Global citizenship consultancy firm Henley & Partners will probably be glad to see the back of 2017, hoping that next year will not bring so many problematic missteps.
Thus far, and the year is not yet over so there is still plenty of time for more to go wrong, Henley have become embroiled in a number of embarrassing situations with potential criminal and/or civil legal implications (in no particular order):
1. Henley’s sponsored tame industry oversight association Investment Migration Council (IMC) has been sued in Dubai for defamation by arch rival Arton Capital.
2. The firm has been accused of facilitating the issue of a Grenada diplomatic passport to a Ukrainian businessman in exchange for $1 million – an allegation that has attracted the attention of the investigation into Russian-related matters by special counsel Robert Mueller in Washington.
3. As part of (2), Henley were exposed as having issued a false press statement and threatened one of Arton Capital’s government clients, Antigua and Barbuda.
4. Henley’s chairman, Christian Kalin, has been accused by the children of prominent Maltese investigative journalist, Caruana Galizia, as being part of a “gang of crooks” who sought to “financially cripple” their mother, who was killed by a car bomb in Malta last month.
5. Henley’s recently published “Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2017–2018 report” has been widely ridiculed by the industry at large as “inaccurate”, “self-serving”, “flawed” and “poppycock”.
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