American families, entrepreneurs, and HNWI have become disillusioned with the American Dream. Political polarization, high taxation, gun violence, and anti-abortion laws have pushed droves of wealthy Americans to the brink.
With their livelihoods, safety, and rights at stake, Americans are looking overseas for the freedoms in life and in business that they once found in America. The America Outbound Summit has been designed exclusively to connect the wealthy individuals and advisors of HNW American families with overseas providers of investment migration, real estate, tax planning, and wealth planning services.
Executive Director of Global Relations, Partnerships, and Customer Satisfaction
APS Global Partners
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Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Unit, Antigua & Barbuda
Charmaine Quinland-Donovan holds the distinctions of being the first national of Antigua and Barbuda and the first woman to head the country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Her appointment as CEO took effect on 27th March, 2017.
Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Quinland-Donovan served in the CIU in three prominent capacities; Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer. She is also a Chartered Director and a fully qualified anti-money laundering specialist.
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Peters is a Chartered Accountant, an honors graduate from the Telfer School of Management, a KPMG LLP alumni, has lived and worked in various countries.
Since 2007, Patrick has achieved tremendous success in all three aspects of this industry (as a client advisor, as a service provider to immigration professionals, and as a government advisor) and has actionable experience in all major immigration markets. This experience gives him a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the Residency and Citizenship by Investment (RCBI) industry, his partners’ needs, governments’ needs, financial/banking challenges, and geopolitical forces that play a role in our business.
This rare industry experience, coupled with his responsiveness, attention to detail, and work ethic have made Patrick a highly sought-after service provider to the partners – immigration practitioners, governments, real estate developers, and others.
Today, he is the CEO of ClientReferrals, a company owned and managed by a team that has the following achievements:
– been involved with the RCBI industry since 1987;
– has raised more than $9 billion in capital; and
– has assisted more than 12,000 families.
Patrick leads by example and loves nothing more than helping the partners meet and exceed their expectations.
APS Global Partners
Former Canadian Foreign Service Officer, Canadian Consul, Visa Officer, Immigration Consultant, James has 25 years of experience with the Government of Canada working as a Foreign Service Officer in Ottawa and overseas, first as a Visa Officer and then as a Consul and Officer in Charge in Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Europe, Australia and the United States as well as tours of duty in Ottawa.
James’ knowledge of immigration law is unparalleled, making him an invaluable asset for our company.
President & Founder
APS Global Partners
Entrepreneur, Investor (Pre-IPO, Merges & Acquisitions), Start-Up Mentor Michael is a successful entrepreneur that has invested in and launched multiple ventures within the healthcare and medical space. He is actively involved in mergers, acquisitions, and consultancy and has founded several companies that are aggregators of ideas for projects and intellectual property.
Michael is a trusted adviser with a passion for identifying key market opportunities and strategic partnerships to foster accelerated revenue growth for partners.
Tim H Behle
Chief Executive / Managing Director
Royal Oak Asset Management
Mr. Behle oversees all aspects of Royal Oak Asset Management and is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the firm. Under his leadership, the firm has managed over US$2bn of invested capital across more than 40 investments helping thousands of investors achieve their global mobility objectives while safeguarding their capital. He recently led the formation and launch of the Portugal Strategic Growth Fund.
Mr. Behle previously led the development of the EY’s asset management platform that monitored over US$1bn in real estate assets. He was also responsible for the asset transaction and development advisory service lines for the organization’s largest US geography.
With a passion for teaching and mentorship, Mr. Behle was an adjunct faculty at NYU, an assistant adjunct professor at Columbia University as well as a frequent guest lecturer at other universities.
As a thought leader, Mr. Behle led EY’s Global Hospitality Insight publication, has been quoted by leading news organizations, including Reuters and Forbes, in addition to being featured on industry panels.
Mr. Behle has an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BS from Cornell University.
Business Immigration Advisor
Premier UK Business LLP
Anaam Shehadeh is an experienced Business immigration consultant working for Premier Consultancy that specializes in providing International Tax Consultancy to high-net-worth individuals and immigration services to businessmen and entrepreneurs looking to internationalizing their businesses.
Anaam has extensive experience in the field of Immigration and Residency Programs. She has the privilege of assisting over a thousand applicants looking for residency programs or direct citizenships.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
GEMS Holdings Ltd.
Dominica-born Gregor Nassief is a longtime entrepreneur and successful businessman. Exposed to hospitality early on, Gregor officially began his hotel career in 2011 when his vision to create a lush, family home evolved into the first luxury resort on the Caribbean’s Nature Island—Secret Bay. With a penchant for design, art, architecture and customer service, Gregor established GEMS Holdings Limited in 2016, which includes a portfolio of world-renowned owned and managed properties including Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort and most recently, The Residences at Secret Bay, the company’s initial foray into luxury real estate.
Prior to entering the hospitality space, Gregor studied software engineering and finance at New York University. He went on to launch Cerca Technology in Latin America, building a new technology and pioneering an untapped market. Gregor continues to lead Cerca, which now has offices in five countries and customers in over 20.
Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Unit, St. Kitts
Les Khan is Chief Executive Officer of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU) and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He has over 20 years of experience with large financial organizations and risk management companies globally.
Prior to working with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, Les Khan was the Senior Director of 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. He has also held other senior positions at major financial institutions within the United States.
Ana Graciela Medina
Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Alemán of Panama
Ana Graciela Medina is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán, and the Director in charge of the Immigration and Naturalization department and the Real Estate and Real Estate Investments practice. She is also part of the Public Contracting team.
Ms. Medina has over 20 years of experience providing solid legal support to a large number of clients, advising them in corporate, real estate, tourism, and investment projects, as well as migratory matters. She also has extensive experience in New Technologies Law, Data and Software Legal Protection, I.T. contracts, and Banking systems.
Ms. Medina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, ULACIT, Cum Laude Probatus, Panama (2001), and a Master in Information and Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain (2002). She also completed the Executive Programs – Focus on Corporate Law and Management at Instituto de Empresa de Madrid (I.E.), Spain (2002) and International Studies, focus on Latin America, at Saint Edward’s University, Austin, Texas USA (1995 – 1997).
She is currently a member of the Immigration Law Commission of Panama’s Bar Association.
Founder and Principal Lesperance & Associates
David Lesperance is one of the world’s leading international tax and immigration advisors.
A published author in the field, David’s personal interest in these areas of law grew from his experience working as Canadian immigration and customs officer while studying law. Since being called to the bar in 1990, he has established his expertise with major law firms, his own law firm and as a private consultant.
David has successfully advised scores of high and ultra high net-worth individuals and their families, many of whom continue to seek his counsel today. David is supported by a team of professionals, some of whom have worked with him since the early 1990s.
International Tax and Estate Planning Lawyer
Former Minister of Immigration, Citizens, and Secretary of State of Canada, the Honorable Gerry Weiner brings a long and distinguished political and business career to APS Global Partners.
Melvin A. Warshaw has more than 40 years of experience as a U. S. estate planning and tax lawyer. He currently represents U. S. and non-U. S. high net worth individuals, families and companies on a wide range of personal and business tax matters, especially in connection with cross-border income and estate tax planning and compliance in the U. S. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the U.S.
Mr. Warshaw regularly advises non-U. S. clients on structuring inbound pre-immigration tax strategies including basis step-up in legacy assets, avoiding the U. S. CFC and PFIC anti-deferral tax regimes, optimizing use of foreign tax credits, minimizing green card status as well as advising on and drafting of “drop-off trusts.” He also advises long-term green card holders and U. S. citizens on planning to minimize their U. S. exit tax through gift programs, managing equity compensation and by drafting “expatriation” trusts and considerations of a change of domicile outside the U. S. He has also counseled clients in complying with their U. S. tax filing obligations by engaging accountants and bringing such taxpayers into compliance with their numerous U. S. international tax reporting requirements. He has also advised on the U. S. international tax aspects of cryptocurrency, including how to become U. S. tax compliant and how to mitigate U. S. tax implications prior to and following renouncing U. S. citizenship.
Mr. Warshaw’s legal career has included a variety of different roles in the field of sophisticated international wealth transfer and estate planning. He is a past partner of McDermott Will & Emery’s highly regarded Private Client Department, having established the Boston office practice in 1997. He also served as a senior wealth advisor in JP Morgan Private Bank’s Boston and Greenwich CT offices. He was also formerly general counsel to a large national brokerage that focused on delivering liquidity planning strategies and he has a strong understanding of the array of onshore and offshore life insurance products. Mr. Warshaw began his legal career in the Office of the General Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service National Office in Washington, D.C.
At present, Mr. Warshaw is in sole practice working from his home offices in Wellesley and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His clients reside throughout the world from India, Singapore, China and Hong Kong to the Caribbean and throughout Europe and in Israel.
Mr. Warshaw is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of lawyers who are peer-elected to membership. He is also an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. The Academy is an international peer-reviewed organization comprised of a small select group of highly accomplished international private client lawyers in 50 countries.
He is currently a member of the international section of the editorial board of Trusts and Estates magazine and has published numerous articles in the magazine over the last decade. Mr. Warshaw has been a Full Member (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals
(STEP) since 2006. He is a current member of the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum, the Boston Estate Planning Council and the International Bar Association (IBA) Private Client Tax Committee. He also has been a longtime member of the American Bar Association Real Property and Probate Section, International Committee of the Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group.
He is a past Chair of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Boston Bar Association. He is currently a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, which administers the IOLTA Grants Program in Massachusetts which awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide civil legal services to low-income clients in the state. Mr. Warshaw is also currently a trustee of his synagogue’s endowment fund and a past Treasurer of the synagogue.
Mr. Warshaw received an L.L.M. (Tax) from Georgetown University Law Center. He received a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and he received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Rochester.