Event Review: A Classical Evening with Joseph Calleja

The event was attended by the Hon. Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Joseph Muscat and his wife, Michelle Muscat. They are pictured here with Joseph Calleja

Earlier this year, Henley & Partners, with the participation of the Government of Malta, hosted an exclusive event in London to celebrate the remarkable success of the Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP), a leading citizenship-by- investment (CBI) program. The dignified and sophisticated event was attended by the Hon. Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Joseph Muscat, and world-renowned Maltese tenor and Cultural Ambassador of Malta Joseph Calleja provided the evening’s transcendent entertainment.

Boasting a magnificent interior and exquisite art and architecture, Drapers’ Hall a truly impeccable backdrop against which to reflect on and celebrate the growth of the MIIP, which the Government of Malta has worked diligently to establish as the preeminent CBI program in the world. The Prime Minister delivered the key address of the evening, titled ‘Malta: A Vision Realized’, in which he highlighted how the island nation has successfully positioned itself as a secure country in which to invest thanks to its advanced tax regime, transformative technological developments, and thriving economy.

Dominique Bolli, Head of Government Advisory at Henley & Partners — which was contracted by the Government of Malta in 2014 to design and implement the MIIP — spoke on behalf of the firm and congratulated the country for achieving the program’s distinguished reputation. The MIIP is widely considered the industry benchmark with regard to due diligence, setting the standard for the stringent vetting of applicants. The MIIP is also the only CBI program to be endorsed by the EU Commission, a reflection of its credibility and industry leadership.

Attendees of the event included government ambassadors and representatives, leading financial advisors and intermediaries, reputable academics, and select media. The performance by Calleja was certainly the highlight of the evening, reminding the audience of Calleja’s worthy comparison to Italian opera pioneers such as Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli, the latter of whom is regarded as one of the most prolific tenors of his time.

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