Investment migration 2021: Covid-19, Cyprus and the future of citizenship by investment – a Spear's webinar held in association with St Lucia Citizenship by Investment
What impact is the Covid-19 pandemic having on global investment migration? What does the recent closure of the Cypriot investment migration programme mean for other programmes around the world? And with Brexit and geopolitical tensions in Asia and the Middle East, what is the future of investment migration as we move deeper into the 2020s? Nestor Alfred, CEO of St Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment joins Alec Marsh, editor-at-large of Spear's, alongside a panel of experts to discuss the future of global mobility for HNWs.
Chief Executive Officer
Nestor Alfred is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. Prior to this position, he served at a senior/executive position in varied areas within the financial services sector i.e. taxation, banking (offshore & domestic) and financial regulations. In his banking career he worked in the Islands of Barbados, Cayman Islands and Sant Lucia.
In his role as the Chief Regulator for Saint Lucia’s Offshore and Insurance sector, Nestor acquired extensive expertise in compliance; anti-money laundering and counter- terrorist financing and was the first ever Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluator coming out of Saint Lucia.
Nestor has a passion for teaching/lecturing and was a part-time lecturer with the University of The West Indies and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (Saint Lucia).
Nestor is a strong supporter of Caribbean regionalism and has the distinguish opportunity to serve as an appointed Commissioner to CARICOM Competition Commission , a Commission so set up to deal with anti- competitive cross-border business conduct and promoting and protecting competition in the CARICOM Community amongst other functions.
Director, Henley & Partners UK
Paddy Blewer is the Group Head of marketing and communications at Henley & Partners. He has over 15 years’ communications experience both as a consultant and an in-house advisor. He has worked with international corporate, individual, and sovereign clients on strategic communications, corporate brand identity and reputation, international relations, and crisis management. He also has strong media, stakeholder, investor, and issues management experience, with a wide range of contacts. He holds a Master’s in War Studies from King’s College London and is a specialist in capital markets and geopolitics, Blewer has advised on over $50 billion-worth of transactions.
Partner, Maurice Turnor Gardner
Ceris Gardner is a name partner and head of charities and immigration at Maurice Turnor Gardner. She advises UK and non-UK domiciles and resident individuals, families, estates and trustees UK and international tax and succession issues, establishing UK and offshore trusts, family limited partnerships and other cross border asset holding structures. She has experience with advising on matters concerning immigration, philanthropy as well as art and heritage property matters. She is renowned for her work on grant making and operational charities on matters of charity law and tax. She is a regular contributor to Spear’s magazine, and is a Spear’s top ten tax and trust lawyer.
Alec Marsh is the editor-at-large of Spear’s, and a contributor to the New Statesman. He was editor of Spear’s from 2017-2020 and has written for The Spectator, Country Life and the Financial Times, and written regularly for titles including The Times, Daily Telegraph, and Daily Mail. A BSME award-winning editor, Alec has interviewed many leading figures in British political and business life over the last two decades and writes on a broad range of topics including world affairs, politics and economics. His novels, 'Rule Britannia' and ‘Enemy of the Raj’, are published by Headline Accent.
The Legal 500 describes James Quarmby as a ‘very experienced tax lawyer with commendable professionalism and responsiveness’ and Chambers describes James as ‘the fount of all knowledge’. He has a wide ranging practice, advising on international trusts, taxation, pensions and disputes. In 2018, James was listed in the annual Spear’s Top Ten Tax & Trust Lawyers for the first time, having previously been Top Recommended. He is also the holder of various awards, including ‘Private Client Law Firm of the Year’ in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2015 & 2017) and the British Legal Awards (2015). He lectures widely and frequently appears in the press and broadcast media. As well as being a solicitor, James is a Registered Tax Technician and is regulated by the Association of Tax Technicians. He is an active member of STEP and the International Tax Planning.