Alessandra Attias 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.
Emmanuel Nanthan was appointed as the Head of the Citizen by Investment Unit in February 2015, leading the Unit carrying out the Citizenship by Investment Program which has been remarkably contributing to the domestic economy. Mr. Nanthan is also the Ambassador-at-Large of the Office of the current Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, dealing with critical diplomatic affairs.
Previously, Mr. Nanthan has served as the Dominica Ambassador to Libya as well as the Special Advisor to two former Prime Ministers, Pierre Charles and Roosevelt Douglas.
Mr. Nanthan graduated from Loughborough University in Business Development and Management, where he was educated to be a successful businessman. He showed his entrepreneurship talent when he was working as the Executive of an insurance corporation.
Mr. Nanthan is also an enthusiastic and active sports person. He is currently the President of Dominica and Windward Islands Cricket, Vice President West Indies Cricket Board and the Director of United States Cricket Association, promoting the cricket sports in the Caribbean area.
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.
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.
Caetano started his legal career as an associate in one of Portugal’s leading law firms and accompanied the creation of the Portuguese Golden Visa Regime (ARI), assisting the first wave of Clients from the MENA region.
In 2014 Caetano moved to Dubai to head the project of One Advice Middle East, a multinational private management firm with head offices in Portugal. Through One Advice, and given his extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the local procedures, Caetano has been providing “turn-key” solutions for his immigration clients looking to invest in the Golden Visa.
Caetano graduated from the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Lisbon with a post-graduate degree in IP Law from the Lisbon Law Faculty. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
Caetano is also founding member and President of the Portuguese Business Council in Dubai.
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.
With over sixteen years of experience in Cypriot Corporate Services, his areas of expertise include Cypriot tax, international VAT and IFRS based accounting, and investment based immigration. Charles Savva is a leading expert in the Cyprus Citizenship by investment and Residency programmes.
Charles also has five years of experience with two major banks in Toronto, Canada, and was responsible for the Financial Reporting of publicly listed mutual funds. In Cyprus he has worked for Big Four accounting firms, as well as major Corporate Service providers.
Charles was born and educated in Toronto, Canada and being of Greek-Cypriot origin, moved to Cyprus over 16 years ago.
Since 2012 he has been a board member of the Cyprus-Canada Business Association (CCBA), organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Charles holds an MBA degree in Corporate Finance from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada, is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Charlie Peter Savva is a Director, and Head of Investment Immigration at Savva & Associates, in Nicosia, Cyprus, a leading professional services and private client services firm in Nicosia, Cyprus. Charlie is a Canadian qualified Chartered Accountant as well as a Canadian and International tax specialist and was previously an Audit Manager at a Big Four firm in Toronto.
Darlene Hart is Founder & CEO of US Tax & Financial Services, (USTAXFS) a European based global tax professional services firm focusing on US tax compliance and consultancy, with offices in London, Zurich and Geneva. She will be speaking at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25-27 February 2018 in Dubai. Download the programme here. Limited seats available. Book now!
She has nearly 40 years of tax, accounting, financial and retirement planning experience, working with the Big 4 firms Touche Ross (now Deloitte), and Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) before starting USTAXFS in London in 1986 and Switzerland in 2003.
Her expertise has drawn the attention of Fortune 500 companies and she is known and sought after for her dynamic presentations on tax and financial matters, including the growing global transparency of the tax industry, to other professionals, banks, investors, accountants and the general public. Today much of her efforts are devoted to helping private clients become compliant with their US taxes through various options including Offshore Voluntary Disclosure, and the surfacing of undeclared funds to the appropriate authorities as well as negotiating with the IRS.
She also advises banks, trust companies and financial institutions on the US government’s FATCA and CRS legislation, which directly affects their relationships with US clients and foreign clients with US investments.
Darlene is currently working with a number of banks and trust companies advising on FATCA and CRS matters, compliance and the proper use of US LLC’s by foreign nationals. She is also heavily involved in advising trust companies on appropriate tax structures for foreign nationals investing in the USA and for Americans with offshore structures and investments. She is also instrumental in advising various partnership fund structures on reporting, K-1’s, FATCA and CRS compliance for their investor base.
Darlene holds a BS in Accounting and MS in Tax from the University of Houston. She is an Enrolled Agent and member of the Association of International Accountants.
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 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).
Mr. Dimitar Benev, LL.M., a lawyer in Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, Bulgaria. Mr. Benev is focused mainly on litigation, tax planning and consultations, interpretation and application of agreements on double taxation in which Bulgaria is a party. Since 2006, Mr. Benev has gained extensive experience in dealing with topics related to both Bulgarian and international corporate taxation. He has gained relevant experience in advising clients on specific topics such as assistance to high-net-worth individuals with resolving tax issues, international tax issues and transfer pricing issues related to services, permanent establishments, financing, business restructuring, intangibles, and indirect taxes, drafting and reviewing intra-group agreements and optimizing international tax structures. Mr. Benev has experience in litigation, namely appealing audit acts before the Court and the competent administrative bodies, interpretation and application of the Double taxation treaties, representation before the revenue authorities.
Mr. Benev holds a LL.M. Degree from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and a Master’s degree in Public Finance from the University of National and World Economy.
Mr. Benev is a member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2006.
Dr Antoine Saliba Haig is a legal associate at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading European law firm based in Valletta and Nicosia, with offices in London, Zurich and Hong Kong. Dr Saliba Haig forms part of the firm’s Residency & Citizenship practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning. Dr Saliba Haig advises on Malta and Cyprus residency & citizenship programmes including the Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, Malta Golden Visa, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus. Having written his doctoral thesis on the modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship in Malta, Dr Saliba Haig also advises client on modes of obtaining Maltese citizenship through all naturalization and registration routes available including citizenship by birth, citizenship by marriage and citizenship by descent.
Kristin Surak is an Associate Professor of Politics at SOAS, University of London. She will speak on identifying the drivers for investment migration from MENA’s HNWIs at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25-27 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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.
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.
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).
Jeff DeCicco serves as Chief Executive for CanAm’s broker dealer and is also responsible for the CanAm Enterprises’s business development globally. Mr. DeCicco is a Wall Street veteran with over 20 years of experience in institutional sales and trading. He began his career as an interest rate derivatives trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. Since then, Mr. DeCicco worked as an equity derivative sales trader for two of the leading inter-dealer brokers in the world, ICAP and BGC Partners. Most recently, Mr. DeCicco established and was co-head of equity derivatives for Mint Partners (a division of BGC). Prior to joining CanAm, Mr. DeCicco worked in private equity raising capital for real estate, energy, and alternative energy projects.
Mr. DeCicco earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University and holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 24, and 4 licenses. Mr. DeCicco also holds the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).
The MIIP is designed to attract global high net worth individuals to obtain Maltese Citizenship and who can share their talent, expertise and business connections. It is also the first citizenship programme in the European Union to be endorsed by the European Commission. The MIIP is highly regarded and considered to have the best due diligence procedures and in turn has become the most exclusive and sought-after programme in the world. Jonathan is also an advisor on EU Affairs to the Prime Minister of 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.
Kelly is an immigration partner with London based law firm Fladgate LLP. She has over 15 years’ experience advising high net worth individuals, their family members and businesses on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law. Areas of particular emphasis include investors, entrepreneurs, British citizenship and discretionary applications outside of the Immigration Rules. Kelly is also experienced in citizenship by investment programmes.
Kelly’s work centres on getting to the heart of her clients’ issues, providing tailored immigration solutions and assisting clients navigate the ever changing Immigration Rules. She is known for providing an effective high-touch service, from a strategic perspective through to the day to day management of cases, working closely with her clients and their other advisers.
Kelly is recommended by Legal 500 and the Citywealth Leaders List for her work in the field of immigration.
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
He has over 20 years of experience with large financial organizations and risk management companies globally. For the last two years, Mr. Khan has been intimately involved in the revamping of the Citizenship by Investment Unit in St. Kitts and Nevis, and has become a resident expert on citizenship programs within the Caribbean.
Familiar with instituting risk management practices in numerous organizations internationally, Les’ experience in leading teams in phases of transition brings valuable experience to corporate, financial clients and governments across the globe. Les has also led initiatives to automate the CBI programs and has been instrumental in leading regional conferences, bringing representatives from the various regional CIU’s together with representatives from the US, UK, Canada, EU and the IMF.
Prior to working with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, Les was the Senior Director, Program Management at IPSA International. He was a Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Northern Operating Services; a Vice President and Head of Operations for Northern Trust Company; a Managing Director for Financial Software Systems; and the Head of Global Business/Technology Services for the National Australia Bank. And other senior positions at major financial institutions within the United States.
Originally from Trinidad, Les is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in addition to being a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Les earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Australia and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Baruch College, New York.
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.
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.
Nofi is the Client Relationship Manager in the Middle East for Fragomen’s Worldwide Private Client Practice. Based in the Dubai office, she is responsible for the overall management of key client relationships including coordinating the advisory and transactional services of the consular teams and inbound technical professional teams. Nofi works closely with clients to provide tailored guidance on the global residency and citizenship options that best suit their needs.
Prior to joining Fragomen, Nofi’s professional experience spanned three continents, covering both the public and private sectors. Over the past six years, her work has primarily focused on developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and identifying new business opportunities with high-net-worth individuals in multiple capacities.
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.
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.
Reaz leads WithersWorldwide’s global immigration practice and is a partner in the private client and tax team. He has more than 20 years of experience advising large multi-facility healthcare providers, research foundations, American businesses, multi-national companies, foreign investors, entrepreneurs and ultra-high net worth individuals on all aspects of immigration and nationality law. Reaz has developed a sterling reputation as a knowledgeable, creative and solution-oriented attorney who fully understands the commercial benefit of predictable, efficient immigration counsel as well as the personal and professional implications of immigration upon the lives of executives, investors, business owners, professionals and their families.
Reaz concentrates on business, investment and employment cases and has successfully represented thousands of clients obtain nonimmigrant visas. On matters relating to immigrant visas or ‘green cards’ he has extensive experience with all types of employment and investment based cases including extraordinary ability, multinational executive, National Interest Waiver and EB-5. In addition, Reaz represents individuals on family-based immigration matters.
A trusted advisor to other law firms, Reaz serves as immigration counsel to companies and law firms on M&A transactions, advises clients on intergovernmental matters, represents foreign companies and investors in establishing US offices and counsels US companies in establishing foreign operations.
He is well versed on all aspects of US expatriation surrender and is deeply knowledgeable about the various citizenship and residence by investment programs, having personally visited and filed cases in nearly all of these jurisdictions.
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.
Ms. Sylvina Beleva, LL.M., a senior associate in Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, Bulgaria (joined the law firm – in 2006). Her practice has been focused on real estate law, regime of foreigners and foreign investments law, assistance in acquiring Bulgarian citizenship, litigation, medical law, contract law, corporate and commercial law, employment law.
Ms. Beleva possesses long-term experience in providing legal advice in relation to the acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship and in connection with the residence status of foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign investments (including in obtaining long-term and permanent residence permits, assistance in the issuance of Visa C and D, etc.).
Ms. Beleva’s broad work experience includes registration and licensing of medical institutions and centres. She also provides comprehensive legal services during the whole process of negotiation, acquisition, due diligence and sale of buildings, land, shopping centres, companies, and has an extensive experience in real estate disputes, especially in the litigation phase. Her practice also includes legal advice on contractual relationships between shareholders, deal structuring, as well as legal consultation in relation to the acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship and in connection to the residence status of foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign investments.
Ms. Beleva is a member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2007.
Yann has vast experience advising successful individuals and entrepreneurial families with Middle Eastern exposure on implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and structuring their operational assets and global wealth. He notably advises on mitigating exposure to mandatory local ownership rules in Middle East corporate vehicles and complying with Shariah succession principles.
Yann is the Chair of STEP Arabia and the sole Attorney in the Middle East referenced on the Who’s Who’s Private clients list.