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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
New York, NY - April 17th, 2015

Speakers: Dawn Lurie(DL), Matt Gordon, Rana Jazayerli, Parisa Karaahmet, Dan Lundy, Samuel Newbold, Michael Petrucelli, John Reid, Genevieve Roman, John Roth, Reid Thomas, and Greg White.


Workshop Outline Speaker bios Materials Sponsor Now REGISTER NOW!


This event will be beneficial to anyone involved in EB-5. The event day will bring together experts and practitioners on all sides of the EB-5 equation. After each panel, guests will have the opportunity to discuss EB-5 issues among themselves and with speakers. This is a CLE workshop, however it is designed to be materially useful to Regional Center executives and real estate developers also, in addition to immigration attorneys.


Time Subject/Activity
8:30 - 9:00
Registration - Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided
9:00 - 10:00
  • Where does EB-5 fit in the Capital Stack?
  • How does one find investors
    • 10:00 10:10 Networking Break
        10:10 - 11:00 Lawfully Advising on Choosing A Project
          11:00 - 11:10 Networking Break
            11:10 - 12:00 The Regional Center Perspective - Developing the I-924
              12:00 1:00 Lunch
                1:00 1:50 The Investor's perspective - I-526 Petition and Source of Funds
                  1:50 - 2:00 Networking Break
                    2:00 - 2:50 EB-5 Compliance and The I-829 Petition
                      2:50 - 3:00 Networking Break
                        3:00 3:25 Funds Administration
                          3:25 3:30 Networking Break
                            3:30 3:55 Securities Issues in EB-5
                              3:55 4:00 Networking Break
                              4:00 - 4:25 TBD
                              4:25 4:30 Networking Break
                              4:30 4:55 TBD
                              4:55 5:00 Networking Break
                              5:00 5:25 TBD
                              5:25 5:30 Networking Break
                              5:30 5:55 The Non-Regional Center Concept
                              5:55 6:00 Networking Break
                              6:00 - 6:30 EB5 Roundtable with all speakers

                              EVENT SPONSORS:

                              Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP & E3 Investment Group
                              EB5 Extell & NES Financial
                              Phillips Lytle, LLP & Seyfarth Shaw

                              Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP is an international immigration law firm based in New York City. Founded in 1930, BMK LLP is one of the oldest and most established immigration firms in the country, and one of very few firms of its boutique size offering a stand-alone immigration law practice. Our team of experienced attorneys assists clients with a range of complex legal matters concerning visa options, permanent residency, labor certification, and enforcement issues.

                              E3 Investment Group structures offerings that allow foreign investors the opportunity to receive green cards under the U.S. Government's EB-5 program. They have a unique expertise in creating opportunities that do not involve regional centers, but offer all of the benefits of a scaled organization without the negatives. They call this Scalable-Direct. In essence, they are the Non-Regional Center.

                              Extell New York Regional Center (ENYRC) , was established by Extell Development Company, one of New York Citys most active real estate developers. ENYRC was formed in order to promote economic growth, improve regional productivity, create U.S. jobs, and secure financing for real estate development projects located within the geographic scope of the Regional Center. Extell New York Regional Center (ENYRC), a USCIS designated regional center, is conveniently located in one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world New York City. ENYRC sponsored EB-5 projects are located within the regional centers approved geographic scope, a six county area which includes the counties of: New York (Manhattan), the Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Westchester and Nassau. ENYRCs First EB5 investment opportunity was comprised of two funds that have contributed to the development of Extells International Gem Tower (IGT).

                              NES Financial provides technology-enabled services for the efficient middle and back office administration of highly specialized financial transactions. Our custom solutions include EB-5 escrows, 1031 exchanges, and fund administration transactions. Many of the world's largest financial institutions and corporations rely on our proprietary technology, unparalleled expertise, and outstanding services to ensure the secure, transparent, and compliant management of funds. Recognized two years in a row by Inc. Magazine's 500|5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America, NES Financial helps companies lower operational costs, reduce risk, and improve ROI. For more information, visit

                              Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices in New York State, Washington, DC, and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. Superior client service continues to be the cornerstone of our success. In fact, Phillips Lytle is included in the Top 100 of the BTI Client Service A-Team 2014 for recognition by FORTUNE 1000 in-house counsel for delivering superior client service.

                              Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 800 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits. For more information, visit

                              To become a sponsor, click here.

                              ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

                              Dawn M. Lurie(DL) is a shareholder at Polsinelli, PC. She is recognized in the legal community as a sophisticated and forward thinking immigration compliance authority and EB-5 investment strategist. She focuses on visa and compliance issues. Dawn is proud to be considered a trusted partner to corporate clients and is relied on for her ability to spot impending government enforcement trends. She has represented clients in the EB-5 program since the early years of the program's inception, in the 1990s. Her experience has evolved over the last two decades as the EB-5 program progressed from an obscure means of obtaining U.S. residency, to a viable mechanism of funding a significant portion of the capital stack for large-scale projects and infrastructure building across industries. Attending EB-5 Board hearings in D.C., participating in the stakeholder conversation process with the USCIS and advocating for EB-5 immigration reform, provides her clients with a unique Washington perspective. Dawn serves on the EB-5 trade association's (IIUSA) Best Practices Committee and is a past Chair of the DC Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

                              Matt Gordon is a the Managing Director of E3 Investment Group. He is a finance professional whose vision and passion is to help realize extraordinary value through the flawless planning and execution of strategy, financings and transactions that foster aggressive sustainable growth. Mr. Gordon is a licensed attorney, having practiced law with some of the most prestigious Wall Street firms, including Fried Frank and Sullivan & Cromwell. He is a member of the New York State Bar and holds SEC securities licenses.

                              Rana Jazayerli is a Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. She provides counsel on all areas of U.S. immigration law, with a focus on employment-based visas, counseling employers on a broad range of immigration matters, including the hiring of foreign nationals under temporary employment visa categories such as H-1Bs and L-1As. She also advises employers on proper I-9 form compliance and the use of the federal E-Verify employment authorization program. In addition, Ms. Jazayerli has extensive expertise in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program, providing assistance to individuals seeking U.S. permanent residency through investment, and U.S. companies seeking EB-5 Regional Center designation to allow them to finance job creating projects.

                              Parisa Karaahmet is a partner at Fragomen and leads a team specializing in individual, complex and corporate immigration matters. She has presented at Pace Universitys Judicial Institute, guest lectured at Cardozo Law School, and speaks at national conferences. She chairs Practicing Law Institutes annual conference Defending Removal Proceedings and co-chairs the American Bar Association Immigration Litigation Committee. Parisa previously served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, New York District Office. Her areas of specialty include advising clients with respect to criminal and other inadmissibility grounds, employer sanctions, EB-5, E-verify and I-9 compliance. On the corporate compliance advisory group side, Parisa represents a variety of large, mid-size and smaller companies in their immigration matters, including those in the financial services, medical, pharmaceutical, education and technology sectors.

                              Daniel B. Lundy is a Partner at the Philadelphia Office of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. He is also a member of the Firm's EB-5 Team. Mr. Lundy has successfully represented numerous immigrant investors in their EB-5 petitions and applications, including investors seeking permanent residence through investment in their own businesses and investors seeking permanent residence through investments into USCIS approved Regional Centers. Mr. Lundy also represents developers and others who seek to use foreign investment funds under the EB-5 program to fund their projects, either through the formation of a Regional Center or by joining with an existing Regional Center. Mr. Lundy works with various securities lawyers, economists, business plan writers and other professionals in the preparation and filing of Regional Center designation and Regional Center amendment applications. Mr. Lundy is experienced in reviewing Regional Center and project business plans, economic reports, securities offering documents, and corporate documents for compliance with the EB-5 program requirements, and in consulting and advising clients on the specific immigration requirements of the EB-5 program. Mr. Lundy is admitted to the bar in the State of New York, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Lundy is a graduate of Hunter College (B.A., 2000) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 2006). He is a member of the New York County Lawyer's Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

                              Samuel Newbold is a critical member of the firms EB5 Department and has developed an immigration practice that is centered on investors and entrepreneurs. Mr. Newbold works closely with foreign nationals seeking nonimmigrant or immigrant status through E-2 or EB5 investments and is experienced in all of the nuances of the immigration process. He also represents developers looking to establish and administrate Regional Center projects under the EB-5 program.

                              Michael Petrucelli is a Principal and sr advisor at US Freedonm Capital. He served as Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after previously working for two years as Deputy Director. Prior to USCIS, Mr. Petrucelli served as Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He has also served as a business policy advisor at the US Federal Communications Commission and as a career Foreign Service Officer at the US Department of State.

                              Genevieve Roman is the in-house EB-5 immigration counsel for the Extell New York Regional Center. Genevieves practice is focused on representation of individual EB-5 investors as well as working with the regional center to monitor project compliance with the requirements of the regional center program. Prior to joining the team at ENYRC, Genevieve was an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe in San Francisco, CA, a highly regarded immigration law firm that has changed the landscape of asylum law in the United States, where she gained experience in a broad range of immigration practice.

                              John Roth is Managing Attorney at the Roth Immigration Law Firm. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association. In addition to being an immigration attorney, he has an extensive business background, including an M.B.A. For the Wharton School of Finance, a Series 7 and a Series 63 license, and he is a registered representative of a Broker-Dealer firm. His firm, EB-5 Analytics, provides due diligence analyses of EB-5 regional center projects for EB-5 Pilot Program immigrant investors.

                              Reid Thomas is the Executive Vice President at NES Financial, leading the company's sales and marketing organization. He brings over 20 years of executive management experience at both private and public companies, including Laszlo Systems, Octel Communications, and VINA Technologies. During his time with NES Financial, Mr. Thomas has been instrumental in the rapid growth of the company's EB-5 business, making NES Financial the leader in EB-5 by providing innovative solutions specifically built for the industry. Mr. Thomas' active participation in the EB-5 community has made him a frequent and sought after speaker at events and conferences across the country. He has written numerous articles, blogs, and white papers on the topics of escrow and fund administration, solidifying his position as an industry expert.

                              Gregory White is a Partner in the firms Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Whites practice focuses on the representation of corporations, private equity funds, venture capital firms, and corporations in financing, technology and M&A transactions.A substantial portion of Gregs practice includes high-tech and emerging growth companies in a number of industries, including software, telecommunications, data storage, mobile technology, medical technology and e-commerce. In addition to representing such companies in fundraising transactions, Gregs work for these clients includes representation in connection with corporate partnering, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as licensing, marketing, distribution, service, support, outsourcing, and other agreements.Mr. White has an extensive practice assisting venture capital and private equity funds in the capital formation and investment process and in connection with M&A transactions. His practice includes both start-up and public company work and he has extensive experience in the area of securities law practice and compliance. Mr. White is a frequent lecturer on various aspects of venture capital transactions and has authored articles and legal education publications on private equity transactions. Mr. White also serves, on behalf of the firm, in the capacity of general outside corporate legal counsel to a number of the firms clients and in such capacity advises the boards of directors of firm clients on corporate governance issues and the fiduciary principles applicable to board oversight, including consideration of disclosure issues, major transactions, legal disputes and other similar matters.


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                              New York, NY 10016
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                              Or reserve online by clicking here.


                              Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book Third Edition ($149 value) and Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators ($149 Value).

                              CLE CREDITS:

                              ILW.COM is accredited CLE Provider in State of California and Texas. Attorneys admitted in AK, CO, FL, MT, ND, NJ, NY (some exclusions apply) and WV are able to obtain MCLE credits through reciprocity with State of California. For remaining states, which require MCLE but do not accept reciprocity with any other jurisdiction, Certificate of Attendance for obtaining a self-study credits is available. Please note, CT, DC, MA, MD, MI and SD do not require MCLE.


                              Here are some participants' testimonials from previous workshops:

                              "Great way to get up to speed on issues and most players in industry." -John Neill

                              "The program is well worth the time for those seeking to understabd the pitfalls and challenges for EB-5 investors and developers." -Gordon Quan

                              "As director of the Vermont EB5 Regional Center, who previously worked in muni and corporate bond industry, as well as has series 66 and series 7, I questioned whether the program would be worth my time. It was well worth attending." - Brent Raymond

                              "Absolutely invaluable to those who are new in the practice of EB-5" - Rose Bautista, JD. Immigration Information Specialist, County of Hawaii, Office of the Mayor.

                              "It covers both basic & complex info - something that anyone interested in EB-5 should attend." - Katie Wu

                              "Excellent comprehensive presentation that provided a perfect entree to the EB-5 Visa Category" - Mark Kalish

                              "Access to so many acclaimed professionals in the field at one time is well worth it." -Rani Emandi

                              "Great "Intro to EB-5" workshop. Get to hear from all parts of the EB-5 Industry." - Catharine Yen

                              "I think this would be useful to all people seeking investors from other countries." - William Howell

                              "Coming in with no prior legal, let alone EB-5, experience, I found the lectures very logically formed & easily accessible." - Khalid Raoof

                              "An essential conference to stay on the cutting edge of EB-5." - Boyd Campbell

                              "I like the format/organization of the topics presented during the workshop." - Pamela Toyos

                              Very positive and structured with an emphasis on cutting edge information." - Michael Harris

                              "A frank and informed foundation for dealing in the EB-5 visa world." - Art Williamson

                              "Excellent info on EB-5." - Mazher Shah-Khan

                              "The EB-5 discussions are essential and understanding new trends and USCIS recent policies which effect a successful EB-5 project." - Ed Beshara

                              "It teaches everything about EB-5 in a day. It was worth travelling from India to attend this workshop." -Sudhir Shah

                              "I learnt a lot. All the speakers are very knowledgable and articulate. The discussion is very lively and not boring at all."-Yee Ling Poon

                              "The EB-5 Workshop provides hands-on, practical knowledge straight from experienced stakeholders. Highly recommended." -Jesus Rios

                              REGISTER NOW
                              Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
                              $299 Workshop Package
                              New York, NY | April 17th, 2015 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
                              Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch

                              If you prefer to sign up by mail or fax click here for the order form

                              $999 - Become a sponsor!
                              New York, NY | April 17th, 2014 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

                              If you prefer to sign up by mail or fax or to learn more about the sponsorship opportunity click here.

                              Disclaimer: participation in this workshop does not create an attorney-client relationship with the speakers