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Dec 2017
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An Overview of Residency by Investment Programs
Residency by Investment Programs

Find out more about residency by investment programs throughout the globe.

Questions answered included:

  • Which solutions do clients prefer: property or government bond investments?
  • What are the guarantees for a successful RBI application?
  • Considering that many property developers are promising guaranteed citizenship, how good are the chances of obtaining citizenship in Portugal after 6 years?
  • Which are the countries offering corporate tax planning opportunities in addition to residency?
  • And plenty more!

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Laszlo Kiss

Laszlo Kiss,

Managing Director,

Discus Holdings Ltd,


Laszlo Kiss is the founder, owner and managing director of Discus Holdings Ltd., which was one of the official exclusive agents appointed by the Economics Committee of the Hungarian Parliament in 2013 to handle applications for the Hungarian Residency Bond Program.

Many in the international immigration and business community regard Mr. Laszlo Kiss as a leading authority and much-sought-after speaker on immigration, entrepreneurship, business and tax structuring in Central and Eastern Europe.

Laszlo has over twenty years of experience in international immigration, business and tax structuring. He founded OCRA (Eastern Europe) Ltd., which became the largest privately-owned consultancy firm in Hungary to offer tax and corporate structuring and immigration solutions in Hungary. After running the company as managing director he retired from the day-to-day management of the business in 2006, concentrating in private equity and real estate investments. He founded Discus Holdings Ltd., in 2013, a private company offering participation in the Hungarian Residency Bond Program.

Academically, Laszlo earned his Bachelor’s from the College of Hospitality and Tourism, his Master’s from the Budapest University of Economics. He became a certified tax advisor in 1990 and studied International Relations at the Salve Regina University on Rhode Island, USA. He has been a member of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA) since 1994 and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2006, and works as the Treasurer of the Hungarian STEP Branch.

Imad Elbitar

Imad Elbitar,

Middle East Regional Manager,

NTL Trust Ltd.,


Imad works as the Middle East Regional Manager for NTL Trust.

Headquartered in the Caribbean since 1994, NTL Trust’s citizenship coordinators work extensively with clients and closely with the government to ensure the best possible outcomes in the application process.

NTL Immigration specializes in the countries in the world where investors can feasibly and legally obtain a second citizenship and passport. The programs offered by island nations of the Caribbean such as St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St. Lucia cater to the international businessman.

He can also help you with buying, selling and renting real estate in Dubai; investing in Turkey and Dubai (Building, Land, Off-Plan Development), and; setting up a business center.

Yiannos Trisokkas

Yiannos Trisokkas,

Managing Partner,

Henley & Partners Cyprus Ltd.,


Yiannos Trisokkas has been the Managing Partner of Henley & Partners Cyprus Ltd since 2013. His career path towards residency and citizenship consultancy has its roots in 2002, when he became firmly entrenched in the real estate market in Cyprus. For the past 15 years he has been actively and intensively involved with all the players in the real estate sector in Cyprus, from the relevant authorities to the buyers and after sales service providers. This comprehensive understanding of the market and all the forces that define it made him a valuable consultant and partner to various developers, estate agents, law firms and financial services providers.

Local independent consultants and international law firms have benefited from his local expertise to establish their network and operations in Cyprus, and build strong relations servicing their high net worth individuals. On the other end, prospective buyers who recognize the importance and value of smooth and uninterrupted progress value his expertise and rely on him to provide up-to-date and independent guidance.

In addition to his knowledge and practical sales & management skills, Trisokkas demonstrates remarkable strength in negotiation, strategic planning and business development.

João Gil Figueira

João Gil Figueira,

Country Manager,



João Gil Figueira (JD, LLM, MMgt) is a Portuguese international tax lawyer, business consultant and lecturer who advises multinational firms and individuals regarding taxation, residency and asset protection in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries.

In addition to managing the firm’s tax department, he also provides counsel on other aspects of cross-border transactions, such as contracts, real estate, corporate finance and governance. He is experienced in providing comprehensive and well-rounded advice on living and investing in and from Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions.

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