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Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: February 22, 2011 Reporting From: Panama City, Panama

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Sovereign Man
Notes from the Field
Date: February 22, 2011
Reporting From: Panama City, Panama

This weekend’s 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.

Attendees came 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 more.

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.

After kicking off the event with an exquisite social/cocktail hour, I explained our single objective:

“I want 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 don’t 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 options that don’t really apply to them.

During the 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.

These small 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.

The speakers 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.

For me, the best part was having so much interaction with members of this community. I wanted to get to know you a bit more, and for you to get to know me a bit more… I even flew family and friends down to the event so that you could meet them and understand more about where I come from.

Now, I know there were a lot of folks who wanted to come but weren’t able to. We had to limit attendance at the workshop in order to maintain the right speaker/audience ratio, and it was a very tough decision to close the doors once the event sold out in just 24-hours.

Several months ago, we committed to delivering a high quality ‘act-from-home’ package for folks who couldn’t make it, and that’s what we’re preparing right now. We hired one of the finest production crews around — in fact, it’s the same team that Richard Branson’s Virgin Group uses– and we flew them to Panama to film the event.

At the same time, we’re putting together a comprehensive workbook, complete with contact information for all the bankers, corporate registrars, attorneys, etc., as well as applications to open accounts, plus a summary matrix for each jurisdiction and due diligence checklists.

In short, the act-from-home package, just like the event, is designed to be a one-stop shop to help you customize your own plan and begin taking action immediately. If you missed the event, the act-from-home package will put you in the same seat as the attendees who were there, and give you the same actionable content.

In the same way as we did not run a traditional conference, these are not traditional conference recordings. The act-from-home kit is not just some package of DVDs, but your comprehensive guide to taking immediate action, straight down to the contacts and applications.

We worked really hard to make sure that you can accomplish planting multiple flags– from home– in the same way as folks at the workshop did.

Bear in mind, the act-from-home package is definitely not for everyone. If you’re not ready to take action, don’t buy it, it won’t be worth it. If you are ready to start taking action but need the answers to some very important questions, this kit can literally compress years of research and hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses into a single weekend.

The full retail price of the kit is $1,295, and it includes a 1-year membership to Sovereign Man: Confidential. For SMC members, it’s $895.

We’ve decided to extend a $100 discount, plus free standard shipping, through the end of this month because it will be a few more weeks until we’re able to send out the physical kit to your home address. We do ship worldwide.

If you are not an SMC member, you can order here.

If you are an SMC member, you can log in to the member site for a special order link.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com
This article appears courtesy of SovereignMan.com: Notes From The
Field
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