Alessandra successfully earned her certificate in Canadian Immigration Law at Lasalle College in Montreal and is a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) since 2014. She is also registered in the Register of Quebec Immigration Consultants since 2015.
Alessandra has in-depth knowledge of the international mobility process having lived in different countries herself. Among others she lived in France, Italy and the United Kingdom before settling in Montreal, Quebec, with her family.
She speaks several languages and her understanding of different cultures allows her to create bridges between immigration applicants and Canada.
After several years of business development and marketing on a global scale in the field of innovative technologies and communication, Alessandra had the opportunity to grasp the reality of international economic and financial investments and the responsibilities related to expatriation. This led her to make a career change to leverage this know-how to the benefit of her immigration clients.
She works will several corporate clients and individuals to identify investment opportunities to leverage Canada’s investment immigration opportunities. She has an effective network of lawyers, accountants, real-estate agents that support her in finding the appropriate project for each client.
Alessandra has a B.A Honours in Business Communication, from the London University of the Arts, she holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Herriot Watt and a Certificate in Canadian Immigration Law from LaSalle College in Montreal.
Since 2011, ICCRC is the new profession’s regulatory body appointed by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. The Council regulates and improves the protection of customers and aims to preserve the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.
He obtained his Master in Business Law and Corporate Taxation from the Law School of Aix-Marseille University, France in 2002. During his studies, he was ranked among the 10 Best business law students by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2001 and won the 1st edition of the Landwell Award (PwC) in 2002. The following year in 2003 he received his LLM. in International Business Laws from City University of Hong Kong. In 2004, Mr. Trelcat becomes a member of the Paris Bar.
Before moving to Shanghai, he gained extensive professional background from various firms in France where he specialized in both corporate and individual taxation.
Bastien Trelcat relocated to Shanghai in 2004, he advises several leading companies throughout China and Europe in their M&A transactions, including structuring and negotiation of joint-ventures.
He also assisted companies in the tax structuring of their investment in Asia and creation of their distribution networks. He has worked on several cross border transactions involving Thailand and travels frequently to Thailand and has developed strong networks throughout Asia.
Mr. Trelcat became a partner of HLG in January 2014. He acts as the managing partner for Thailand and Vietnam, and also plays an important role in the development of the SEA market.
Mr. L’ecuyer is the first chief executive of the Investment Migration Council, the worldwide association of investor immigration and citizenship-by-investment professionals.
Bruno leads the Secretariat reporting to the Governing Board and is responsible for all IMC operations. A regular contributor to international publications and conferences in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, he has held positions in London, Paris and Hong Kong. Bruno was previously head at a national financial services association, acting as a bridge between government and industry. He has extensive expertise and experience in the management and expansion of a professional services association. A member of the Governing Board, Bruno acts as its Secretary.
Carlyle is Barrister and Solicitor who practices in the areas of corporate and financial services law. He admitted in Anguilla, the BVI, St. Kitts/Nevis and New Zealand, owns and manages the Stafford Group of Companies. He studied law in London at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, where he obtained an LLB (Hons) degree in 2001 and with the University of London (International Programme) from which he obtained an LLM degree in Corporate and Commercial Law in 2005. He completed the Legal Education Certificate (LEC) at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad in March 2013 and was admitted as a barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in Anguilla and BVI in 2013. He speaks and writes widely on issues affecting international financial services and citizenship programmes and splits his time between Anguilla and Dubai. In Dubai, he manages Carlyle Rogers Legal Consultants FZE which focuses on providing wealth management and tax planning advice for HNWIs and AML/FATCA/CRS compliance.
Currently Of Counsel at WTW – Taipei Commercial Law Firm, David has lived and worked in Greater China since 1993.
David’s professional career has been predominately practicing U.S. business immigration law in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. More recently, David has specialized in the EB-5 immigrant investor visa representing clients from all over Asia. In his 25 years, he has assisted hundreds of clients and family members successfully obtain EB-5, L1, E1/E2 and other U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
A permanent resident of Taipei, Taiwan, David frequently travels and speaks on EB-5 and US immigration law throughout Asia. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and The Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA), the preeminent EB-5 trade association. David is an active member of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of AILA, having served in various leadership positions of the Chapter including Communication Committee Chairman, Co-Chair of its annual Conference, a member of the Government Liaison Committee, and has served as the EB-5 Panel Discussion Leader at the Chapter’s annual conference each year since 2014.
During his career, David has also held several other positions, including serving as the Representative for the Oklahoma International Marketing Office in Taiwan representing the State of Oklahoma Department of Commerce concurrent with his law practice.
In addition to EB-5 and other U.S. immigration matters, David consults on inbound and outbound investment (Taiwan), regional business development, international commercial agreements, and international dispute resolution. David received his BA and JD degrees from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Laws degree in Transnational Business from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California. He is an avid diver and improving surfer.
Derren Joseph, is an EA (Enrolled Agent – license # 00100858-EA) who has been admitted to practice before the IRS and is an associate member of the American Institute of CPAs (#7920958). Derren holds 2 Masters degrees in Economics, a Certified Diploma from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK) and has completed advanced Tax coursework at both New York University and the University of London.
Derren has written extensively on economic and tax issues including being published with the Singapore Business Review, Forbes Asia, the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, the International Business Structuring Association, Offshore Alert and the (Trinidad) Guardian. Since 2007, Derren has been advising on cross border tax issues in the Caribbean, the U.K., and Miami, FL. His specialty is navigating US tax laws.
A Partner in Hayden T Joseph & Co. (offices in the US, UK and Singapore), Derren also manages the U.S. Tax Desk of the Moores Rowland Asia Pacific network of firms, with over 30 offices in 11 Asian countries. He has given seminars on tax issues in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Hong Kong and the Caribbean.
Desmond specialises in Skilled, Business & Investment migration for Australia & New Zealand. Prior to this, Desmond worked as a Regional Internal Auditor for Singapore publicly listed companies and Japan multi-national companies across the Asian Pacific region since 1995.
Desmond was a graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. His past experience in accounting and finance profession has equipped him to interact with high net wealth investors, small/medium sized businesses effectively when handling the Business & investment program.
Desmond is a member of ACCA, CA, CIA and a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461243) & New Zealand Licensed Immigration Adviser (201201134).
Attorney Guillaume Matz completed a Master in Political Sciences in France and became a member of the Paris Bar Association.
He gained experience in commercial and litigation laws in Paris and London before expanding to the international scale.
Mr. Matz specialized in cross-boarding transactions and immigration. He holds a strong experience in South East Asia, where he advises corporations on offshore strategies and high net worth individuals on structuring their private wealth.
Guillaume is fluent in French, English and proficient in Thai and Vietnamese.
Prior to relocating to Asia in the mid-1990s, James spent time in a United Kingdom Government role specializing in bi-lateral relations between the UK and Central and Eastern Europe.
With a consulting career in Asia spanning twenty plus years and, residing in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bangkok, James has acquired an extensive understanding of issues surrounding global mobility, initially as the owner of a Hong Kong-headquartered executive search company, working with many multinational companies around the world.
After his business was acquired by a global top five firm, James settled on a broader consulting career, capitalizing on his wide range of contacts to assist companies with market-entry and business development in Asia. Involvement in the area of “Citizenship by Investment” was a natural progression and, it is through this that James came into contact with the Government of Vanuatu to support the launch of their 2017 “Development Support Program” (DSP), and the growth of the Vanuatu Information Centre (VIC) network.
James has a key role in developing strategic Investment-Migration Industry relationships on behalf of the DSP, as well as supporting the Vanuatu Government in seeking greater opportunities internationally for Investment, bi-lateral trade and inbound tourism. He is currently planning the 2018 opening of a VIC in London to provide support to Vanuatu in the markets of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
James is originally from the UK and a graduate of Brunel University (WLI).
Strategically located in Singapore, James is at a nexus for investment and migration flow between Asia and both Australia and New Zealand. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, he mentors and trains registered agents and licensed immigration advisers, in addition to consulting on migration practice establishment. To date he has guided the establishment of 6 migration firms across Asia. Prior to the migration industry, James had corporate management experience across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. James is qualified as an Australian registered migration agent (#0428740) and a NZ licensed immigration adviser (#200800600).
Jonathan recently joined our Asia wealth planning and tax group in Singapore from his previous practice based in Bangkok Thailand and has over 15 years experience working in the Asia Pacific region.
Jonathan’s personal practice focuses on cross-border tax efficient wealth, business and inheritance structuring with particular focus on US, Thailand and Japanese investments and planning. Typical clients include family businesses, fund managers, high net worth families, single and multi-family offices, trustees, insurers and financial institutions. He has supported numerous clients with US tax amnesty and streamline filings and is a recognized subject matter expert in the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
He has been a USCPA (Hawaii) for almost 20 years and brings a unique combination of fluencies in law, accounting and finance to his clients.
Kelly and her husband Jon also run the EB-5 Hollywood Regional Center. She has a stellar track record for NO rejections/denials for visa candidates participating in projects under her guidance and has been instrumental in the emigration of over 100 families.
Kevin Leiske primarily practices in the areas of taxation, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. He has advised a wide range of US and non-US clients in all stages of their operations, practicing in New York, London and San Francisco before joining his current firm, Armbrust & Brown, PLLC, in Austin, Texas. Along with providing guidance on the governance and operations of businesses Kevin is also experienced in corporate and partnership U.S. federal taxation issues stemming from a multitude of transactions, along with generally advising on the formation, capitalization, day-to-day operation, liquidation, and sale of such entities.
She is a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a past Richard B. Fisher Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Her research on international migration, nationalism, and political sociology has appeared in leading academic and intellectual journals, and her writings have been translated into a half-dozen languages. In 2014, she received the Book of the Year Award from the American Sociological Association’s Asia Section, and her scholarship has been recognized by the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She comments regularly for the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, and Sky TV News.
Mark Chowdhry is a UK qualified solicitor and acts as the Managing Director of Baxters International (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a Business & Management Consultancy firm, which provides strategic long-term business advice to global investors, multi-nationals and international entrepreneurs. Mark has substantial experience in UK immigration matters, in particular, applications pertaining to Tier 1 of the Points Based System. The firm also provides consultancy services for international acquisitions and mergers with respect to immigration and nationality law.Mark has amassed over 15 years experience in a variety of industry sectors including Financial Services, Fund Management, Fintech and Information Technology as well as interests in Energy, Sport and Arts & Culture.
Mark sits as Board member of the British Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) and regularly liaises with senior business leaders and Government Ministers from the United Kingdom, Singapore and other regions in Asia Pacific. In addition, Mark has been Chairman of the Professional Services Group at the British Chamber of Commerce since 2015, and has remained a committee member since arriving in Singapore.
Mark is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) and the European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore). He has been listed as a leading practioner in the ‘Who’s Who’ guide to Corporate Immigration since 2015, as well as other such leading publications.
For more than twenty years, he has represented multinational businesses in the field of immigration law. Mr. Azarmehr has represented individual EB-5 investors since 1996. During this time he has represented Regional Investment Center and individual clients. He is has provided presentations regarding the EB-5 program in China, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam and other countries.
Mr. Azarmehr has been practicing law in Texas since 1992. He first served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Texas Attorney General’s office; then from 1996 to 1998, he practiced immigration law at Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas.
He is admitted to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas. His professional activities include: State Bar of Texas; American Immigration Lawyers Association; State Bar Foundation Fellow; Past Chair, State Bar of Texas, Environmental Law Section; Past Associate Editor-in-Chief, State Bar of Texas, Environmental Law Journal.
His publications include:
Immigration Options and Procedures for Healthcare Workers, Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals (2010-12).
Natural Resources Damages Under CERCLA Sec. 107: How the Liability Rules Differ Between Actions for Natural Resource Damages and Response Costs, 21 Environmental Law Reporter No. 10 (1992).
Status of Joint and Several Liability under CERCLA after Bell Petroleum; 24 Environmental No. 5 (1994).
CERCLA Joint and Several Liability in the Fifth Circuit after Bell Petroleum, State Bar of Texas, 25 Environmental Law Journal No. 1 (1994).
His recent and upcoming presentations include:
Investment Based Immigration Presentation
Singapore, Malaysia – April 19, 2016
Jakarta, Indonesia – April 20, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – April 22, 2016
Hanoi, Vietnam – April 14-15, 2016
Creative Solutions for Immigration and Recruitment, Austin, Texas – February 23, 2016
Mergers & Acquisitions: What Talent/Human Resource Professionals Need To Know, Austin, Texas – January 26, 2016
Mr. Azarmehr graduated from the University of North Texas with Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Economics and from St. Mary’s University School of Law with Juris Doctor. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi.
Mr. Alfred career has been primarily within the financial services sector, having worked in the domestic and offshore financial sector. He has held senior and executive positions within the banking sector in Barbados, Cayman and Saint Lucia as well as working experience in taxation; auditing and regulation/supervision.
Mr. Alfred has also acquired extensive experience in the area of compliance and anti-money laundering during his stint as Head regulator/supervisor for Saint Lucia’s offshore sector and Registrar of Insurance. He is a trained IMF/Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Mutual Evaluator and was the financial expert in the 1st mutual evaluation exercise conducted on Guyana.
Mr. Alfred is also an appointed Commissioner to CARICOM Competition Commission.
Ntoudi joined Wintrust Asia Pacific Pte Ltd early 2017 as head of South East Asia and Africa Markets. Based in Singapore he is providing corporate management, trust and fund solutions to family offices, financial institutions and wealthy individuals across the two regions.
In his previous role with Amicorp Group, Ntoudi was instrumental in developing Amicorp’s fund activity in Singapore from structuring to fund administration.
Prior to Amicorp, he worked for 14 years at Banque Internationale a Luxembourg, where he held several senior roles in Luxembourg and Singapore. In his last role, as head of Wealth Banking Services and member of the Executive Committee, based in Singapore, Ntoudi was responsible for the development of the sales network through financial intermediaries such as external asset managers, tax advisors, insurance brokers and financial advisors across Asia Pacific.
Ntoudi holds a master in banking & finance (Hons) from Luxembourg School of Finance (Luxembourg) and Stern University (United States) as well as a bachelor degree in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal (Canada)
Olderigo is a tax partner with more than twenty-five years of tax specialist experience within Deloitte in Italy, in the US and, currently, in China.
In Italy, after working at Deloitte’s Rome and Milan offices, he became tax partner in Florence, where he established and led the local tax practice from 2000 to 2008.
From 2008 until 2012, he worked at Deloitte US in New York as Managing Director of the Italian Desk, assisting many Deloitte US clients with their investments in Italy.
From 2012, Olderigo is at the head of Deloitte Italy’s China Desk in Hong Kong, where he supports Italian firms based in China and Asia-Pacific with their local tax issues and consults Chinese groups in the acquisition process of investments in Italy.
For the last ten years Tasos Stavrou has gained extraordinary experience in the real estate industry through the demanding positions and roles he has maintained on a national and international level. Based in Cyprus, Tasos is the Group Sales Manager of Aristo Developers – Cyprus’ most reputable property and construction developer. His diverse and extensive knowledge of real estate has inspired Tasos to broaden the Company’s horizons, by establishing and managing overseas operations across the globe. In his capacity as General Manager for China and Asia, Tasos has motivated a team of professionals to achieve both common and personal goals. His strength in building strong and dedicated teams within the workforce has led to extraordinary and innovative results.
Tasos’ diversity is evident through the string of qualifications he holds. Further to his key-position at Aristo Developers, Tasos Stavrou is also an International Board Member of FIABCI and is the currently serving as FIABCI Young Members World President. He is also a recipient of a FIABCI award for his exemplary performance in the real estate sector. He is also appointed by Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) to be their representative in China.
Harvey Law Group (HLG) was founded in Montreal, Québec in 1992 by Attorney Jean-François Harvey. Mr. Harvey completed a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa and was appointed to the Québec Bar in 1992, and is a member in good standing of both the Québec and Canadian Bar Associations.
Mr. Harvey is recognized internationally as an expert in Immigration Law, and he brings a wealth of experience in providing comprehensive immigration law services to corporations and high net worth individuals.
Mr. Harvey also brings extensive experience in commercial legal matters, and in particular has advised on many high-value due diligence and merger and acquisition activities for a broad range of International and multinational industries.
Thomas Gunnerson is the Asia Pacific Director for Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP, a full-service immigration law firm. Thomas is based in WR’s Shanghai, China office and assists the firm’s clients in the Asia Pacific region with multiple immigration issues with a particular focus on business and investment immigration.
Zac is a practicing lawyer with over 20 years legal experience, admitted to practice in England & Wales, and is a former Partner of various international law firms including, Harneys, Ogier, Lawrence Graham and Gowling WLG advising on all areas of international private client law, including cross border wills, trust and estates and business succession planning.
Zac has particular expertise advising on international regulatory law and has lectured and written extensively on the OECD Common Reporting Standard (CRS). As a result, Zac has been retained by a number of leading private banks, trust companies, wealthy individuals and families and a governmental authority to advise on the practical implementation of
Zac has now taken the step, in founding Centenal Legal Technology Group, to leverage the power of information technology to create innovative enterprise application software solutions for use by Financial Institutions, Business Professionals and UHNW families and individuals.