Montenegro Picks Only Three Firms – Arton, Apex, and Henley & Partners – as Approved Intermediaries

In a succinct statement on its website, Montenegro’s Secretariat for Special Projects reveals it has picked Henley & Partners, Arton Group, and Apex Capital as approved intermediaries for the country’s upcoming citizenship by investment program.

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Analysis: Is the UAE Passport REALLY the World’s Strongest?

After we last week reported on the Arton Capital Passport Index’ ranking of the UAE-passport as the world’s strongest, a number of readers wrote in suggesting that the methodology by which the index had arrived at that conclusion had several important shortcomings. A note from the editor: Although I am frequently accused of doing so,

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UAE Now Tops Arton Passport Index, But 21st on Henley & Partners Index

The United Arab Emirates’ celebration of its 47th national day today coincides with its passport reaching pole position on the Arton Capital Passport Index. But on the Henley & Partners Passport Index, the UAE doesn’t even place in the top 20. What’s going on? “On the glorious UAE National Day, our achievements are getting doubled. The

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IMC and Arton Settle Differences, Will Cooperate for Benefit of RCBI-Industry

The Investment Migration Council (IMC) has issued a statement in which they make clear that they have reconciled their differences with Arton Capital – stemming from the publishing of a 2016 report on the Hungarian Bond Residency Program – and will henceforth work together with Arton on projects that will benefit the investment migration industry. The report in

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The Passport Index-Index – An Overview of Passport Rankings

If there’s one thing the investment migration industry isn’t short on, it’s passport rankings. We’ve put together a handy overview of passport indices and CBI-program rankings (alphabetically ordered). While there’s a great deal of overlap between them, each ranking relies on a different methodology to evaluate citizenships and, by extension, passports. No wonder so few

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Eric Major: Resolving Arton/IMC Matter is “In Everyone’s Interest” and Latitude Can Play a Role

During this week’s Investment Migration Forum in Geneva, attended by more than 300 delegates representing industry stakeholders from around the world, Investment Migration Insider had the opportunity to get comments from several key industry figures, one of whom was Eric Major, Founding Partner of Latitude Consultants.  Major indicated that Latitude, through its new cooperation with Arton

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EXCLUSIVE: Latitude and Arton Team Up to Bid on Moldova CIP-Mandate

In a remarkable turn of events, Investment Migration Insider has learned that former Henley & Partners CEO Eric Major’s recently launched firm Latitude has joined a consortium of firms that includes Arton Capital in bidding on a contract to design, implement, and launch internationally the long-anticipated Moldova Citizenship by Investment Program. In an exclusive interview

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People on the Move: Due Diligence Doyen Kim Marsh Joins Arton Capital

A seasoned maven of the investment migration-related due diligence field and a familiar name to industry observers, Kim Marsh, will be joining Arton Capital in a bid to expand the firm’s government advisory practice. Joining Marsh is Eric Schultz, a former US ambassador to Zambia, according to a press release.  Marsh is the former Vice

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Henley & Partners Revamp Their Passport Index – Will They Take Back the Index Throne From Arton?

In an article earlier this year titled Index Mania: How to interpret the recent deluge of citizenship rankings, I surmised that, while Henley & Partners’ Visa Restrictions Index was the original citizenship ranking, Arton Capital’s Passport Index had grown to surpass its older sibling in popularity and functionality, and was now the leading such ranking. Back

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Vanuatu Can Rival Caribbean CIPs, But Can’t “Keep Changing Every Few Months” says Arton Capital MD

Philippe May, Managing Director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office, thinks Vanuatu’s citizenship program could be a serious contender to its Caribbean competitors, if only they could sort themselves out. “Vanuatu has the potential to run an attractive CIP. Its geographic location is greatly convenient for Asian investors, and there is no competition in the Pacific

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Global Citizen Forum Raises US$400,000 for Barbuda Reconstruction

After three days of speeches, entertainment, and celebrity-appearances – including Robert DeNiro and Wyclef Jean – at the Montenegrin seaside, Arton Capital reports that a charity auction that took place at the Global Citizen Forum raised some US$400,000 to help the reconstruction efforts on the island of Barbuda, where Hurricane Irma leveled some 95% of

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Singapore Takes Pole Position in Arton Capital’s Passport Index

While near the top of the ranking for many years, Singapore until recently had to settle for a silver medal in the competition to have the world’s best passport, as measured by Arton Capital’s popular Passport Index. This year, though, Paraguay removed visa-requirements for Singaporean visitors, thrusting its passport into the lead with a visa-free

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Arton: CBI to Make “Billions” for Montenegro, Media Playing “Dirty Game” to Discredit Arton Capital

In an interview with newspaper Dnevne Novine, Armand Arton, now back at the helm of Arton Capital after erstwhile CEO John Hanafin’s unexpected departure last week, says the economic benefits of Montenegro’s heralded Special Investor Programme (MSIP) will be “measured by billions”. Arton points to the country’s relative proximity to Africa, Russia and the Middle East as a

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As Hurricane Irma Wipes Out 95% of Buildings on Barbuda, CIP Firms and De Niro Pledge Support

On Thursday, Hurricane Irma tore Barbuda asunder, leaving Antigua’s sister island – in the words of Prime Minister Gaston Browne – “barely habitable”. Now, citizenship planning firms, as well as Robert De Niro, pledge to support the island. Most of Barbuda’s of 1,600 inhabitants are left homeless after Irma’s devastation and have been evacuated to

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Index Mania: How to interpret the recent deluge of citizenship rankings

Opinion of the editor: It appears every investment migration company worth their salt is publishing some form of citizenship index these days. Otherwise, who would take them seriously, right? But the quality of these indices differs widely. Some are genuinely useful and informative, others are self-serving and methodologically unsound, and others yet have, shall we

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As details emerge about Budapest burglary, Arton issues statement

Investment Migration Insider wrote last week that reports had surfaced in the Hungarian media of a high-profile break-in at Arton Capital’s offices in Budapest Hungary. Initial reports (see sources below) claimed several million euros worth of Hungarian forints, as well as a server, were purloined during the burglary and that some 1,300 witnesses had been

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Arton Claims to Have Filed Defamation Suit Against IMC – “What Lawsuit?” Says IMC

According to an article in today’s edition of Caribbean News Now, Arton Capital has filed a lawsuit in the United Arab Emirates against the Investment Migration Council and Citizenship Invest, the firm the article says operates the IMC’s representative office in the region. Arton Capital claims the allegations brought forth in a December 2016 report jointly

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