Mark Lanning

Director | Hong Kong

Mark is a director in the immigration team.

He assists clients regarding all forms of US immigration matters as well as investment immigration to countries such as Malta, Cyprus, St. Kitts and Nevis, etc. During a 10 year diplomatic career with the US Department of State, he served overseas assignments in Guangzhou, London, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Working as a Consular Officer, he adjudicated tens of thousands of US immigrant and non-immigrant visa cases.

Secretary Janet Lau

Track record

Publications

Memberships

Assisted numerous CEOs and entrepreneurs to overcome refused US visa cases.

Advised Asian families on simultaneous investment immigration to countries in both Europe and the Caribbean.

‘Understanding Optimal Options Before Making a Decision on Investment Immigration’, ‘投資移民 先了解適合方案’, Hong Kong Economic Journal, 信報財經新 - 20 July 2016, co-author

‘Gap on Investment Immigration Between You and UHNWs’, ‘在移民这件事上,你和超级富豪隔着这几条沟’, China Business News, 第一财经日报 - 17 July 2016

‘A New Pathway for Chinese Entrepreneurs’, Biz.hk - AmCham Hong Kong Magazine - June 2015

Hong Kong Select USA Committee

American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

The American Chamber of Commerce in South China

Me in a minute

As a non-attorney, I bring a different and perhaps more practical perspective…

Prior to joining Withers, I served for nearly 10 years as a US diplomat, with Visa Officer assignments in China and the UK. Along the way, I was also fortunate to be able to pick up Chinese and Russian language skills.

As a non-attorney, I bring a different and perhaps more practical perspective to our private client work. I enjoy working with our private client attorneys to not only help devise the right strategy for the client, but also to think about the execution and logistical steps in order to achieve our clients’ goals in the most efficient manner.

I greatly enjoy helping individuals or families to achieve their immigration objectives. I think of immigration as a journey: when you are able to help a client settle in a new country, or obtain citizenship or residency through an investment immigration program, there is a great feeling of satisfaction when the final result is achieved.

I am most inspired when we are able to help clients overcome previously refused visas. It’s always surprising to see CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other highly-successful individuals refused visas. Having worked in the government previously, I believe it’s sometimes a problem of miscommunication. Nevertheless, I’m glad to say that more often than not we have been able to help resolve such situations, which I think is a value-add for both the client and for the country they are trying to move to.

Education


Languages


  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

Dates


Joined

2014

Recognition


Hong Kong

20/F,

Gloucester Tower,

The Landmark,

15 Queen's Road Central

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