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.
The InterContinental New York Times Square is located at the crossroads of Manhattan’s theater, dining, entertainment, and business worlds. The hotel provides a range of delegate experiences rooted in the destination and draws on unrivaled local knowledge to create truly engaging, personalized meetings and events.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Family Office Association
Angelo Robles knows a thing or two about wealthy families. He’s been working with them since 2008 when he founded Family Office Association, a global membership organization for UHNW families and their family offices. His members say that he delivers the finest in content and programming, including his own proprietary content on designing, accelerating and/or transforming single family offices to thrive generationally. Angelo emphasizes embracing innovation in the single family office. This includes creating appropriate benchmarks, implementing relevant technology, and updating processes to align with industry best practices.
Having worked with multiple generations of families for the past 12 years and their trusted advisors, Angelo has gained an enormous amount of intellectual capital on how UHNW families think and feel — and what motivates them.
Angelo is the founder of the Effective Family Office think tank and is creator of the “Family Office Masterclass Program Series” for families, their single family offices and their advisors. He also personally coaches a select group of global families and advisors.
He is a frequent source to top media outlets like Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal and Institutional Investor, and maintains a thought-leadership series via his podcast The Angelo Robles Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify and other platforms. He has also authored the book Effective Family Office: Best Practices and Beyond, which is available through Amazon. He is the co-author of Maximizing Your Single Family Office: Leveraging the Power of Outsourcing and Stress Testing.
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.
By profession Kenneth is a qualified accountant and tax advisor. He attained his practicing warrant from the Government of Malta, Ministry of Finance in 2005. His expertise lies in residency and citizenship, international taxation, and wealth structuring. Kenneth is an accredited agent for the Maltese citizenship and residency programmes. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of Vertex Alliance which specialises in Residency, Citizenship, Tax, and Investment.
Previously, Kenneth held the position of Senior Director at an international law firm for a span of fifteen years, whereby he led both the Tax Advisory and Tax Compliance units as well as the Residency and Citizenship team responsible for the Asian market.
Over the years, Kenneth has been a guest speaker in numerous conferences and roadshows in Asia, the Middle East and across Europe. Many high net worth individuals have entrusted Kenneth with both their personal as well as corporate tax planning. Furthermore, together with his team of professionals, Kenneth has supported numerous clients with acquiring European residence and/or citizenship.
Formerly, Kenneth has occupied senior positions at a leading five-star hotel in Malta, whereby he was the Chief Finance Officer and subsequently the General Manager. He has lectured both the Fundamentals and Advanced ACCA paper in taxation and was well renowned among students for his practical approach in simplifying and breaking down complex tax matters.
Professionally, Kenneth is best known for being an achiever who embraces challenges, for being a leader who inspires, and for his pragmatic and creative problem solving skills.
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Athens Properties
Kyriakos is a skilled international senior executive with extensive background and knowledge of banking, real estate, commercial activities, sales & marketing and human capital management. With over 30 years of working experience to SEE (Greece, Serbia, Romania) he has proven track record of success in increasing market share, growing top line growing top line revenues and bottom line and re-engineering operations.
Since September 2019 he is the Managing Partner at ENEA Real Estate, which since May 2021 operates as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Athens Properties. He is responsible for company’s Business Development and he is managing Sales & Marketing. Also, since April 2019 he has been appointed as Managing Director at Hellenic PostCredit SA. He is also partner at ENEA Development which focuses and is active in small-mid scale residential and commercial real estate developments in Athens Metropolitan Area.
Previously, he worked in Eurobank Greece as Assistant General Manager, responsible for the Retail Banking Commercial Activities. Before that he was General Manager in Eurobank Business Services SA in Greece, Executive Vice President in Bancpost SA in Romania, Head of Retail in Eurobank Group in Serbia and before that he held several managerial positions in Eurobank Greece and National Bank of Greece.
He holds an Executive MBA with Distinction in General Management from Sheffield University, an Executive Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from Chartered Management Institute in London, a Diploma in Developing as a Leader module from Harvard Business Publishing, a Diploma in Leadership Development Program from ALBA Business Graduate School and Bachelor’s in Economics from Athens University. He speaks English and Greek and has basic understanding of Romanian.
Hakan Kodal has 30 years of experience in investment banking and in real estate developments. He founded Krea Real Estate in 2006. He has considerable investment banking and corporate finance experience.
He used to be General Manager of Yapı Kredi Koray, one of the leading Turkish Real Estate Investment Trusts (1997-2006) partnered with Merrill Lynch in 100M dollar Turkey Fund. He had served as Founding Chairman of many real estate organizations in Turkeys such as GYODER, TAMPF etc.
He graduated with the degree from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and obtained a BSc in Electronics & Telecom from Istanbul Technical University.
Co-Founder and President
Apex Capital Partners Corp.
Nuri Katz is a 30-year veteran and leader of the investor immigration industry. He is a frequent commentator and contributor to global media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, and many others. He frequently opines on subjects pertaining to immigration policy, government affairs, citizenship matters, international investment, tax policy and more.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Spark Capital Lda
João spearheads the investment management function at Celtis being the curator of the group’s portfolio. João is also the CEO and co-founder of the Spark Group.
He has several years of experience across the globe in various industries including finance, real estate and management consulting. João is a specialist in business strategy with an extensive track record in investing in Portugal.
João Baptista has always been fascinated by entrepreneurs and business, and ended up doings his Bachelor at NOVA SBE, one of the best business schools in Portugal, and his Masters at HEC School of Management in Paris, one of the top business schools in Europe, to pursue his dream of setting up his own company.
João’s professional career began in Germany, in the strategy department of a European space industrial conglomerate (Astrium). Due to his fascination over Chinese economic growth, João relocated to Beijing, where he met his Spark Capital business partner, Inês.
Within 2 years João was speaking mandarin fluently and elaborating his business plan to start Spark Capital. The Spark Group achieved 38 million Eur in sales in 2021 and more than 40 developed projects.
Gonçalo Mendes Leal
Following his family tradition, Gonçalo Mendes Leal became a lawyer almost 20 year ago. After founding NSMLawyers, in just 10 years, he has managed to develop an exquisite team, specialized in the Residence by Investment and Citizenship segment, which is now considered one of the best in class in Portugal.
The firm’s outstanding growth has been the result of a company culture revolving around 3 key principles: rigorous procedures, borderline obsessive knowledge on all legal technicalities and full commitment in serving their clients, even around unaware legal needs. The development of such a prosperous environment was only possible due to the strong and close professional ties between the two founding partners, which outspread to the entire team. They get things done because everyone in the team cares about every single client.
Therefore, the firm is divided internally into several Departments that support each other when needed. Beside Residence by Investment and Citizenship, they have departments such as Commercial, Real Estate, Tax, Employment and Labour Law.
The Golden Visa and D7 programs have given NSMLawyers and his partner Gonçalo Mendes Leal the opportunity to interact with people and organizations from diverse cultures, with whom they share the charm and beauty of the Golden Country.
Mc Claude Emmanuel
Chief Executive Officer
Citizenship by Investment Saint Lucia
With well over a decade of management experience, Mc Claude Emmanuel possesses a diversified skill set ranging from product development, economic analysis and training & development.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Management; has an MBA, is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an accredited Certified Business Professional in Marketing.
He brings a wealth of experience from both private and public sectors across various industries including media, utilities and telecommunications.
As the CEO of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, his vision is to grow its brand presence across various platforms and penetrate new and emerging territories whilst maintaining the highest compliance and due diligence standards.
The TOLI Center East
Henry Montag, CFP, Managing Director of The TOLI Center East, has been in practice since 1976 with offices in L.I N.Y. He has authored articles and acted as a source for NYSBA Senior Lawyer, NYSSCPA Tax Stringer, Tax Facts, Bloomberg’s Estates Gift & Trust Journal, Trusts & Estate Magazine, Accounting Today, Long Island Business News, Financial Planning, & The Wall Street Journal.
He has appeared as a guest on Wall Street Week, Fox Business News & News 12. He’s provided CPE & CLE continuing education credits to NYSBA, ABA, AICPA, NYSSCPA, & the estate Planning Council. He co-authored an American Bar Association Flagship publication, Jan 2017, titled “The Advisors’ & Trustees’ Guide to Managing Risk” The Jan 2019 issue of Commerce Clearing House, referred to him as “One of today’s best brains”.
Horowitz and Rubenstein, LLC
Steven A. Horowitz, JD, focuses on all areas of taxation, tax & business planning for closely held businesses and their shareholders. He crafts asset protection planning including non-qualified deferred compensation planning, offshore tax, and estate planning using traditional & Private Placement & Life Insurance.
Mr. Horowitz has 35 years’ experience in providing clients the opportunity to allocate alternative investments in a tax-efficient manner while creating efficient strategies that do not exist other than with private placement life insurance (PPLI).
Head of Legal
Madalena Monteiro is a legal professional, graduated in Law and holds an Investment Migration Council certification.
She began her activity in 2012 as lawyer in Lisbon and she became involved with the immigration law from the very first day of her career, providing support to more than 400 Families worldwide.
Enthusiastic about supporting individuals finding their place in the world, Madalena strongly believes that Italy’s Investor Visa has become the most favorable option to individuals that are seeking a fast, affortable and effective solution for obtaining residency in Europe
Since June 2022 she is Head of Legal at Magwind Global, an investment migration one-stop-shop that specializes in providing their clients with direct access to investment opportunities in the Italian jurisdiction eligible for the Italian Investor Visa.
Leading Magwind’s legal department, Madalena is among the pioneers of the Italian residency by investment program, for which she provides full support to clients from all over the world.
Passionate about international and investment law and with strong interpersonal skills, Madalena is fluent in Portuguese, English and Italian.
Alpha Square Group
Eveline Gerck is an American-Latina-European financier and board member with deep expertise in alternative investments and direct investment in Venture Capital companies and their capitalization through investment funding, corporate growth and international expansions.
Born in a family of Yugoslavian immigrants; she was raised and educated in Europe, South America and the United States. Proficient in four languages, she has substantial US and international work experiences in the technology, SaaS, Fintech, BioTech, CleanTech, DEI and Environment sectors. Ms. Gerck has investment banking and private equity work experience and training which built her deep knowledge of public and private equity and debt investments.
Before becoming a board member, board and C-suite advisor and investor Ms. Gerck was an Institutional Investor ranked securities analyst who led over $40Billion in deals including IPOs, M&As and growth equity. In the past 25 years, she has specialized in US and global private equity and venture capital investments, raising over $1.5Bn in funds, seating on private boards, focusing on companies’ growth through technology and operational sustainability, social impact and ethical corporate governance improvements. A Software and Structural Engineer, she was awarded two Scholarships, by Rotary International and the Organization of the American States, to pursue her graduate studies in business administration at Harvard University (CSS/ MSc) and Robert H. Smith Business School (MBA). Ms. Gerck is a member of the Harvard Club in NYC, The Harvard Innovators Group at the Harvard Club of NY and the Harvard Alumni Association.
Chief Executive Officer
Latitude Consultancy Limited
Eric Major is one of the world’s foremost specialists in residence and citizenship-by-investment, an industry pioneer with over 25 years in the Investment Migration field.
Between 1997-2011, he was the Founder and Managing Director of HSBC’s Global Investor Immigration Services, where he and his team raised over USD 2 billion in capital and facilitated the successful migration of over 5,000 families to Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong.
As the former CEO of Henley & Partners, he presided the firm’s impressive growth between 2011-2016 that led to the opening of over 20 offices and the launch of 4 new programs, including the highly successful Malta citizenship program.
In 2017, he founded Latitude Consultancy Limited, a leading international firm providing residency and citizenship solutions to private clients, as well as advising governments on how to attract significant foreign direct investments to their shores through such programs.
Over the span of his career, he and his team have raised over USD 5 billion in capital in over a dozen countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Malta, Hong Kong and many Caribbean nations. Mr Major holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Sciences in Economics from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Chief Executive Office and Founder
Prometheus Alternative Investments
Michael Wang founded Prometheus around his firm belief that everyone should have access to information and investment opportunities that have only been accessible to a select few.
Mike’s family emigrated to the United States when he was three. His parents—educators in their native Taiwan— realized their American dream by trading stocks and investing in real estate. The idea that you could turn knowledge of the investment landscape into wealth made a profound impression on Mike, who became president of his high school investing club before moving east. He graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2005.
After a two-year stint in mergers and acquisitions at Citigroup, Mike came to SAC Capital Advisors in 2007, later becoming a senior analyst at the storied, Connecticut-based firm. In 2012, Mike left SAC to become a principal at Tourbillon Capital Partners.
After three years of contributing to Tourbillion’s early success, LA-based Cypress Funds asked Mike to join them as a portfolio manager and co-managing partner. By the following year, Institutional Investor had recognized him as one of their Hedge Fund Rising Stars.
During his leadership, Cypress Funds was awarded the best US equity fund under $1bn in 2018 by the HFM US Performance Awards, which showcases top-performing hedge funds.
In early 2020, Michael left Cypress Funds to create Prometheus: a platform that enables people to discover and invest in hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, and other alternative products that, historically, have been difficult to learn about and get exposure to.
Richard Hallam is a dual citizen of Grenada and Great Britain. His 30 years work experience has taken him to every continent, but his current home-base for the last 17 years is on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Originally a hotelier, Richard branched out into development, real estate and more recently; business advisory.
He has played a multi faceted role in the development scene of Grenada, working initially in the acquisition and development of multi-use projects and later with government and developers in the creation of the Grenada CBI (Citizenship-By-Investment) program as a Special Advisor to the Inward Investment Office.
Richard has seen a Caribbean CBI program from concept to operation and worked alongside government, CIU offices, agents and developers. He is an Approved Marketing Agent of the Grenada CBI program and with his direct, insider, on island knowledge and close working relationships with all major developers and local agents. He currently hold the position of CBI Director for Ora Caribbean – Developers of Silversands Grenada and Beach House by Silversands.
Juan F. Lopez Valek
Juan is a transactional tax associate at the law firm of Mayer Brown. Juan’s professional practice focuses on advising clients on corporate and international tax matters, the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financing arrangements and working with US individuals and businesses that have moved to Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Juan worked as a senior tax associate in a public accounting firm based in New York and, prior to that, Juan was a senior associate in a boutique tax consulting firm in Mexico City. Juan is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in Portuguese.
Mário Pais de Sousa
Verge Property Developers
Mário is the founder of Verge Property Developers, a company bringing a new approach to the real estate projects in Portugal. Despite the young age, Mário has been managing different types of business since his early twenties. Growing inside the family business (agriculture, hospitality, real estate), he was since young exposed and an integral part of them, being already the third generation with expertise on those business areas.
At the same time Mário was working in the family business, he graduated in economics in Católica University in Portugal, preparing his way to start his professional career in the corporate world. Mário has started his journey at Siemens, making all the way from Junior Accountant to Head of Finance, in different business units. Siemens has brought a huge expertise in finance, a very structured way to do business and the capacity to lead and inspire large teams.
Verge is born from the knowledge of three generations working in real estate. Mário is bringing a multinational approach to expand the family business, with modernity and sustainability being key growth drivers.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Global Taxes LLC
Alicea Castellanos is the CEO and Founder of Global Taxes LLC. Alicea provides personalized U.S. tax advisory and compliance services to high net worth families and their advisors.
Alicea has more than 20 years of experience. Prior to forming Global Taxes, Alicea founded and oversaw operations at a boutique tax firm, worked at a prestigious global law firm and CPA firm. Alicea specializes in U.S. tax planning and compliance for non-U.S. families with global wealth and asset protection structures which include non-U.S. trusts, estates and foundations that have a U.S. connection.
Alicea also specializes in foreign investment in U.S. real estate property, and other U.S. assets, pre-immigration tax planning, U.S. expatriation matters, U.S. persons in receipt of foreign gifts and inheritances, foreign accounts and assets compliance, offshore voluntary disclosures/tax amnesties, FATCA registration, and foreign companies wanting to do business in the U.S. Alicea is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Alicea is an active member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPAs), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the International Fiscal Association (IFA), a member of Clarkson Hyde Global, a world-wide association of accountants, auditors, tax specialists and business advisors and the Global Referral Network (GRN).
Distinctly, in 2020, Alicea was awarded with a prestigious NYSSCPA Forty Under 40 Award. She was selected as someone that has notable skills and is visibly making a difference in the accounting profession. Alicea has also been recognized as a leading expert for Tax advice and she has been invited to join Advisory Excellence, as their exclusively recommended tax expert in the USA.
In 2021 and 2022, Alicea was the Gold and Silver Winner, respectively, of Citywealth’s Powerwomen Awards in the category USA – Woman of the Year – Business Growth (Boutique). Furthermore, Alicea is currently listed in the Global Elite Directory 2022, which is an annual exclusive directory of the world’s elite lawyers and outstanding wealth advisors advising ultra-high net-worth clients.
Co-Founder and Director of Global Sales
Latitude Consultancy Limited
Jon Green has worked in the investment migration industry since 2008 and has been a member of the Investment Migration Council (IMC) since its inception.
As a co-founder of Latitude Consultancy, he specialises in direct private client business, intermediary and B2B sales. He has an intimate knowledge of residency and citizenship acquisition processes, real estate procurement & investment and developer relations. He is also focused on developing strategic partnerships for the delivery of clients interested in citizenship by investment programs. Having assisted American clients with investment migration for over 14 years, Jon has a unique insight and understanding of their motivations and needs.
Prior to joining Latitude, he was a Partner with Henley & Partners (H&P) where he oversaw the North American market. Previously to his time with H&P, he worked in sales and marketing for high-end real estate projects and has a wide range of experience promoting ski, golf and sand destinations. He has been involved with projects throughout the world including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, South East Asia and Europe.
Latitude Consultancy Limited
Christopher Willis, RCIC, IMCM, is the Managing Director of Latitude Consultancy and is responsible for Government Advisory services and Programme Delivery.
He has been involved in the immigration industry since 1995 and is a member of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC), the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and the Investment Migration Council (IMC). He sits on the Board of the CAPIC Quebec chapter as well as the National lobbying committee.
His office is the Regional Representative Office (RRO) for the Investment Migration Council in the Caribbean.
He has been educated in the United Kingdom and Canada and has owned and managed immigration firms in London, Montreal and the Caribbean. He is fluent in English and French and is involved in fundraising for philanthropic causes.
Latitude Consultancy Limited
Ezzedeen Soleiman led the opening of Latitude’s office in Beverly Hills, California, which is the first global investment migration consultancy firm to have an office in the USA.
He was one of the first practitioners to successfully develop the investment migration market in North America. He has spent several years working with business leaders, prominent families, and entrepreneurs in the Americas and Europe, advising them on international business, alternative investments and investment migration. Ezzedeen has helped clients invest sustainable projects across Europe and has helped raised millions for nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining Latitude, Ezzedeen was a Director at H&P and a member of their private client management board. Before that, Ezzedeen worked at Societe Generale- Corporate Investment Banking, handling requests for pension funds in Canada.
Ezzedeen is passionate about clean technology and investing in sustainable projects in the US and Europe.
Moon Gate Antigua
Cameron Fraser immigrated to Antigua & Barbuda in 1967, attending school in Antigua and Scotland. Cameron has been involved with the expansion development of The Historic Redcliffe Quay, the development and expansion of cruise tourism in Antigua and Barbuda when he was the Managing Director of Antigua Pier Group Limited from 2000 to 2006.
From 2004 to date he has been involved in the development and management of Nonsuch Bay Resort as share-holder, co-founder and co-owner. Cameron is a Director of Antigua Pier Group Limited and Vice President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association.
Bayat Legal Services
Sam Bayat is a Canadian lawyer since 1992, with a background in international law and specializing in business and personal migration issues. He emigrated to Canada in early 70s and established the first Canadian law firm in the Middle East in 1993. Today known as Bayat Legal Services, the law firm now has several offices across the globe.
What distinguishes Bayat, is his ability to operate within the confines of the law in a creative, lateral and, when appropriate innovative manner, in order to achieve his client’s objective(s). He believes in producing optimum results, rather than settling for acceptable solutions.
With thousands of successful and happy clients, Sam Bayat is the right choice for individuals seeking to enhance international mobility and to secure a ‘Plan B’ in case of political, social or economic turmoil.
Director of Real Estate
Wyndham Grand Algarve Residences
A love for languages beguiles Ana Damásio´s innate communicative ability which drove her to pursue a prestigious journalistic career early-on in her professional life. Speaking five languages Ana was a Fulbright Fellow and after a doctorate in International Relations started her career at CNN International in Atlanta, Georgia. Ana´s experience of journalism coupled with a strong sense of social justice led her to be Senior Press Officer at Oxfam International being Spokesperson for the organization during the severe humanitarian crisis in Haiti, Chad and Mozambique. Rarely today can one find such a strong sense of social purpose linked to the Luxury Real Estate market but it is precisely Ana´s constant striving for excellence and fairness that drove her back to her native Portugal to innovate in this sector, helping a myriad of clients not just attain their home but also move to Portugal.
As Director of Real Estate for the Wyndham Grand Algarve in Quinta do Lago, Ana continues to push the boundaries in the way of communicating with global audiences: clients for the Wyndham Grand Algarve are truly international coming from Sweden to South Africa, from Holland to Brazil, from Dublin to Dubai and from the UK to the USA. Ana often refers to the New Gold Rush as American investors flock to Portugal to enjoy one of the safest countries in the world and real estate values and returns that are the envy of Europe.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Emotional Intelligence Financial Services Corporation
Jason Koo, CLU, LUTCF, BS in Management Science from UC San Diego, currently Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Emotional Intelligence Financial Services Corporation, as well as Founder and the Head of Agency of Guardian Life, has been focusing on enhancing clients’ goals by designing a customized strategy and creating a life map to help them achieve and protect their wealth.
Jason joined New York Life as Financial Services Professional in 2001. He was promoted to be Managing Partner of the Hawaii General Office in 2013 and Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Office in 2015, then he founded the Greater Los Angeles Agency of Guardian as a Chief Executive Officer in 2017.
Jason sat with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Association for LA board during 2007-2011 and 2011-2012. He was also NAIFA Los Angeles President, KAIFPA VP of Life – 2017, VP of Korean American Federation 2015-2017, and was Rotary and Lions club board member during 2005-2015.
Registered Principal and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS). Securities products and advisory services offered through PAS, member FINRA, SIPC. PAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE SERV CORP is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. CA Insurance License #0D43680. 2022-146418 Exp. 11/11/22
Karlin & Peebles, LLP
Cindy Brittain focuses her practice on high-net-worth multinational families and individuals who require expertise in sophisticated cross border income and estate tax planning strategies for themselves and their global companies. Working closely with family members, Cindy obtains a comprehensive understanding of their values and dynamics, ensuring that unique personal and business goals are achieved. Cindy’s extensive experience includes advising families on the complex issues relevant to pre-immigration planning, international corporate tax, and both international and domestic wealth and asset transfer strategies. Cindy also has extensive experience with cross-border regulatory laws that affect U.S. domestic planning as well as with U.S. tax compliance under the several voluntary disclosure regimes.
Cindy served as Nothern Trust’s Director of Inbound Wealth Advisory, as a national resource advising clients and Northern Trust internally on inter national regulatory compliance. She was instrumental in integrating the trust company’s affirmative defenses globally to the U.K. Criminal Finances Act of 2017.
She previously worked at a major accounting firm within its international mergers and acquisitions group, and has continued to advise clients on the effective integration of their global business operations into the U.S. tax regime. Over the course of her career, she has worked with clients in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Mainland China, India, and the United States to develop overall income and estate planning strategies on behalf of large global families.
Apex Capital Partners Corp.
Being a real example of how immigrant investor programs provide multi-generational benefits when his family relocated to Canada in 1989 via the Canadian Federal Immigrant Investor Program, Armand Tannous has ever since pledged to help families establish proper citizenship and residency plans. He is a frequent commentator and contributor to global media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, and many others. He frequently opines on subjects pertaining to investment migration, citizenship matters, international investment and more.
Rupert Law Group
Angie Rupert is an E2/E1 visa attorney and founder of Rupert Law Group, an E2/E1 visa law firm based in Los Angeles, California.
Since founding the firm in 2016, Ms. Rupert has focused almost exclusively on E2 and E1 visas. She has had the pleasure of helping clients from all over the world get these visas in order to run businesses here in the United States. Due to the unique focus of the firm, clients can rest assured that Ms. Rupert and her team can assist in even the most unusual investor visa cases.
In addition to her depth of experience with E visas, Ms. Rupert and her team offer unparalleled client service. They insist upon frequent and open communication and provide exceptional client focus and care every step of the visa process.
Thomas R McOsker
Born on the rocky coast of Maine, Tom McOsker is a well-caffeinated, accidental farmer, and the founder of BCMG and coffee works.
9-time entrepreneur, impact investor, and reformed finance guy, Tom built a portfolio of fintech companies from Manhattan to San Juan. He left a Wall Street career with Morgan Stanley and Lazard to start the first institutional tax lien exchange with GFI Group (GFIG on NYSE). Post-Wall Street he spun off the platform into fintech startup BLOXTrade, which grew to become BCMG; the alternative asset industry’s leading tax lien firm, trading across 2,650 municipalities in 29 states.
In 2014 Tom moved the team from “the city to the beach,” where they spent the next 5 years leveraging BCMG’s technology expertise to create a $ 15 billion self-sustainable property tax program for Puerto Rico. In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the BCMG team assisted the Government in critical recovery efforts. Today they continue efforts to improve disaster recovery on the island through connectivity, better data, and faster response.
Recently Tom traded Firm life for a Farm life when he began the restoration of Copper Hill Farm in the foothills of the Cordillera Central mountains of Puerto Rico. Copper Hill is committed to building a regenerative farming community in Puerto Rico to address agroforestry in scale, as well as reintroduce Puerto Rican specialty coffee to the world.
Tom is an entrepreneur, recounter, and industry pioneer; and believes deeply that if you are fortunate enough to live on a farm, then you are fortunate enough.