Alexander has over 10 years’ experience advising some of the UK firm’s wealthiest international private clients. These include ultra-high net worth individuals or families, privately-owned trading and investment businesses, formal family offices and family trusts, along with other wealth-holding structures. He has extensive experience advising on a wide range of global tax and wealth structuring matters including: international capital tax and trust planning, global relocation advice, estate taxes, real estate acquisitions and disposals, debt structuring, cross border reporting and the movement of funds between jurisdictions.
Alexander’s client include both UK resident and non-resident individuals, families and entities. He specialises in advising Middle Eastern families, travelling to the region regularly.
Alexander has worked previously at another Big Four firm before joining KPMG in May 2016. He has extensive experience in international business mobility.
Alexandra is a Citizenship and Residency Advisor, with Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, based in London.
Alexandra advises HNWIs, law firms, family offices, private banks, tax and accounting firms, partners and collaborators on Cyprus and Malta Citizenship by Investment and Residency Programmes and frequently speaks on immigration at many international conferences and events around the globe.
She is based in the UK, at our offices in Temple, London, where she advises UK clientele, as well as international clients from the Former Soviet Union, Middle East and Asia.
Raised in St Petersburg Russia and educated at St. Petersburg University, she has lived in UK since 1992.
Alexandra has over 20 years’ experience in working with international oil and gas companies in UK, USA and the Former Soviet Union, as a project coordinator and in business development roles, as well as assisting Oil and Gas companies with due diligence of investment opportunities and with raising finance.
Her many years’ experience in the international Oil and Gas industry, dealing with entities and HNWIs in the Former Soviet Union, as well as banks, family offices and private equity firms, has given Alexandra the skills and experience necessary to identify and service the needs of new clients for Citizenship and Residency Programmes and further expand our network of HNWIs and collaborators.
Aliasghar Kanani is a partner in the Geneva office of Bonnard Lawson.
His favorite field of activity is Swiss and International corporate tax law, which covers varied topics, such as international tax planning for multinationals and SMEs, group and financial restructurings.
Following his graduation in Swiss Law, he obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in business law (MBL). In order to complete this master degree, he wrote a thesis on “Merger and its tax treatment”.
He completed an LL.M. in International Taxation, during which he specialized in Swiss and International Business taxation and wrote a thesis on “IP restructurings”.
He is also author of various publications in tax law, in particular in specialized magazines, such as Tax News International (TNI) in the USA. Moreover, he actively collaborates for the implementation of the International double tax conventions’ database of the Bureau of National Affairs International.
He is an active member of the Tax Law Committee of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats for which he annually acts as national reporter since 2009. He obtained the Past President Award for his 2009 report on Thin capitalization regulations and similar tax limitations on leverage buy-outs.
Finally, he is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, Geneva Bar Association, AIJA and International Fiscal Association (IFA).
Benoît Bailly is a French attorney-at-law (Avocat), senior tax counsel with the international tax practice of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, member of the CMS Alliance, a Paris-based leading tax-focused law firm.
He specialises in international taxation and his practice focuses on high-net worth individuals, companies and funds in connection with their cross-border transactions and controversies.
Mr. Bailly also teaches “Taxation Law” to international students in the LLM “French and European Union Law taught in English” at University of Cergy-Pontoise, France.
As an author, he has notably published the following articles:
The effects of financial accounting on Host Country taxable income, author, BNA International Tax Centre;
The audit process: examination of tax returns and appeal rights, co-author, BNA International Tax Centre.
Based in Washington, DC, Bob handles securities, litigation and regulatory enforcement matters for global and regional clients in financial services industry, including EB-5. As a former compliance officer for prominent investment managers, Bob’s experience provides valuable industry insight to his clients. Bob has been recognized as one of the Top 15 EB-5 Securities Attorneys in the USA, is a member of the EB-5 Securities Roundtable and is also a member of the London Court of Int’l Arbitration.
IIUSA Board of Directors; FirstPathway Partners LLC
Robert W. Kraft is President of the Invest In the USA (IIUSA) Board of Directors, the national trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, and is the Chairman and CEO of FirstPathway Partners (FPP). FirstPathway Partners invests money on behalf of foreign citizens seeking United States permanent residency (Green Card) status and/or citizenship under Homeland Security’s EB-5 Regional Center Program. A successful entrepreneur with over 40 years of international business experience at the executive level, Kraft has been an active participant in the EB-5 industry since 2004.
Throughout his time as an esteemed member of the EB-5 community he has used his experience and vast network of business and government contacts from around the world to further IIUSA’s mission. Prior to becoming IIUSA’s President of the Board of Directors Mr. Kraft provided support to the non-profit organization, through his work on the Public Relations and Banking Committees.
His work has been instrumental in building and maintaining significant relationships between Wisconsin and countries around the world. Kraft has earned praise internationally for driving economic growth and job creation under the Federal EB-5 Regional Center Program. He has been featured on television, radio, and in international publications for his work in the EB-5 industry. His company, FirstPathway Partners has brought investors through the entire lifecycle of the EB-5 immigration process on multiple projects.
He has been characterized as an entrepreneur, driving growth as a result of his ability to bridge international culture, trade, and economic exchange.
Bob and his wife Pat have been married for 43 years. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Bruno Marengo manages Harris Corporate Solutions’ Parisian Office. Bruno holds a Master in Corporate Finance from Audencia Business School, France and a Master in Economics from the University of Hong Kong. After various experiences in Banking and Private Equity, Bruno spent three years in our Hong Kong office before moving to Paris to expand our European operations. He is experienced in handling cross border operations between Europe and Asia and in structuring our Asian and European clients’ international expansion. He also focuses on advising European companies on their first move to Asia.
Chris is a Director of International Tax and Executive Director at Eurofast and he specialises in international tax structuring and planning, including real estate structuring. Chris has over 25 years of working experience in tax consulting, working with local as well as multinational companies. Previously in his career he has served as the European Chairman of the 5th largest international accounting association in the world for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region as well as President of the Junior Chamber International of Cyprus. He is also a member of a number of international trade associations and a Board Member of some house-hold name companies. Chris is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Montenegro in Cyprus.
Chris is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University and a US CPA. He has extensive general experience in the countries of South East Europe and CIS, as well as specific cross-border structuring; joint ventures and M&A experience involving most of the countries in the region.
He is a regular speaker in international tax conferences and events, and he is the author of numerous taxation articles published in International press and magazines. He has also conducted over 200 presentations on International Tax Planning, Accounting and Management Consulting in conferences and meetings all over the world.
Damien Martinez currently serves as the Director for Western Europe – Government, Risk and Compliance at Thomson Reuters, based in Paris, France. The business delivers a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to empower audit, risk and compliance professionals, business leaders, and the boards they serve to reliably achieve business objectives. Previously, Martinez served as the Financial Crime and Reputational Risk specialist also at Thomson Reuters and as a Senior Manager with World-Check for three years. He also headed the Terrorism Financing Prevention unit at Credit Suisse, based in Switzerland. In 2005, Martinez was a member of the Swiss Federal Police, focused on Counter Terrorism.
David Stubbs, Executive Director, is a global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Based in the London office, David is responsible for delivering research-driven insights on the global economy and markets to both retail and institutional clients in the UK and Europe. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and other major market outlets.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, David worked at MRB Partners in New York where he was a senior macro strategist, and he held similar roles at Heitman Securities in London and at the United Nations Department for Economics and Social Affairs, amongst others.
David holds a M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from The New School for Social Research in New York. He is an FRM and CMT Charter Holder.
Desiree Cassar is a leading tax, private wealth and immigration lawyer established in Malta. She is Partner at DC-Tax, a Malta-based boutique international law firm with a fully-integrated service and international connections. She heads the private client advisory department of the firm and services a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals and family offices. She has occupied leading positions in a Big Four tax and legal department, and currently lectures on a visiting basis at the University of Malta.
Dmitry Zapol is an international tax and business adviser with practical knowledge of the principles of individual and corporate international taxation and cross-border business planning. He joined IFS in September 2010 after earning his LL.M (Tax) degree at King’s College, London. Five years prior to this, Dmitry earned his LL.B Law at Durham University. Dmitry is a qualified Russian lawyer and prior coming to the UK he had been an associate at Moscow City Bar Association “Barshchevsky & Partners”. Dmitry holds the Advanced Diploma in International Tax (ADIT).
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.
Geoffrey Graham is a senior partner at EDGE – International Lawyers, an international law firm with offices in Lisbon, London, Almancil, Lagos and Cape Verde. After practising in Belfast and in the City of London, he relocated to Portugal in 1999 to assist the firm with the acquisition of two international practices. Geoffrey advises international private and commercial clients, particularly on their property investments and tax issues. He is at the forefront of helping businesses and individuals with the Non-Habitual Residency Programme. Geoffrey is a Chamber Council Member in the UK, Honorary Legal Advisor to the British Ambassador in Portugal and sits on the boards of the Royal British Club, the Ireland Portugal Business Network and the Irish Association in Portugal.
Giles is responsible for building long lasting relationships with our Asian clients, with a primary focus on Greater China. He leads our investor visa offering and has particular expertise in emerging markets
Before joining Dolfin in March 2015, Giles built up more than seven years of
experience in relationship management roles in private banking. First at Adam & Company, then the South Asia desk at
Societe Generale Private Banking, and lastly covering Middle East & Africa at
Falcon Private Wealth.
Born and raised in Hong Kong before finishing his education in England, Giles has also lived in Beijing and Singapore. His multicultural background brings a particularly international flavour to his approach.
Alexandra Otway was born in Toronto where she spent her early years, then returning to Grenada completing her early schooling. Alexandra returned to Canada to pursue tertiary studies in Advertising, sales and Marketing. On successful completion of her higher education she went directly into the hospitality sector working for international tour operators, airlines and hotels. Alexandra set an impressive record in the Tourism sector and remains in very high demand in that sector.
She is extremely well travelled globally… Her links remain strong to this day with Tourist boards, Tourism industry professionals and dignitaries. In 1997, Alexandra returned to Grenada where she took up a position In the hotel sector . The following year to enable her parents to retire she took over her family’s business comprising of Office Buildings and a Travel and tour Company.
After a number of successful years and accomplishments in this business, including negotiating new airlines to come to Grenada, becoming the agent for Several airlines to Grenada and holding the post of Consultant to the Grenada Board of Tourism on its operations and director on the Grenada airports Authority board of Directors later becoming the first female Chairman of the Board.
Alexandra has given her time to many foundations and charitable organizations some of the most noteworthy, is that she was a Board Member of the medical trust to the Grenada National Coalition for the rights of the child. She has worked along with Reach Grenada, a New York based charity, as well as sat on many boards of homes and charity groups.
She was recognized as one of the Caribbean Canadian Emerging Leaders by the CCELD presided upon by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne. She has dined with the ruler of Dubai and been awarded a medal by Vatican City to name a few of her achievements.
She officially entered politics 8 months before contesting the General Elections in 2013 as the NNP candidate for the Constituency of South St. George, the constituency with the largest number of registered voters on the Island and she received one of the largest swing votes and number of votes as a candidate.
She believes in the ideals of the New National Party and has fresh ideas and a strong work ethic. As a political figure she continues to be a very popular and well liked parliamentary representative for the people of South St. George and the Nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. She is planning to retain her seat in the election to be held within the next 22 months
Our Madam Minister has held two substantive posts in the Government of Grenada’s Cabinet, firstly as the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture during which time Grenada saw the largest increase In Tourism in the Caribbean, and the rebranding to Pure Grenada, the spice of the Caribbean in addition to many other firsts in that sector that catapulted Grenada to be one of the highest trending destinations in the region. More recently Honourable Alexandra Otway-Noel has been awarded the post as the Minister for Implementation in the Prime Ministers office of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which she has held for just over a year collaborating with investors and ensuring that projects are completed.
James Harris is an Official Appointed Representative for the Vanuatu Development Support Program. Living and working in Asia since the mid-1990s, James has been a consultant for many years – initially in the field of International Recruitment, as the owner of a Hong Kong-headquartered executive search company, working with many multinational companies around the world.
After the sale of his business to global recruitment company Hays PLC, 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 assisting individuals with their global mobility 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”.
James is originally from the UK and a graduate of Brunel University (WLIHE), and The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Jason is an enrolled agent with over 10 years’ individual US and multi-jurisdictional tax experience, international assignment consulting and tax optimization across Europe, Asia and North America.
Jason provides comprehensive US tax advice and counselling to international assignees, optimizing their tax situation and ensuring overall worldwide tax savings. He assist companies in analyzing assignment and relocation costs and the reduction of overall costs of international assignments.
Working in multiple jurisdictions, teams and diverse work environments exposed Jason to a distinct experience and skill sets to deal with global mobility matters.
Jason holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the University of Mumbai. He is an Enrolled Agent and a certified Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®).
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.
Property Consultant - Real Estate and Visa Programme
La Vida Europe
La Vida is an investment consultancy based in London, providing advice and investment options for residency and citizenship in Europe, USA and the Caribbean. La Vida specialises in international real estate options for such programmes and our market leading website www.goldenvisas.com receives more than half a million visitors each year. Jessica Brill joined La Vida in 2014 and has since established herself as the real estate expert on Portugal for the Golden Visa programme. Jessica has advised thousands of clients from across 50 countries worldwide on the benefits of the Portuguese Golden Visa.
John B. Kern is an international lawyer with offices in Charleston, South Carolina and the Republic of San Marino (an Italian enclave).
Mr. Kern will address the challenge of individuals securing economic advantages in light of the taxation of “worldwide income” of U.S. permanent residents and will focus on steps that might be taken prior to completing the immigration process in order to preserve family’s financial assets and enter and remain in compliance with the U.S. tax code requirements. This has been an area of considerable interest for Mr. Kern’s immigration clients over the past five years. In fact, John spoke on pre-U.S. immigration tax planning at the very first international summit on investment immigration in Hong Kong in 2013.
Mr. Kern was lead counsel for 31 investor immigrant families in the landmark EB-5 case of American Export Partners which he eventually settled with the U.S. Justice Department after seven years of litigation. He has assisted many EB-5 immigrants and their business hosts in complying with federal immigration and tax law.
In a recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, he succeeded in overturning a federal District Court order and blocked an IRS attempt to publish confidential tax records.
In 2013 Mr. Kern was asked by the Interior Minister of Greece and assisted in drafting new Immigration Code provisions for investor-based residency and citizenship in that country.
John is a fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria and was designated by the Swiss Ministry of Economy as highly skilled in assisting Swiss companies investing in the USA. For five years, he served as Chairman of the South Carolina Bar International Law Committee. Kern advises clients in international business law, including providing counsel in transactions & investment-related disputes. He has acted as lead counsel in more than 60 Swiss arbitrations and before the ICC. He is general counsel to the largest sports agency in Europe. He has represented and assisted hundreds of athletes, coaches, clubs, agents and national sports federations in contract matters and disputes.
Last summer John was successful in securing entry for a Kenyan athlete into the Rio Olympics after being denied entry by the International Olympic Committee.
For several years, Mr. Kern was a partner in a firm with a group of Barristers and shared an office at Gray’s Inn here in London. Prior to earning his MBA and law degree, he worked for four years in the U.S. Senate. He and his wife live in South Carolina and in Italy. Their daughter recently graduated from Southern Methodist University in Texas.
Jurga leads Deloitte’s immigration team in the UK. She has has significant experience (15+ years) in servicing international clients dealing with global scale corporate immigration advice and strategy. Jurga deals with all immigration matters including highly complex corporate and personal immigration matters. She gives strategic business advice to international clients, develops innovative services, regularly engages with the UK Government, the European Commission, and the Mayor of London, advises think tanks and is a frequent voice in the media as an immigration expert. Jurga is also highly experienced when it comes to business evacuation and continuity issues having handled a number of evacuations in the past. Jurga was recently awarded Editor Choice at the City Wealth Power Women Awards and is continuously recognised in Who’s Who as ‘’a commercially astute practitioner known for her efficient handling of global immigration cases’’. In 2017 Jurga has been shortlisted for Magic Circle Awards – Career Achievement Award by CityWealth Magazine.
Katie is a senior associate in the private client team of the immigration department at Kingsley Napley and has experience across a wide spectrum of UK immigration matters, with particular expertise in applications made for investors and entrepreneurs and complex personal immigration matters including advising clients on the immigration implications of international surrogacy and adoption, EEA applications, challenging the UK Home Office by way of appeal and through a number of successful judicial reviews and assisting with asylum claims and human rights applications and appeals.
Katie regularly presents and writes on UK immigration issues for a variety of audiences.
Kelly Whiter is Head of Private Client Immigration at PwC LLP. She is noted in Legal 500 and Citywealth Leaders List as a leading immigration lawyer. She is a technical expert with a specialism in delivering strategic solutions to high-net worth individuals looking to invest and/or relocate to the UK or acquire a second passport. Kelly regularly presents on UK immigration topics and Citizenship by Investment programmes to private businesses, private bankers, wealth managers, international tax advisors and lawyers both in the UK and overseas.
Kristin Surak is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Japanese Politics at SOAS, University of London who specializes in international migration, nationalism, culture, and political sociology. She is a past Richard B. Fischer Member of Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Her book Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice appeared with Stanford University Press in 2013, and received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia. She has published in numerous academic and intellectual journals, including the European Journal of Sociology, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, New Left Review, and London Review of Books, and her work has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, Korean, and German. For her scholarship, she has received awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Fulbright-Hays Foundation, Japan Foundation, European University Institute, Frankfurt University, University of California Board of Regents, and the Sainsbury Foundation, among others. Before joining SOAS, she taught at UCLA and at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She comments regularly for the BBC, Sky TV News, Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera. Currently, her research investigates temporary migrant labor programs in East Asia and across the globe, as well as the rise of citizenship by investment programs.
Matthew co-heads the U.S. tax practice in the Zurich office. He specializes in private client practice and accommodating the needs of the private banking industry. His practice focuses on cross-border tax and structuring, asset protection, multi-jurisdictional investment structures, as well as international tax controversy work for Private Clients involving the use of trusts, foundations and other fiduciary arrangements. Matthew also advises Private Clients on non-tax elements of structuring, and has developed specialized knowledge in residence and domicile solutions, including obtaining alternative citizenships in various jurisdictions, in particular European-based programs.
Melissa J. Chavin is the principal attorney at Chavin Immigration Law Office, a law firm with a focus on U.S. immigration based in London. Ms. Chavin is an active member of the state bars of New York and Connecticut. She is also admitted to the Texas bar (but inactive).
Formerly a corporate attorney, she is adept in forensic analysis of financial statements and investor documents, essential for successful EB-5 petitions. A large part of Ms. Chavin’s practice is strategizing the best path to living in the United States. EB-5 are among those paths. After obtaining a U.S. green card through EB-5, an individual may still wish to spend time outside the United States. Ms. Chavin advises on maintenance of U.S. permanent residence status with extensive travel outside the U.S.
Ms. Chavin is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its European, Middle East & Africa Chapter. She is a current member of the AILA national Ethics Committee (2013-2017) and heads its outreach initiatives.
Recent and upcoming conference presentations on:
Ethics and practice management for immigration lawyers, AILA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 2017.
The non-immigrant visa application “Form DS-160,” AILA Spring Conference, Brussels, Belgium, May 2017.
Unauthorized practice of law, AILA Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017.
The investor non-immigrant visa (E-2), AILA Fall Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2016.
Basic Immigration Law, Chapter 12: Can Fixed Fees Taken in Advance of Doing the Work Go Straight into Your Operating Account? A Twelve State Survey (2016, The Practicing Law Institute, New York)
Anticipating & Managing Future Conflicts of Interest in Immigration Law (2015, AILA)
Global Migration & Legal Ethics (2014, AILA)
Ethics: A Practice Advisory (2012, AILA)
Ms. Chavin worked in mergers & acquisitions and corporate securities offerings in New York City and San Antonio, Texas at the multi-national law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. Prior to that she helped Russian clients float securities offerings on foreign exchanges and foreign companies establish new offices in Moscow at the international “Magic Circle” law firm Clifford Chance.
Ms. Chavin graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law (JD). She holds bachelor and master degrees in Russian Literature and Language (MA) and Russian Language and Civilization (BA) from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Russian.
Michael is a Partner in Private Client Services department at BDO responsible for a private client team providing UK tax advisory and compliance services for high net worth individuals including their families, trust and company structures (Overseas and UK). He specialises in the taxation of internationally connected clients including many non-domiciled individuals and their overseas trust and company structures. These include, for example, those using the remittance basis of taxation, coming to or leaving the UK or invested in UK residential property structures. Michael has 20+ years’ experience including working for “Big 4” accountants and global banks in London, Guildford, Cayman and Jersey.
Michael Homeier practices law in the areas of securities (especially EB-5 and crowdfunding), corporate, transactional, and business financing. With over 30 years’ experience both in-house and with private firms, he brings a deep level of legal knowledge and expertise to the EB-5 industry. Michael’s firm has represented a large number of EB-5 NCE-funding companies and regional centers on over 400 projects to date, assisting them with project structuring and the negotiation and drafting of EB-5 business and securities documents, including PPMs, investor procurement agreements, limited liability agreements, loan agreements, subscription agreements, investor questionnaires, regional center contracts, plus transactional and corporate documents. In addition to engagements as a law professor, Michael is an active public speaker, both in the EB-5, equity crowdfunding, and business law arenas, and as an inspirational speaker to teenaged and young adult cancer survivors (as one himself) on finding post-treatment life success. J.D. USC, B.A. UCLA. Member: State Bar of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association, the EB5 Securities Roundtable, IIUSA, and the EB5 Investment Coalition.
Mishkin Santa, JD LLM is an International Tax Director at The Wolf Group, PC. Mishkin specializes in international tax planning, including cross-border, inbound, outbound and asset protection for high net worth individuals. He represents clients in areas including FATCA compliance, Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs, Streamlined filing, expatriation tax planning, international trust and estate compliance and foreign pension planning.
Prior to joining The Wolf Group, Mishkin served as a Tax Partner at Five Stone Tax Advisers in Austin, TX, directing their international tax practice. He also spent four years with the IRS as a Taxpayer Counsel in the National Taxpayer Advocate Office in Dallas, TX. Mishkin received a J.D. degree from Seattle University and earned a LL.M in Taxation from Boston College. He is the 2014 recipient of the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award and Tax Law Award.
Professional and Academic Qualifications: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Advisory Board Member of the Investment Migration Council; Member of the Law Society of England and Wales; Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association; Member of the International Bar Association; Member of the Advocates for International Development; Former Executive Committee Member and Policy Chair for Soci-Economic Rights Rene Cassin
Position at Fragomen
Solicitor and Partner at the firm’s London office, where she is responsible for investor immigration and other legal immigration service engagements for a wide variety of clients.
Relevance of experience
Nadine is considered an authority on high net worth immigration and her law practice focuses on advising clients in this regard. She works with high net worth individuals, third party advisors in the private wealth industry and governments on global citizenship and residency planning. She was instrumental in establishing the Fragomen Worldwide Private Client practice which provides immigration advice and assistance to high net worth individuals on global residency and citizenship options.
Fragomen’s global network includes more than 40 offices and over 3,300 employees worldwide. Together with our Local Advisors we provide immigration services in 170 countries. The Firm maintains a robust infrastructure of knowledge management technologies and practice groups to support the services we provide to clients.
Gherson & Co 2001- 2007 Trainee Solicitor and Solicitor
Dr. Niklas J.R.M. Schmidt is head of the firm-wide tax practice group at WOLF THEISS in Austria. He is admitted as both a lawyer and as a tax adviser. Before joining the firm, Niklas worked for several years at a “Big Four” accounting firm and as a research assistant in the tax law department at the University of Vienna. His publications include various books and articles in international tax journals. Niklas is frequently engaged as a speaker at tax conferences and has been a visiting lecturer at various universities. Currently, he is a member of the examination commission for the “Certified Financial Planner” exam in Austria, and he sits on the editorial board of the “SteuerExpress” magazine. Furthermore, Niklas is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), the International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers (TIAETL) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Oxford University, Saïd Business School, Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy (PGDipFS), 2012/2013
IESE Advanced Management Program (AMP) in Barcelona and Munich, 2011/2012
University of Vienna (Mag. iur.), 1998, (Dr. iur.), 2000
University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, (Mag.rer.soc.oec.), 1995
Nishil is a qualified solicitor and has over ten years UK immigration experience. He leads and manages Santa Fe’s UK Immigration practice. He has extensive experience in providing UK immigration advice for corporate accounts and private individuals. This includes managing immigration programmes focusing on risk and compliance, as well as attending a client’s premises to deliver training. In addition, he has expertise in High Net worth Individual applications, assisting clients with practicable solutions to settle in the UK with their families via the Investor and Entrepreneur category route.
He presents at global mobility events and seminars to corporate clients. He is also a regular attendee of Home Office Panel meetings and consults with the Home Office on immigration policy matters.
Prior to joining Santa Fe, Nishil was a manager at a leading professional services firm within the ‘Big 4’, managing immigration matters for a number of Fortune 500 companies, and was seconded for a year to manage the immigration programme for a large global telecommunications company.
Experienced president, manager and advisor with an MSc and MBA in Aviation Management and over 30 yrs hands-on experience across all areas of the airline business in multiple countries. Skilled at managing cultural differences, change and business turnarounds. Responsible for the operations, business development and sales, implementing cost improvement programs and increasing revenue. Practiced in driving change through restructures, business alignment, people management and development. Passionate and energetic leader with a strategic focus.
Robert F. Loughran is a Partner of Foster LLP and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has over 25 years of experience representing and advising Investors and Ultra High Net Worth individuals on U.S. and global immigration law and has been honored by many attorney rating services for his expertise in immigration. Mr. Loughran has represented clients in acquisition of second and third nationalities, as well as Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship and Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residency issues for over two decades. Mr. Loughran is internationally recognized as a leading EB-5 attorney and regularly advises developers on the formation and continued qualification of EB-5 Regional Centers. He has advised hundreds of individual investors on the EB-5 process and alternative immigration categories. Mr. Loughran has also successfully litigated to secure Removal of Conditional Status in Immigration Court for investors initially denied their final “green cards” by the Citizenship and Immigration Service due to the business failures of EB-5 projects.
Director for UK and Ireland of AICEP- Portugal Global and Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Portuguese Embassy in London
Rui Boavista Marques is currently the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Portugal in London and the Director of AICEP Global Portugal (Agency for Investment and Trade of Portugal) for the U.K. and Ireland, charged with promoting Portuguese exports of quality products and services to the U.K., and attracting direct investment into Portugal.
In his international career he has been posted to New York, Tokyo, Oslo, Dusseldorf and Berlin. From 2007 to 2010 he was Executive Member of AICEP at their headquarters in Lisbon, in charge of the internationalization of Portuguese SMEs in the global markets and also AICEP’s worldwide network of offices.
Although his initial academic background was in telecommunications engineering, he now holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies of Technology and Economics from the University of Tokyo and has recently completed the “Professional Certificate of Fundraising” at the University of New York.
He is a specialist in international trade and investment, writes frequently in magazines and newspapers, and has extensive experience in international presentations on the subject.
Shalini commenced her legal career in 1991, first interning with leading UK based law firms and then establishing the London office of a leading Indian law firm in 1993. Shalini was head of the London operations for 7 years, assisting multinationals with various matters relating to Indian law and jurisdiction. In 2000, Shalini co-founded and launched ALMT Legal. Following 13 years at the firm Shalini moved on to establish In Se Legal in 2013.
In Se Legal, under Shalini’s leadership, offers its clients a unique proposition. The firm operates a hybrid model; offering legal advice and providing consultancy services across a range of diverse industrial sectors and practice areas. The firm has the unique advantage of having an office in London, which acts as a central hub to process work outbound to India. Access to a large pool of experts in India ensures that clients are provided dedicated and tailor made services.
Global Mobility & Immigration advisory services are a key In Se Legal offering. Shalini and her team advise on all pre-arrival immigration formalities, including complete case assessment to ensure compliance with Indian regulations. Post arrival the teams regularly assist with registrations with the local authorities and extension of visas. The team also assist with legalisations and obtaining police clearance certificates and other documentation required for outbound travel from India. Shalini offers strategic advice to clients to assist in identifying key issues when considering cross border moves.
Shalini spends her time between India and London, and services clients, primarily in the UK, Europe and the USA. Shalini’s innate knowledge of India, the Indian market and business culture also provides an excellent cultural bridge for European companies seeking to do business in India, in need of information and direction. Shalini regularly guides clients on the nuances of doing business in India and provides insight into various aspects of dealing with Indian colleagues, suppliers and partners. Working closely with other practice groups in India, Shalini’s London presence enables clients to benefit from access to comprehensive Indian legal advice within a European time zone.
Shalini speaks frequently at international conferences and has published widely on a range of topics relating to Indian law and jurisdiction.
Trevor Alleyne is an Assistant Director/Division Chief of the Caribbean I Division at the International Monetary Fund since September 2013, where he is responsible for the OECS countries. His previous Caribbean experience at the Fund was as Division Chief of the Caribbean II Division during 2008-2012, serving also as mission chief for Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas, and Suriname.
Mr. Alleyne has been at the IMF since 1992, with assignments mainly in the African and Western Hemisphere Departments. Most recently, he served as mission chief for Nigeria and Zambia (2012-2013). Prior to joining the Fund, he was a principal analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office from 1986 to 1992. He is a professional economist with over 25 years of experience; was educated at the University of the West Indies (B.Sc.), University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D.)
As Chief Executive Officer of the Manhattan Regional Center, Attorney Winnie Ng directs the affairs of the regional center and leads its senior executive team.
As Chief Counsel of the regional center and its associated projects, Attorney Ng’s role is to ensure that the regional center and its associated projects are in compliance with EB-5 law, in an effort to help investors receive approvals to their EB-5 petitions and to secure their green cards.
Attorney Ng has provided legal services to hundreds of EB-5 investors in the past, assisting them with their I-526 petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status applications, and/or I-829 removal of condition petitions. She has also assisted many regional centers and project developers in setting up and structuring their regional centers and/or EB-5 projects.
Attorney Ng frequently participates in panel discussions, speaks at conferences and seminars, and conducts EB-5 trainings in the United States and overseas. She has also authored articles on EB-5 and EB-5 related topics.
Attorney Ng is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.