Global Citizen Week
Cairo - Egypt
April 23rD

Corporate Structuring Immigration by Investment Wealth Protection and Succession

About

Global Citizen Week

Outbound Investment Summit
The America Outbound Summit 2024 taking place on May 7th and 9th in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, is extending an invitation to select individuals in the Greater Los Angeles & San Francisco area, and we are delighted to include members of Tiger 21.
This is your chance to engage with top experts in domestic & global tax planning, golden visas, second passports, wealth protection, and wealth succession. Participation in the America Outbound Summit puts you in an advantageous position to acquire insights that can significantly enhance and safeguard your wealth and livelihood.

TESTIMONIALS

Why the USA?

Countless American families, entrepreneurs and investors have become disillusioned with the American Dream. Political polarization, high taxation, gun violence, and numerous human rights issues have pushed droves of Americans to the brink. With their livelihoods, safety, and rights at stake, staggering numbers of Americans are looking overseas for the freedoms in life and in business that they require.

Who will you meet?

The America Outbound Summit has been designed exclusively to connect individuals and advisors of American families with overseas providers of investment migration, real estate, tax planning, and wealth planning services.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Outbound Summit Day at Khalifa Ballroom

Outbound Group will host its Outbound Summit in Cairo, giving Egyptian, international business professionals, and individual investors unparalleled opportunities to meet hundreds of global solution providers from North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and more. Drawing on their 15 years of experience building world-class conferences, the Outbound Summit at Global Citizen Week promises to deliver an audience of the most sought-after decision-makers shaping the industry.
Conference Topics
Immigration by Investment
  • Citizenship & residence planning as a tax planning tool
  • Real estate market trends for HNWI
  • Second residency/citizenship for asset protection and preservation
  • Tax transparency and regulatory considerations in HNW migration
  • Citizenship vs. permanent residence by investment, programs and comparison
  • Inheritance strategies and estate planning for family wealth
  • Cross-border asset allocation and preservation
  • Family trust challenges for UHNWI
  • International tax planning and tax transparency updates
Wealth Protection & Succession
Tax Planning
  • Tax planning under a multijurisdictional context
  • FATCA/CRS updates and implications
  • Expatriation planning and execution

Outbound Summit Cairo 2024
April 23, 2024, Marriott MENA House

Time Slot
Agenda
8:00
Registration Opens
9:00-9:05
Welcoming Remarks
9:05-9:35
Session 1: Capturing the Future of Investment Immigration with Technology
Kemal Nicholson, Founder, Cinvest Migration
9:35-9:45
Session 2: Portugal - The Golden Country
Gonçalo Mendes Leal, Founding Partner, NSMLawyers
9:45-10:30
Session 3: Panel Discussion – Approaches to Greater Global Mobility for the Wealthy in the MENA Region
Panel Objective:
2024 is likely another year of accelerating divergence within the world where geopolitical risks drive the global outlook highly uncertain. Wealthy individuals across the MENA region have been confronting exposure to regional conflict and crisis, which makes the region one of the world’s fastest-growing investment migration markets. The discussion by this panel delves into challenges and opportunities when MENA investors decide to obtain global mobility for themselves and their families.
Panelists:
Gonçalo Mendes Leal, Founding Partner, NSMLawyers
10:30-10:40
Session 4: Property Investment Tips in Mediterranean Paradise
Ahmed Abbassi, Founder, Greca Homes
10:40-11:10
Networking Coffee Break
11:10-11:30
Session 5: The Importance of Working with Government-Licensed Representatives in a Rapidly Changing Regulatory Environment
Nuri Katz, Co-Founder and President, Apex Capital Partners Corp.
11:30-11:40
Session 6: Pathway to Portugal: Golden Visa through Investment Funds
Duarte Calheiros Menezes, Fund Manager & Partner, BlueCrow Capital
11:40-12:25
Session 7: Alternative Second-Home Plans Become a Necessity
Panel Objective:
Quite a few countries actively compete to draw in both skilled individuals and capital, hosting residency and citizenship by investment programs that offer a safer place to live in times of crisis, while providing greater access to global business and lifestyle opportunities. This panel overviews the benefits that the MENA investors can derive from alternative second-home plans in an ever-changing world, and what range of options are workable when they are hunting assurances of safety, security, and stability.
Panelists:
Kemal Nicholson, Founder, Cinvest Migration
Nuri Katz, Co-Founder and President, Apex Capital Partners Corp.
12:25-14:00
Networking Luncheon
14:00-14:15
Session 8: Investing in Private equity in Portugal – Growing despite Uncertainties
Guilherme Valadares Carreiro, Investment Professional, Oxy Capital
14:15-14:35
Session 9: The Next Chapter for Portugal Golden Visa - Investment Funds & De-Risking AI-Powered Innovation
João Baptista, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Spark Group
14:35-14:45
Session 10: International Immigration and Tax Planning
Laszlo Kiss, Managing Director, Discus Holdings Ltd
14:45-15:30
Session 11: Panel Discussion – Pre-Immigration Tax Planning to Preserve and Diversify Wealth
Panel Objective:
Tax residency is increasingly becoming the wealthy’s top concern for pre-immigration planning consideration. Transitioning from one’s domicile can lead to potential repercussions beyond taxation, affecting applicable arrangements and the legal framework of inheritance and estate planning. This leads to the discussion on where to make MENA clients and their families tax residents, and the importance of assessing the tax implications in each jurisdiction before deciding on relocation.
15:30-16:00
Networking Coffee Break
16:00-16:10
Session 12: Navigating the Challenges of Global Banking
16:10-16:55
Session 13: Panel Discussion – A New Age for Succession Planning in the MENA`
Panel Objective:
In times of uncertainty and complexity, entrepreneurs across the globe, including those here in MENA, are showing more urgent needs than ever for asset protection and succession planning. New considerations have been influencing how wealthy families and their advisors structure wealth and estates. This panel provides an exclusive look into the latest key trends and challenges of the estate structures, and gains insights into evolving wealth transition strategies in the region.
16:55 -17:00
Closing Remarks
17:00-18:00
Networking Cocktail
What You Will Learn
  • The unique behavior patterns of Asia’s HNWI
  • Building trust and reputation in Asia’s markets
  • Trends in the growing demand of Asia’s estate planning and wealth preservation sector
  • Best practice strategies when dealing with cultural differences
  • Regulatory updates affecting the region
  • How to avoid common pitfalls when entering the region
What You Will Learn
Speakers

Asia Outbound Summit Shanghai
Previous & Current Sponsors

Director
IN Fiduciary Services Group

Chief Executive Officer
Creative Zone

Partner
Loeb Smith Attorneys

Founder and CEO
INGWE

Chief Executive Officer
RAK ICC

Managing Director, East Asia
Walton Global

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Startup Visa Services

Managing Director, East Asia
Walton Global

Regional Partner in China
Investment Migration Insider (IMI Daily)

Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Panhe Family Office

Chief Manager Business Development
Samoa International Finance Authority

Managing Director
Virtuzone

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Virtuzone

Founding Partner
NSMLawyers

Executive Director
CIL Group Ltd.

President
Nautilus Family Office

Managing Director
Vistra Seychelles

CEO and Managing Partner
THE BUYERS CIRCLE

Investment Professional
Oxy Capital

Director of Business Development
Reef View Enterprises Ltd.

Section Head, Business Development
Samoa International Finance Authority

Managing Partner Harneys

Director of Financial Services 
Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Bahamas
Director
ICSCS
Consultant
Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Bahamas
Founder and Managing director World Talents
Chief Executive Officer Präsidial Anstalt
Regional Managing Director APAC
CSC
Chief Executive Officer Threshings

Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Unit, Antigua & Barbuda

Chief Executive Officer
ClientReferrals

Section Head, Business Development
Samoa International Finance Authority

Executive Director of Global Relations, Partnerships, and Customer Satisfaction
APS Global Partners

Special Advisor
APS Global Partners

Chief Executive Officer
Samoa International Finance Authority

Managing Director
Overseas Company Services Limited

President & Founder
APS Global Partners

Chief Executive / Managing Director
Royal Oak Asset Management

CEO and Managing Partner
THE BUYERS CIRCLE

Founder
Panhe Family Office

Business Immigration Advisor
Premier UK Business LLP

Overseas Marketing Manager
Korantina Homes

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
GEMS Holdings Ltd.

Key Client Manager
Leo Trust Switzerland AG

Director and Founding Partner
Shanghai Inhetrust Law Firm

Founding Partner and Chief Editor
Middle Networks

Corporate Paralegal
Loeb Smith Attorneys

Partner
Loeb Smith Attorneys

Head of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, Dominica

Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Unit, St. Kitts

Partner
PKF Demei Law Firm

Partner
Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Alemán of Panama

Vice President
Shanghai Wish Immigration Ltd.

Managing Director of Family Advisory Center
Lupu Investment Group

Senior Partner
Shanghai FO Law Firm

Assistant Vice President, Business Development (Mainland China)
Walton International Group

Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Branch
Honghu Best Global Family Office

Managing Partner
EunaCon Perfect Alliance (China) CPA Firm

Director of Strategic Business
U&I Group

Managing Partner
Harneys Shanghai

Partner
King & Wood Mallesons Shanghai

Founder
GROW Investment Group

Director
Shanghai Zhonghan Haiyang Certified Tax Agents Co., Ltd.

Business Development Manager of China
CS Global Partners

Current Sponsors

Previous Sponsors

© 2023 Outbound Investment Group.

Irina Francken
Director
IN Fiduciary Services Group

Dr. Irina Francken, Trust and Estate Practitioner, has been serving HNWIs for 30 years. She works with the clients who lead large-scale corporate developments, launch startup hedge funds, and build sustainable business.

Irina’s unique experience goes from small family trusts to large investment structures.Irina advocates structuring private charitable foundations with a non-profit assets. She is trained to help wealth owners to mobilize their capital in the development of philanthropic projects and impact investing.

IN Fiduciary Services Group where Irina acts as the Director understands the importance of family legacy matters. Together with their clients the company creates a lasting legacy of their lifetime achievements.

The company offers a comprehensive range of international business services to assist clients to preserve and grow their capital through the creation and management of tax effective business and investment structures. Their clientele, made up of private clients, family offices, foundations and charities, is sophisticated and demanding. Working with wealthy families, philanthropy became one of the main subjects. The company helps wealth owners to mobilise their capital in development of philanthropic projects and impact investing.

Having academic background, Irina has been trained as a scientist in physics and mathematics and has obtained a Ph.D. in technical science.

She lived and worked in the Netherlands, Singapore, and New Zealand and made NZ her home country.

Lorenzo Jooris
Chief Executive Officer
Creative Zone

Lorenzo Jooris is the CEO of Creative Zone, Dubai’s leading business advisory firm. Lorenzo holds extensive and diverse experience in the Middle Eastern and South Asian business markets and retains an expert opinion on the region’s SMEs and startup culture. He was the founder of One World Communications, a 360-degree multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies.

He later on started Leaders Middle East in the UAE and formulated ‘Leaders without Borders’, an initiative that promotes young social entrepreneurs’ development, as well as the ‘Power Women of Arabia’ debate.

In 2018, he joined Arton Capital as the Vice President of global growth and strategy, where he oversaw the international expansion of the company and was in charge of sales, marketing, and events worldwide. Lorenzo is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and within Creative Zone, he has spearheaded significant initiatives to help and support promising startups and entrepreneurs. He is the author of Recipes for a Better World, and he also serves as an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.

Gary Smith
Partner
Loeb Smith Attorneys

Mr. Smith is a Partner in the Corporate Group of Loeb Smith Attorneys. He advises on Investment Fund formation and launch and ongoing advice to hedge funds, private equity funds, cryptocurrency funds, and other asset classes, M&A (e.g. merger take-private transactions and blockchain technology mergers and acquisitions), private equity investments, corporate, and finance transactions. He provides Cayman law and BVI law advice to companies, banks,investment fund managers, in-house counsels, onshore counsels, and high-net-worth individuals to help deal with day-to-day issues and complex, strategic matters.

Chambers & Partners Global has ranked Mr. Smith in the top tiers of Investment Funds lawyers in the Cayman Islands and sources describe him as: “a bright guy, a team player, and a hard worker” (Chambers 2014), appreciated for maintaining “strong client-relationships and is highly regarded by sources in North America and Asia” (Chambers 2017), and “his knowledge impresses me and his creativity is outstanding. He is also very patient and intelligent”(Chambers 2018).

In 2022 he is ranked in Asia Business Law Journal‘s A-Lists of the Top Offshore Lawyers. The list is based on extensive research conducted and nominations received from in-house counsel in Asia, and Asia-focused partners from domestic and international law firms.

Reza Motalebpour
Founder and CEO
INGWE

Reza Motalebpour is a trailblazing global mobility expert who has established himself as a leading voice in the immigration marketplace. As the Founder and CEO of Ingwe Immigration Inc., based in Toronto, Canada, Reza and his team are passionate about providing tailored solutions for their clients. With a client base boasting over 50 countries and a staff who fluently speaks over 10 languages, they specialize in delivering comprehensive business and investment immigration services for Canada and various global destinations.

With a consistently impressive client success record, Reza and his team at Ingwe have earned the trust and confidence of international partner firms from around the globe. By leveraging their extensive network, Reza ensures his clients have access to all possible resources. His expertise lies in providing comprehensive and extensive knowledge of the immigration landscape, as well as demonstrating tenacity in successfully navigating through the system. He has set himself up as an innovator, creating and developing multiple unique services including the “Hybrid Startup Visa” and “Executive Fast-Track PR” programs.

Being a global citizen himself, he has a particular affinity for investors and professionals seeking a secure path to residency. Reza’s passion for his work and his commitment to creating global mobility solutions for his clients are the driving forces behind his achievements.

Dr. Sameer Al Ansari
Chief Executive Officer
RAK ICC

Dr. Sameer Al Ansari is a highly experienced and qualified UK chartered accountant with over 30 years of senior corporate, operational, private equity investing, and strategic advisory experience.

Currently serving as the CEO at RAK Digital Assets Oasis (RAK DAO) and RAK International Corporate Centre (RAK ICC), Dr. Al Ansari has held several prominent positions throughout his illustrious career. He was the Vice Chairman and COO of The Industrial Group before joining RAK ICC. Until 2011, he was the CEO of SHUAA Capital, a publicly listed full-service investment bank.

Dr. Al Ansari played a pivotal role in establishing Dubai Holding in 2004 and founded Dubai International Capital (“DIC”) where he served as its Executive Chairman and CEO, creating a global investment company with US$12 billion of assets under management. He has also previously served as Group CFO for The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai.

With his extensive knowledge and vast expertise, Dr. Al Ansari serves on several boards, including RAK ICC, Al Ramz Capital, TVM Healthcare Partners (GCC Healthcare Private Equity Fund), Eureeca Capital, and Marjan. He has also served on numerous regional and international boards such as the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 2004-2016.

Dr. Al Ansari is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Institute’s advisory board for MENA. Loughborough University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for outstanding achievement and leadership in finance and was a visiting fellow at Oxford University Said Business School.

Stanley Kung
Managing Director, East Asia
Walton Global

Stanley Kung is the Managing Director, of East Asia of Walton Global. He oversees the overall operations across East Asia. He is also responsible for strategic planning, and establishing business relationships, particularly institutional and joint venture partnerships for capital markets efforts across East Asia. Mr. Kung is experienced in the real estate industry and has been with Walton for more than 20 years.

Walton Global is a land asset management and global real estate investment company focused on pre-development land on the path of growth. Founded in 1979, Walton currently manages US $3.3 billion of real estate assets on behalf of investors from more than 83 regions. Walton’s investment approach has multiple phases, including identifying the right parcel of land for acquisition, syndicating the land through investment structures best suited for our various global sales channels, managing the land during its hold period and ultimately divesting of the land for a projected overall profit.

Slava Apel
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Startup Visa Services

Mr. Slava Apel is the CEO and Founder of Canada Business Consulting and Startup Visa Services. Award-winning, professional services consulting firms specializing in the Canadian Start-up Visa permanent residency program. He has been an integral part of the Canadian Start-up ecosystem for over 20 years. As a Startup expert and processor, he works with immigration firms assisting their clients in obtaining approvals for business immigration and expansion to Canada.

Mr. Apel is involved in multiple business incubators, accelerators, angel groups, and venture capital firms that approve startups for their landing in Canada, whether it is for business expansion, business relocation, or starting a new business. He is an author; angel investor; advisor to 50 asset management firms; mentor and faculty in 5 incubators and 3 Universities; entrepreneur with multiple exits in the tech sector; and active charity board member.

Startup Visa Services assists immigrating-to-Canada businesses and investors with approval processes, soft-landing, commercialization of new products, prototyping, proper business structuring and capitalization, documentation, and training. They provide personal case support with service-level guarantees, including innovation and IP consulting, business case vetting, case defense, business updates, and full-service venture packages.

With the highest industry approval rates in Canada, Mr. Apel has received multiple industry awards; celebrating pre-landing and post-landing achievements that allow immigrating entrepreneurs to thrive in Canada.

João Baptista
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Spark Group

João is the CEO and co-founder of the Spark Group.

He has several years of experience across the globe in various industries including finance, real estate, and management consulting. João is a specialist in business strategy with an extensive track record in investing in Portugal.

He holds a Master’s in International Business from the HEC School of Management, France, and a Degree in Management from Nova School of Business, Lisbon.

Luc Lu
Regional Partner in China
Investment Migration Insider (IMI Daily)

Luc Lu has worked in the financial services, residency, and citizenship planning industry for over 20 years at well-known domestic and foreign banks, immigration service agencies, and international residential identity planning firms. He has a thorough understanding of the Chinese market and high-net-worth individuals. During many years of customer service and institutional cooperation, he has accumulated a wealth of high-net-worth clients and channel development resources.

In connection with high-net-worth individuals in China, he is familiar with overseas immigration program design and overseas asset planning and allocation and has served hundreds of families. In terms of channel development, he also successfully brought the Global Investor Programs (GIP&MIS) of Singapore, Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Program, Malta’s Individual Investor Program (MIIP), and others to the Chinese market, and has hosted several international promotional activities.

At present, Luc is working as a regional partner in China for Investment Migration Insider. He is committed to establishing a platform for China to communicate with the global immigration industry as well as providing services for international immigration agencies to enter China and for Chinese immigration agencies to “go out”.

Paying attention to the dynamics and changes of China’s immigration market, Luc has published several exclusive observations on the Chinese market, which have been welcomed by readers. He is also responsible for promotion and operations in the Chinese region.

Sylvor Wang
Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Panhe Family Office

Mr. Wang graduated from Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He once worked in BOC International, UBS Securities Investment Banking Department, Fosun Capital Group, Oriental Fortune Capital, and other investment institutions. He has 17 years of first-hand service experience in investment banking, equity investment, and other fields in capital markets of Mainland China and Hong Kong, and has a deep understanding of the transformation and intergenerational inheritance of wealthy families and family businesses. Mr. Wang is also responsible for collaborating with various financial service providers and deeply assisting them in establishing their own family office teams.

Mesepa Tapuitea Lafaialii
Chief Manager Business Development
Samoa International Business Finance Centre

Mesepa Tapuitea Lafaialii is the Chief Manager for the Business Development Division at Samoa International Finance Authority (SIFA). She is responsible for marketing and promoting Samoa’s international financial services under SIFA’s new Marketing Company “Samoa International Business Finance Centre Ltd. (Samoa IBFC)”.

Mesepa has over 10 years of experience in international financial services having worked as a legal officer in the registration, and compliance legal division before headlining the marketing and business development division of SIFA.

Mesepa has participated and presented in the Asia Outbound Summit since 2013 and has presented on behalf of SIFA at numerous international workshops and conferences. Having worked in all areas within SIFA, Mesepa’s business solutions and knowledge of the market demands in Samoa have allowed her to build networks with existing business partners and develop business relationships. Mesepa’s role is to increase investors’ interest in the products offered by Samoa through SIFA and its market.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Auckland New Zealand.

Paul Bryson
Managing Director
Virtuzone

As the Managing Director of Virtuzone, Paul leads the overarching management of the company, reinforcing its position as the largest corporate service provider in the UAE and MENA region, with a focus on innovation, digital transformation, and next-generation technologies.

Formerly Virtuzone’s Group Commercial Director, Paul played a central role in nearly tripling the company’s total revenues from 2018 to 2022.

Before joining the company, Paul held the role of Director of Corporate Services for a Swiss law firm based in Dubai and previously headed the UAE mainland structuring division of a globally renowned corporate service provider.

For more than 10 years, Paul has been lending his expertise to local businesses and international clients seeking to establish a legal commercial presence in the UAE. His exceptional industry experience and in-depth market knowledge enabled some of the largest multinational companies to enter the UAE market and extend their reach across the region.

Over the years, Paul has continued to work closely with both the UK and UAE governments in advancing entrepreneurship, supporting local business communities, strengthening international trade relations, and creating investment opportunities in both markets.

A seasoned networker who has built close working relationships with various government departments, embassies, and prominent figures in the UAE’s start-up community, Paul offers clients access to an extensive business and professional network and can connect them with key decision-makers and stakeholders.

In 2020, Paul concluded a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the British Business Group Dubai and Northern Emirates. In the same year, he was inducted as a GlobalScot by the Scottish Government.

As a GlobalScot, Paul connects organizations and business leaders in his home country of Scotland and Scots based overseas with global business and community leaders, to offer one-to-one support, local market knowledge, and vital contacts.

Paul graduated from the University of the West of Scotland where he studied International Business. He regularly appears on national radio, particularly on Starting Up with Virtuzone, the UAE’s first-ever radio show for entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs, and provides first-rate advice on local and corporate structuring and shares his insight into global business trends, policies, and market forecasts.

He continues to collaborate with key agencies such as Dubai FDI and the UK Department for International Trade in advocating business opportunities across the UAE and GCC markets.

With his peerless market knowledge and experience, Paul has established himself as a trusted authority and subject matter expert in company formation and corporate restructuring in the UAE.

Geoff Rapp
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Virtuzone

Geoff Rapp is the Co-founder of Virtuzone, the leading Corporate Service Provider in the UAE, having established companies for over 70,000 entrepreneurs.

Before focusing full-time on Virtuzone, Geoff held several high-profile positions across Asia and the Middle East.

He began his career in Dubai in 1999 with Emirates, launching one of the world’s best-known brands, Emirates.com, and founding their digital marketing unit.

In 2002, Geoff joined The Executive Office (TEO) of the Dubai Ruler, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the Senior Marketing Manager, where he was one of the key team members on the DIFC launch project. He also helped launch several other key TEO projects, including Dubai Properties and Dubai Holdings. In 2005, Geoff joined The Boeing Company as the Regional Director for Airline Marketing Middle East in Dubai, and his role was expanded to include Asia in 2008. During his 12 years at Boeing, Geoff supported multiple record-breaking sales campaigns and deliveries across 50 key airline accounts, including the launch of the 787 Dreamliner.

Born and raised in Australia, Geoff graduated from Griffith University in Queensland with a Bachelor of Business in Strategic Marketing and Psychology.

Gonçalo Mendes Leal
Founding Partner
NSMLawyers

Gonçalo is the founding partner of NSMLAWYERS, a law firm dedicated to providing integrated legal services regarding the relocation of individuals to Portugal.

With over 20 years of experience, Gonçalo is responsible for managing thousands of golden visa applications in Portugal, together with a specialized team of 20 lawyers.

NSMLAWYERS is recognized worldwide as one of the top immigration law firms in Portugal, assisting clients from 187 nationalities. The firm is dedicated to golden visas, D7, digital nomad, tech visas, and all types of residency in Portugal.

Michael Liu
Executive Director
CIL Group Ltd.

Michael Liu founded CIL Group Ltd. in 2001, and he is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), a Certified Estate Planner in the US, the Board Director of AOA (Asia Offshore Association) and the Founder of Threshing Floor, a KaaS platform for wealth management.

CIL has its core business in the field of offshore incorporation and trust, dedicated to offering wealth management solutions in global tax and investment optimization, privacy, succession and protection for HNWI clients. Many years of dedication makes CIL become the leader in its field of practice.

Michael has been engaging in the offshore financial industry for more than 18 years. As the first professional from Mainland China who was certified with TEP, he is good at using vehicles such as incorporation, trust, foundation, insurance, loan, and anonymity to achieve the goals in international trading, outbound investment and family wealth management with privacy, succession, protection and tax-efficiency for the clients. One of Michael’s strength is designing and employing plans for tackling CRS and FATCA issues, and global succession planning for US related clients.

Michael is a frequent speaker and powerful trainer in various forums, and has published articles in many professional publications such as China Economic Review, CBN Weekly, China Business, Global Business & Finance, Wealth Management and China Offshore.

In 2016, Michael founded “Threshing Floor”, no.1 KaaS (Knowledge as a Service) platform for wealth management industry, the vision of this platform is “Connect and Empower”, i.e. connect the leaders who can impart real knowhow to help others to be successful in their real world practice.

Kai Tian
President
Nautilus Family Office

Mr. Kai Tian, chartered financial analyst (CFA), registered financial risk manager (FRM), chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA), a trust and property practitioner association STEP member, has nearly 20 years of wealth management experience. He used to work in the team of the First Vice President of Merrill Lynch Private Bank. Nautilus Family Office was established in 2008 by Mr. Tian to provide Asian high net worth individuals with asset management and tax planning under the compliance framework. Nautilus Family Office has been employed by several institutions to serve as an overseas investment advisory team.

Mr. Kai Tian is a registered investment advisor (series 7 and 66) of FINRA in the United States, and also holds licenses of insurance, real estate and loan business. He helps families and companies provide professional solutions and execution from top-tier legal and tax design to underlying asset allocation. At the same time, the Next Gen Finance Club launched by Nautilus Family Office in the US provides the second generation heir of the family with customized guidance such as financial coaching, competition preparation, and career development, laying a solid foundation for family inheritance.

Neil Puresh
Managing Director
Vistra Seychelles

Since 2018, Mr. Neil Puresh has been the Managing Director of Vistra Seychelles, a corporate service provider licensed and regulated by the Financial Services Authority of Seychelles.

Vistra is a global Fund and Corporate Service provider with more than 5,000 professionals in over 45 jurisdictions.

Mr. Puresh was educated in Mauritius and pursued his studies with a specialization in IT at the National University of Singapore. He began his career in Mauritius in 2001 in the corporate & fiduciary services sector. After overseeing a portfolio of private & corporate clients for >4 years, he was tasked to oversee his company’s Seychelles desk in 2005. In April 2006, he was mandated to set up the Seychelles office and has been managing it until the end of 2017 before he joined Vistra.

Between 2014 and 2016, he was also appointed as Vice President of the group of companies he worked for (a leading Management Company in Mauritius), primarily focusing on the business development aspects of the Group, with a special focus on the African continent.

With over 22 years of experience within the financial services field, Mr. Puresh has significant experience reconciling the practical implementation of tax planning strategies with the changing worldwide patterns of regulatory due diligence, compliance, and legislative reform. He is also at the forefront of various industry-related legal and regulatory reforms, on the improvement and implementation of certain pieces of legislation in the Seychelles.

Yassin Mohamdi
CEO and Managing Partner
THE BUYERS CIRCLE

Yassin Mohamdi is fluent in four languages, has had the honor of calling Paris, Marbella, and London his home over the years, and is now settled with family in Dubai – a true citizen of the world.

Mr. Mohamdi began his illustrious career with multinational conglomerates including ING Group and Caterpillar Financial until he discovered the power of Real Estate.

Having worked in Senior Management roles for over fifteen years, in some of the leading and most successful real estate brokerage firms globally, Mr. Mohamdi spent five of those years with property developer giant – DAMAC Properties – out of their London and Dubai offices, where he gracefully received recognition for his outstanding achievements and the prestigious award for Top Performer, Highest Single Value unit sold – leading to his admission to the 250 Million Club.

Mr. Mohamdi has personally guided private and institutional investors from different jurisdictions and countries worldwide, making successful and high-performing Real Estate investments, and currently garners one of the highest returning client ratios in the market.

A fully licensed international Real Estate professional, Mr. Mohamdi graduated from London Regents Business School in International Business and Marketing with Honors and is currently the CEO and Managing Partner of THE BUYERS CIRCLE – An international property investment and Real Estate brokerage firm that operates a multilingual, versatile and diverse team of like-minded professionals, straight from its global head offices in Dubai.

THE BUYERS CIRCLE provides direct access to exclusive developments worldwide and offers a turnkey service to those seeking premium ROI opportunities.

Guilherme Valadares Carreiro
Investment Professional
Oxy Capital

Guilherme is a Principal on the investment team, Head of the Golden Visa Initiatives, and sits on the Investment Committee.

His transaction experience as a member of the Growth & Buyout investment team includes more than 10 deals in diversified sectors. For 2 years, Guilherme also played a crucial active role in the operational and financial restructuring process of an Industrial company with +€250 Min Revenue. Since 2022, Guilherme has been leading the fundraising and execution efforts of Oxy Capital’s Golden Visa Funds (+60M€), having raised capital mostly from a diversified base of US private investors.

Before joining Oxy Capital in 2018, he worked as a Consultant for c.2 years as an Operational Consultant on the leading operational consulting firm in Europe, Kaizen Institute.

Guilherme holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (Portugal) and Technische Universität München (Germany).

Ekaterina Godden
Director of Business Development
Reef View Enterprises Ltd.

Ekaterina Godden is Director of Business Development at Reef View Enterprises Ltd. (RVE) – a rapidly growing investment migration firm delivering exceptional Citizenship by Investment (CBI) services for clients across the globe.

RVE is the premier licensed local agent in Grenada while additionally, the company is growing its worldwide CBI consultancy in UAE, with several team members based in Dubai.

Ekaterina provides consultancy for RVE’s wealth of CBI clients around the world and guides them through the investment process. Responsibilities also include new client acquisition, agent relations, KYC, and bank clearance. She spends her time largely between Dubai and the Caribbean and travels extensively to the CIS, APAC, and Africa.

Before joining RVE, Ekaterina worked in investment banking in the UK, where she spent close to a decade in Asset Servicing at JP Morgan Chase – responsible for corporate actions servicing high-net-worth Prime Brokerage, Equity, and Fixed-income corporate clients, before moving into business engineering and project management to lead development and implementation of IB automation and process optimization projects.

During her professional career, Ekaterina was awarded a global JP Morgan Chase Operational Excellence Award in two categories simultaneously. A gifted student, she has a first-class MBA specialising in strategic management and marketing; an MA in European Industrial Relations; and a BSc in aircraft engineering, management, and economics.

Watsonia Fereti
Section Head, Business Development
Samoa International Finance Authority

Watsonia Fereti is the Section Head for Business Development Division at the Samoa International Finance Authority (SIFA), assisting with coordinating the overall operations of the Division, and ensuring Marketing and Development strategies for the SIFA Marketing Company, “Samoa International Business Finance Centre Ltd”, are in line with International trends and standards.

Watsonia has participated in the China Offshore Summit as well as other renown International Wealth Management Seminars and Conferences to increase the awareness and interest of Samoa’s suite of legislation. This has built a wide network of existing partners and investors as well as provided the opportunity to develop partnership with potential investors.

Watsonia holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Queensland, following employment with the Samoa Ministry of Finance, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Public Administration and Economics.

Watsonia worked extensively on macroeconomic issues and assisted in formulating National policies such as the Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012 – 2016, and was involved in the development of the National Energy Sector Plan 2012 – 2016.

Vicky Lord
Managing Partner
Harneys 

Vicky Lord is the managing partner of our Shanghai offering in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and is a highly regarded litigator in cross-border commercial cases in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. As head of the China Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team, she obtains significant wins for clients acting as a litigator in ultra-high-value, high-profile BVI and Cayman commercial disputes withcross-border elements. 

Vicky has a wealth of experience in the Cayman Islands s238 privatizations and BVI take-privates, as well as schemes of arrangements, acting on the company side to secure wins for clients. She has a proven track record of significant wins in shareholder and board-room disputes for the new economy and tech companies, acting both on the company side and for shareholders and directors alike. She often acts as a specialist BVI and Cayman litigation co-counsel for PRC and US-listed companies for IPOs in contentious scenarios.

Vicky is an experienced advocate in insolvency, restructuring, distressed hedge fund litigation, and shareholder disputes. She has appeared in the highest offshore court at the appellate level, before the Privy Council in London, and acts as an advocate, supporting on-shore firms, in English language arbitrations in the PRC. Vicky’s client base includes some of the world’s top financial institutions, blue-chip listed companies, and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Brandace Duncanson
Director of Financial Services
Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Bahamas

Brandace Duncanson serves as the Director of Financial Services in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Director Duncanson has experience in a broad range of matters and possesses a sound knowledge of the practice, procedures, and laws governing the financial and corporate structure in The Bahamas. Additionally, she is a trained legislative draftsperson and facilitated the preparation and drafting of a wide range of legislation on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas including, but not limited to land reform and financial services.

In her previous role as Senior Legal Counsel in the Ministry of Financial Services, Director Duncanson’s duties and responsibilities included her involvement in various substantial matters on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, notably evaluating and making recommendations with respect to regional and global financial reporting initiatives such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). She also served as a representative for The Bahamas Government on the Global Forum’s Automatic Exchange of Information Working Group and the OECD’s Peer Review Group.

Director Duncanson began her tertiary education at Bethune-Cookman University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.), in Public Relations/Marketing. She also obtained her LL. B (Upper Second Class Hons.) from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, and obtained her Legal Education Certificate from the Eugene Dupuch Law School, Nassau, The Bahamas, and is a member of The Bahamas Bar Association. She has a diploma in Spanish (Excelente Hons.) from Alhambra Instituto Internacional, Malaga, Spain, and was awarded a diploma in Legislative Drafting from The International Legislative Drafting Institute, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Director Duncanson holds a Certificate of Training as an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator from the London School of Mediation and is also a qualified Notary Public.

Tiger Zhang
Director
ICSCS

Tiger, the Director of ICS Fund Services, is a specialist in bespoke services for domestic General Partners (GPs). Additionally, he fulfills the role of an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance officer for numerous well-regarded Private Equity and Venture Capital (PEVC) funds, guiding regulatory compliance and best practices. Earlier, Tiger served as a Finance Director for various GPs, where he managed fundraising, fund operations, finance, tax, and compliance, thereby gaining an extensive understanding of fund management.

His career foundation was built during his seven-plus years as a fund audit manager with KPMG Hong Kong and Deloitte United States. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Tiger has dual bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance. He has earned the title of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both the US (AICPA) and Hong Kong (HKICPA) and is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Given his broad experience, robust educational credentials, and respected certifications, Tiger is a significant figure in the industry.

Theominique Nottage
Consultant
Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Bahamas

Theominique D. Nottage, MCIArb, a Bahamian Counsel & Attorney-at-Law, has worked in both the public and private sectors with professional experience in civil, commercial, and trusts litigation, intellectual property matters, environmental law, and arbitration.

A 2015 Chevening Scholar, Theominique has a passion for international arbitration and has been extensively involved in several prominent professional organizations holding leadership positions (as the first Bahamian to do so) in the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group Global Steering Committee and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration Caribbean Task Force.

Theominique has also published articles on arbitration in relation to commercial arbitration and trusts arbitration. She most recently co-contributed a chapter to a book on diversity in international arbitration.

Theominique presently works as a Consultant to the Government of The Bahamas on matters of international arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes. In her role with the Government of The Bahamas, Theominique is responsible for the reform of the legislative framework to support arbitration, mediation, and construction adjudication in The Bahamas and to establish The Bahamas as a preferred center for arbitration in the Americas. She is considered a leading advocate for the use of alternative dispute resolution in not only The Bahamas but also the Caribbean and is a budding arbitration practitioner.

Timur Sitdikov
Founder and Managing director
World Talents

Timur Sitdikov is a founder and managing director at World Talents. With over 10 years of experience in investment migration service, he has supported 100+ HNWIs from various regions looking to move and invest in foreign jurisdictions. Timur strongly believes that by transferring knowledge and talent across the globe and centers of innovation and by providing researchers and startup founders with the necessary resources, he and his team create economic opportunities and benefit society. Timur works closely with universities, R&D institutions, and designated organizations to facilitate the immigration of talented people and startups to Canada, the US, the UK, Cyprus, France, Portugal, and other popular destinations. Having an extensive background in international investment migration and tax law, Timur carefully guides his clients through the world’s innovative landscape and helps local businesses thrive globally. He consulted various investment organizations and helped more than 100 clients, their families, and businesses move to places that are more suitable for achieving their goals and contribute to the development of global startups and R&D.

Jane Dorman
Chief Executive Officer
Präsidial Anstalt

Jane Dorman is the CEO of Präsidial Anstalt, known for her comprehensive expertise in international taxation, company foundations, and trust law. Her career trajectory showcases a series of progressive roles, from legal expertise in a municipality to guiding wealth structuringat Präsidial Anstalt. Jane’s dual Swiss and Italian heritage, coupled with her fluency in four languages, positions her uniquely in serving a diverse international clientele.

Before leading Präsidial Anstalt, Jane honed her skills at Kaiser Partner Trust Services Anstalt, mastering the nuances of succession planning and asset protection. Her academic background, including an Executive Master of Laws and Swiss Bar admission, informs her innovative approach to wealth management.

Präsidial Anstalt, a ninety-year-old trust company, thrives under Jane’s direction, preserving its legacy while innovating strategies for wealth protection and growth in a globalized economy. Her team, focused on personalized client solutions, ensures that Präsidial Anstalt remains a trusted partner for international families and entrepreneurs seeking to navigate the complexities of wealth structuring and succession in a changing world.

Agnes Chen
Regional Managing Director APAC
CSC

Agnes is the Regional Managing Director of the APAC Region for Fund Services at CSC and Country Managing Director of CSC and Intertrust Singapore (a CSC Company) encompassing Corporate Services, Corporate Trust, and Private Wealth Trust Services as well as Fund and SPV administration services.

Agnes has over 16 years of operational and executive management experience in the Banking, Trust, Wealth Management Planning/Structuring, Compliance, and Fund Administration services sector. She has acted as a Board of Director, Board Advisory Member, non-executive Director, and Council on client structure management, investments, operational entities, listed companies as well as licensed asset management and fund management entities. Agnes throughout her career, has been a key responsible representative of licensed Trust Companies for Corporate and Fund Services as well as Private and Corporate Trust in Singapore, Hong Kong, and other key financial jurisdictions.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from a Singapore-joint-UK University and is a qualified Trust Estate Practitioner under the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a qualified Practitioner in International Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering by Central Law Training UK. Agnes is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Agnes has also in her own capacity attained LinkedIn 2018 Power Profiles of the Year, Hong Kong region. Agnes has also been invited to judging panels and attained many professional awards and portfolios.

Micah Wang
Chief Executive Officer
Threshings

Micah has been practicing as a lawyer since 1998 and has served as a partner at well-known domestic law firms, a Trust company of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, a Wealth Management Company, Asset Securitization Business Supervisor, Head of Legal Department, Member of Trust Committee, and Senior Advisor at Beijing Daokete Law Firm.

He has been focusing on cross-border family trust, insurance trust, special needs trust, pension trusts, testamentary trust, insurance trust, employee compensation incentive trust, family office structures and asset allocation, estate planning, and other wealth inheritance legal services. TEP Affiliate.

Mr. Wang has a cumulative professional career of 26 years, including 13 years in the legal industry, 2 years in regulatory authorities, 7 years in trust companies, and 4 years in wealth management companies. He has been engaged in trust legal practice since 2004 and has focused on cross-border family trusts and family offices since 2014.

Charmaine Quinland-Donovan
Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Unit, Antigua & Barbuda

Charmaine Quinland-Donovan holds the distinctions of being the first national of Antigua and Barbuda and the first woman to head the country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Her appointment as CEO took effect on 27th March, 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Quinland-Donovan served in the CIU in three prominent capacities; Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer. She is also a Chartered Director and a fully qualified anti-money laundering specialist.

Patrick Peters
Chief Executive Officer
Client Referrals

Patrick Peters is a Chartered Accountant, an honors graduate from the Telfer School of Management, a KPMG LLP alumni, has lived and worked in various countries.

Since 2007, Patrick has achieved tremendous success in all three aspects of this industry (as a client advisor, as a service provider to immigration professionals, and as a government advisor) and has actionable experience in all major immigration markets. This experience gives him a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the Residency and Citizenship by Investment (RCBI) industry, his partners’ needs, governments’ needs, financial/banking challenges, and geopolitical forces that play a role in our business.

This rare industry experience, coupled with his responsiveness, attention to detail, and work ethic have made Patrick a highly sought-after service provider to the partners – immigration practitioners, governments, real estate developers, and others.

Today, he is the CEO of ClientReferrals, a company owned and managed by a team that has the following achievements:

– been involved with the RCBI industry since 1987;

– has raised more than $9 billion in capital; and

– has assisted more than 12,000 families.

Patrick leads by example and loves nothing more than helping the partners meet and exceed their expectations.

The Honorable Gerry Weiner P.C.
Executive Director of Global Relations, Partnerships, and Customer Satisfaction
APS Global Partners

Former Minister of Immigration, Citizens, and Secretary of State of Canada, the Honorable Gerry Weiner brings a long and distinguished political and business career to APS Global Partners. His many accomplishments have been the creation of the Department of Multiculturalism, bringing forward The Canadian Multiculturalism Act, and playing a central role in the creation of the Immigrant Investor Program.

James Metcalfe
Special Advisor
APS Global Partners

Former Canadian Foreign Service Officer, Canadian Consul, Visa Officer, Immigration Consultant, James has 25 years of experience with the Government of Canada working as a Foreign Service Officer in Ottawa and overseas, first as a Visa Officer and then as a Consul and Officer in Charge in Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Europe, Australia and the United States as well as tours of duty in Ottawa.

James’ knowledge of immigration law is unparalleled, making him an invaluable asset for our company.

Tuifaasisina Sieni Voorwinden
Chief Executive Officer
Samoa International Finance Authority

Mrs. Sieni Voorwinden is the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa International Finance Authority. The Authority was established in 2005 as the Government’s response to rapid changes in the global financial environment. The Authority is mandated therefore to provide up-to-date management solutions to investors seeking to establish and maintain structures for benefits.

Mrs. Sieni Voorwinden has over 10 years of experience in international financial services. She is no stranger to SIFA where she was employed for over ten years and was also contracted as SIFA’s ACEO for Registration and Legal for six years. Mrs. Sieni Voorwinden has been instrumental in the development of the International Finance Sector, spearheading the establishment of the Samoa International Business Finance Centre Ltd, involved in National Working Groups to address various issues relating to the International Finance Sector. Sieni is one of Samoa’s key negotiators in addressing the EU List of Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions.

Mrs. Sieni Voorwinden is a lawyer by profession and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree from Auckland University.

Prior to her appointment to the SIFA CEO position, she was employed as the Operations Manager – of The Cause Collective New Zealand, a Pacific social change agency based in Auckland.

Johnny Wong
Managing Director
Overseas Company Services Limited

Johnny Wong is the founder of Overseas Company Services Limited (“OCS”), apart from being the holder of two Master Degrees in both Engineering Science and Corporate Governance, Mr. Wong has obtained numerous professional qualifications accredited by various professional bodies throughout the years including but not limited to Associate Member of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (“HKICS”), Fellow Certified Public Accountant of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“HKICPA”), Associate Member of Association of International Accountants (“AIA”) and Fellow Chartered Tax Advisor (Practising) of The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (“TIHK”). He is also a member of the Taxation Committee of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and has been active in the field of Accounting, Audit, Taxation and Corporate Management Services for more than 15 years. 

Mr. Wong has successfully applied for the Registered Agent licences in British Virgin Islands (“BVI”), Seychelles and Hong Kong on behalf of OCS, which allows OCS to provide professional corporate management services as a registered Filing Agent in the respective jurisdictions. 

With his extensive experience and his professional background and accomplishments, Mr. Wong is familiar with the regulatory compliance requirements and development trends in both BVI, Seychelles, Hong Kong and other offshore jurisdictions in relation to the corporate services industry.

Michael Shribman
President & Founder
APS Global Partners

Entrepreneur, Investor (Pre-IPO, Merges & Acquisitions), Start-Up Mentor Michael is a successful entrepreneur that has invested in and launched multiple ventures within the healthcare and medical space. He is actively involved in mergers, acquisitions, and consultancy and has founded several companies that are aggregators of ideas for projects and intellectual property.

Michael is a trusted adviser with a passion for identifying key market opportunities and strategic partnerships to foster accelerated revenue growth for partners.

Tim H Behle
Chief Executive / Managing Director
Royal Oak Asset Management

Mr. Behle oversees all aspects of Royal Oak Asset Management and is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the firm.  Under his leadership, the firm has managed over US$2bn of invested capital across more than 40 investments helping thousands of investors achieve their global mobility objectives while safeguarding their capital. He recently led the formation and launch of the Portugal Strategic Growth Fund. 

Mr. Behle previously led the development of the EY’s asset management platform that monitored over US$1bn in real estate assets.  He was also responsible for the asset transaction and development advisory service lines for the organization’s largest US geography.  

With a passion for teaching and mentorship, Mr. Behle was an adjunct faculty at NYU, an assistant adjunct professor at Columbia University as well as a frequent guest lecturer at other universities.

As a thought leader, Mr. Behle led EY’s Global Hospitality Insight publication, has been quoted by leading news organizations, including Reuters and Forbes, in addition to being featured on industry panels.

Mr. Behle has an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BS from Cornell University.

Andrew Yen
Founder
Panhe Family Office

Andrew Yen, Founder of Panhe Family Office, is also Executive Director of Panrich Family Office and Independent Director of Shandong International Trust Co., Ltd. Andrew used to work as Vice President at Union Bank of Switzerland(UBS)and Director of UBS Securities Co. Limited(UBSS).

Mr. Yen focuses on family wealth preservation and inheritance, and sticks to the strategy of “buyer” positioning. With taking “defend, attack and pass” as the main line, he first initiated “top ten service modules” of family office industry. Now he is leading a professional team, directing and managing several MFO. Drawing on his significant international background as well as local practical experiences, Mr. Yen has built structured systems of family wealth management for numerous ultra-high net worth family business clients in China, and has assisted these clients in the creation of SFO for their families.

Mr. Yen has worked respectively as Vice President at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and Director at UBS Securities Co. Limited (UBSS) for many years. He has nearly two decades of experience in finance and private banking (Including China, United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, etc.), and served over 230 high net worth Chinese families. He also has deep know-how to solute the conflict business problems and obstacles which Chinese entrepreneurs are facing.

Anaam Shehadeh
Business Immigration Advisor

Premier UK Business LLP

Anaam Shehadeh is an experienced Business immigration consultant working for Premier Consultancy that specializes in providing International Tax Consultancy to high-net-worth individuals and immigration services to businessmen and entrepreneurs looking to internationalizing their businesses.

Anaam has extensive experience in the field of Immigration and Residency Programs. She has the privilege of assisting over a thousand applicants looking for residency programs or direct citizenships.

Rosie Bai
Overseas Marketing Manager
Korantina Homes

Rosie leads all marketing efforts for Korantina homes in East Asia and assists with business development.

Rosie has extensive experience in the cross-border investment and immigration consultancy industries, and has a particularly deep understanding of the Cyprus real estate market and the Cyprus Immigration Program. She leverages this knowledge and experience, to help her clients, often Asian high-net-worth individuals, achieve their investment goals in Europe.

Prior to joining Korantina Homes, Rosie held several marketing, account management, and business development roles in the UK. She holds a MA from King’s College, London, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English.

Gregor Nassief
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
GEMS Holdings Ltd.

Dominica-born Gregor Nassief is a longtime entrepreneur and successful businessman. Exposed to hospitality early on, Gregor officially began his hotel career in 2011 when his vision to create a lush, family home evolved into the first luxury resort on the Caribbean’s Nature Island—Secret Bay. With a penchant for design, art, architecture and customer service, Gregor established GEMS Holdings Limited in 2016, which includes a portfolio of world-renowned owned and managed properties including Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort and most recently, The Residences at Secret Bay, the company’s initial foray into luxury real estate.

Prior to entering the hospitality space, Gregor studied software engineering and finance at New York University. He went on to launch Cerca Technology in Latin America, building a new technology and pioneering an untapped market. Gregor continues to lead Cerca, which now has offices in five countries and customers in over 20.

Lauren Nan
Key Client Manager
Leo Trust Switzerland AG

Lauren is one of the first Chinese speaking international trustee administrators in Switzerland. She has been engaged in international trust management in European private banks and well-known financial institutions, including Rothschild bank and French private banks.

Lauren is proficient in six languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, French and German. She has nearly 15 years of experience in international trust management and has served high-end clients from all over the world, including Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia, East and West Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Lauren is currently in charge of the high-net-worth clients and Asia market of Leo Trust Switzerland AG. Previously, she was Founder and Director of Silkbridge & Co GmbH, Director of VoltexPower AG, Partner of Success 21, the Member of Society of Trust & Estate practitioner, and the Member of Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Chang Cai
Director and Founding Partner
Shanghai Inhetrust Law Firm

Mr. Chang Cai, a law expert in private banking and wealth management, is Director and Founding Partner of Shanghai Inhetrust Law Firm. He is the earliest professional lawyer in China qualified with Certified Private Banker (CPB). He used to be a partner of Finance Team at Dentons Law Offices and a Research Fellow in Foreign Law at Miyake & Partners of Japan. Mr. Cai respectively got his Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Law from Northwest University of Political Science and Law in China, and his Master’s Degree in Civil Law from Law School of Osaka University in Japan.

Mr. Cai mainly aims at Chinese private entrepreneurs and other high-net-worth individuals. He provides complex private wealth management and asset-allocation-related solutions for cross-border laws and taxation issues, which involve CRS, FATCA, immigration for family members, dual tax identities, cross-border asset allocation, offshore business operation, overseas investment and M&A, overseas listing and financing, etc.

Mr. Cai has been invited to serve as the long-term lecturer for wealth management courses by a number of financial institutions, and has provided services for many financial intermediaries and their high-net-worth clients, including insurance companies, trust companies, large-scale domestic and foreign banks. He has given more than 150 speeches to nearly ten thousand audiences.

Faye Huang
Corporate Paralegal
Loeb Smith Attorneys

Ms. Faye Huang is a corporate paralegal in our Corporate Group. She advises on the formation and launch of a wide range of Cayman Islands hedge funds, PE funds and real estate funds. Ms. Huang has also advised on corporate matters relating to M&A and joint venture transactions involving various Cayman company structures in Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. She has worked on a number of merger take-privates of Chinese owned and managed companies listed on the NYSE and on NASDAQ. Faye is fluent in Mandarin and Shanghainese and worked for a major U.S. law firm in Shanghai prior to joining our Corporate Group. Also, Faye is a Chinese qualified lawyer.

Peter Vas
Partner
Loeb Smith Attorneys

Peter is a Partner in Loeb Smith Attorneys, and leads/coordinates, the firm’s Banking & Finance and Corporate Groups in Hong Kong.

He provides British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law advice to banks, other financial institutions, sponsors, insurance companies, other corporate entities and private clients to deal with day-to-day legal issues and complex, strategic matters.

Peter has previously worked as an attorney in Sidley Austin’s London office and the Channel Islands and Hong Kong offices of Mourant Ozannes.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB Honours) from the University College of London and a Postgraduate Diploma of Law with Distinction (PGDip Law Dist) from BPP Law School London.

He specializes in Banking & Finance, Corporate and Restructuring.

Emmanuel Nanthan
Head of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, Dominica

Emmanuel Nanthan was appointed as the Head of the Citizenship by Investment Unit in February 2015, leading the Unit carrying out the Citizenship by Investment Program which has been remarkably contributing to the domestic economy. Mr. Nanthan is also the Ambassador-at-Large of the Office of the current Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, dealing with critical diplomatic affairs.

Previously, Mr. Nanthan has served as the Dominica Ambassador as well as the Special Advisor to two former Prime Ministers, Pierre Charles and Roosevelt Douglas.

Mr. Nanthan graduated from Loughborough University in Business Development and Management, where he was educated to be a successful businessman. He showed his entrepreneurship talent when he was working as the Executive of an insurance corporation.

Mr. Nanthan is also an enthusiastic and active sports person. He is currently the President of Dominica and Windward Islands Cricket, Vice President West Indies Cricket Board and the Director of United States Cricket Association, promoting the cricket sports in the Caribbean area.

Les Khan
Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Unit, St. Kitts

Les Khan is Chief Executive Officer of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU) and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He has over 20 years of experience with large financial organizations and risk management companies globally.

Prior to working with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, Les Khan was the Senior Director of Program Management at IPSA International. He was a Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Northern Operating Services; a Vice President and Head of Operations for Northern Trust Company; a Managing Director for Financial Software Systems; and the Head of Global Business/Technology Services for the National Australia Bank. He has also held other senior positions at major financial institutions within the United States.

Alan Yang
Partner
PKF Demei Law Firm

Alan Yang, the partner of PKF Demei Law Firm, is skilled in providing legal services related to overseas investment and identity management to Chinese individuals, families and enterprise clients. Proficient in American EB-1A / NIW exceptional talent visa, L-1 / EB1C multinational manager visa, E-2 treaty investor visa, EB-5 investor visa and other types of U.S. visas, he has successfully applied for U.S. green cards and visas for hundreds of families, and has been invited to attend hundreds of industry summit and events as the speaker.

Mr. Yang is a Chinese practicing lawyer, a practicing lawyer in the United States and New York State, a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He got his LLM at Emory University School of Law and his Bachelor of Laws at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Ana Graciela Medina
Partner
Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Alemán of Panama

Ana Graciela Medina is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán, and the Director in charge of the Immigration and Naturalization department and the Real Estate and Real Estate Investments practice. She is also part of the Public Contracting team.

Ms. Medina has over 20 years of experience providing solid legal support to a large number of clients, advising them in corporate, real estate, tourism, and investment projects, as well as migratory matters. She also has extensive experience in New Technologies Law, Data and Software Legal Protection, I.T. contracts, and Banking systems.

Ms. Medina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, ULACIT, Cum Laude Probatus, Panama (2001), and a Master in Information and Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain (2002). She also completed the Executive Programs – Focus on Corporate Law and Management at Instituto de Empresa de Madrid (I.E.), Spain (2002) and International Studies, focus on Latin America, at Saint Edward’s University, Austin, Texas USA (1995 – 1997).

She is currently a member of the Immigration Law Commission of Panama’s Bar Association.

Sarah Wang
Vice President
Shanghai Wish Immigration Ltd.

Sarah Wang is currently the vice president of Shanghai Wish Immigration Ltd. She graduated from Shanghai International Studies University. She has focuses on and studied the real estate market and immigration industry in Europe, the United States, Canada and other countries. She is skilled in analyzing the investment value from the immigration policies perspective and selecting the best project that balances up between the return and security.

Sarah is an expert in cross-border asset allocation with the qualification of the intermediate economist. She has nearly 10 years of experience in cross-border investment, overseas real estate and immigration by investment. She has involved into overseas projects with total asset value exceeding $100 million and has helped many families customize strategies and successfully realize immigration.

Sarah has the professional qualification of a psychological consultant, is good at listening and analyzing, and can help and guide you to clarify the core needs of you and your family from an expert point of view, so as to find the most exclusive solution for the future development of individuals and their children.

Zarrian Liu
Managing Director of Family Advisory Center
Lupu Investment Group

Mr. Zarrian Liu currently serves as the Managing Director of Family Advisory Center of Lupu Investment Group, and also the Managing Director of Lupu (Hong Kong) Trust Co., Ltd. He holds a master’s degree in law conferred by Stockholm University in Sweden. He successively served several domestic and multinational law firms, focusing on M&A and IPO. He ever served as a senior consultant at Portcullis Group, an Asian leading family firm in Singapore, and also Senior Vice President of Wing Lung Bank Trust Services (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. under China Merchants Bank. Meanwhile, he holds several concurrent posts, such as the Director of Hong Kong Family Offices Association, a lecturer specially invited for China Millions Forum (CMF), and a think tank member specially invited for International Asset Planner Association (IAPA).  

He is mainly responsible for providing high-net-worth clients in Greater China with integrated services of family wealth management, including but not limited to: making the personalized strategies for global asset allocation, and the plans for inheritance of wealth and family traditions; establishing the family governance systems, domestic and overseas family trust institutions, family funds, private foundations, private equity funds and other upper-level legal structures, as well as family committees; and drafting the family charters. In the past 15 years, he has served more than 500 Chinese UHNW clients, and participated in the overseas red-chip structure establishment and overseas financing for more than 20 Chinese companies.

Shuying Chen
Senior Partner
Shanghai FO Law Firm

Holding a master’s degree in law conferred by East China University of Political Science and Law, Lawyer Shuying Chen now is a senior partner of Shanghai FO Law Firm, and an outstanding lawyer in the field of private wealth management and dispute resolution.

She is mainly specialized in the resolution of various disputes regarding contract signing, private wealth management, financial product designs, private equity, corporate equity structure designs, stock equity, taxation and legal services, civil and commercial cases, etc.

Lawyer Shuying Chen has established a long-term partnership with many Fortune Global 500 companies including the famous Asian real estate group CapitaLand, listed company China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd., and TESCO Group. She provides them with permanent integrated legal services including legal consulting and real estate dispute resolution, etc. Meanwhile, she delivers compliant legal services for many private equity fund managers, and also legal services of dispute resolution for the Spanish retail giant Dia Group.

Kevin Xu
Assistant Vice President, Business Development (Mainland China)
Walton International Group

Kevin Xu is the Assistant Vice President, Business Development (Mainland China) of the Walton Group of Companies, focusing on business development in Mainland China, promoting Walton’s pre-development land products and providing training to business partners. Kevin also participates in land research, acquisition and syndication in the West Coast of the United States. With his extensive experience in the real estate and investment industry, he has been successfully formulating overseas asset allocation planning and providing customized exclusive services to individual clients and institution investors.

Kevin has more than 10 years of domestic and international investment management experience, including more than 8 years’ experience in promoting Walton product. Prior to joining, Kevin worked for a number of renowned financial investment groups.

Zhiguan Xu
Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Branch
Honghu Best Global Family Office

Holding a master’s degree in law conferred by Oxford University, Mr. Zhiguan Xu serves as Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Branch of Honghu Best Global Family Office, and an off-campus supervisor at Law School of East China University of Science and Technology. He boasts many years of experience in the industries of trust and wealth management, having made in-depth researches on the trustee laws, particularly the British and American trustee laws. He ever presided over the deal structure design, document drafting and full-cycle management for more than 100 commercial trust cases. He is good at dealing with family matters and intergenerational inheritance issues, and designing trust plans, etc. He is committed to providing personalized services for HNW clients and entrepreneurs. In addition, he is known as one of the pioneers carrying out the theoretical research on forefront issues such as dispute resolution of overseas family trust.  

Peter Meng
Managing Partner
EunaCon Perfect Alliance (China) CPA Firm

Under the leadership of Mr. Peter Meng with initiative spirit and resolute determination in the fields of auditing, accounting and taxation, accountants of EunaCon Perfect Alliance CPA Firm, in response to the BRI, extend business to western regions of Xinjiang, as well as countries along the BRI in South Asia, Central Asia, Africa and Europe, while taking root in China (Beijing) Pilot Free Trade Zone, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (SHFTZ), and Qianhai & Shekoui Area of Shenzhen, China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Hoping to help Chinese companies go global and realize the goal of global business expansion, EunaCon Perfect Alliance CPA Firm has taken the lead in launching the services of outbound investment, international taxation, overseas accounting and others in SHFTZ.

Under the leadership of Mr. Peter Meng as the founder and executive partner of EunaCon Perfect Alliance CPA Firm, through years of unremitting and bold efforts, including active expansion worldwide, has continuously improved the practice level and service quality, and become a new outstanding accounting force that is good at tough fight. As the leading accounting institution in SHFTZ in terms of innovative development, EunaCon Perfect Alliance CPA Firm plays an important role in promoting the compliant development of Chinese companies investing in the countries along the BRI. 

Alex Lin
Director of Strategic Business
U&I Group

Former Canadian Foreign Service Officer, Canadian Consul, Visa Officer, Immigration Consultant, James has 25 years of experience with the Government of Canada working as a Foreign Service Officer in Ottawa and overseas, first as a Visa Officer and then as a Consul and Officer in Charge in Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Europe, Australia and the United States as well as tours of duty in Ottawa.

James’ knowledge of immigration law is unparalleled, making him an invaluable asset for our company.

Mr. Alex Lin has ever worked in the world’s largest offshore legal service firm and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Business Department at U&I Group and the Marketing Head of Shanghai institutions. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer on Cross-border Investment in Suzhou Industrial Park, a Distinguished Lecturer in Shanghai Zizhu National High-Tech Industrial Development Park, a Distinguished Lecturer on Offshore Legal and Compliance for financial institutions and a Distinguished Lecturer of Overseas Listing Planning.

Mr. Lin has rich practical experience and a collection of successful cases in the fields of cross-border trade, investment, M&A, shareholding structure, offshore trust, family foundation, family business succession planning and family estate planning. During his serving industry for over ten years, he has been committed to assisting Chinese entrepreneurs and enterprises in the overseas strategic layout of their globalization development.

He currently serves as an Overseas Strategy Advisor of several companies, as well as a Contract Consultant of multiple banks on international business plus offshore legal and compliance.

Bill Ye
Partner
King & Wood Mallesons Shanghai

Mr. Bill Ye has 20 years of professional experience as a lawyer in China’s tax field. He is experienced in compliance and tax consulting, tax dispute resolution, transfer pricing, and private wealth management. His comprehensive legal and financial background enables him to provide customers with integrated business, legal, and tax solutions.

Mr. Ye is particularly adept at providing innovative and integrated solutions for customers with major or emerging complex projects. He has served customers in a wide range of industries, including TMT, manufacturing, finance, real estate, pharmaceuticals, culture, and entertainment.

Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons, Mr. Ye was a Partner at Deloitte Shanghai and was responsible for the key work of the Deloitte Tax Technology Center in East China.

Mr. Ye has consistently been ranked as one of the “Leading Lawyers” in China’s taxation field by a number of internationally renowned professional legal rating agencies between 2016 and 2018.

William Ma
Founder
GROW Investment Group

William Ma is the founder of GROW Investment Group and a CAIA Association Board Member. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a member of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts.

William got over 18 years of industry experience and used to be the Chief Investment Officer of Noah Holdings and the Chief Investment Officer of Gopher Asset Management, the asset management arm of Noah. As CIO of Noah and Gopher, he was responsible for overseeing all investment management, asset allocation and investment products due diligence of combined USD80 billion of asset. He also actively manages the discretionary mandates and China domestic public market funds including a Greater China multi-managers fund, ranked the best emerging market fund of hedge funds globally (3 years annualized return) by BarclayHedge, and led the team won the prestige Golden Bull Award – Best Domestic Fund of Hedge Funds in China in 2018. Mr. Ma has been the Foreign Expert QDLP Review Committee Member for the Shanghai Municipal Government Financial Service Department since 2012.

Mr. Ma received his BEng (EESE) from the University of Hong Kong and his MBA in Finance and E-Commerce from the University of San Francisco, and was invited to Peking University in Beijing as an exchange student representative in the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) program in 2002.

Bei Wang
Director
Shanghai Zhonghan Haiyang Certified Tax Agents Co., Ltd.

Ms. Bei Wang has engaged in the work of finance, taxation, and audit for 22 years, in professional tax consultation service for over 15 years, and has been serving as the Director of Shanghai Zhonghan Haiyang Certified Tax Agents Co., Ltd. for over 10 years. She took charge of the annual report audit, special audit, tax-related verification, tax consultation, tax revenue planning, transfer pricing, etc. of multiple enterprises directly under the central government, large-scale state-owned groups, commercial banks, financial enterprises, listed companies at home and abroad, high and new tech enterprises, Fortune 500 enterprises, regional headquarters of foreign-funded enterprises, etc., and is able to propose practical tax-related solutions. She has been carrying out many successful cases relating to international tax consultation and planning, including international taxation, cross-border taxation, and overseas M&A, in cooperation with a number of local institutions of Hong Kong, Japan, the US, and Australia, She also has years of experience in providing tax planning within China and overseas in terms of private wealth for clients.

Kristin Jiang
Business Development Manager of China
CS Global Partners

Kristin Jiang is the Business Development Manager for China at CS Global Partners.

Kristin has worked in the overseas business consulting industry for several years, specializing in business communication. She has extensive industry experience in both real estate and the Citizenship by Investment industry. As part of CS Global Partners business development in China.

Kristin is responsible for the cooperation and negotiation of immigration agents and wealth management institutes in the Chinese market. Additionally, Kristin helps promote several of the Caribbean’s Citizenship by Investment Programmes.