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Get ready to take part in the most important event in Vietnam on:

Corporate Structuring Immigration by Investment Wealth Protection and Succession

24 Speakers From
Around the World

November 14th , 2023

Vietnam

About

Asia Outbound

Asia Outbound is the leading Asia-based provider of conferences, business development services, and online news channels designed to assist corporate structuring, asset protection, and immigration service providers. We assist these groups of professionals to reach and effectively serve financial intermediaries and HNWI in Asia.

Asia Outbound is among the most trusted resources for Asia’s business and investment leaders, providing them with uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, and direct access to the offshore world and its professionals.

TESTIMONIALS

Why Vietnam?

Why you should attend Asia Outbound Summit 2023

Since the inception of the Asia Outbound Summit series in 2010, Asia’s HNWI, investment groups, and corporations have developed an ever-increasing need for sophisticated international wealth, immigration, tax, and asset protection services. This demand, coupled with increasing pressure from local and international authorities for transparency has created a massive gap in traditional cross-border planning for local practitioners.

The Asia Outbound Summit series has been designed exclusively to close this gap and equip local practitioners with the much-needed information and resources to effectively serve their corporate and HNWI clients.

Why Vietnam?

  • Between 2020 and 2025, Vietnam’s HNWI population is expected to increase by 50%. This makes Vietnam an ideal hotbed for service providers targeting HNWI. (Statista)
  • Vietnam is predicted to be the fastest-growing APAC market over the next 10 years. (Forbes)
  • Foreign direct investment inflows into Vietnam doubled from 8 billion to 16 billion in the period from 2010 to 2020, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing markets in terms of inbound FDI. This trend points to a burgeoning opportunity for corporate structuring professionals. (The World Bank)
  • Ho Chi Minh City is expected to top the list of cities with the largest increase in the number of UHNWI – a 173% jump over 10 years. (Vietnam Briefing)
  • The economic growth of Vietnam will exceed 6% until 2019, which is among the world’s fastest. (The World Bank)

Travel to Vietnam

Vietnam has resumed the normal issuing of visas and the entry of foreign nationals to Vietnam. There is no requirement to provide COVID-19 public health documentation for the purpose of travel to Vietnam. No self-isolation is required. Incoming travelers need to follow the guideline from the Ministry of Health.

Summit Schedule

About Asia Outbound Summit 2023

In 2023, for the 13th year, Asia Outbound will host the largest cross-border wealth management, corporate structuring, and investment migration events in Asia. The annual Asia Outbound Summit Series brings together hundreds of Asia’s top financial intermediaries to each event and matches them with corporate and financial, immigration, and wealth protection service providers from all over the world.

The conference will be attended by over 200 of Vietnam’s leading intermediaries and agents focusing on:

Immigration by Investment
  • Citizenship & residence planning as a tax planning tool
  • Real estate market trends for UHNWI
  • 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
Corporate Structuring
  • BEPS, CRS, and transfer pricing implications for corporations
  • Investment structuring within the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Selection and set up of outbound investment structures
  • Path and compliance measures for outbound investments
  • Company formation, maintenance, regulation, and compliance
What You Will Learn
  • The unique behavior patterns of Vietnam’s HNWI
  • Building trust and reputation in Vietnam’s markets
  • Trends in the growing demand for Vietnam’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

Venue

InterContinental Saigon

Address Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ben Nghe Ward, HCMC

https://goo.gl/maps/MFrxwGx8tbgmU4nU7

One of Vietnam’s most iconic hotels, InterContinental Saigon, where you get to experience the very best of Vietnamese warmth and hospitality, locates in the city center of HCMC. It is just a few minutes from famous landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House and Reunification Palace. The hotel boasts 305 spacious rooms with panoramic city views, a 20-metre outdoor pool, bespoke treatments at Spa InterContinental and immersive dining experiences at our three restaurants.

Speakers

Invited Speakers

Founder and CEO
INGWE

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Startup Visa Services

Managing Partner
Orience

Attorney at law
Vardikos & Vardikos Law Firm

Managing Partner and Founder
Globevisa Group

Lawyer
NSMLawyers

Business Development Director
Realord Group Holdings Limited

Chief Executive Officer
Golden Jupiter Unipessoal Lda

Project Director
Realord Hartman Group

Managing Director
Vistra Seychelles

Chief Executive Officer
ClientReferrals

Founder & Chairman
EC Holdings

Deputy CEO
Financial Services Authority Seychelles

Founder & CEO
EC Holdings

Chief Manager Business Development
Samoa International Business Finance Centre

Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Financial Investors – VAFI
Managing Partner of VCI Legal

Chairman
Optylon Krea
Head of Private Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management
VPBank

Asia Director
EB5 United

Founder and Managing director World Talents
Group Member of Executive Committee Globevisa Vietnam
President and Chief Executive Officer Panepinto Global Partners

Managing Director at Euroterra Capital/ Crystal Waters Global

Managing Director
VNDIRECT

Chief Executive Officer
Golden Jupiter Unipessoal Lda

Head of Legal and Compliance (BOM Member)
Pernod Ricard Vietnam

Director
HSP Consulting

Director
HT Immigration & Investment Co. Ltd.

Chief Executive Officer
Samoa International Finance Authority

Special Counsel
ACSV Legal Vietnam

Managing Director
Vertex Alliance

Branch Manager of Dubai Office
PTGoldenVisa

General Manager
RBA

Thailand Tax Director and Head of the Regional Compliance & Investigations Practice
DFDL

Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Financial Investors – VAFI
Managing Partner of VCI Legal

Managing Director
Ma, Nguyen & Partners (MN&P)

Partner
YKVN

Managing Partner
Lawlink Vietnam Law LLP.

Managing Partner
Kreston NNC

Marketing Representative
Singapore Hengsheng (Grenada) Development PTE. LTD

Marketing Representative
Singapore Hengsheng (Grenada) Development PTE. LTD

Senior Counsel
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Regional Marketing Director (S.E. Asia)
Singapore Hengsheng (Grenada) Development PTE. LTD

Head of Premier Proposition
HSBC Vietnam

Business Development Director
Discus Holdings Ltd.

Founder and Executive Director
Northern Road

Founding Partner
NSMLawyers

Sponsors

Asia Outbound Vietnam

Sponsors

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Coffee Break

Dinner

Cocktail

Exhibition

Patron

Supporting Organization 

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.

Krista Victorio
Managing Partner
Orience

Krista Victorio is a Managing Partner at Orience, an expert in the Spain and Greece residency-by-investment programs. Headquartered in Barcelona and Madrid and expanding to Malaga and Valencia, Orience offers end-to-end solutions, including legal, tax, processing, and asset management teams. Krista’s firsthand experience with the Spanish Golden Visa program equips her to uniquely cater to client and partner needs. Her leadership reflects Orience’s commitment to excellence and innovation in global mobility and wealth management.

Christos Vardikos
Attorney at law
Vardikos & Vardikos Law Firm

Christos Vardikos is an Athens Attorney at Law and the Honorary Consul for the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Hellenic Republic, acting also as Special Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica for Maritime Affairs, awarded the Sisserou Award of Honour (November 2022. by H.E. Charles Angelo Savarin President of the Commonwealth of Dominica). He is the Vice President of the Greek Consular Corps. Prior appointment to his current position was the Honorary Consul for the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Greece.

He is a Member of the Athens Bar Association, accredited to the Supreme Court, and has published extensive articles on various aspects of Greek Law. He has presented papers at more than 80 international conferences for topics related to Immigration, Maritime Law, and Intellectual Property.

He manages the boutique law firm Vardikos & Vardikos with offices in Greece, Cyprus, and Dominica, providing services in all aspects of Maritime law, Direct Foreign Investments, and Government Advisory. Furthermore, the firm maintains associated offices in Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Grenada. The firm is an approved Government Authorized Agent for the Citizenship Programs for Dominica, St Lucia, and Antigua, and the Athens-based Immigration Practice Group specializes in Greek Golden Visas and Financially Independent Individual Visas and Non-Dom applications.

Henry F.
Managing Partner and Founder
Globevisa Group

As the owner of Globevisa, Henry graduated from the University of International Business Economics majoring in International Business Management. After graduating, he worked as Business Director at Beijing Wangfu Century Investment Consulting Co., Ltd as Business Director from 1999 – 2002. With his educational background and market sensitivity, he brings a new international view of investment in this traditional Chinese investment company.

In 2002, Henry resigned and established Globevisa, aiming to provide immigrant planning services to clients who would like to live in another country. With his educational background and work experiences, he deeply knows that there are some other ways of life out there. He knows his clients and knows how to help them.

With the expansion and professional services in the immigration industry, Globevisa became the biggest immigration company in China, and thousands of families moved to their dreamland and started their new lives there. With more than 1,000 employees and hundreds of immigration lawyers, Globevisa has over 30 branches all over the world and become the leading company in the immigration industry.

Madalena Monteiro
Lawyer
NSMLawyers

Madalena is a Lisbon-based immigration attorney with extended experience in immigration planning and assistance to HNWI in Portugal.

Together with NSMLAWYERS, Madalena is responsible for almost a thousand Golden Visa applicants worldwide. Madalena takes care of the processes from A to Z.

Feel free to contact her after the debate if you need any questions or assistance.

Flora Chan
Business Development Director
Realord Group Holdings Limited

Flora is the business development director of Grenada’s approved project – Hartman University Town & Resort – developed by the Realord Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong-listed company. She has over 5 years of experience in the immigration sector.

During her previous time working in a globally known immigration firm, she provided consultation and helped over 500 families locate suitable programs in 30 countries for them. She was one of the top 10 salespersons in the company for months.

Living in Hong Kong and mainland China with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the United Kingdom, Flora not only speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, and English but also has a multicultural personality which allows her to communicate easily with people around the world, maintaining business relationships with clients and partners internationally.

With her strong connection with trusted partners and experience in consultation, she has obtained over 100 successful cases of Grenada Citizenship by Investment in one year, making her the top salesperson of the company. Her passion for providing immigration consultation with professional knowledge of this field has also brought her the award of best customer satisfaction.

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.

Erin Luu
Project Director
Realord Hartman Group

Erin Luu has spent more than 9 years in the immigration market with a strong knowledge of the investment industry and raising SEA capital for U.S. investments. Part of the Team that raised roughly $1.7 billion for the U.S. Real Estate project. Prior to joining Realord Team, Mrs. Luu used to work for a well-known Real Estate developer company in the United States. Mrs. Luu also worked for one of the biggest immigration agents in China which has more than 10,000 immigrant families.

She has spent more than 5 years in the Grenada program and supported hundreds of cases in SEA for this program. She has effectively worked in a Chinese office, tasked with selling a Grenada product to Vietnamese and SEA clients and partners.

As the representative of the marketing director of SEA, responsible for the development of the SEA market, project promotion, customer maintenance, agency management, and coordination support, responsible for all daily operations related to management, staffing, labor contacts, transferring, sales, organize the seminar schedule, organize the travel trip, collecting the news in SEA market, presenting the project, answer the FAQ all the questions from the agents, training the project to new agents, searching for new agents etc.

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.

Patrick Peters
Chief Executive Officer
ClientReferrals

Patrick is a Canadian CPA who has more than 15 years of experience in the Investment Migration industry, specifically the Antigua and Canadian programs. Prior to assisting Immigration Professionals with their high-net-worth clients, he worked for BMO and KPMG, living and working in various countries.

In 2014, his company, ClientReferrals, was appointed as the Official Promoter of Antigua & Barbuda’s NDF Contribution Option and they have been the Program’s leading Service Provider since then.

In Antigua, ClientReferrals prides itself on offering the best service and commissions to Immigration Practitioners who have Contribution Option clients, but also on the high quality of the real estate projects they offer in Antigua.

ClientReferrals never works with clients directly, they strictly work with Immigration Practitioners,

helping them serve their clients. The company also provides other products for immigration

practitioners to grow their business – Various immigration products, real estate opportunities, and wealth management services.

Patrick and his colleagues have been involved with the Immigrant Investor industry for more than 25 years – they have helped create Canada’s investor and entrepreneur programs, they have raised more than $9 billion in capital for various programs, and they have assisted more than 12,000 families.

Kevin Hosam
Founder & Chairman
EC Holdings

A local citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, Kevin Hosam has been a CBI practitioner for 8 years. In 2015 he founded Exclusive Concierge (Antigua Barbuda), the predecessor of EC Holdings. He became a licensed agent and an authorized representative of the citizenship by investment unit in Antigua & Barbuda. He is also a licensed marketing agent in neighboring St. Kitts and Nevis and in St. Lucia. He brings a vast amount of experience in the Caribbean real estate market. Having successfully partnered with several developers to develop numerous CBI real estate projects fully. Kevin’s vast experience in the investment migration industry has made him a frequent contributor, presenter, panelist, and workshop facilitator at global Immigration and Real Estate conferences. Kevin graduated from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada, and now resides in Antigua & Barbuda where he is a citizen.

Zenabe Daman
Deputy CEO
Financial Services Authority Seychelles

Ms. Zenabe Daman has over 15 years of experience in leadership, strategy and innovation across the non-banking financial services field. As the deputy CEO, she is responsible for operational excellence at the FSA by helping to drive the FSA’s strategic mission through the direct oversight and monitoring of deliverables of the technical enforcement and authorisation departments of the FSA. This includes the Capital Market, Insurance, gambling, Fiduciaries and Trade Zone. She also engages actively with external bodies, stakeholders and investors on strategic issues as well as working fervently towards the further development of the FSA’s policy framework.

With the added responsibility of assisting and supporting the CEO of the FSA with the performance of his duties, Ms. Daman represents the FSA as and when required on strategic initiatives with government entities, other regulatory bodies and professional industry setting standard organisations. She is also an appointed board member of the Seychelles Revenue Commission. Until recently she has also fulfilled the role of the secretary to the board of the FSA, overseeing the Board Secretarial function, ensuring the effective management of the affairs of the Board and its committees.

Previously, Ms. Daman headed the compliance function as Director of a licensed regulated Trust and companies registered agent and also fulfilled leadership and compliance role within a securities dealer/ forex trading company, ensuring efficient Control and management of the company.

Ms. Daman achieved a graduate Degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, UK. She is also a TEP member of the Society of Trust and Estate practitioners (STEP).

Philippe May
Founder & CEO
EC Holdings

The Honourable Philippe A. May is the Swiss-Singaporean founder of EC Holdings. He is a qualified Associate Financial Planner (AFPTM) and a member of the Global Investor Immigration Council and the Financial Planner Association of Singapore. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and an Executive Diploma in International Diplomatic Law for Honorary Consuls from UNITAR, Geneva, Switzerland, Philippe has extensive experience in Diplomacy, Private Banking, Insurance, and Residence and Citizenship Planning.

After completing his high school education and national service in the Swiss army as an infantryman, Philippe began his career at the Swiss Stock Exchange SIX in Zurich. He then worked for Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas in Zurich, Switzerland, and later as Vice President for EFG Bank in Singapore. From 2016-2021, he was the Head of Asia-Pacific of the investor migration advisory firm Arton Capital. Philippe has been featured in various financial industry media including Bloomberg, BBC, CNN, and the Daily Telegraph. He is also a Robb Report Singapore Thought Leader and a member of the Global Investor Immigration Council, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He has been a speaker and panelist for various investor migration and financial industry conferences.

Philippe has been a citizen of Singapore since 2008 and he has been accredited as the Honorary Consul of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Singapore since 2011 (www.mfa.gov.sg). Philippe speaks Chinese, English, French, German and Spanish. He is the founder of a cigar club, an avid ornithologist, a hiker, and a reader of classical literature.

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.

Tuan A. PHUNG
Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Financial Investors – VAFI
Managing Partner of VCI Legal

Mr. Tuan A. Phung is among a few professional business lawyer in Vietnam who are well‐trained and extensively worked in both law and business. Tuan also serves as Vice Chairman for the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors (“VAFI”).

Mr. Tuan Phung possesses a vast experience in practicing business laws in supporting corporate clients in various field from M&A, Banking to Capital Market, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Commercial and Investment Dispute Settlement. His experiences in law and involvement with the management of international business provide him a unique qualification in consulting both as a business executives and a legal expert. He created the “In‐house Counsel Service™” and various specialized legal services for Multinational Business in Vietnam.

Before founding VCI Legal, Mr. Phung was the founder of the Corporate Legal Department for UNILEVER in Vietnam. Since the early days of economic liberation in Vietnam, Mr. Phung had practiced with COUDERT BROTHERS, the oldest law firm in the United States and DEUTSCHE BANK one of the most respected global financial institution.

Hakan Kodal
Chairman

Optylon Krea

Mr. Hakan Kodal has over 30 years of experience in investment management and real estate in Europe and is the Founder of leading companies and organizations in Turkey and Portugal.

Mr. Hakan Kodal is the Founder Chairman of Optylon Krea, a leading Pan-European real estate investment, and development company with a track record of managing real estate investments of over €1.8 billion and real estate funds with over €500 million of equity.

Mr. Hakan Kodal is the Founder Partner of Ando Living and Lovely Stay, a serviced apartments group managing over 1.200 apartments in Portugal and Turkey expanding to other European countries.

Mr. Hakan Kodal is the Founder Chairman of Korea and Bosphorus Real Estate Fund, a USD 200 million equity fund co-managed with Merrill Lynch Bank of America (2007-2013), the Founder Chairman of AYD (Council of Shopping Centers – Turkey) (2008-2012), the Founder Board Member of TAMPF (Federation of Shopping Centers and Retailers – Turkey), the Founder Chairman of ULI (Urban Land Institute) Turkey and Trustee of ULI Europe (2006-2016), and the Founder Chairman of GYODER (National Association of Turkish Real Estate Investment Companies) (1999-2003).

Mr. Hakan Kodal is the General Manager of Yapı Kredi Koray, one of the leading Turkish Real Estate Investment Trusts (1997-2006). He has considerable investment banking and corporate finance experience in Garanti Investment Bank and Coopers & Lybrand in Paris (1991-1997). He graduated degree from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (1989-1991) and a BSc in Electronics & Telecom from Istanbul Technical University (1984-1989).

Gauraw Srivastava
Head of Private Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management
VPBank

Gauraw is a banking, financial services & fintech professional with over 21 years of experience in senior leadership roles in Asia region. He has an extensive background in setting up and managing large-scale businesses in top global and local financial institutions like Standard Chartered, GE, ICICI, VNDIRECT, and VPBank.

He has an MBA from India and completed the advanced Fintech course from Harvard University. He is a keynote speaker and columnist at leading industry conferences and publications.

He is currently based out of Vietnam since 2018 where he is leading the Private Banking, Retail Banking Segments, and Wealth Management business for VPBank, the top local bank in Vietnam.

Bart Suchomski
Asia Director
EB5 United

Bart is an industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in the EB-5 Visa Program. He began his EB-5 career in New York City in 2006 where he worked on conducting investment due diligence, project structuring, and EB-5 Program compliance. Later he expanded his expertise to work with EB-5 clients in China, Vietnam, Korea, India, Taiwan, and various European countries. Throughout his career, Bart has played a pivotal role in advising hundreds of EB-5 clients as well as structuring and conducting due diligence on a large number of investment projects. He has successfully managed and supported a network of over 100 immigration agencies and advisors across Asia.

Bart’s contribution to the EB-5 industry is noteworthy, as he was instrumental in fundraising nearly $1.5 billion for a diverse range of real estate, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects throughout the United States. His extensive experience, coupled with a background in finance and EB-5 program compliance, has made him an expert in successfully achieving immigration and investment goals through the EB-5 program.

Having spent over a decade living in Vietnam and China, Bart possesses a deep understanding of the complexities that clients often face. He holds both an MBA and a B.A. degree from Pace University in New York City. Overall, Bart’s impressive track record and extensive international experience make him a respected and accomplished professional in the EB-5 industry.

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.

Ivan Yam
Group Member of Executive Committee
Globevisa Vietnam

Ivan graduated from the London School of Economics, majoring in Maths and Economics. He also holds a Master’s degree from Imperial College which is currently ranked in the top 10 in the world and specializes in science, engineering, medicine, and business.

Ivan has rich experience in the investment banking industry with over 10 years doing business in markets such as London, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Besides, he has also been holding strategic management roles in real estate and immigration businesses in The UK, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In Vietnam’s market, Ivan is a seasoned expert and has helped many clients optimize the value of their properties, successfully invest abroad, and achieve their immigration plans. Ivan’s leadership role at Globevisa Vietnam will continue to focus on these goals, helping Vietnamese clients diversify their investment portfolios and find opportunities to live, work, or study anywhere around the world.

Joseph A. Panepinto
President and Chief Executive Officer
Panepinto Global Partners

As founder and President of Panepinto Properties, Joseph A. Panepinto has spearheaded a renaissance in Jersey City, the city to which he has dedicated his professional career and his passion.

Panepinto Properties engages in innovative real estate projects nationally and internationally, focusing on design and infrastructure development, long-term property and asset management, and contemporary fine art services for residential, office, and hotel projects. Panepinto Properties works closely with financial institutions, city & state agencies, engineers, architects, designers, artists, and much more to ensure that each project is unique and successful.

Since 1977, Panepinto Properties and its affiliates have developed an impressive portfolio of over 6.3 million square feet of residential, commercial, and retail space in the United States. This portfolio includes 4,188 apartment/hotel units, over 3.2 million square feet of office space, 4,000 car parking, and 196,000 square feet of retail space.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Panepinto’s civic-mindedness and generosity and that of his family are legendary. He is a trustee and member of the Governing Board of St. Peter’s University, with which he has been associated for 30 years. He was a former Trustee and Governing Board member of Christ Hospital, which he had been associated with for 20 years.

Nhi Phan
MRICS since 2015 Giám đốc điều hành Euroterra Capital/ Crystal Waters Global.

Nhi Phan, tốt nghiệp ngành Bất động sản tại Đại học Oxford Brookes, hiện là Giám đốc Điều hành của Euroterra Capital và Crystal Waters Global tại Việt Nam. Bà có hơn 15 năm kinh nghiệm làm việc trong lĩnh vực bất động sản, khách sạn, tư vấn đầu tư tại thị trường trong và ngoài nước, hướng tới nhiều nhóm khách hàng khác nhau. Bên cạnh đó bà từng đảm nhận nhiều vị trí cao cấp tại các tập đoàn quốc tế. Khi đảm nhận vị trí Giám đốc điều hành tại Euroterra Capital/ Crystal Waters Global, bà biết cách kết hợp giữa lĩnh vực tài chính và khách sạn để mang đến những danh mục đầu tư hấp dẫn nhất cho khách hàng. Đặc biệt, Nhi Phan là một trong những người đồng hành cùng các khách hàng đầu tiên tại Việt Nam đầu tư vào Hy Lạptừ năm 2016.

Oleg Railean
Chief Executive Officer
Golden Jupiter Unipessoal Lda

Oleg Railean is an investment property expert in Portugal, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder of Amber Star. Has been working in the real estate market since 2005. He specializes in investment real estate, obtaining a residence permit in Portugal, the Golden Visa, as well as mortgages for non-residents.

Oleg accompanies clients at all stages of the acquisition of real estate: from choosing an object, signing an agreement, and ending with connecting utilities. He also advises on obtaining the status of residence permit, permanent residence, and registration of the Golden Visa of Portugal. One of the greatest achievements of Oleg Railean and his team would be the fact that Amber Star became one of Portugal’s leading Golden Visa real estate agencies.

Serena DANG Ngoc Huong
Head of Legal and Compliance (BOM Member)
Pernod Ricard Vietnam

Serena DANG Ngoc Huong, Attorney at Law, is Head of Legal and Compliance (BOM Member) of Pernod Ricard Vietnam and the Arbitrator at PIAC.

As an international lawyer, she has 17 years of legal experience (incl. 12ys PQE) specializing in business laws, cross-border investments, M&A, real estate, restructuring and turnaround, working on the international M&A projects with the matrix report from law firms and lawyers in Asia involved in the projects.

As an adviser, she assists (in legal matters and Project management) international investors operating across a wide spectrum of industries notably business establishment, development and management of property especially hotels and resorts, manufacturing (OEM, OED, OBM), trading (distribution), FMCG, traditional and digital media and television.

For the in-house role, she works for the well-known corporations and funds in the role of Head of Legal (Compliance), Vice President handling legal, finance, operation and corporate governance; BOM Member leading the companies.

As an off-counsel and a negotiator, she has advised, both from legal and finance aspects, and led successful M&As and partnerships of local investors and international brands in Vietnam. Carrying out the intensive studies on FTAs to which the Vietnamese Government is a member, she is the off-counsel cum policy consultant of the clients to deal with the Vietnamese customs authorities for customs valuation and origin rules.

As an international speaker, she has been invited by the international and local organisations, such as Chinese Organisations for One belt and One-road events, Euro Cham in Shanghai and Singapore, AOA Forum for the events of Cross-border investment and Offshore Funds, and other organisations in Vietnam for foreign investment, customs valuation, and FTAs.

As a writer for the reputable economic magazines and publish of the international organisations such as Saigon Times, Saigontimes online, Investment, EUC Vietnam.

Hue Truong
Director
HT Immigration & Investment Co. Ltd.

Hue Truong is the lawyer, and director of HT Investment & Immigration Co., Ltd. Her specialities are Investment & Business Law, Immigration Law, Labor Law, and Family Law for foreigner in Vietnam.

As an expert in the immigration field, during Covid 19, Hue Truong supported hundreds of expats to make visa for entering Vietnam. She have handled many work permits, and temporary residence card for expats who are working and living in Vietnam. She takes difficulty as challenge, and HT grew significantly during Covid 19.

HT was founded in 2018 and the office is conveniently located in the central business district of HCMC. HT assists people and companies interested in working and investing in Vietnam. Vietnam continues to be a premier opportunity for international investment and human capital and will be for many years to come. My specialities are Investment & Business Law, Immigration Law, Labor Law, and Family Law for foreigner in Vietnam.

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.

Hieu Pham
Special Counsel
ACSV Legal Vietnam

Hieu Pham is a special counsel at ACSV Legal. Hieu Pham focuses on a variety of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures and all forms of foreign direct investments, assisting clients in various sectors including health and fitness, food and beverages, information technology and hospitality, finance industry, digital marketing companies.

He has also been active in providing counsel to high-net-worth families and clients concerning all aspects of estate and tax planning and family asset holding structuring. In particular, Hieu helps clients transfer significant family wealth seamlessly while minimizing tax liability across different jurisdictions including the U.S., Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia. He represents high-net-worth clients to work with banks, trustees, local counsel, tax advisors across continents during the planning, structuring and executing exercise. Hieu regularly advises clients on pre-immigration tax planning, family asset holding structure, creation of family trusts and acquisition of overseas assets.

Hieu earned his LLB at the University of Economics and Law. He was admitted as a member of the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association. Hieu is a native Vietnamese speaker and fluent in English. Hieu is a ranked lawyer for M&A and Tax by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.

Kenneth Camilleri
Managing Director
Vertex Alliance

By profession Kenneth is a qualified accountant and tax advisor. He attained his practicing warrant from the Government of Malta, Ministry of Finance in 2005. His expertise lies in residency and citizenship, international taxation, and wealth structuring. Kenneth is an accredited agent for the Maltese citizenship and residency programmes. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of Vertex Alliance which specialises in Residency, Citizenship, Tax, and Investment.

Previously, Kenneth held the position of Senior Director at an international law firm for a span of fifteen years, whereby he led both the Tax Advisory and Tax Compliance units as well as the Residency and Citizenship team responsible for the Asian market.

Over the years, Kenneth has been a guest speaker in a number of conferences and roadshows primarily in Asia but also across Europe. Numerous and diverse high net worth individuals have entrusted Kenneth with both their personal as well as corporate tax planning. Furthermore, together with his team of professionals, Kenneth has supported numerous clients with acquiring European residence and/or citizenship.

Formerly, Kenneth has occupied senior positions at a leading five-star hotel in Malta, whereby he was the Chief Finance Officer and subsequently the General Manager. He has lectured both the Fundamentals and Advanced ACCA paper in taxation and was well renowned among students for his practical approach in simplifying and breaking down complex tax matters.

Professionally, Kenneth is best known for being an achiever who embraces challenges, for being a leader who inspires, and for his pragmatic and creative problem-solving skills.

Mia Pavlikova
Branch Manager of Dubai Office
PTGoldenVisa

Mia Pavlikova is heading the Dubai Office of PTGoldenvisa as the Branch Manager.

Mia graduated from University of Economics in Bratislava with a Master’s Degree in Business Management. Mia has been representing PTGoldenVisa on several international conferences and exhibitions and onboarding clients from all over the world into the Portuguese Residency program. As an expert fully focused on the Golden Visa program for Portugal will be able to guide investors with a full integrated support in obtaining the Residency Permit and lately EU Citizenship.

PTGoldenVisa is solely focused on Portuguese Residency Program by investment and that is the key element that differentiates them from their competitors. As they concentrate only on the Portugal they are able to provide a one stop shop service, with full local knowledge and experience. The company have a 100 % success rate on Golden Visa applications. The company has offices in Lisbon and operates a branch in Dubai – Top Investor Visa Immigration Services – with a local DED license. In UAE they provide consultancy and all necessary support on all the the documentation required.

Pierre Vanrenterghem
General Manager
RBA

Pierre is a Partner and General Manager of RBA, an accounting and corporate services firm with representation in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. He has been working in Singapore since 2009. He developed significant experience and innovative solutions in corporate, tax and immigration matters for his clients. Pierre graduated in Business from ESSEC Business School and also holds a Master’s degree in Law. He was previously working in Paris and later managed the Corporate Service department of a Singapore-based German law firm. Prior joining Rosemont, Pierre was a legal consultant in a top-tier Singapore-based law firm where he was in charge of corporate, tax and immigration matters. He has experience advising companies and individuals on their investment or commercial projects as well as their relocation in Singapore and South East Asia. Pierre worked or studied in various countries, including France, the United States, the West Indies and Singapore. He speaks fluent English and French. Pierre is also a Singapore accredited tax practitioner and member of the SIATP.

Jonathan Blaine
Thailand Tax Director and Head of the Regional Compliance & Investigations Practice
DFDL

Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the Asia-Pacific, specializing in cross-border corporate and personal investment and tax planning with a particular focus on US, Thailand and Japanese investments. He typically advises international businesses, high net worth individuals, trustees, insurers and other financial institutions. Jonathan has supported numerous individual clients with US tax amnesty and Streamline filings and is a recognized expert in Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), while also providing several well-known multinational corporate clients with international investment planning and structuring. He is a licensed California attorney and has been a licensed USCPA (Hawaii) for more than 20 years. He is a frequent lecturer at several universities and speaker at seminars globally.

Sylvie Ma
Managing Director
Ma, Nguyen & Partners (MN&P)

Sylvie Ma is a Vietnamese-Canadian investment, residence and citizenship attorney based in Ho Chi Minh City since 2006. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to a Vietnamese mother and Chinese father. After working for few years as a commercial, investment, and corporate lawyer in Vietnam, Sylvie established Ma, Nguyen & Partners (MN&P), an investment and immigration consultancy firm focusing on helping Vietnamese to invest and settle abroad. Sylvie obtained a B. Comm major in Finance and minor in International Business from John Molson School of Business – Concordia University, and a Law Degree (L.LL) from Ottawa University. She is a Board Member of the AMA Education Foundation, an NGO dedicated to helping the underprivileged students and educators of Vietnam, and is mother to a daughter and two sons.

Nguyen Van Hai
Partner
YKVN

Hai Nguyen has over 10 years of experience in the practice of corporate, energy and capital markets. Hai has in-depth knowledge of the Vietnamese capital markets and energy sectors and the general legal landscape of Vietnam. Hai’s current main areas of practice are capital markets and finance transactions and other corporate transactional and advisory matters.

Hai is fluent in English. Prior to joining YKVN, Hai spent 5 years at the Corporate and International Trade departments of Mayer Brown JSM in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hai’s practice is recognised by International Financial Law Review and Chambers and Partners and Asia Pacific Legal 500. Hai has also authored numerous publications covering a wide range of topics, including global trade, power and Vietnamese legal framework in general and had his articles published on Infra Asia, Asian Power and Asian-mena Counsel Magazine, to name a few.

Hai is recently recognised as Asia Future Leader 2021 by IFLR in both capital markets and project development. This title is awarded to those individual practitioners who have displayed ongoing exceptional leadership attributes and whom received the highest praise from their peers and clients in their relevant jurisdictions. Hai has also been recognized by Asialaw, IFLR, and Legal 500 for his practices in capital markets, corporate and M&A, and project development.

Thuy Le
Managing Partner
Lawlink Vietnam Law LLP.

Prior to founding Lawlink Vietnam in 2014, Thuy had a distinguished career in the public sector as an associate director of DONRE in Ho Chi Minh City. She had contributed her knowledge and expertise as a senior permanent member of several councils, advising local government on resolving disputes, claims and litigations in many key projects of the City, including: High-tech park, Long Thanh – Dau Giay Highway; National Cultural Historial Park; and a variety of large complex infrastructure and real estate projects in HCM City.

​In the private sector, Thuy had over 20 years practicing law, both as a qualified lawyer in reliable law firms and a GC – a senior BOD member to large domestic and multinational companies in Vietnam and Asia region, such as Hoabinh Group (HBC), Nam Long Investment (NLIC), and Archetype Group. With her rich and extensive experience in all three areas: state affairs, business and private law practice, Thuy has become quite an “MVP” lawyer – according to her clients and peers.

Her primary focus is on legal advice with respect to investment, corporate, mergers & acquisitions, family business transformation and business litigation.

Thuy is highly appreciated by Clients for not only her expertise as a lawyer, but also her ability in identifying and addressing problems within different organizations in different sectors and providing a clear road map of solutions with flexible approaches, and most notably, her ability to convey complex ideas in simple terms.

Nam Nguyen
Managing Partner
Kreston NNC

Nam is a leading business and tax advisor in Vietnam who has over 25 years of work experience in Big-4 firms in Vietnam (including EY, KPMG, PwC), with over 10 years of experience at Partner’s level at these firms. Since 2017, he runs his own professional service firm, Nam Nguyen Consulting (NNC) which is now rebranded to Kreston NNC, a member of Kreston Global which has over 750 offices in over 110 countries.

Nam is highly regarded as “trusted advisor” by leading local business founders and companies, and multinational companies in Vietnam, as evidenced by his long-lasting work relationships with them. He has received awards from Vietnam’s Minister of Finance and Prime Minister for contributions to the tax profession in Vietnam, and recognitions by International Tax Review as one of Vietnam’s tax controversy leaders. Kreston NNC has also received awards by APAC Insider Magazine as the Best Independence Tax Firm.

Nam obtained education in Australian Universities including a Master of Professional Accounting. He holds fellow membership of CPA Australia and is the Chairman of CPA Australia Advisory Committee in Vietnam. In addition, he is a member of International Tax Specialist Group (ITGS), Vietnam Tax Consultants Association (VTCA) and CFO Vietnam. Nam regularly speaks, and authors several publications, on the topics of doing business in Vietnam and taxation, and through his association with professional bodies he involves actively in advocacy for legislative and policy reforms that promote fair, transparent, and pro-business administration in Vietnam.

Jessica Ngo Viet Anh
Marketing Representative
Singapore Hengsheng (Grenada) Development PTE. LTD

Jessica started her professional career at Hebronstar, a Korean Management Consultancy firm in Vietnam, providing strategic advisory for SMEs. She later worked for the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Ho Chi Minh City, gaining first-hand experience in consular provision and visa applications. During this time she was introduced to the world of Investment Migration learning about the various opportunities available in a number of countries offering RCBI.

Prior to joining Heng Sheng Group, to be part of Henley & Partners, and Latitude – Global citizenship consultancy company has provided her with frontier insight and extensive experience into the fast-moving world of investment immigration. Her in-depth international exposure allows her to head thoroughly a number of both residency and citizenship programs through delivery of immigration-oriented solutions for local high end clients and their families to match with their demand of investment, enhanced mobility, safety, first world education and global business opportunities.

Mandy Duong Thi Nguyet Hong
Marketing Representative
Singapore Hengsheng (Grenada) Development PTE. LTD

Mandy used to work in a family hospitality business, holding various roles in Administration, Human Resources, and Management. She then joined the Supply Chain Management of B-Braun, an international pharmaceutical firm with head offices in Germany. Later she led a team of people for a Korean company based in Vietnam, further developing her problem-solving skills and finding money transfer solutions for her key account clients.

Prior to joining Heng Sheng Group, Mandy was part of the management team at Go Invest Global, and Latitude company – working in the Immigration and Real Estate section, dealing with HNWI and Investors looking to invest in RCBI and high-end international property. As a Regional Marketing Manager, international business environment brought her the different residency and citizenship programs to deliver immigration-oriented solutions for both local investors and their families accordingly their investment, security, excellent education system and extensive business opportunities.

Joseph Hoanh Son Pham
Senior Counsel
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Joseph has over 10 years of work experience, having worked for two of the big four accounting firms and also for the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs trade department.

Joseph has advised multinational clients on transfer pricing structures and compliance with the OECD Transfer pricing Guidelines. Joseph also worked on customs investigations relating to anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties for the Australian Customs trade division.

Joseph has advised various Thailand listed companies on their structuring of related party transactions in compliance with local and international tax regulations. He has also advised various Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese companies in relation to tax audit investigations and disputes conducted by the local tax authorities.

Joseph worked as a customs and trade investigator for the Australian Customs handling dumping, customs valuation, tariff concessions, and tariff preference.

As a private consultant, Joseph has advised companies on the application for customs audit (compliance and prudential), application for concessional entry of goods, rules of origin and tariff preference (free trade agreements), customs valuation, dumping and subsidy investigation and analysis.

Simon Paterson
Regional Marketing Director (S.E. Asia)
Singapore Hengsheng (Grenada) Development PTE. LTD

Simon has been involved with global real estate for over 30 years, moving into immigration based real estate in 2015 during his tenure with Colliers Qatar.

With over 12 years’ experience in Vietnam, Simon has a deep understanding of the local business culture and has worked for some of the biggest developers and agencies in the country.

This gives him a unique perspective of working on both sides of the fence and so, when invited to join Heng Sheng to promote their ‘National resort’ project in Grenada, he was very motivated to take up the challenge.

Although a regional role, Heng Sheng Singapore have a primary focus on Vietnam where Simon is based and where his main focus is to create dynamic relationships with the countries premier agencies in order to promote the Grenada CBI program.

Not only do Heng Sheng Singapore offer clients an exceptional all in 1 service in obtaining Grenada citizenship, but they also support their partners in numerous ways including providing marketing support, full on-going training, attending partners events/seminars and attending client meetings if required.

Heng Sheng Singapore is purely focused on a B2B basis – every care is taken to support our partners and their clients including any referrals.

If you are interested in discussing cooperation with Heng Sheng Singapore, with the unique benefits this brings to clients and partners, Simon and the Vietnamese team would be more than happy to discuss.

Daniel Hochbaum
Business Development Director
Discus Holdings Ltd.

Daniel Hochbaum is leading Business Development at Discus Holdings Ltd., a group of companies that have over 25 years of experience in the business immigration industry, offering a wide range of services in the area of immigration by investment. Discus provides an individual approach for investors and their families to secure a safe and stable future. Daniel personally advised more than a hundred clients in the past years, providing them with tailor-made solutions.

Montenegro, aside from the pristine beaches and breathtaking mountains is known for the fastest and most cost-effective citizenship program in Europe, attracting investors from all over the world. In 2019, Daniel became responsible for coordinating the Montenegro Citizenship by Investment program, where Discus Holdings – through its ownership – is one of the three government-approved agents of the program worldwide. With the program closure at the end of 2022, there is a very limited time remaining for investors to grasp this opportunity, which is the prime reason Daniel decided to take part in the Vietnam summit.

By profession, Daniel is an economist and international relations expert. He studied in three countries, lived and worked in several others within the European Union. Daniel moved to Dubai in early 2022 to further develop the relationship with the company’s partners in the region.

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.