Welcome to the 2nd issue of the IMC Bulletin 2019, which will be arriving in your inbox as you, hopefully, begin your safe journey to Geneva and the 4th Investment Migration Forum.
As with last year, we are holding the Forum at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, Geneva (3rd – 6th June). Those of you who are familiar with the Forum will know that it is the single most important industry event held to unveil the latest thinking, developments and new programmes. This year we are expecting to welcome over 300+ Government Officials, Members of the Press Corps, Academics, Economists, Lawyers, Accountants, and representatives of Civil Society from over 40+ countries over the three days of different plenary sessions, committee meetings, and the Intergovernmental Roundtable on IM.
This year’s Forum could not be more timely. As an industry, we are facing a period of unprecedented change, with increased scrutiny placed on global migration by international organisations and policy makers.
We have been conducting a series of meetings across the EU to help lawmakers better understand investment migration and highlight the sector’s efforts to have a uniform, transnational code of ethics and regulatory framework.
This year’s Forum will help shape the future of our market, and I urge anyone who cares about — and feels they can contribute to — the long-term future of investment migration to register for one of the few remaining Forum tickets.
In this issue, we start with an article on the now-infamous Nottebohm Case and the genuine link of residence criteria; William Worster argues that the US expatriation tax violates human rights; and Sonia Spencer gives us her thoughts on Citizenship by Investment: the Real Drivers Behind Applications.
I will let you discover the other contributions from some of the industry’s elite, all leaders in their own right.
Happy travels, happy reading and see you soon!