Really Happened at the Workshop
by Simon Black: Surprise,
Surprise... US Picks Up the Panama FTA Again
Sovereign Man Offshore Workshop is over, and I am simultaneously
exhausted and exhilarated. After months of planning, weeks of preparation,
and days of speaking with very little sleep, the event truly took
its toll on me
but it was well worth it.
from all over the world we had folks come in from as far as
Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, England,
Thailand, etc. As for the speakers, they were my own contacts and
professional colleagues, also hailing from around the world.
We had immigration
specialists, tax attorneys, bankers, private asset managers, corporate
secretaries, etc. from places as far and diverse as Singapore, Switzerland,
Brazil, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Cook Islands, and many
These are trusted
professionals, many of whom are my friends and advisers, and they
came a long way to help people take action, stay compliant, and
do everything above board, in the light of day.
off the event with an exquisite social/cocktail hour, I explained
our single objective:
each of you to leave this event with a very clear plan to
know exactly what you need to do, to understand why, and to start
taking action on your plan right here at this event.
These are complex
topics, and I think traditional offshore conferences fail miserably
at explaining them. Most of the time you get an endless parade of
speakers who talk at the audience, infomercial style, and attendees
leave more confused than ever, often having purchased some overpriced
structure that they dont understand or need.
We sought to
shatter this traditional conference model
in fact, in many
ways, we ran the anti-conference.
Our idea was
to present short-bursts of high-level information in front of the
entire audience through a series of solutions-oriented panel discussions;
we wanted to provide enough background so that each attendee would
be able to quickly rule out options that dont really apply
residency panel, for example, I held a brief Q&A session with
each speaker, representing about a dozen residency and citizenship
options. The sessions were brief, but they provided enough information
for people to rule out certain countries, and to identify the ones
that they were more interested in.
In the second
phase of the event, audience members broke down into smaller groups
to listen to more detailed presentations about the solutions and
jurisdictions that they identified interest in.
group sessions ran simultaneously in order to maximize content
in other words, our immigration attorney from Brazil was speaking
in one room while a Singapore private banker was speaking in another.
In total, we
had 5 sessions going at any given time, and there was plenty of
redundancy to make sure that people could see all the speakers they
wanted. It was during these sessions that they received the specific
information to customize their own plan, as well as open accounts,
register companies, etc.
were all completely accessible for the entire event, making themselves
personally available to all attendees. We also had plenty of tax
attorneys on hand to provide clear guidance for anyone with questions
about structures, reporting, and compliance.
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February 23, 2011
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