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 K Rogers MBA, LLM, TEP is a Managing Director at The Stafford Group. He will speak on the symbiotic relationship between wealth management, tax/estate planning and citizenship by investment in the age of transparency at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25-26 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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.
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 on pre-tax planning for US immigration at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25-26 February 2018 in Dubai. 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.
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.
As Managing Director of ANZ Migration, James has been consulting on investment and business migration for 14 years. James will speak on gaining residency and citizenship under Australia’s Significant Investor scheme at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25 – 26 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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).
Vanuatu Information Centre, Official Appointed DSP Citizenship Representative
James Harris is the Managing Director of the Vanuatu Information Centre, Official Appointed DSP Citizenship Representative. He will be speaking on Vanuatu Development Support Program (DSP) – the Asia-Pacific based CBI initiative at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25 – 26 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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 relationships on behalf of the DSP, and is currently exploring the opportunity for opening a VIC in London to better service the markets of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
James is originally from the UK and a graduate of Brunel University (WLI), and The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Kripa represents corporations and individuals from around the world in business and employment immigration, family immigration, consular matters, naturalization and asylum.
Areas of particular emphasis include the transfer of executives and managers, hiring professionals, including those working in specialty occupations and healthcare, and global planning for personnel needs.
Kripa speaks frequently on business immigration matters at local and regional Continuing Legal Education seminars. 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” for Immigration Law from 2014-2016, 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 WSBA’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.
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.
Mehron P. Azarmehr is the managing attorney of the Austin-based Azarmehr Law Group (ALG) and leads the firm’s EB-5 practice group. He will join a discussion on identifying the key trends for EB-5 visa applications and FDI in the U.S., at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25-26 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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.
Peter S. Vincent is the General Counsel at Thomson Reuters Special Services. He will address the Global Perception of Citizenship-by-Investment Programs at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25-26 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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.
Yann Mrazek is the Managing Partner of M/HQ, a Dubai based multi-services platform primarily providing for the needs of successful individuals and wealthy international families. He chiefly focuses on private wealth, tax and immigration practice and is regularly solicited as a speaker on these themes. He will join a discussion on identifying the key trends for EB-5 visa applications and FDI in the U.S. at the Investment Immigration Summit MENA on 25 – 26 February 2018 in Dubai. Limited seats available. Book now!
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.