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Hong Kong’s leading independent law firm since 1851, Deacons has throughout that time been the trusted advisor for personal tax planning to many of Hong Kong’s best known and most prominent families.
Culture is always important in a trusted advisor, but it is crucial when it comes to personal tax issues. Most of the world’s leading private client law firms can trace their origins for decades if not centuries, developing over time a client-focused culture that emphasises the highest standards of service, discretion, and quality.
As Hong Kong’s longest-established independent law firm, we trace our roots back to 1851 and so it is no exaggeration to say that we have been in Hong Kong since the beginning. We are the trusted advisors of a client base consisting of some of the highest-profile Hong Kong families and high net worth individuals, which today includes an emerging and dynamic class of start-ups and technology entrepreneurs.
Our personal tax, private client, and trusts lawyers advise on all issues related to the constituting and management of trusts, family offices, family businesses, and estate succession plans. These include residence and domicile issues, establishing and modifying trust structures to hold a range of assets and investments, and tax issues arising on divorce or death.
Our aim is to understand our clients’ lifestyles and needs, and to achieve the most efficient tax position possible with a view to pragmatic, commercial solutions. Should matters ever become contentious, our lawyers stand ready to represent our clients in negotiations with the tax authorities and, if necessary, before the courts of Hong Kong.