Asia," Singapore, Presentation jointly organized by The Economist and Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, January 27, 2015.
  • Speaker, "The 3rd Offshore Investment Conference Singapore," January 21, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Holistic Global Estate Planning," Singapore, Masterclass conducted by Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, January 20, 2015.
  • Panelist , “ASEAN Wealth Management Summit, 2014,” Singapore, November 18, 2014.
  • Speaker/Panelist, "Private Banking & Family Office Summit Asia 2014," Shanghai, May 14-15, 2014.
  • Author, "Holistic Global Estate Planning - A Balanced Equation," Q-Report, 2nd Edition, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "A Closer Look at Malaysia," Business in Vancouver, Asia Pacific, May 21-27, 2013.
  • Presents regularly at private briefings and seminars, both abroad and locally, for bankers, prospective clients and other interested groups, on holistic global estate planning and immigrant tax planning.
  • When in practice in Malaysia, appeared as a speaker at various seminars on topics relating to legal aspects of initial public offering, legal due-diligence review and corporate governance.