Adam joined OC in July 2018 to help grow the immigration practice, having over 12 years’ experience. If it’s related to UK immigration, Adam has done it!
Following his graduation from Cardiff University and training at the Bar, Adam worked for the UK Home Office as a Case Worker and Presenting Officer, deciding applications and representing the Home Office at immigration appeals. In 2009 he joined a niche immigration practice and quickly rose to become a Partner. In this position, he opened a new office which continues to thrive to date. Having worked on both ‘sides’ proved invaluable! He remained at this firm until he joined OC.
Adam covers all areas of immigration, including assisting multinational, multimillion, dollar corporations with their relocations and HNW/UHNW individuals through to individual migration needs.
Adam has also been a regular commentator in the media, including appearances for the BBC and various national radio stations.
Adrian Scantlebury is the Managing Director of Epitome Consultancy Co. Limited. A Trinidadian by birth, Adrian has been an Attorney-at-Law for over 14 years and is admitted to practice in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and the Federation of Saint Christopher & Nevis.
Adrian obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree with honours from the University of London in 2002 and a Master of Laws degree with specialization in Corporate Finance and Management Issues from the same university in 2010.As you will come to experience for yourself, Adrian is an affable and intelligent individual who works assiduously at any given task. For the past nine years he has been giving top-class advice and assistance to persons applying for St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment.
When Adrian is not advising clients, he is entertaining audiences on his saxophone or bass guitar, or doing charitable work with his local Rotary Club or dabbling in videography.
Epitome Consultancy Co. Limited is a St. Kitts St. Kitts and Nevis licensed Citizenship by Investment Service Provider and International Marketing Agent. Epitome’s relationship with CC&F Inc./St. Kitts Castle, allows Epitome to offer clients turn-key condominium units for citizenship investment.
Antonis M. Christodoulou is the Business Development Manager for the South-east Asia of A.Georgiou group, a reputable family business with an experience of 40 years in the field of Construction and Real Estate Development in Cyprus.
Antonis obtains his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Liverpool JM University, UK in 2009. In 2014 he received his Master in Management Sciences with HR from the Leicester University, UK. Since 2015 is an active member of the company and holds the BDM position from last January. He has enough experience and knowhow to connect new associates and to secure a long lasting relationship with the group.
The last 3 years is also an MP”s Councilor in the House of Representatives with DIKO party in Cyprus, with strong social and political participation. Today, is the General Organizational Secretary of NEDIK (Youth Political Organization) since 2015, he is the Youth Secretary of the Workers Union SEK, in Pafos District since 2014, and since 2011 he is the Secretary of the Youth Council of the Municipality of Pafos.
In 2013, Antonis he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Ministers Council as a Member of the Cyprus Grain Commission Board, since 2016.
Bastien 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.
Bence is a pr expert, journalist and researcher of the international wealth management solutions. He became the best television reporter of Hungary in 2000, and after several years as foreign affairs correspondent at RTL Klub television, he continued his career in the public relations industry. After the successful kickstart of RE/MAX in Hungary, Bence left the marketing director role to research the Swiss private bank sector as a marketing agent. He started to explore the practical and legal immigration aspects of the several jurisdictions from 2008. Author of the books:
“Buying a second citizenship.”
“Paraguay Citizenship and the Permanent Residence Permit Programs”
Bence publishes information about HNWI immigration issues in English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
He Boyi, male, born on Oct. 9th, 1954, in Guangzhou Guangdong Province. He graduated from Guangzhou Zhongshan Medical University. He is the board director, general manager, and legal representative of Guangzhou Huaren Immigration Company Limited. He has also been appointed to the following social posts: The First and Second term of chairman of Guangdong Provincial Entry & Exit Immigration Association; Executive Member of National Overseas Study Agents Association; Deputy Chairman of Guangzhou Municipal Marriage & Family Association; Member of CPPCC in Tianhe District; Deputy of the Federation of Industry and Commerce; Member of Standing Committee of the Overseas Chinese Federation; Executive member of the Overseas Chinese Businessmen Council.
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.
Christian Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider (imidaily.com), the leading publication for the residence and citizenship by investment industry.
Investment Migration Insider’s readers are professionals from immigration companies, property developers, law firms, private wealth advisories and family offices, due diligence firms, policy-makers and a handful of prime ministers.The publication features breaking news, commentary on current events, interviews with key figures, an extensive overview of relevant conferences, and the only job listing site dedicated exclusively to the CBI/RBI industry.
Investment Migration Insider publishes its English-language content on imidaily.com, and in Mandarin on its WeChat platform (see 投资移民知情者), which caters to a substantial base of Chinese readers.Norwegian by birth, Christian holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of San Francisco and an MBA from University of Chongqing. He has spent the last six years living and working in Greater China and is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Danny Po is Deloitte’s Asia-Pacific and China National M&A Tax Leader. Danny has more than 30 years of experience in China tax and business advisory services. He has been working closely with his teams in Hong Kong and the Mainland of China to provide a wide range of transaction related tax services for both in-bound and out-bound investment. He was the lead engagement M&A tax partner of Blackstone’s acquisition of SZITIC, COFCO’s acquisition of Noble Group, Beijing Capital’s acquisition of TPI’s waste management business in New Zealand and HNA’s acquisition of Hilton Group.
Danny is an active speaker on China inbound and outbound M&A tax topics for trade associations and professional bodies as well as media in the Mainland of China and Hong Kong.
Danny is a fellow member of the HKICPA, ACCA, HKTI and HKICS. He is also an associate member of the ICAEW. Danny has a DBA degree granted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a MBA degree granted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Denise Buhagiar Simpson joined the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency in June 2016 and is currently entrusted with the management of the due diligence team, responsible for ensuring that only the rightful applicants make it through the programme. Denise has contributed to the design of the due diligence process of the Individual Investor Programme, considered to be the most rigorous in the industry and often looked-up to by many in the financial services industry.
With over twenty years’ experience in Malta’s financial services industry, more specifically in the banking sector, Denise brings invaluable experience in the areas of credit and due diligence. During her employment with HSBC Bank Malta and APS Bank Ltd, she undertook various roles including that of a Bank loan consultant and specialised roles in the risk and compliance units. Denise represented the banks in various workshops and was in charge in training junior employees. Ms Buhagiar Simpson’s broad experience is supported by an academic portfolio inclusive of a Certification in Loan Financing, specialist qualifications in AML/CFT and Due Diligence Proficiency Attestation.
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).
Edwin Shieh is the chairman of ADH Group and the proprietor of the magazine Going Abroad. He studied in Australia in 1986, returned to China to found ADH in 1993, and founded magazine Going Abroad in 1997. Edwin is proficient in immigration policy of the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries. Under his brilliant leadership, ADH is the first company in Shenzhen to launch EB-5 immigration project, but also one of the first companies in China. Up to March 2017, ADH have operated nearly 80 EB-5 immigration projects successfully, helped thousands of people immigrate to U.S.
Edwin Shieh is the Vice Chairman of Guangdong Entry & Exit Immigration Association.
Eva Zhang is the General Manager and Chief Representative at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading law firm with offices in Malta, Cyprus, London, Zurich and Hong Kong. Eva facilitates the process of providing Maltese and European legal, tax and immigration advice to Chinese legal and consultancy firms, banks, family offices and immigration agents. She also provides expertise in international investment.
Eva obtained a degree in International Business. Despite being young, Eva provides a personal tailored service to clients from various cultures due to her extensive experience, working and living within 8 different countries and travelling to more than 30 countries, also being fluent in 4 languages. Eva regularly represents Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates at immigration and outbound investment forums and showcases her proficiency in regards to Malta Citizenship by Investment, Malta Golden Visa and Malta Residence Programme.
General Manager for China and Guangzhou Head Office Chief Representative
Fivos Theodorou is the General Manager for China and Guangzhou Head Office Chief Representative of Aristo Developers – the largest, private land owner and property developer in Cyprus. With a successful track record of more than 37 years in construction and real estate development, Aristo Developers is the pioneering force behind 265 island wide projects, developed in the finest locations across Cyprus. The Company boasts an impressive property portfolio of 45 new developments, currently in the market, available for sale. Aristo Developers offers its clients an extensive choice of freehold properties ranging from apartments, townhouses in organised developments, residential properties and retirement homes, to luxurious detached villas and golf estates; an extensive selection of plots suitable for investment purposes are also on offer.
Prior to joining AD, Gina Li was the Managing Director & Head of Personal Banking Services (PBS), Greater China for BMO Financial Group, responsible for the overall operation of PBS including growing the High Net Worth business in Greater China.
Gina has a wealth of experience, having worked in numerous countries including China, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong for the past 26 years. Her skills extend not only to Marketing, Sales and Operations but also to General Management. Prior to her current role, Gina earned substantial recognition in the Canadian financial industry, building knowledge and expertise in Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Retail Branch Management and Multicultural Banking. She was the first Branch Manager as a first generation immigrant from China, who led the team to move the branch ranking from bottom to #1 within one year; at Scotiabank, she lead the roll out of the welcome banking package for new immigrants, as well as Chinese ATM and websites; she spearheaded the building and signing of the first partnership between China Everbright and Socitabank; in 2010 she played an instrumental role in helping China Union Pay build partnership with Canadian banks, allowing CUP card holders to withdraw cash from Canadian bank ATMs across the country; in 2012 she was expatriated to Asia by BMO to build and grow the private banking business in China. The national team lead by her achieved outstanding results by helping high net worth immigrant families in cross boarder wealth management and affiliated services.
As an immigrant herself, Gina appreciates the many challenges newcomers face when they start their new life in Canada. Therefore, she is passionate about helping immigrants, especially in the area of communication emerging in a new culture. She is the founder of the first two TD Toastmasters Clubs and has volunteered to mentor new immigrants through TRIEC and other community organizations. Gina continues to be recognized by the media and the ethnic communities. She has received the “Outstanding Professional Award” of Fairchild TV’s Mandarin Profile Award in 2009, and earned the “Outstanding Asian Canadian Award” from the Canadian Multicultural Council in 2011. Her success story was featured in the book “Chinese Canadian Leaders-Leveraging Education for Success” published in China and Canada, and is widely respected as a role model among immigrants and international students in Canada.
Gina holds a MBA from University of Toronto, and a BA from Nankai University, Tianjin, China.
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.
Vanuatu Information Centre, Official Appointed DSP Citizenship Representative
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).
A hybrid of private banking, wealth management (RBS Coutts Bank – VP and Private Banker, ING – Senior VP and Team Head) and media (journalist and TV Host), Jenny has successfully reinvented herself as a “One-Stop-Solution” for accomplished high net worth clients in China as well as other emerging countries who need professional advice and service on not only their wealth but their life style and legacy too. As the awareness for the privileges and responsibilities of global citizenships increases, expectations on immigration, investments, education and wealth succession planning has created a huge demand for sophisticated and trust-worthy consultancy – hence, the opportunity for Jenny to start her own consultation firm “EYEZ.global”
Leveraging on the international liaison with various industries including legal, banking, finance, real estate, education and so on, “Bespoke Solution” is what clients count on EYEZ.global.
EYEZ.global prides itself not on the most expensive address or the biggest market share, but the incomparable intensive care as well as personal touch. Innovative by nature, EYEZ.global entertains, educates and promotes by its media exposure. A world traveller, Jenny hosts a TV show “Air Imagination” produced by her company where she invites distinguished people to talk about their overseas education, experience and subsequently auspicious career in HK. Moreover, Jenny interviews many consul generals and ambassadors in her magazine “China City” as an International Cultural Ambassador to promote cultural exchange across the world.
The Chairman Mr. XU Zuhong (Joe) originally set up the company, now known as [Dacheng Immigration & Overseas-Study], in Hong Kong in 1996. Since then he has thrown himself into the business of immigration and study abroad for almost 20 years, with a range of successful experiences. As the senior and experienced professional in immigration and study abroad industry, Mr. XU also serves concurrently as the Executive President of Guangdong Entry & Exit Immigration Association and the Consultant of Taiwan Immigration Consultants Association, winning numerous awards.
Mr. XU has long-term experiences in aspects of living, studying and working in Canada, Hong Kong and China Mainland, which makes him create his profound and wonderful life. Moreover, with the further study in the national well-known university, he is more capable of handling various issues under the regulations and laws of different countries concerning immigration and study abroad. Over twenty-year experience makes him the authoritative expert in such industry. He is recognized and praised by the peers and clients.
With his wealth of experience and profound knowledge, Mr. XU has been providing professional suggestions and considerate services for immigration and study abroad applicants from all social classes throughout the country, helping groups of families go abroad, settle down, integrate into the life and fit into the work and study in the local places. Especially he helps them set up businesses overseas to realize further and wider development.
Jonathan recently joined the 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.
Karl FUNG is the Marketing Manager at Delsk Hong Kong Delsk Business Co., Ltd. , a leading Immigration Firm with offices in Hong Kong, China and European countries, ranging from Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Italy, and etc. Not only does his company focus on these countries, but also Russia, Korea, Vietnam and Japan…
Karl facilitates the process of providing European legal immigration advice to different immigration parties, aiming to develop Strategic Cooperative Relations with Real Estate Developers, Law Firms, Financial Services Companies, Consultancy Firms, Institutions, Family Offices, Bank and Government Agencies. Karl looks young, though Karl is an experience immigration professional and is always able to provide professional advice to his partners, clients and friends.
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.
Thanks to his extensive experience in wealth management and global immigration, Kelvin Ma has a good command of family office legal services for high net worth individuals, wealth planning and inheritance, and has rich experiences in cross-border investment, capital markets and other fields. He is an expert in the field of global business migration.
Attorney Kelvin Ma is admitted to practice law in New York and Wisconsin. He is also a registered lawyer in the People’s Republic of China.Kelvin earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, EMBA from the University of Southern California, Master of Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and bachelor degree in law from Nanjing University. Kelvin before joining PKF Demei worked in top-tier law firms such as Baker & McKenzie and offered legal services to major companies such as Philips, Danone and CreditEase.
Kelvin Ma has provided legal advice to more than 2000 high-net-worth individuals and delivered more than 700 speeches at major summits and conferences. Kelvin has been invited to many international events and shared the stage with politicians from all over the world such as Gary Locke (former Secretary of Commerce in the US), Jon Huntsman (former US Ambassador to China) and Patrick Leahy (former Chairman of Senate Judicial Committee of the United States).
Director and managing partner of PKF Demei Law Firm
Committee member of China Youth Federation
Committee member of Shanghai Youth Federation
Director of Youth Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese
Committee member of China Youth Vocational Education
Member of the Young Leader Forum Committee for U.S.-China Relations and Chinese institute of Foreign Affairs
Director of IIUSA International Membership Sub-Committee
Kenneth is a Senior Tax Partner at Chetcuti Cauchi law firm since 2010 after a career at the firm leading the corporate tax and accounting practices since 2004. Kenneth specializes in international tax planning for businesses operating across borders as well as indirect taxation and VAT planning, particularly in the structuring of high-value assets in the aviation and yachting sectors.
Bringing with him a wealth of industry experience, particularly in the maritime, aviation and online gaming industries, Kenneth is a key advisor to the firm’s corporate and private clients.
In fact, he has also been appointed as an accredited agent, licensed by Identity Malta IIP 124.
Kenneth is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, the Malta Institute of Taxation, the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and the Malta Institute of Management and the UK Institute of Indirect Tax.
CCA is a full-service Malta law firm combining sophisticated legal advice and bespoke tax planning with efficient Malta company formation, investment fund licensing, company administration and support. The firm’s practices revolve around using Malta as a business and financial centre for international wealth planning, asset structuring, and business activity from the European Island state. We deliver 360 degree services fully in-house through our unique multi-disciplinary structure with over 60 professionals hailing from the legal, tax, accounting and IT professions.
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.
Konstantinos Tsiantas is the Deputy Consul General of Greece in Hong Kong. He graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with a bachelor’s degree in law in 2004. Member of the Greece Bar Association since 2007, he handled all types of civil cases. He holds a master’s degree in national and European administration of the Panteion University of Athens. After graduating from the National School of Public Administration in 2015, he is working for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He speaks English, French and German.
As President of Well Trend, one of the largest and most reputable immigration companies in China, Larry Wang has earned the role of the unofficial ambassador and spokesman for the immigration consulting industry in China.
Being the face and voice of Chinese immigration agencies, Wang has often been approached for this opinion on immigration issues by all major media outlets, including China’s national network, CCTV (China Central Television), BTV (Beijing Television), CNN, and Bloomberg Businessweek, to name a few.
Born on Sept. 30, 1957 in China and now a naturalized Canadian citizen, Wang was part of the historic first class of students to enter university in the post-Cultural Revolution era. Whereas previously, students gained admission through their ideological beliefs and party connections, in this new era, students like Wan gained admission on academic merit, with fewer than 1% of all applicants being successful. Graduates of this first class of students reads like a who’s who list of influential people in today’s China.
Wang graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering & Architecture in 1982 with a Bachelor of Engineering and subsequently worked as an Engineer for the Ministry of Construction. In 1989, Wang entered the University of new Brunswick in Canada and earned his graduate degree in Engineering. Following graduation, Wang worked in China and Canada and then returned to China again in 1994 to establish Well Trend.
Wang founded a company started with two employees and in the span of 19 years has developed it into a company with over 400 employees in offices in 10 major cities all over China. As well, Wang has cultivated a network of partners all around the world to ensure that wherever a Well Trend client relocates, Well Trend’s brand of customer service is available.
Martin has a degree in German with Economics and International Business, and has acquired the ATT qualification (Association of Taxation Technicians) in the UK. After two highly formative years with the International Expatriate Services division of Arthur Andersen in London, he relocated to the South Coast to work for The Fry Group in June 1999 where he held a number of roles including Tax Manager, responsible for the UK taxation advice and compliance of the Group’s clients in Europe. In 2006, he was asked to take on a similar responsibility for clients in Hong Kong and then Singapore, making regular trips to the region which culminated in Martin’s relocation to Singapore in August 2011.
With nearly 20 years of experience dealing with International Private Clients including Britons living abroad and foreigners moving to the UK, Martin is skilled at expressing his advanced technical knowledge in understandable terms, building relationships with clients and gaining their trust.
Martin regularly delivers tax workshops and seminars, and provides technical updates and briefing notes, for a diverse range of clients. He is a prominent figure in the international business community and is regarded as the Trusted Tax Adviser to a large number of clients in Asia.
For more than twenty years, Mehron Azarmehr 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.
After obtaining a Masters in Management and International Business in the UK, Ming began her career in UK immigration when she joined Smith Stone Walters’ UK team as a Consultant in 2010. She was subsequently transferred to the Hong Kong office in 2011 to support and expand the Asia market. Experienced in dealing with clients on a global scale where UK visa requirements often differ, Ming has developed a wealth of knowledge in UK immigration and now acts as Team Lead for Smith Stone Walters’ regional Hong Kong office. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Ming regularly contributes her insights to some mainstream publications in both China and Hong Kong, with the primary aim of strengthening the ties between Asia and the UK. Ming also won the recognition of International Immigration Adviser of the Year at the High-Value Immigration Awards in 2013.
Citizenship by Investment Unit, Saint Lucia (CIP Saint Lucia)
Mr. Alfred’s 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.
Rachel Zou is the Managing Director of LianHong Overseas Consultants Ltd. The company is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, with branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu. LianHong Overseas Consultants Ltd. founded by Zou has earned a good reputation in both China and the United States and is also widely trusted by clients.
Zou is recognized as one of the original EB-5 experts in China. She began promoting EB-5 projects in China in 2004 and organized the first Chinese EB-5 tour to the United States to visit an Almond Farm EB-5 project on-site in California. Since then, LianHong Overseas Consultants Ltd. has promoted over 80 EB-5 projects successfully under her leadership and is the only company that has successfully promoted more than 30 EB-5 equity projects in China.
Zou has also been appointed as the Vice President of the Guangdong Entry & Exit Immigration Association.
She holds an M.B.A. degree from an overseas university and has shared her expertise in the area of EB-5 immigrant investments as a speaker at events such as the IIUSA EB-5 conferences in Washington.
LianHong has been kick-starting diversified investment in the United States, including real estate fund, asset merger and acquisition.
Sam Bayat is a Quebec (Canada) licensed attorney with background in international law and is specialized in corporate migration. He has over twenty years experience in business immigration and citizenship consultancy.
He was the former president and vice president of Canadian Bar, International Section in Quebec. He had lectured in the International law at the Concordia University in Montreal. He is the senior resident lawyer of the law firm, Bayat Legal Services (BLS) in Dubai.
As the pace of immigration for Canada out of the Middle East stepped up, Sam Bayat set up in 1993 a small law practice in Dubai. Today BLS an international law firm, working with a network of law firms, legal professionals and trade consultants, around the world.
The group has specialists working on sanction, corporate/commercial, investment/banking, and arbitration laws. But the group main focus continues to be on business migration, residency and economic citizenship laws.
Bayat has published two books on Canadian immigration law in 2000 (All you need to know about moving to Canada and in 2003 (Canada after September 11, immigration and settlement).
He also has written two books on immigrants’ lives in Canada Canada’s immigrants, heroes and countrymen (Vol. I and II).
His has written several chapters in a new book published in collaboration with International Bar, corporate business immigration review, describing several countries business immigration laws.
A Singaporean national and Chartered Accountant, Surinder is a dynamic senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in Singapore and across Asia as a senior executive with Standard & Poor’s, as an investment banker with HSBC in London and Mumbai, and as a principal with Ernst & Young in Singapore.
Surinder joined Nuvest Capital in October 2017 as Head of Business Development with responsibility for sales, marketing, investor services, communication and new products. Nuvest Capital manages the Nuvest Real Return Fund, a multi-asset fund that invests in an actively managed global portfolio of liquid assets. Its investment process that was first honed at the GIC has delivered good risk-adjusted returns over time.
Until December 2014 Surinder was Managing Director and Head of ASEAN & South Asia at Standard & Poor’s having co-founded its Singapore office in October 1996. He helped build Standard & Poor’s strong regional franchise and network through a series of management and market development positions, including Head of the Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong offices. He has pioneered the growth of several new businesses in the region: credit ratings, independent equity research, risk management and governance services. Revenues during his 15 years’ tenure as regional head grew more than ten-fold. Surinder also expanded the affiliate network in ASEAN establishing strategic partnerships with leading rating agencies in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, positioning the firm to double its revenues.
Member of Board of Governors of the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) since 2015; Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, Member of Governance Committee.
Independent director of The Silent Foundation, Singapore, since December 2014, Chairman of Audit Committee.
Independent director of EFA Real Economy Trust since March 2015. Chairman of Audit & Risk Committee.
Independent director of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation since April 2015.
Member of the International Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Finance and advisory boards of Percipient Partners, Progress Capital and Rainbow Analytics.
Following his retirement from Standard & Poor’s at the end of 2014, Surinder stepped down from the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS).
Surinder was previously a member of the advisory board of the Corporate Governance & Financial Reporting Centre at the National University of Singapore and sat on the board of Standard & Poor’s companies in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
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.
Tristan is an Australian Chartered Accountant, Australian tax agent and has been working in Australian Tax since 2004, specialising in Australian expatriates and repatriation planning, intended migrants, private clients and retirement planning. His 14 years’ experience in the private client tax field includes 7 years of working in one of Australia’s top private client and family office firms, together with nearly 2 years in managing a large expatriate and foreign investor tax practice in Singapore. He is on the executive committee of the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA)
Singapore, on the board of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Singapore members committee, and a regular presenter at various Australian tax events around Singapore and Asia. A highly organised, passionate and driven individual, Tristan posseses strong client relationship building skills, diverse business knowledge and outstanding Australian tax technical ability. His willingness to go above and beyond, together with his exceptional service and expert technical advice, helps clients achieve excellent results in a timely manner.
Outside of work, Tristan enjoys long distance running and eating Asian food.
Founded Pearl Bay Consulting, which has offices in Hong Kong, South China, Beijing, and Vietnam. Pearl Bay has put together EB-5 deals that have resulted in more than 1 Billion USD invested in different asset classes, including student housing, in New York, Chicago, Florida, Montana, and Texas. Mr. Siren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University and went on to study for his PhD. in Cultural Anthropology and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was the first scholar ever awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to conduct PhD research in Cambodia
Wisdom advises on all issues concerning private wealth matters, with particular focus on trusts, foundations, family governance, wills, probate, estate administration and mental capacity. She has experience in advising on trusts settled in various major offshore jurisdictions. She holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates with Distinction. With experience of advising individuals whose nationality, residency and domicile are in different jurisdictions, Wisdom is in a strong position to tackle the often-overlooked private international law issues. Wisdom is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and completed the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management with Distinction. She is named in the Legal Week’s “Ones to Watch” list for 2018.
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 the CRS.
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.