Stefano Mariani (MA (Oxon), MSc (LSE)) heads the tax and trusts practice at Deacons, and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate tax law at the University of Hong Kong since 2016. Stefano was called to the Bar of England & Wales by Lincoln’s Inn and is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong. He practices both advisory and contentious Hong Kong and international tax and trusts law, and has argued revenue law appeals before the Inland Revenue Board of Review and the higher courts. He is the Hon. Secretary of the Hong Kong Trustees’ Association, a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (STEP), and an honorary fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial law. He is active in academic research in Hong Kong tax law, and is a co-author of the Encyclopaedia of Hong Kong Taxation – the seminal Hong Kong textbook on revenue law – and of various other textbooks aimed at law students and candidates sitting for qualification exams set by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has published widely on tax law and policy in leading newspapers and journals, including in the South China Morning Post, the Asia-Pacific Tax Bulletin, and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong branch of the International Fiscal Association, and of the Revenue Bar Association in London.