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Michael Velten

Southeast Asia Investment Management and Real Estate Sector Leader

Real Estate | Tax Partner, Southeast Asia Financial Services Tax Leader

Michael Velten

Michael is a real estate tax partner with Deloitte Singapore and is the firm’s Southeast Asia Investment Management and Real Estate Leader.

He has 35 years of tax experience; almost 30 years of which have been spent working in Asia having been based in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Michael started his career in Melbourne; he was a senior associate with a leading Australian law firm.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Michael had held senior tax roles with global financial institutions and leading professional firms in Asia. He has also held academic appointments at the University of Melbourne and National University of Singapore.

Michael is a recognised real estate tax expert and has worked on real estate transactions across the region over the past 20 years; including post exit tax audits. Michael’s work includes real estate fund structuring, Singapore and Asia Pacific regional real estate transactions and supporting the tax compliance requirements of Asia real estate funds and investment platforms in Singapore.

He is qualified as both a Solicitor (Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia) and a Certified Public Accountant (Australia). Michael is an Accredited Tax Adviser: Income Tax and GST (Singapore), a Certified Tax Adviser (Hong Kong) and a Trust and Estate Practitioner. He is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, and an Associate of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and The Tax Institute (Australia). Michael is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Taxation from the University of Melbourne. He also holds a Master of Laws from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New England. Michael recently completed Comparative Tax Policy and Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.