Mr. Arton has an extensive background serving the specialized needs of high net worth investors around the world. His career began in the wealth management division of BMO Nesbitt Burns and evolved as an Executive Director with Hampton Securities. His present position as Vice President of the Immigrant Investor Program at Arton Investments is an asset to the organization and to the clients. Mr. Arton is also registered Consultant Lobbyist with the Government Authorities in Canada. He graduated with a BA in Finance from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and an International Baccalaureate from College Brebeuf. His professional designations include: Chartered Investment Manager and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Mr. Arton is a Patron of the Sovereign Art Foundation and is actively involved in various charity organizations around the world helping unprivileged children and supporting education. Mr. Arton is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Mr. Hanafin joined Arton as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. He brings to Arton over 20 years of proven leadership experience in global financial services focused on corporate structures, financial instruments, residency and citizenship planning, tax optimization and other services tailored for high net worth individuals. Before joining Arton, Mr. Hanafin spent 12 years with the Sovereign Group where he led the group’s expansion in the MENA region. He has been credited for developing the brand in the region, through opening of multiple regional offices and building the most productive and motivated sales team of the group. Mr. Hanafin is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), maintains a number of international board positions and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world.
Mr. Salerno has extensive experience with complex managerial issues in multiethnic environments. His career started in Monaco helping high net worth investors with tax issues and fiscal optimization. Mr. Salerno’s experience with Arianne Lingerie helped him develop from Project and Sales Manager for North and Southern Europe to Director of Sales & Marketing for Organic Dimensions Group Inc. He later joined Business Kontact Inc as President in 2004 before becoming an Arton Capital member. His academic education in Finance and Operations Management, combined with his managerial skills and profound understanding of the industry, empowered our trust in his abilities to serve our client base.
Mr. Lepine is the Vice-President of the Asian Market at Arton Capital and a director of the Immigrant Investor Program at Arton Investments. He began his career as a tax consultant to become a senior tax manager of a large Canadian accounting firm for 12 years. He founded the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (“QIIP”) for a Quebec Securities firm and ran it for 12 years. From there, he joined a major Canadian Bank where he also headed the QIIP division. He graduated with a BA in Economy from University of Montreal and has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Sherbrooke University. During his career Mr. Lepine has monitored more than 1000 Immigrant investor files.
Mr. Marchi enjoyed a distinguished political and diplomatic career. He has been a Federal Member in the Canadian Parliament for 15 years. During his time in government, he served as a Cabinet Minister in three key portfolios: Citizenship and Immigration, Environment, and International Trade. More recently, he was invited by the World Economic Forum to serve as a member of their Global Agenda Council on Migration. Amongst his current professional responsibilities, he teaches at the US Webster University in Geneva, in the International Relations Department. As well, Mr. Marchi is an accomplished communicator, and serves as a public speaker on leading global issues.
With a career that started in IT and spans over 10 years, Mr. Eid was part of the inception of the Arton Capital office in Dubai. He has been a contributory team member responsible for more than 100 high net worth individuals and generating over 50 million euro in foreign direct investments since May 2009. Through his exhibition of effective communication skills, Mr. Eid maintains good client and personal relationships. His passion for the industry can be traced back to the various positions he has held with companies such as Stargate Cyber Active Co. LTD, Jumeirah International and Reach Media LLC.
Mr. Kolev’s financial education and professional managing experience in Bulgaria and other EU countries were invaluable assets in the implementation and the establishment of the Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship in Bulgaria. His efficient and result-oriented collaboration with the government authorities, financial institutions and foreign agencies was a stepping stone for our success in Bulgaria. Presently, he is coordinating clients’ applications and related financial processes as well as providing valuable investment advice on other opportunities in the country and the region. Mr. Kolev is also actively involved in the development of the Hungarian Investor Residency Bond Program.
Mr. Richard Griffiths (of council) is an international political advisor serving sovereign and private sector clients. He currently serves as a Senior International Policy Advisor to Squire Patton Boggs LLP, a leading international law firm. Mr. Griffiths has worked with NASA, USAID, the U.S. State Department, and has advised 15 governments in 4 continents on international policy, branding and foreign direct investment programs. In addition, Mr. Griffiths is a Special Envoy, Peace Process to the Government of South Sudan and advises the Governments of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala.
Mr. Shahmooradian is amongst one of the most experienced industry professionals. He has a long track-record working with leading Canadian and US financial institutions, managing investment portfolios for high net worth individuals. Prior to joining Arton Capital, Mr. Shahmooradian was the business development manager for the Immigrant Investor Program at one of Quebec’s largest financial institutions, for several years. He has an impressive track record of success stories in this field, including management of client relations, contract negotiations and business development. His profound understanding of the industry is instrumental in the structuring and implementation of new projects by Arton Group.
With a career that spans nearly 20 years, Ms. Videva focuses on project coordination and management across Arton Capital’s worldwide network of offices. She is currently located in the headquarters in Montreal. Ms. Videva has extensive experience aligning internal team members and external stakeholders alongside project coordinators and she coordinates project phases and schedules, arranges support services and tracks progress. In her role as project coordinator and program director, she is responsible for delivering development projects of varying size and complexity as well as for directing, organizing and controlling project activities.
Mr. Stojanovic’s proven track record and managerial experience in Montenegro and other EU countries were invaluable assets in the establishment of Arton’s operations on the Balkans. His targeted and efficient collaboration with Montenegrin government bodies, foreign agencies and the business sector is one but many of his strengths. Previously he has been involved in business ventures in multiple domains such as F&B, aviation, real estate, construction and others. His knowledge of the political landscape of the region combined with his educational background in Business Administration from John Cabot University in Rome make him an invaluable asset to the organization.
Mr. Kaysi brings to our team more than 20 years of banking experience, wealth management, financial services and immigration. Active in Canada and the Middle East, Mr. Kaysi has held senior positions in financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch, as well as investment and asset management companies in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. His fields of expertise include private and investment banking, structuring of financing-based solutions, and compliance, AML, policies and control. His Canadian credentials include: Certified Financial Planning, Canadian Securities Code (equivalent to Series 7, USA), Branch Managers and Compliance, to name a few.