Stefano Mariani > Deacons > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Hong Kong

Work Department

Tax practice group




Stefano heads the tax and trusts practice at Deacons. He has a broad range of advisory and contentious tax experience, ranging from corporate taxation and group reconstructions to personal taxation and trusts and estate planning and management. He advises on all matters of Hong Kong and international tax law, including tax-efficient structuring and restructuring, and tax appeals before the Board of Review and the higher courts. His experience includes cross-border tax planning and Double Taxation Treaty driven tax structuring.

Stefano further advises on all areas of Hong Kong and international trusts, estate planning, and charities, including the drafting of trusts instruments, restructuring of trusts structures, and trusts dispute resolution.

Stefano is a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience in civil proceedings before the High Court and Court of Final Appeal. He represents clients as an advocate at all stages of civil proceedings.

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and a regular contributor to legal and industry publications, notably including the Hong Kong Law Journal, the Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation, and the Asia-Pacific Tax Bulletin.  He is a co-author of the seminal Encyclopaedia of Hong Kong Taxation, and the textbook Hong Kong Tax Law: Cases and Materials.




Department of Law of The University of Hong Kong – Adjunct Associate Professor

Hong Kong Trustees’ Association – Honorary Secretary

Lincoln’s Inn

Taxation Institute of Hong Kong

Asian Institute of International Financial Law – Honorary Fellow

Trust and Estate Practitioner

Revenue Bar Association

International Fiscal Association (Hong Kong Branch)

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Domestic and International Corporate Tax

(Next Generation Partners)

Stefano MarianiDeacons

Although it does handle some tax planning and advisory work for corporate clients, Deacons has gained most acclaim in the market for its skilled litigation offering on behalf of private clients and corporates across a range of disputes, including as it relates to direct and indirect taxes and stamp duties. Central to the firm’s success in this area has been the work of team head Stefano Mariani who takes the lead on all the cases, frequently handling the advocacy himself; including in a recent successful Court of Appeal case relating to the chargeability of certain post-employment payments to salaries tax in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong > Private Client and Family

A renowned firm in Hong Kong, Deacons draws on its multidisciplinary nature to construct a skilled private client and family practice; covering a wide scope of areas such as matrimonial law, vulnerable clients, contentious probate and tax and trusts. The addition of Sherlynn Chan and senior associate Hazel Wong from Stevenson, Wong & Co was a boost to the family offering, the former advising on complex matrimonial disputes including divorce, cohabitation and child custody. Cecilia Lau is also skilled regarding family matters and on the private client side and Stefano Mariani brings extensive tax and trusts experience when handling private wealth disputes, such as estate planning and trust restructuring.