Adnan Shoukat is one of the Notable specialist in Citizenship and Residency by investment Programs in Dubai-UAE. Having spent the start of his career in the UK, he has 15 years of experience working for Multinational companies including his present role as Citizenship Director with one of leading UAE based Company RIF TRUST INVESTMENTS LLC is invaluable.
Mr. Adnan studied a Business (MBA) from the University of Sunderland, UK. Before moving to the CBI industry. Throughout his career, Adnan has assisted a large number of families and individuals from over 20 different nationalities.
His vast knowledge of various residency and citizenship by investment programs is rare in this industry and Adnan now also spends time training and sharing his knowledge to companies and individuals.
Formerly a UAE registered lawyer, Amir has been advising on Middle East immigration matters from the UAE for over 5 years. Prior to his move to Dubai in 2013, Amir was based in London and was an immigration manager for a US law firm. Areas of specialism include advising multi-nationals across MENA on immigration related regulatory and compliance issues and effecting large scale and often sensitive mobility programs into the region. Amir frequently speaks on immigration matters in the press and media and is often called upon to provide expert analysis on labor law changes that impact mobility and immigration across the region.
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.
As a Business and Law Graduate, Bilal Zahoor has been advising on immigration matters of UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe to Pakistani and Middle East Clients. He started his immigration law practice in 2010 and now runs his own brand as “M.I.S Legal (Migration & Investment Services)”. In the last 9 years of his practice, Bilal Zahoor has assisted more than 900 clients in Immigration / Visa Applications. His specialty includes (but is not limited to) Skilled Migration, Business Immigration, Investment Immigration, Visa Appeals, visa Refusal Matters, Visa Cancellation Cases, Deportation Cases, and Family Immigration etc. He has also been an active participant in various immigration conferences around the globe and has prepared various reports / presentations on immigration issues. His latest work was recognized at “Cornell University – USA” where he was called for a presentation in a Migration Conference in Sep 2018.
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.
Dmitry Zapol is an international tax and business advisor with practical knowledge of the principles of individual and corporate taxation and cross-border business planning. Amongst other matters, Dmitry routinely advises HNW individual clients in connection with their international relocation. In particular, he is a leading expert in the tax matters of the UK Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs. Dmitry is an International Tax Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ADIT). He holds an LL.M (Tax) awarded by King’s College, London and an LL.B Law awarded by Durham University. Dmitry is a qualified Russian lawyer and had worked as an associate at Moscow City Bar Association “Barshchevsky & Partners”.
Eesh Aggarwal is a UK chartered accountant, registered auditor and licensed trustee with over 20 years experience in accounts and international tax planning. Current clients range from start-up entrepreneur to ultra-high net worth individuals and their related businesses.
For 3 years he was a final professional examinations marker for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has guest lectured for many institutions including the London School of Economics, ICSA, Moscow Institute of Risk Management.
Eesh enjoys the intellectual challenge of researching tax laws and finding holistic solutions to meet clients’ needs.
Specialties: formation and management of offshore companies, trusts & foundations, full international tax planning, audit & accounting, wealth management.
Vanuatu Information Centre, Official Appointed DSP Citizenship Representative
James Elcocke-Harris is the primary global representative for the Vanuatu Development Support Program (DSP). Appointed by the Government of Vanuatu, he manages distribution of the DSP via the Vanuatu Information Centre network, headquartered in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Based between London and Bangkok, he works with agents in multiple geographies to support the sales and marketing for the program. He is working with the Government in Vanuatu for the further enhancement and improvement of the Program in 2019, in order to maintain Program competitiveness in the rapidly evolving CBI industry.
In addition to promoting the DSP and, as a Vanuatu Passport holder himself, James acts as a Trade Commissioner for Vanuatu in the promotion of trade, investment and tourism for the country. He will be establishing a formal representation for Vanuatu in London during 2019.
With more than 20 years based in the Asia Pacific, Elcocke-Harris has extensive consultancy experience in market-entry, business development & representation, and M&A. Prior to representing the Vanuatu Program, James was a business owner in Hong Kong, China and Thailand.
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).
Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti is Managing Partner at Chetcuti Cauchi, an international firm with offices in Valletta, Cyprus, London, Zürich and Hong Kong. Dr Chetcuti heads the firm’s Private Clients services, with a focus on tax planning, wealth structuring, and citizenship and residency planning.
Dr Chetcuti is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and sits on the executive council of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. He is co-founder and secretary of the MAFE Malta Association of Family Enterprises and has led proposals for the enactment of a world first Family Business Act in Malta.
Karim is a Family Legacy Strategist and the Founder and CEO of Legacy Line Family Office, established in 2004.
As an independent certified estate planner, Karim draws on his own passions to guide individuals and family businesses through their legacy planning, including long-term wealth structuring, family governance, tax planning, citizenship-by-investment, and planned giving that matches an individual’s philanthropic ideals.
Karim began his career in 1993 in Ottawa, Canada. His career path brought him back to the Middle East where he works with clients in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE. He is fluent in both English and Arabic and offers services tailored to meet either Shari’a or non-Shari’a compliant client needs. He is married and has 2 children.
Kianoush Mahmoudi is the director and head of business development of Cankash Company a Consultancy Residency and Citizenship by Investment Company headquartered in Iran.
Kianoush is recognized as one of the Residency and Citizenship experts. She has been promoting different investment programs such as real estate, government bond and national development fund investments for years.
She holds a B.A. degree from a university in Tehran and has used her expertise in the area of immigrant investments to give tier1 consultancy to HNWI in order to achieve a European residency, Canada permanent residency or a second passport.
Kripa represents corporations and individuals from around the world in Immigration matters on a wide range of issues. Areas of particular emphasis include investor based immigration and assisting in the transfer of executives and managers, hiring professionals, including those working in specialty occupations, and global planning for personnel needs.
Kripa speaks frequently on investor based immigration and business immigration matters at national, local and regional Attorney forums in the United States. Kripa also assists clients in developing employment policies and advises employers on such matters as wage and hour regulations, disability issues, and employment discrimination.
Named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine for Immigration Law from 2014-2017, she is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) of Washington State where she has served in leadership positions on various committees. Actively engaged in educating newly arriving Immigrants and Refugees as to their rights, she was awarded the Washington State Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2011 in recognition of her outstanding and exemplary service in helping Immigrants and Refugees in Washington State.
A first generation Immigrant from Nepal, Kripa speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish.
Her recent and upcoming presentation include:
“E-Visa: Learn form the Experts” at the Annual American Immigration Lawyers Conference in New Orleans, 2017
Marco Cerrato is a tax lawyer based in Milan where is partner of Maisto e Associati. He is specialised in domestic, European and international tax controversies and in tax disputes resolutions through settlements, arbitration and mutual assistance procedures. With respect to the consultancy practice he is specialized on taxation of trusts, estate tax planning and regularization procedures.
He obtained an LL.M. in Tax at the London School of Economics and a PhD in Tax at the University of Pavia. He is author of publications on tax matters and is frequent speaker at congresses. Since 2002 he is lecturer of tax law at the Law faculty of the University LIUC of Castellanza.
He has been member of the Committee of Experts on Tax and Economic Policy of the President of the Italian Council of Ministers in 2015 and 2016.
In 2003 Maxim graduated from Ural law institute. In 2007 he became PhD in law (tax field). In 2008 he obtained the professional certificate of tax consultant. In 2009 he joined Russian law association.
Before Duvernoix Legal Maxim worked as a tax consultant for several Ekaterinburg and St. Petersnurg leading consulting companies. He has over 80 professional publication on actual tax topics. Maxim joined Duvernoix Legal as a senior associate in 2012. Since June 2015 Maxim is the head of tax practice of the Firm.
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.
Naaila Hamid is a Senior Family Business Advisor in the Family Enterprise Consulting practice in Deloitte and Touche (ME), covering over 15 countries. Naaila has been called to the Bar of England and Wales, and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate law and private client matters.
Naaila’s practice focuses primarily on families in business across the Middle East, devising multi –generational succession plans and governance systems using region specific tools designed to propagate harmony, fairness and transparency within a family business context. Naaila supports families with the implementation of governance as a means to manage risk and preserve family wealth. She also enables next generation family entrepreneurs to take over the family business, and helps build and structure Family Offices.
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.
Pat Saini, head of immigration at Penningtons Manches is a true leader and a force of nature – challenging “the system” bringing her unique blend of experience, strategy and risk management to the complexity of the UK visa process.
By applying her dexterity and encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration and visa requirements she enables HNW individuals, entrepreneurs and those that are exceptionally talented navigate the UK’s immigration system. Her clients emanate typically from India, USA and the Middle East.
She is known for her people skills, assisting in complex, sensitive and emotional situations where integrity, strategy and speed are important and always working across multiple jurisdictions. Her business clients commend her for being both strategic and forward thinking. Pat and her team are known for;
dealing with complex cases
being trusted advises to both family offices and corporate clients
Pete Chase is the CEO of Columbia International Finance, a USCIS-approved Regional Center offering EB-5 investment and oversight into carefully selected projects within the U.S. As former co-founder and CEO of telecom startup Purcell Systems, he earned the 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young.
Prashant Ajmera is a reputed Indian lawyer and Canadian citizen with more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of corporate and migration law and international trade. His law practice is based on the solid foundation of providing honest and accurate legal advice to his diversified clientele who wish to obtain Residency and Citizenship through Investment.
Mr. Ajmera holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees in science and law respectively from India. He began his career as a lawyer at the High Court of Gujarat and was associated with the office of Additional Central Government Standing Counsel (Federal Attorney’s office) for five years.
In 1992 he was awarded a double professional degree from the Institute of Company Secretary and Administration (ICSA) while studying at the London School of Business, UK.
In 1993, he joined a Montreal, Canada, based law firm specializing in residency and citizenship for professionals and businessmen as an Associate Lawyer responsible for the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2001, he started his independent practice in Canada, assisting foreign businesses to set up or expand their business in North America.
A visionary, he recognized the future of ‘Residency and Citizenship by Investment’ and conducted the very first EB-5 Investment Program seminar in India in 1999 in Mumbai.
Over the years he acquired practical knowledge regarding the residency and citizenship laws of various countries around the world through self-study and extensive travel. During this time he also established associations with various law firms in more than 35 countries around the world. This expertise and knowledge gives him a unique edge – he not only provides his clients with detailed information and advice regarding a particular country’s residency and citizenship program but also offers customized legal solutions suited to their individual circumstances and needs.
His profound understanding of the laws and legal documents of Indian and foreign jurisdictions aid in guiding HNI clients every step of the way, especially apropos to source of funds and supporting documents, the most pertinent and crucial aspects of any residency and citizenship by investment petition.
Mr. Ajmera is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and has addressed the IBA Annual Conference as a speaker on two occasions (Cancun-2001 & Durban-2002).
He has been a delegate on the Team Canada Trade Mission with Ex-Prime Minister of Canada, Rt. Hon’able Jean Chretien, on two occasions – to India and Japan in 1996 and 1999 respectively.He regularly conducts seminars in various countries such as USA, Canada, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, UAE and Malaysia on corporate migration. He is an expert speaker for industry bodies such as the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hindustan Chamber of Commerce, The Indian Merchants Chamber and Canadian Trade Office on the subject of “Doing Business in Canada”.
He regularly contributes to online media and publications such as the Times of India and the Journal of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). He has also conducted and participated in radio and television shows related to corporate migration.
He has also contributed a chapter on “Indian commercial secured transactions” for an international law book published by Carswell.
Mr. Ajmera is a very active member of Rotary International and as Club President (2016-17) he has initiated many worthy social projects for assisting and empowering the underprivileged and less fortunate members of society. He is the Director of “Wings To Fly”, an NGO working for the rehabilitation and economic empowerment of women with a criminal past.
Rahul is an Associate at Fragomen’s New York office. He counsels clients on various employment-based and family-based immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visas, consular processing, permanent residency, and United States citizenship. His clients include high net worth individuals and corporations across a range of industries, including financial services, entertainment, arts, athletics, fashion, and technology.
Prior to joining Fragomen, Rahul worked for a prominent business and entertainment immigration firm in Los Angeles, California, where he provided immigration counsel to individuals, tech start-ups, multinational entertainment production companies, universities, and scientific research institutes.
Rasheed Alkhanji is one of the MENA region’s foremost specialists in international residence planning and investment immigration. He is the resident Managing director of Quebec Investment Consultation and Management Services LLC (QICMS) (invest-visa.com) in Amman, Jordan, and he served as very capable business immigration manager at Campbell Cohen Law Firm in Montreal, Canada for many years.
Rasheed has helped attract millions in investment capital and facilitate the successful immigration of more than 1,000 families by utilizing his vast experience in investor immigration programs.
Through his dedicated work with clients, Rasheed has successfully established QICMS as a premier business specialized in the field of residency and citizenship planning for ultra- to high-net worth individuals and entrepreneurs in the MENA region.
Roger Bernstein is a Florida Board Certified immigration attorney with over 20 years of practice devoted exclusively to immigration and nationality law. He is the principal and managing member of EB-5 for Florida, LLC, a federally designated EB-5 Regional Center, and has substantial experience in EB-5 Investor related issues. He focuses his practice on advising high net worth individuals, developers, and regional centers in navigating the complexity of the EB-5 program, and has represented and counseled regional centers in various offerings valued in excess of $500 million in EB-5 capital. The depth of his experience in this area of the law is reflected in his authorship of articles in the national press and presentation of lectures throughout the world on acquisition of visas, EB-5/investor visas, and visa selection strategies.
Roger spent six years with the U.S. Department of Justice serving as an INS trial attorney, sector counsel to the INS’ Inspections and Investigations Divisions and INS Asylum Officer. Prior to joining the firm, he co-founded Bernstein Osberg-Braun, LLC in 1998 and has since focused his practice on assisting immigrant investors, acquiring employment based visas, and complex immigration litigation. He has represented and acquired visas for professionals, publicly traded Internet and high technology firms, and diverse companies representing the health care, construction, hospitality, motion picture, aviation, fashion, sports, and entertainment industries, among others. He has also represented large- and mid-sized corporations on visa selection strategies and compliance issues.
Roger has represented and counseled foreign governments, Fortune 500 companies, and large- and mid-sized privately held companies, family foundations, and home offices. He has also represented individuals at U.S. consulates in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the Americas. His work includes the successful acquisition of non-immigrant visas and residency for hundreds of individuals who desired to live and work in the United States. He is also well-known for zealously advocating on behalf of Elian Gonzalez, and his related appearances on national television news programs, including Larry King Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Burden of Proof, CNN International, and many others.
Sachit joined Globe Detective Agency (P) Ltd. (GDA), after completing his Masters in Business Administration from the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland. His long career in the business of investigations and security has been marked by several awards and accolades.
He has been recognized as the Investigations Entrepreneur of the Year by the Indian Home Minister, Mr. Shivraj Patil in 2008 and the Investigation Personality of the Year by the Indian Minister of State, Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Haribhai P. Chaudhary in 2014.
In 2015, he was elected President of the Council of International Investigators and in a historic first, re-elected President in 2016. He was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Investigation” by the President of India in 2012.
Currently, he focuses on Corporate Investigations, Due Diligence, and developing GDA’s business globally.
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.
Sudhir Saha has been dealing with Investor Programs of Canada for more than 25 years, US EB-5 for more than 5 years. Also dealing with Global Citizenship like Cyprus, Malta, St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada. Two running offices in two countries (Bangladesh and Canada). Sudhir attended various seminars around the world. Conducted and delivered speeches in different seminars on Global Immigration and Citizenship.
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.
Utsav R. Doshi is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified as a National Scholar, & with super-specialization in Fraud Detection & Forensic Audit. He started his career with the world’s largest accounting firm, Deloitte, after which he moved to London as an Associate VP with an Investment Bank, where he conducted business analysis & valuation of projects for ensuring the safety of investor’s money. His core area of focus is Financial Due-Diligence of EB-5 Projects, and vetting documents thoroughly to safeguard investor capital.
Utsav enjoys playing Golf and practises yoga and meditation in his daily spare time.
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.