Mr. Benjamin Poh Chee Seng

HRDF, Ph.D. (tax law), CFA, CA, CMSRL, MBA (Manchester), LL.B (Hons), CLP, MRICS, FCTIM

  • Qualified Lawyer, CFA Charterholder, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Surveyor
  • Over 20 years of experience in financial and legal services
Mr. Benjamin Poh Estate &Amp; Tax Planning Trainer
Professional Credentials
  • ACCA Member, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (1999)
  • Chartered Accountant, Malaysia Institute of Accountants (2002)
  • Registered Financial Planner, Malaysia Financial Planning Council (2006)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute (2006)
  • Chartered Accountant, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (2009)
  • Certificate of Legal Practice (Bar Exam), Legal Profession Qualifying Board Malaysia (2011)
  • Fellow, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (2014)
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (2015)
  • International Certified Valuation Specialist, The International Association Certified Valuation Specialists (2015)
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Anti-Aging Medicine, American Board of Anti- Aging Health Practitioners (2016)
  • Chartered Surveyor, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (2017)
  • Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board (2018)
  • Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising in Asia, UK Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (2020)
  • Passed Reflective Journals Assessment for 8 Masterclasses with Competent- Family Office in Asia, Strategic Philanthropy, Advising Family Businesses, International Taxation, Trust Compliance, Trust Disputes, Assets 101 and Cross-Border Estates/Passed 3 Hours Oral Assessment with Competent
  • Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) (2021)
Academic Credentials
  • Certificate of Unified Examination, Chong Hwa High School in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia (1991)
  • LL. B (Hons), University of London (1998-2000)
  • AMDP, Harvard Business School (2009)
  • MBA (with Merit), Alliance Manchester Business School (2009-2011)
  • Rethinking International Tax Law (with Distinction) Program, Leiden University (2015)
  • Ph.D. (Tax Law), Washington School of Law (2011-2015)
  • Courses: US International Taxation (With Grade: A)/ Estate, Gift, Trust Taxation and Estate Planning (With Grade: A) /Federal Tax Practice and Procedures (With Grade: B+)/Passed Ph.D.
  • Taxation Qualifying Exam/ Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Malaysia GAAR (General Anti-Avoidance Tax Rules)-Strategy, Challenges and Reform: A study to consider how the GAAR under Section 140 of the Income Tax Act, 1967 should be reformed to enhance Malaysia international competitiveness (Defense Outcome: Award of degree with no correction)
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (Magna Cum Laude/High Distinction), University of Natural Medicine (2013-2016)
  • LL.M in Banking and Finance Law, University of London (Academic Direction: University College London/Queen Mary) (Expected 2022)
  • Courses: Fintech: Law & Regulation/Securities Law/Corporate Finance and Management Issues in Company Law/International and Comparative Trust Law
Experiences
  • Started career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in 1996
  • Became a tax adviser at KPMG in 1998
  • Consulted Multinationals and Large & Medium Enterprises in Malaysia
  • Joined Malaysia Assurance Alliance Ltd (now Zurich Life Insurance Ltd) in 2002
  • Served as a consultant for wealth and risk management services for over 15 years
  • Founded a public accounting practice in Malaysia in 2004
  • Provides audit, financial, and tax services to the public
  • Passed the Malaysian Bar Exam in 2011
  • MBA Thesis: How Integrated Managerial Capabilities Sustain Competitive Advantages (2011)
  • Lecturer of workshops and seminars for Bar Council Malaysia and Malaysia Institute of Accountants
  • Lecturer of public workshops and seminars approved by Human Resource Development Fund Malaysia
  • Called to the Malaysia Bar in 2012
  • Ph.D. Thesis: Malaysia GAAR -Strategy, Challenges and Reform: A study to consider how the GAAR under Section 140 of the Income Tax Act, 1967 should be reformed to enhance Malaysia international competitiveness (2015)
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Thesis: Towards An Integrative Medical Model in Malaysia (2016)
  • Currently serving as a Senior Consultant to PCS Advisory Group
  • Member firms licensed to provide audit, tax, legal, wealth management and real estate asset management services in Malaysia
  • Committee Member of the Tax Sub-Committee of the Malaysia Bar Council (2017 until now)
  • Committee Member of CFA Institute Practice Analysis Working Body (2018 until now)
Publications
  • Perspective: Legal Professional Privilege Under Malaysian Income Tax Law, Malaysia Institute of Accountants, Accountants Today February 2007 Issue
  • Legal Aspect of Property Investment In Malaysia For Foreigners and Malaysian, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Nasional 2nd Quarter 2007 Issue
  • Appeal Against Tax Recovery By The Inland Revenue Board, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Guardian Vol.4/No.2/2011/Q2 Issue
  • Tax Jurisprudence: Choice Principle, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Guardian Vol.7/No.4/2014/Q4 Issue
  • Tax Treaty and GAAR Override, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Guardian Vol.8/No.3/2015/Q3 Issue
  • How To Write A Persuasive Written Tax Appeal, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Guardian, Vol.10/No.2/2017/Q2 Issue
  • Understanding Judicial Doctrine of GAAR Part I, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Guardian, Vol.11/No.3/2017/Q3 Issue
  • Understanding Judicial Doctrine of GAAR Part II, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Tax Guardian, Vol.12/No.4/2017/Q4 Issue
  • Tax Avoidance & Advocacy in Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-15875 (February 2018)

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