Through our globally leading government advisory practice, Henley & Partners assists governments with strategic consulting as well as the design, set-up, operation, and promotion of investment-related residence and citizenship programs. We have raised more than USD 12 billion in foreign direct investment and have designed and implemented several of the most successful programs worldwide.
Henley & Partners is a strategic advisor to sovereign states in the area of investment migration, with a track record of over 25 years. We frequently hold workshops with governments across the world to provide an overview of the investment migration sector and highlight push and pull factors for high-net-worth investors. We also conduct feasibility studies into the viability of hosting residence and citizenship by investment programs, and — as the sector leader — consult with government working groups to consider topics relating to current or future programs on which they require expert advice.
Henley & Partners has been appointed as the global concessionaire of several highly successful programs including those of Malta and Thailand. After we received the mandate to revitalize the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program and promote it internationally, applications surged, making it one of the most successful citizenship programs in the world.
Appointed by the Government of Abu Dhabi to review and optimize existing value propositions for high-net-worth attraction and retention, pertaining to both wealth and talent migration.
Contracted to develop a marketing and communications strategy for the global promotion of the St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program.
Appointed by the Government of the Republic of Montenegro to serve as an intermediary agent for the Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program, which was launched in January 2019.
Sole mandate for the design, set-up, implementation, and global promotion of the citizenship by investment program in Moldova. The program was run by the government, with Henley & Partners as global concessionaire.
Appointed by the Royal Thai Government to be the concessionaire of the residence by investment program for strategic advice and international promotion of the unique Thailand Elite Residence Program and the design, implementation, and operation of the online government application portal.
Appointed by the Astana International Financial Centre to review the legal and tax basis, provide sector and peer analysis, and make recommendations regarding a residence by investment program.
Mandate to provide advice on comparative visa entry requirements.
Appointed by the Government of Grenada to advise and assist on the enhancement of the citizenship by investment program, making it competitive in the international market.
Design, implementation, and international promotion of the Malta Individual Investor Program. The program was run by the government, with Henley & Partners as concessionaire under a public services concession. It was the world’s most successful citizenship program.
Mandated by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to design and set-up the country’s new citizenship by investment program. Contracted by the government to promote the program internationally.
Assistance to the Government of Malta in the review and redesign of the High Net Worth Resident Schemes.
Regular consultation with the Home Office and UK Border Agency regarding the Tier 1 (Investor) category, including its iteration in 2011 and later on, consultations and recommendations with the Migration Advisory Committee in 2014, and further engagements.
Review and design of the investment migration program for Latvia, which was launched in 2010. Widely recognized as one of the most advanced and successful residence programs in Europe.
Review and reform of the Canada Federal Investor Immigration Program, including recommendation to increase required investments (together with HSBC Global Investor Immigration Services), which was implemented according to our recommendation.
Mandated with the design, implementation, and international promotion of the citizenship by investment program of St. Kitts and Nevis until 2013. It became one of the most successful citizenship programs in the world. The firm also assisted in the negotiation of a visa-waiver agreement between St. Kitts and Nevis and the EU.
Design, implementation, and international promotion of the Swiss Residence Program, which consists of agreements with a number of cantons and is linked to the lump sum tax facility offered in the Swiss tax codes.
Our four-tier, best-in-class due diligence process is regarded as the benchmark for best practice in residence and citizenship by investment programs around the world. Designed by Henley & Partners, it is a stage-gate, iterative, and thorough process, combining standard know your client, enhanced due diligence, and risk assessment tools, and is widely sought by governments to be applied in their investment migration programs. In addition to assisting governments in introducing this state-of-the-art due diligence process, we advise governments seeking to improve their programs’ existing due diligence processes.
Our stringent due diligence checks are designed to assess any potential risks associated with applicants and ensure that only credible investors are permitted entry to host nations. The process entails verifying the applicant’s identity and personal details, source of wealth, and transparency of funds, running their details through leading due diligence software and international police databases such as Interpol and Europol, and securing independent in-depth verification reports conducted by specialized external due diligence firms.
Henley & Partners’ government advisory practice has counseled and assisted many governments on economic development strategy and implementation for residence and citizenship by investment programs. We have unique and unrivaled experience in advising on the set-up and optimization of programs and the deployment of foreign direct investment.
The firm’s detailed process includes reviewing and advising respective governments on the required legal practices and helping them establish and operate a program office that will handle residence or citizenship applications. Our teams draft procedural manuals, application forms, guidelines, and other necessary material to make the residence or citizenship process as smooth as possible for both the governments and investor families involved.
At Henley & Partners, our processing includes ensuring compliance with international laws and regulations on anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and screening against sanctions and politically exposed persons lists.
We can act in the role of concessionaire in processing and managing applications for residence and citizenship by investment programs on behalf of governments. Through the firm’s centralized structure, using our proprietary integrated processing system and skilled and experienced staff, Henley & Partners is able to assure the integrity and credibility of the entire application process. We thereby emphasize the importance of the strict separation of powers to ensure that program processing for governments is conducted independently and is separate from our private client business.
Henley & Partners works with governments across the world, providing exceptional strategic marketing, communications, and country branding capabilities. We prepare relevant high-end marketing and sales material that is necessary to promote both the program and the host nation by enhancing the country’s attractiveness to international entrepreneurs, investors, and high-net-worth individuals.
The firm’s government advisory practice handles, coordinates, and exercises the launch, international positioning, and promotion of the residence or citizenship program in accordance with a global marketing plan to source and secure the appropriate caliber of applicants. Often, governments outsource the marketing of their programs to us, knowing that they will receive extensive, high-quality editorial interest in top-tier media.
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