Wayne Pisani heads the regulatory and compliance practice within Grant Thornton and leads the financial services tax and regulatory team where he deals with a wide range of asset protection and cross-border regulatory and tax planning engagements for clients ranging from private clients, including family offices and high-net-worth individuals, to NASDAQ listed companies in various industry sectors. He conducts an active consulting practice on the legal and tax implications involved in the structuring of both local and international financial institutions, M&A and project finance transactions.
He is the president of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and a governor of FinanceMalta. He is also a member of the International Fiscal Association, the International Bar Association and the Maltese Chamber of Advocates. He was admitted to the Bar in 2001 following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and International Relations, and a Doctorate in legal studies from the University of Malta in 2001 after researching and submitting a thesis on "Merger control: a comparative study of regulatory systems for potential implementation into the Maltese legal system." Wayne also read for a Master of Arts degree in Financial Services at the University of Malta, graduating in 2003 after submission of a thesis entitled "The Impact of Information Technology on Financial Services". In 2018, having successfully submitted a research project on "Tax arbitrage in ICOs: a European perspective", published in the EC Tax Journal, he was awarded an Advanced Diploma in International Taxation by the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Wayne is a published author and an active thought leader in the financial technology space, making regular contributions at fintech conferences, and has a passion for the security and technological aspects of distributed ledger technology. He is also a joint contributing author to "European Competition Laws: A Guide to the EC and its Member States, the leading legal compendium with respect to Competition law in Europe", published by Lexis Nexis and revised annually.
- Advanced Diploma in International Taxation - Chartered Institute of Taxation
- Bachelor of Arts in Law and International Relations - University of Malta
- Doctorate in Laws - University of Malta
- Masters in Financial Services - University of Malta