Welcome to IMI Experts, the directory for trusted specialists on residence and citizenship by investment

IMI Experts grew out of the continuously rising number of requests IMI’s editorial team receives from readers wishing to be put in touch with experts in the field.

At IMI Experts, you can sort through our vetted selection of specialists and contact them via the methods they’ve chosen; email, phone, or social media. See who has the expertise you need by selecting the category of specialization – professional field or specific program expertise – and read more about each IMI Expert.

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Mr Ahmad Abbas

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Senior Business Development Specialist / Content Creator Reach Immigration Work Amman Jordan

An RCBI enthusiast, I started my journey in investment migration as a research & development officer, giving me a unique perspective into a plethora of IM programs. As I shifted into business development I began to perceive the industry from a hands-on point of view. My passion for the written word then took over, and I have been publishing works concerning my thoughts on RCBI since. Although working most programs available, my tendency to focus extensively on Canadian Residency and Turkish Citizenship, I have been lucky to master two wildly differing RCBI programs which are only similar in the massive demand they conjure. 

Mr Yakof Agius

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Founder CIVIQUO Website: CIVIQUO

Yakof is the founder and CEO of CIVIQUO – the Investment Migration Platform.

Formerly a managing partner for a residency and citizenship by investment (RCBI) firm, Yakof was key in establishing, leading and managing the firm’s group functions (HR, IT, finance, legal & compliance), whilst maintaining direct responsibility for the group HR function. His contribution was essential for the firm’s impressive growth and for the development of the Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP).

As the former Chief Officer for Risk and Compliance for the Government Agency which manages the MIIP, his re-design of the citizenship programs’s due diligence resulted in the process being recognised as the industry’s ‘gold standard’. Yakof authored the 3rd edition of the Malta IIP Handbook, and created the industry’s first Risk Assessment Framework.

Yakof’s experience in different industries and disciplines – including residency and citizenship by investment, Human Resources and IT – is supported by an academic portfolio which includes specialist qualifications in due diligence, AML and CFT, civil law and information technology. He also holds a practitioner’s licence in neuroscience-based behavioural assessment and an MSc in leadership and organisational behaviour with Dublin City University.

Apart from his continued involvement in CIVIQUO, Yakof contributes further towards the investment migration industry through limited consultancy engagements with selected firms and governments. Yakof is also an International Partner for Malta, for the World Business Angels Investment Forum.

Dr. Prashant Ajmera

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Managing Partner Ajmera Law Group Website: Ajmera Law

Mr. Prashant Ajmera is an Indian lawyer (Gujarat Bar Association), Canadian citizen and a NRI since 1988, with more than 25 years of experience in residency and citizenship by investment. His expertise in EB-5 investor visa of US, Canada investor program and such other investor programs have gained him recognition as one of the leading lawyers in India in the field of investment based immigration.

Mohammed Asaria

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Founder, Board-Member Range Developments Website: Range Developments – Official Website

Mohammed Asaria is the Founder, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Range Developments, the largest & most successful hospitality developer in the Eastern Caribbean engaged in the Citizenship by Investment sphere.

Mohammed founded Range Developments in 2012 and in this period of time, Range Developments has completed the Park Hyatt St. Kitts (CNN named it the ‘Best New Hotel in the Caribbean’ in 2017) and the Kempinski Hotel in Dominica (Forbes claimed it was the most anticipated hotel opening in the Caribbean in 2019). Range Developments are currently developing the Six Senses in Grenada which is scheduled to open in 2022.

Mohammed and Range Developments have transformed the face of luxury real estate development and Citizenship by Investment across the Eastern Caribbean. Mohammed is a trusted advisor to Caribbean Governments on Citizenship by Investment policies and has been involved in the restructuring of multiple Citizenship by Investment programs across the region.

Mohammed schooled in North London and graduated with a law degree from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Prior to founding Range Developments, Mohammed has a broad experience of law and investment banking and has worked in London, Tokyo and Dubai.

Sam Bayat

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Managing Director Bayat Legal Website: Bayat Group
Sam Bayat is a Quebec (Canada)-licensed attorney with a background in international law, specializing in corporate immigration, with over 20 years of experience in business immigration consultancy. He is a former president and vice president of the International Section of the Canadian Bar, in Quebec.

Kevin Bürchler

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Head of Key Accounts Swiss Insurance Partners Website: Swiss Insurance Partners

Kevin Bürchler is the Head of Key Accounts at Swiss Insurance Partners, the world’s leading experts for high-end International Health Insurance, and founders of the first Medical Family Office. Mr. Bürchler performs a crucial function in the development and management of the SIP Medical Family Office – a unique and new concept for better health protection and management. He ensures that all clients and intermediaries experience outstanding consulting and service. 

Mr. Bürchler distinguishes himself with his very ambitious mindset and a flair for making connections. Previously Mr. Bürchler has been working as Sales Management Specialist at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, the commercial direct insurance arm of the Swiss Re Group.

Mr Glen Craig

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Partner Stanford Knight & Partners Work Wainui Outrigger Bay Ifira Point Port Vila Efate 0000 VanuatuWork Vanuatu 0200 Vanuatu Website: Profile Website: Stanford Knight and Partners

I am a dual citizen of New Zealand and Vanuatu. I was the key advisor to the government of Vanuatu in introducing Vanuatu’s  Citizenship By Investment Programme and changing the Vanuatu Constitution to allow for dual citizenship. I regularly consult regionally to other countries on potential immigration programs.   I  hold a CSP Licence from the VanuatuFinancial Services  Commission and as well as a partner of Stanford KNight, am managing Partner of the regions largest corporate advisory firm, Pacific Advisory.

I have an extensive private sector background in climate finance, policy development, tourism, agriculture and property industry with practical hands-on knowledge of doing business in the Pacific context. My clients include Governments, financial institutions, corporates, regional agencies and institutional investors.

I have resided permanently in Vanuatu for 16 years and sit on numerous private and public boards and committees including the current Chairperson of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council.

My passion is driving development in the South Pacific through direct investment in sustainable industries.

Benoît Desjardins

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Immigration Lawyer Desjardins Lawyers Work 5455 De Gaspe Ave, Suite 710 Montréal Quebec H2T 3B3 Canada Website: Desjardins Lawyers

Benoit Desjardins, appointed to the Quebec Bar in 1987, is an Immigration Lawyer expert with more than 25 years of experience and involved in thousands of Immigrant Investor cases since 1995 serving exclusively Business people that wish to invest in order to immigrate. 

Eleni Drakou

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Senior Associate – Director of Business Development Michael Kyprianou Advocates & Legal Consultants Website: Michael Kyprianou Advocates & Legal Consultants

Eleni specializes in immovable property law and assists international and local clients with their real estate matters in Cyprus. She focuses on property purchase and conveyancing of new and resale properties. She often represents clients in real estate agreements, transactions and joint ventures for the sale, rental and construction of residential and commercial properties. She has acted for clients who have invested in large scale projects in Cyprus as well as for clients who have acquired landmark properties.

Eleni has an extensive experience on immigration law. She regularly advises clients on their immigration matters for the granting of the Cyprus citizenship and residency. She also advises individuals on private client matters including estate planning, succession planning, banking, taxation and corporate matters. Her practice focuses on strategic planning for business growth in Cyprus and abroad.

She has participated in panels abroad (Los Angeles – USA, Beijing, China) and international conferences where she has presented the Cyprus immigration and investment schemes. She has contributed in international legal and tax guides analyzing the Cyprus regulations on private client matters (Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide: Private Client, January 2020 and Chambers Global Practice Guides, 2019). She is a member of the Uglobal Writers Council.

She has been awarded the Corporate Live Wire’s 2016 and 2017 Global Awards, in the field of Immigration Law. Also, Eleni has been awarded the Investment Solicitor of the Year for Cyprus by the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2018 and the most Influential Woman in Immovable Property Law of the Year 2019 for Cyprus, by the Acquisition International’s 2019 Global Excellence Awards.

Eleni is a member of the Board of Directors of STEP Cyprus and a member of the Investment Migration Council (IMC).

Professional certifications
Member of the Cyprus Bar Association
Member of The Investment Migration Council
Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

L. Burke Files

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President FE&E Website: FE&E

Mr. Files is the head of an international investigative firm specializing in asset recovery, due diligence, anti money laundering and intellectual property matters. Prior to this Mr. Files was a partner in a regional consulting firm specializing in business, financial and securities consulting and served as the Director of Corporate Finance for an investment banking company.

Mr. Files is the Practice Section leader on due diligence, asset recovery and intellectual property investigations. As a financial industry insider he is keenly aware of the type, and accuracy of the information required to make informed and timely decisions. Mr. Files has been the case manager on fraud investigations ranging from ten of thousands of dollars to over 3 billion. Mr. Files is an international expert on due diligence and is regularly sought out for those cases that bedevil the desktop practioners. Using both conventional and unconventional techniques he works with counsel and clients unraveling the money trail finding assets for recovery. The practice section for all companies understanding the future is Intellectual Property and Critical Information or IPCI. Mr. Files has been at the forefront of both understanding the new currency of IPCI and investigating and dealing with infringers.

Mr. Files is a published author of five books, in particular “Due Diligence for the Financial Professional, 2nd edition 2010” winner of two book awards, and “Money and Budgets”. He is also the author of several studies and white papers, and numerous articles. He has been quoted in many publications both domestic and international. A reasonably complete collection of these quotes, appearances and articles written can be found at: http://www.feeinc.com/blog/press-publications/ Mr. Files is highly sought out international speaker on these subject matters.

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