CBI Real Estate Panel: “Allowing Only Ready-Built Projects Defies the Point of CIP”

During a panel discussion at the Investment Migration Forum in Geneva last week, CIU-heads and agents exchanged views on how to ensure the integrity of CBI real estate. The chairman of CIPA, furthermore, indicated a regional CBI-regulator could soon become a reality.

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“Fewer, Bigger Firms”: Regulation Will Drive Industry Consolidation, Says H&P CEO

Speaking to IMI in Davos last month, newly appointed CEO of Henley & Partners, Jürg Steffen, said he was optimistic about the industry’s future growth but that increased regulation would bring about an environment in which smaller firms will struggle to survive.

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“We Agree With Most of What’s in It,” Says MIIP-Boss Cardona About EC Report

Speaking to IMI in Davos last week, CEO of the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency, the entity charged with managing Malta’s citizenship by investment program, the MIIP, said he was, overall, “quite happy” with how his program was portrayed in the European Commission’s report on the investment migration industry. Watch the full interview by clicking

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Les Khan: Saint Kitts’ Real Estate Option “Really Taking Off” and SKN’s DD is “Ahead of Malta”

Les Khan spoke to Investment Migration Insider during the 12th Global Residence & Citizenship Conference in Dubai earlier this month. Earlier this year, Saint Kitts & Nevis halved the investment requirement for its real estate option, reducing it from US$400,000 to US$200,000. The move has paid off, according to the CIU-boss. “Our real estate option

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IMC-Boss L’ecuyer on EU/OECD: “We’re Engaging the Powers That Be to Set the Record Straight”

During an interview with IMI at the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO of the Investment Migration Council, spoke about how the industry association is meeting the challenges brought on by increased scrutiny from supranational bodies like the EU and the OECD. “We want to meet with the

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CIPA Has to be More Proactive, Says Head of Saint Lucia CIU

“The truth is I don’t think CIPA has been very proactive,” says Nestor Alfred, speaking in the context of OECD-blacklists during the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong. “We have not been in the forefront and have not been making statements” he continues, and suggests that, as the technocrats of the industry, CIPA needs to

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Kochenov: EU Cannot Stop CIPs Without First Becoming Superstate

Residence and citizenship by investment programs have come under criticism in the European Parliament in recent months with several MEPs calling for their closure. That – according to Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen, Professor Dimitry Kochenov – would be impossible, unless the European Union first became a superstate. More on

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Predicting Application Outcomes With Big Data: The Malta IIP’s Risk Matrix

Yakof Agius, Chief Officer of Risk and Compliance at the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency, explains how a systematic approach coupled with the collection of data points on large numbers of applicants can, over time, help predict the outcome of a citizenship by investment application before it is even lodged. The Malta IIP, by many

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CIP-Countries Have “No Option” But to Invest in Solid DD Structures Says Malta IIP’s CEO

Jonathan Cardona, CEO of the Malta Individual Investor Programme, told Investment Migration Insider during an interview that he believes Malta’s due diligence was “a cut above the rest”, that high due diligence standards would “save the industry”, and that other CIP-countries would have “no option” but to implement similar standards to remain sustainable. Commenting on

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“Malta’s Due Diligence Will Become the Global Standard” – Interview with Chris Kälin, Part 2

In this second part of an interview with Investment Migration Insider, Dr. Christian H. Kälin, CEO and Chairman of Henley & Partners, talks about where the residence and citizenship by investment industry will be in five years. “There will be more regulation, no question,” said Kälin, and indicated a focus on due diligence would become

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Several Successful Cases of Citizenships for Bitcoin Already, Says Vanuatu Information Centre Boss Harris

During an exclusive interview with Investment Migration Insider, head of the Vanuatu Information Centre, James Harris, revealed three separate pieces of major news: One, the price of the Vanuatu Development and Support Programme (the DSP, effectively a CIP) has been reduced. Two, his office has already successfully processed several cases of citizenship by investment in Vanuatu with

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“Mostly Fabricated and Poorly Researched Stories” says Kalin About Bad Press Against Industry

Commenting on recent accusations of collusion with the government of Malta, Kalin – during an interview with Investment Migration Insider – indicated such stories had been blown out of proportion and had more to do with the politicized nature of Maltese public life than any malfeasance on the part of his firm. “In Malta, they

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