Colin Farrell


Colin has more than 37 years of professional experience in Hong Kong and London, with the last 23 being in Hong Kong.

In the tax area, Colin is unusually, and probably uniquely, recognised by his external peers in three quite distinct areas (transfer pricing, tax disputes and international tax), with a growing additional recognition in M&A. He is twice recognised as one of the expert transfer pricing practitioners in Hong Kong by the Guide to the World's Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers, and further recognised by Acquisition International in its 2015 M&A Awards as Best for Transfer Pricing - Hong Kong (as well as a Tax Expert of the Year - Hong Kong). He is also recognised, for the third time in succession, as a leading dispute resolution expert by ITR's "Tax Controversy Leaders Guide" (having previously been recognised by ITR as "among the firm's leading lights for tax controversy in Asia"). He is also named, for the fourth time in succession, as one of the pre-eminent international tax practitioners in Asia by the Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers. Additionally, Colin was recognised in 2016 as "Corporate tax advisor of the year in HK" in CIM's global awards.

Further, Colin has extensive work experience which enables him to bring unusually wide perspective, commercial as well as technical and policy, to his clients. He has set up and led our (non-tax) HK business process outsourcing group, our Asia-Pacific e-business tax and legal team - where he was primarily involved in procurement, supply chain initiatives and business model migration work - and been a founder member of each of our UK, PRC and HK transfer pricing practices (which last he currently leads, and which is externally recognised as the leading adviser in Hong Kong for transfer pricing by reputation, with a very strong lead over the competition). Colin also led for over a decade one of our major Asia-Pacific industry tax and legal groups, the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) team and recently headed the Hong Kong and Southern China TMT tax team as well. He also currently sits as a member of our Future of Tax committee and of our (non-tax) China and Hong Kong advisory committee on insurance/Human Resources matters; he is joining our newly created firmwide Technology and Disruption committee. Colin is additionally a founder trustee on our PwC Hong Kong Foundation and a member of our Corporate Responsibility committee (both of which he helped set up). His experience also includes significant secondments to both government and industry, significant deal experience, and leading (non-tax) system design and implementation projects in and cross-territory (on time and on budget whilst delivering above all agreed outputs) and other formal major change management leadership responsibilities.

In Hong Kong, Colin services a wide range of clients, who range from individuals to the major MNC's. He acts as general global tax coordinator for a number of these, and as global/regional coordinator for major due diligences. He also regularly spends very significant time on non-tax consulting and general business issues with his clients, and is the global relationship partner on all matters with a few of these.

Colin has spoken and published extensively, including his own entirely external and well regarded personal publications.

Colin has an MA in economics from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the HKICPA, ICAEW and TIHK. He is a certified tax adviser and international tax examiner.

Outside of work, Colin sits on the Joint Liaison Committee on Taxation, is a twice-appointed member of the HKSAR's Public Affairs Forum, and a board of advisers member of International Care Ministries.