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Unlock European Living with a Golden Visa Investment

Invest in Portugal’s thriving hospitality sector and secure EU residency for your family through the Portugal Golden Visa Program.

  • EU Residency: Visa-free travel across 26 Schengen countries.
  • Family Benefits: Extend residency to your entire immediate family.
  • Tax Advantages: Enjoy Portugal’s favorable tax regimes.
  • Path to Citizenship: Potential citizenship after five years.
  • Proven Expertise: Backed by Mercan’s 3,700 investors and €1.2 billion in projects.


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Our expertise in navigating the complexities of investment and residency programs ensures a seamless process for our investors. With more than 3700 investors already enjoying the privileges of our programs and 22 hotel projects under development, Mercan stands as a beacon of trust and success in the investment world.

Portuguese Golden Visa Benefits
Portugal Golden Visa Funds offer a distinctive pathway for investors to gain residency, and potentially citizenship, in Portugal. These investment vehicles are tailored to those seeking to leverage their capital in a manner that not only yields financial returns but also provides significant additional benefits associated with living in or being affiliated with Portugal.
Residency in Portugal

Investing in Portugal Golden Visa Funds grants the investor, along with their immediate family, the right to reside in Portugal. This residency right paves the way for enjoying the high quality of life, stable political and social environment, and vibrant culture that Portugal offers. Furthermore, after five years, investors may qualify for permanent residency, and after six years, for citizenship, subject to meeting the necessary requirements.

Access to Schengen Area

Holding a Portuguese residency permit allows for visa-free travel within the Schengen Area, offering unprecedented access to 26 European countries for business, leisure, or education. This mobility is a significant benefit for investors seeking ease of travel in Europe, whether for personal enjoyment, business opportunities, or educational purposes for their family members.

Tax Advantages

Portugal offers favorable tax regimes for foreign investors, including the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) program, which can result in reduced tax rates or exemptions on certain types of income for a period of ten years. This advantageous tax treatment can significantly enhance the financial benefits of the investment in the Golden Visa Funds, making Portugal an attractive location for tax planning and investment.

Potential Pathway to Citizenship

After five years of legal residency, investors may qualify for Portuguese citizenship, subject to fulfilling specific legal requirements. This opens up the benefits of EU citizenship, including the ability to live, work, and study anywhere within the European Union and access to a visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to numerous countries worldwide.

Are you considering making an investment for the Portuguese Golden Visa?

In Portugal since 2015, Mercan Group is responsible for the investment and development of 31 projects within the hospitality sector across the country with a portfolio of €1.2 billion. Our unique investments emphasize Mercan’s commitment to Portugal’s tourism sector through foreign investment, driving economic growth in the country and ensuring the best hospitality with unparalleled expertise and prime quality.

Over 3,700 investors have chosen Mercan, leveraging our deep understanding of the investment landscape and residency processes.

Our focus on the hospitality sector, including operational hotels and developments, ensures your investment is placed in high-growth potential areas.

With Mercan, your journey to residency is streamlined. No need for management experience, language proficiency, or extensive education qualifications.



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The Golden Visa grants investors and their families the right to study, live, work in Portugal, and enjoy visa-free access to 26 European Union countries. They can also apply to become permanent residents or citizens after five years (not necessarily full-time) stay. 

  • Investment: EUR 500,000
  • Processing time: about 18 months
  • Management experience: not required
  • Language: not required
  • Education: not required
  • Tax on worldwide income: no
  • Minimum time in Portugal: 7 days/year

The Fund will hold majority stakes in three companies operating in Portugal's hospitality and tourism sector. The Fund is not a real estate fund; its activity qualifies it as a venture capital investment.

  • Total Investment Fund: 140 M EUR​
  • Investment target sector: Hospitality sector in Portugal
  • Investment amount: 500,000 EUROS to qualify for the golden visa​
  • Minimum Investment time: 6 years​
  • 2% Fixed Return
  • Guaranteed buyback
  • Transfer of capital of €500,000 or more for the acquisition of shares in non-real estate collective investment scheme
  • The maturity at the time of the investment is at least five years
  • At least 60% of the value of the Fund's investments is made in companies based in Portugal

What is a Private Equity Fund

A Private Equity Investment Fund in Portugal is a specialized investment vehicle that pools capital from investors to acquire and manage private companies, aiming for profitable exits.

The investment strategy of Mercan Funds is focused in hospitality sector in Portugal. Mercan Funds shall invest in companies with a high potential for growth, appreciation on in value and profitability, operating in the hospitality sector, targeting co-investment opportunities, that promise appreciation in value over time, leveraging the Mercan group’s deep market insight and operational expertise. Investors can look forward to a diversified investment experience, with holdings spread across various hotels projects within the fund’s scope. Commitment to the Mercan funds is designed to be in line with the prerequisites of the Portuguese Golden Visa program, with a minimum investment amount of 500,000€, providing an attractive avenue for investors seeking Portuguese residency benefits along with financial returns. Additionally, the Mercan Funds underscore investor confidence with a buyback option, enhancing investment security. The Mercan Funds represent an investment acumen and hospitality expertise, offering a platform for investors to gain from Portugal’s growing tourism and hospitality industry.

option 1

2% fixed return paid out annually & Guaranteed Buyback BY MERCAN for the INVESTED amount

option 2

Payment of accrued returns upon exit along with the Guaranteed Buyback BY MERCAN FOR THE INVESTED AMOUNT

This future 4-star hotel is the embodiment of Gaia’s urban life, where guests can embrace the city’s cultural heritage with a contemporary twist. The very essence of the project offers a holistic environment that encourages innovation and creativity to create an unforgettable journey along the banks of the Douro River. The hotel affirms itself as a canvas of vintage charm and modern trends, making this project the perfect place where past and present coexist harmoniously.
The Torralta Area is one of the most prestigious locations on the Algarve coast. An amazing balcony above the sea, with breathtaking views over the coastline, only a few minutes away from the historic village center, and a 10-minute walk from the Torralta beach and Três Irmãos.
A hotel at the rhythm of the Algarve lifestyle. This beach Resort is located on the seafront just a few meters from Vau Beach. It features 3 outdoor swimming pools, a spa, gym, kids club, an exclusive private beach club close to the hotel, and a variety of relaxation areas. Its architecture, interior and exterior, was developed with respect for the surrounding environment, integrating naturally with the landscape.
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The aim of this material is to provide information of some characteristics of MERCAN PRIVATE EQUITY FUND I - FUNDO DE CAPITAL DE RISCO FECHADO (the "Fund") and is not an offering document for any securities or financial productor a solicitation of any offer to sell any security or financial productor to participate in any trading strategy. This material is intended for your analyses and your preliminary interest in receiving further documents. Any decision to invest in the Fund should be made after reviewing the further Fund documents, which would contain material information not contained herein and which would supersede this information in its entirety, conducting such investigations as the investor deems necessary and consulting the investor's own legal, accounting, and tax advisors in order to make an independent determination of the suitability and consequences of an investment in the Fund. MERCAN does not provide investment advice of any kind and the decision to request further detailed information about the Fund is a judgement of the investor.

The information contained herein is confidential information and any unauthorized change, disclosure, reproduce or share of this document is expressly prohibited, and also its disclosure can be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. The recipient agrees that it will, and it will cause any of its directors, partners, officers, employees, and representatives to use such information only to evaluate its potential interest in the Fund and for no other purpose.

Investing in the Fund is speculative, not suitable for all investors, and intended for experienced and sophisticated investors who meet the required qualifications and who are willing to bear the high economic risks of such investment, which can include, but are not limited to: loss of all or a substantial portion of the investment; lack of liquidity in that there may be no secondary market for the securities and none is expected to develop; restrictions on transferring interests in the Fund; and potential lack of diversification and resulting higher risk due to concentration. [Investing in the Fund must be a conscient decision and the Investor must evaluate if he is in position to proceed with the investment or not, at the sole risk and responsibility of the Investor. This material is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, any specific investment strategy].

This material can contain forward-looking statements, which give current expectations of the Fund's future activities and future performance. Any or all forward-looking statements in this material may turn out to be incorrect. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are believed to be reasonable, any of the assumptions could be inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurances that the forward-looking statements included in this discussion material will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation that the objectives and plans discussed herein will be achieved. Further, no person undertakes any obligation to revise such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

All the information provided by MERCAN in this material on the Fund is merely informative and non-binding, intended only to publicise the existence of the Fund, and official information on the Fund should be requested from the Fund's marketing entity. This document is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon. While all of the information in this document is believed to be accurate, we make no express warranty as to the completeness or accuracy of the information, nor can we accept responsibility for errors appearing in the document. None of the Fund's service providers shall assume or otherwise have any responsibility or any liability whatsoever to recipients, recipients' affiliates, or any of recipients' affiliates' directors, officers, managers, employees, or representatives resulting from the use of the information and material contained in this presentation.

Interests in the Fund will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 7933, as amended, or any state or non-U.S. securities laws, or with any non-U.S. securities regulator, and the Fund will not be registered under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 7940, as amended. The securities described herein have not been recommended by any U.S. federal or state or non-U.S. securities commission or regulatory authority, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, the foregoing authorities have not confirmed the accuracy or determined the adequacy of this document. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The terms and conditions of this disclaimer may be subject to change without notice and if any provision of this disclaimer is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable.

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