A new feature for IMI Club PRO members, the Private Briefings are a way for senior industry decision-makers to safely and privately share and receive mutually beneficial but delicate information concerning the investment migration market.
We will issue the Briefings six times a year via password-protected PDFs. You must request the password separately from IMI and consent to our conditions for access (see details below).
We will share the inaugural Private Briefing within the next two weeks.
What type of information will the Private Briefings contain?
The Private Briefings will contain industry-relevant, valuable, and sensitive information not otherwise suited for broad-scale publication, such as:
- Alerts regarding questionable and/or risk-fraught practices – within companies, program processing units, or market segments – of which we think senior executives need be aware.
- Special market opportunities, such as planned or rumored new programs or sudden regional demand increases.
- Anticipated upcoming program policy changes, as related to us by individuals intimately familiar with ongoing deliberations within policy-making bodies.
- Potentially impending PR crises.
- Valid concerns about the viability of particular programs.
- Investment migration companies looking to acquire or be acquired.
- Senior industry executives considering a job change
Why are Private Briefings needed? Why don’t we just publish the information?
A great deal of consequential, sensitive information regarding the investment migration market comes across IMI’s desk on regular basis. Not all of it is suited for widespread publication, for reasons that include but are not limited to the following:
- The information may be inadequately substantiated.
For example, a credible and confidential source provides sensitive intel about which IMI’s editor is unable to obtain corroboration from further sources. If we must take just one individual’s word for it, we generally refrain from publicly disseminating delicate information. We can, however, share it privately with a limited number of senior insiders through the Private Briefings.
- The source may not wish to go on record.
IMI generally does not accept article contributions or quotes from anonymous sources, particularly if the information is potentially inflammatory or potentially harmful to individuals or businesses. See our Article Contribution Guidelines to understand why. While the source may not wish to go on record for fear of reprisals or other negative consequences, the information provided may nonetheless be valid and accurate.
- The information may, in fact, be nothing more than a rumor.
IMI often receives tips that turn out to be mere rumors, idle gossip, or malicious attempts to tarnish the reputation of a competitor. As is typically the case with rumors, it’s hard to judge their veracity until they are either confirmed or invalidated by the course of events, and IMI must abstain from publishing such claims until they are confirmed. But learning of rumors, even if a proportion of them turn out to be unfounded, is still useful for industry executives who wish to exercise prudence in their business dealings.
- The information may be crucial for industry executives but harmful in the wrong hands.
An individual may wish to share, with only a restricted group, valid concerns that represent a future risk element for the industry as a whole. For instance, perhaps a segment of market actors are conducting themselves in a questionable manner that raises the chance of a scandal coming to light. Or perhaps the matter is a bagatelle that could be sensationalized by mainstream reporters. Through IMI Private Briefing, individuals can ensure such apprehensions are expressed among a limited group of senior industry decision-makers who can take action within their companies to reduce risky behaviors or at least limit their exposure to the same.
- Companies may wish to acquire, or be acquired by, other companies but not wish this to be publicly known.
Perhaps you would like to sell your investment migration company. You may not wish to put up a “for sale” sign but, rather, prefer to make discreet inquiries. Or the reverse: You’d like to buy an investment migration company, but you don’t want to advertise the fact publicly so as to avoid being inundated with calls from unserious actors. In either case, through IMI Private Briefing, you can describe the company you wish to sell or buy, indicate the magnitude of the deal you have in mind, the attributes you’re looking for in a buyer or a seller, and do so either anonymously or openly. IMI will convey the information with the utmost discretion, notifying you privately when buyers or sellers signal their interest, sharing your contact details only upon your express approval.
IMI Private Briefing, in short, provides an avenue for the confidential sharing of information that is sensitive, important, and useful to a small group of industry professionals.
The 3 Rules of IMI Private Briefings
To ensure the reliability and long-term viability of the Private Briefings, we have articulated the following three, easy-to-remember and easy-to-follow rules:
Rule #1 – You are free to act on the information obtained in our Private Briefings but not to publicly disseminate it.
You must respect the confidential nature of the intel shared in the Briefings. You may not share publicly – for example on social media, in blog posts, or in comments to the media – information that was new to you when reading the Private Briefings. You must acknowledge as much in writing before IMI can send you the password for the Private Briefings, which take the form of password-protected PDFs.
Rule #2 – While IMI will not name you as a source in the Private Briefings, you may not be anonymous vis-à-vis IMI.
Readers of the Briefings will not know who submitted the information but IMI’s editor must know. This is to prevent the submission of frivolous or malicious claims.
Rule #3 – You may not disclose that IMI’s Private Briefings were the source of the sensitive information.
If, for example, you privately share information you gleaned from the Briefings with other senior members of your firm (which is not a violation of rule number one), such as during board meetings, you must not disclose that you gleaned it from an IMI Private Briefing. Instead, simply state that you “have it on good authority”, or words to that effect.
We will permanently exclude from future Private Briefings those who violate any of the three rules.
- To continue to receive the Private Briefings, you must ensure you have an active IMI Club PRO membership. Gathering classified intel is time-consuming, painstaking work. The information is of high value to the right possessor, who should acknowledge that through modest, regular contributions via IMI Club PRO. The relatively high cost of membership, moreover, serves to filter out casual observers and non-industry readers, ensuring the group that receives Private Briefings remains small.
- IMI reserves the right to deny access to the Private Briefings to anyone for any reason. Members of certain supranational political bodies or reporters affiliated with certain newspapers known to not have the industry’s best interests at heart, or persons otherwise deemed likely to abuse information from the Briefings, will not be approved for access and we will not disclose the rationale for such denials. We will verify the email and identity of any prospective Private Briefing recipient prior to approval. If you bought an IMI Club PRO membership to gain access to the Briefings but were denied access, you are entitled to a full, immediate refund.
- Try to be a contributor – and not just a consumer – of classified intel. Though you are certainly not obliged to share information you think would be useful to the group as a whole, we do encourage it. The utility of the Briefings grows or diminishes in proportion to the number of “free-riders”.
To be included in our first Private Briefing next month, all you need to do – for the moment – is to ensure you have an active IMI Club PRO membership. You will then receive the password-protected PDF once we issue the Briefing. You can then email the editor directly via email@example.com to request your password and state your consent to the three-rule policy.
Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 14 years in the United States, China, and Spain.