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Significant Investor Visa Sparke Helmore’s corporate legal services are complemented by a market leading corporate migration practice – which is great news for high net worth individuals based in China that are looking to take advantage of the new Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program. “Sparke Helmore has been at the forefront


of the Significant Investor Visa program since its introduction,” says Michelle Segaert, a partner at the firm. “We manage the visa and investment process from start to finish, helping clients to understand and navigate the migration, compliance, regulatory and commercial operating environment in Australia.” Simply put, the SIV program provides


migrant investors who make a complying investment of AUD$5 million in the Australian economy for a period of four years, with an opportunity to seek permanent residency in Australia. “We advise clients on both sides of


the SIV process, and are working with investment funds to structure complying investment vehicles, as well as providing migrant investors with end-to-end specialised legal and immigration assistance,” says


Ms Segaert. “This involves assessing visa eligibility, preparing the SIV application, identifying complying investment targets and advising on the associated business structuring, property and taxation issues.” Ms Segaert says Sparke Helmore has


been working with Perpetual Limited to establish a SIV fund for SIV applicants looking to invest in complying investments. Perpetual is one of Australia’s largest independent wealth managers and was named Australian Fund Manager of the Year in 2013. “The Significant Investor Visa is a


comprehensive and genuine bridge to a new relationship and exciting future with Australia. Migrant investors’ freedom from restrictions on work or study in Australia once permanent residency is granted and the absence of age limitations and innovation points test requirements, will no doubt help to spur creative growth in both countries.” Ms Segaert heads up Sparke Helmore’s


Funds & Financial Services practice. Having previously lived, studied and worked in China, she has strong local business and cultural knowledge and is passionate about continuing to strengthen the ties between Australia and China.


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Our team takes a no-nonsense approach to help you do business in Australia.


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1. Michelle Segaert, Partner, Funds & Financial Services +61 2 9260 2797


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2. Nick Humphrey, Partner, Corporate, +61 2 9260 2747 3. Ben Burney, Partner, Banking & Finance, +61 2 9373 1475 4. Betsy-Ann Howe, Partner, Tax, +61 2 9260 2556 5. Shannon Platt, Partner, Intellectual Property, +61 2 9373 1465


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6. Arathi Tekkam, Immigration Manager, +61 2 9260 2401 7. David Davies, Partner, Employment, +61 2 9373 1431 8. Leon Sakaris, Partner, Property, +61 2 9260 2642 9. Andrew White, Partner, Mining, +61 2 6542 4007


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