The Investment Migration Council has been running an annual forum since 2016. Latitude Group, the parent company of Latitude and RIF Trust, CEO and Chairman, Eric G. Major, describes this yearly IMC event as “the who’s who of the RCBI industry”. For Group COO David Regueiro Santalla, this is “the world of investment migration’s Davos”.
As the world’s largest and most significant citizenship and residency by investment event, everyone in the investment migration industry adds this IMC event’s dates to their calendar. From the 15th to the 18th of May, over 300 participants from 40+ countries convened in London, UK. Trust was the main theme covered by the 2023 agenda.
Academics, governments, and wealth managers were all in attendance at the Investment Migration Forum 2023. These included Hon. Dickon Mitchell, Grenada’s Prime Minister, who gave a VIP Keynote presentation. This reformist politician has created a new Ministry of Mobilization, Implementation, and Transformation.
The presence of Grenada’s Prime Minister, who followed his presentation with a Fireside chat, and other Caribbean dignitaries heartened Mimoun Assraoui. The Latitude Group Vice-Chairman and RIF Trust CEO reacted warmly to their attendance, commenting that “it was fantastic to see representation from four out of the five Caribbean CIP countries, marking the continued unity of the OECS.”
St. Paul‘s Cathedral provided a stunning setting for an unforgettable closing event. This began with a choral concert and a welcome cocktail reception in Admiral Nelson’s Chamber. The Crypt hosted a dinner accompanied by musical entertainment. The IMC Recognition Awards singled out the achievements of inspirational industry figures.
We caught up with the IMC’s co-founder and Chief Executive, Bruno L’ecuyer who headed up the IMC Crossing Borders Live! Town Hall Panel. When it comes to choosing a destination as the host city, plenty of thought and time go into the decision. “We undertook a destination analysis 12 months before the event,” he explains. “Consulting with our membership base, we undertook an on-site assessment visit before proceeding with London.”
Asked for a highlight of the event, Bruno commented, “For me, it was the broader attendance, mixed 50/50 of members and non-members,” he begins. Before adding, “the packed programme of high-quality speakers and the gala at St Paul’s, which only one attendee had ever been to for a private dinner, so definitely an event to remember for a lifetime.”
Bruno is already looking forward to the 2024 Forum in Dubai. “Definitely we will be looking at a bigger venue as we had a wait list,” he reveals. “That aside, we will be looking at attracting new markets from India, the wider Middle East, and Asia given the proximity of Dubai.” “This is an incredibly well-connected destination with an excellent and abundant choice of venues for holding such a prestigious event.”
Eric G. Major, Latitude Group CEO and Chairman, speaks warmly about our relationship with the IMC: “Latitude Group has been a lead sponsor and proud supporter of the IMC since its inception. Many of our staff have attained the IMCM designation, through the IMC certification courses.” “In short, Latitude Group fully supports the IMC’s mandate to promote education and high professional standards among its members.”
Taking an active role in the 2023 Forum, Eric gave a keynote speech titled Investment Migration Trends and Developments in 2023 and Beyond. He also moderated a panel discussion, The Race for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Insights from Canada, the UK and Malta Start-up Programmes. Eric’s wife Anna-Lisa was responsible for arranging a tour of London Town for the spouses/partners of attending delegates.
Eric looks forward to the Forum and Latitude Group’s evolving participation. “Latitude Group will continue to be a leading supporter and sponsor of IMC events in the years to come,” he pledges. “It supports our B2B efforts.”
Latitude Group Managing Partner Christopher Willis is an IMC Regional Representative. He explains what that entails: “I represent the interests and mandate of the IMC in the Caribbean region.” “This includes working with local practitioners, developers, and governments.”
Christopher was the moderator for The Caribbean-US Roundtable on Citizenship by Investment: A Model for International Cooperation? panel. “This generated lots of great discussions both from the practitioners’ perspective,” he outlines, “but also clarity from the various Caribbean governments on their views and strategies moving forward.” “The positive dialogue with the US gave grounds for optimism and for further productive talks later in the year.”
The Forum is ideal for networking. It is a social event that everybody looks forward to attending. Christopher fondly recalls “connecting with new and old friends, and the wonderful gala dinner at St Paul’s Cathedral.”