Global Mobility, Residence & Citizenship by Investment



Advice type


Portfolio management


Wealth management

Client Types



Family offices




Private office


Sector Focus

Business and Consumer Services

Geographical Focus




United Arab Emirates

United States

Customer Type


Christian Kaelin

Spear’s Review

Christian Kaelin is Henley & Partners’ chairman, a citizenship and global migration brand which he says is ‘widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts in investment migration’.

Kaelin also created the oft-cited Henley Passport Index in 2006, which is a valuable reference tool for HNWs worldwide to ascertain the power of the passports they hold, and ones they wish to acquire. Due to his decades of experience and his influence within this sphere, he tells Spear’s that Bloomberg gave him the moniker the ‘Passport King’, while he says the high-value migration industry calls him ‘Mr Citizenship’.

‘Through the provision of bespoke residence- and citizenship-by-investment solutions, we have helped thousands of individuals and families, their advisors, and many sovereign states to generate value.’

Adviser Profile

Dr Christian H Kaelin, TEP, IMCM, is a lawyer, legal scholar and one of the world’s foremost experts in investor immigration and citizenship-by-investment – a field he pioneered – as well as a successful entrepreneur, investor, author, editor, inventor, and global philanthropist. He holds master’s and PhD degrees in law from the University of Zurich.

Dr Kaelin has consulted some of the world’s wealthiest families, and advises governments as well as international organisations. He is the author, co-author, or editor of many publications, including the Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook, the Switzerland Business & Investment Handbook, Anti-Money-Laundering: International Law and Practice, and the annual Kälin and Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, the first academic study and index of its kind to objectively evaluate and rank the quality of nationalities worldwide. Dr Kaelin also designed the original ranking of the world’s countries according to the number of destinations to which they allowed visa-free travel, the Henley Passport Index.

Dr Kaelin is on the Governing Board of the Investment Migration Council in Geneva, and is a long-standing member of STEP and the ITPA. He is also involved in a number of philanthropic and humanitarian projects. He created the Global Citizen Awards and serves as the Chairman of the Awards Committee; organised special scholarships and support programs for underprivileged children; and is also the founder and chairman of the Andan Foundation, a Switzerland-based public interest foundation, which focuses on supporting displaced people and has established important partnerships, including with the UNHCR and UNICEF.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2023, Global Mobility, Residence & Citizenship by Investment

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