THE INVESTMENT MIGRATION FORUM 2017
As a part of its annual events calendar, between the 5th and 7th June, the Investment Migration Council (IMC) will be holding its annual Investment Migration Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. This is a unique forum where key players from the academic, governmental, and professional sectors will come together to discuss the industry and its future.
The mission of the IMC is to facilitate a greater understanding of the industry, the sharing of knowledge through professional development, publishing academic research papers and reports, combined with understanding and adherence to its code of ethics and professional conduct by its globally distributed 300+ members.
The forum in Geneva will once again be held at the Grand Hotel Kempinski. Dubbed the ‘Davos’ of the Citizenship by Investment industry, it is a must-attend for the global investment immigration industry bringing together all stakeholders, in one neutral location, to unveil the latest new developments, emerging trends, and upcoming programmes. The themes of this year’s event will focus on changes in the global landscape during the last 12 months, and how it will impact investment migration and citizenship by investment trends and procedures. Topics including travel bans, the impact of Brexit on EU citizens, the refugee crisis, and the Trump presidency, will all be discussed by key note speakers, panels, and government roundtables.
One of the keynote speakers on the first full day of events is Maria Patsalos a Partner at London law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP and Michael Frendo a Former EU Foreign Minister of Malta, who will discuss possible UK immigration policies after Brexit, This will be followed by a panel session entitled ‘Walls and Fences in the Modern World’ which will bring together Boriss Cilevics – Member of Parliament of Latvia, Madeleine Sumption- Director at the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, and Kristin Surak a Member of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton university and a Professor of Politics at SOAS, UCL. Later in the day, guests will enjoy a 30-minute roundtable discussion which will bring together key players from almost every continent. Participants will include Francisco Alvarez De Soto a Managing Partner at Alves & Co Attorneys at Law, in Panama City, Pruet Boobphakam- President at Thailand Privilege Card, and Peter D. Joseph the Executive Director at IIUSA from Washington DC, amongst others.
During Day two, delegates can sit in on a discussion on ‘The Necessary Evolution of the Investment Migration Due Diligence Model’ which will be headed by Chisanga Chekwe- Senior Advisor at Pace Law Firm, Toronto, James Swenson- global Head Enhanced Due Diligence at Thompson Reuters, London, and other industry leaders in the areas of due diligence. The discussion will drill down into developments in fraud prevention tools, and the increasing need to scrutinise PEPs.
Other key highlights of the programme include- ‘The Risks of Citizenship by investment Programmes’ with Peter Vincent- Assistant Director General for International Policy at BORDERPOL and General Counsel at Thompson Reuters Special Services LLC, ‘Residence and Citizenship in Malta’ with Roderick Cutajar- Executive Chairman of the Malta Residence and Visa Agency, and ‘Avoiding the Effects of Travel Bans’ with Tammy Fox-Isicoff, a partner at Rifkin at Fox-Isicoff, Miami.
The three-day forum will be rounded off with an address from Bruno L’ecuyer, the CEO of the IMC, and other Board and Committee Members. This year’s Investment Migration Forum is expected to attract over 300 academics, senior level representatives, academics, migration agents, law firms, wealth managers, UHNWI’s, government representatives, and international organisations involved in migration and citizenship by investment.