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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
Houston, TX - October 31, 2014

Speakers: Robert Loughran (Discussion Leader), Charles Foster, Matt Gordon, John Meyer, Gordon Quan, Reid Thomas, Greg White and others to be announced.

Early Bird Deadline: September 30th, 2014

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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 Developing the I-924 Application
              12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
                1:00 – 1:50 I-526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
                  1:50 - 2:00 Networking Break
                    2:00 - 2:50 I-829 Applications and Documenting Job Creation
                      2:50 - 3:00 Networking Break
                        3:00 – 3:30 Funds Administration
                          3:30 – 3:40 Networking Break
                            3:40 – 4:10 The Non-Regional Center Concept
                              4:10 – 4:20 Networking Break
                              4:20 - 4:50 Security Issues in EB-5
                              4:50 – 5:00 Networking Break
                              5:00 - 6:00 Roundtable with all speakers on all EB-5 Matters

                              EVENT SPONSORS:

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                              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.

                              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

                              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

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                              ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

                              Robert F. Loughran (DL) is a Partner of FosterQuan, LLP and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has over 20 years of experience representing and advising Investors and Ultra High Net Worth individuals on U.S. and global immigration law. Mr. Loughran is nationally recognized as a leading EB-5 attorney and regularly advises developers on the formation of EB-5 Regional Centers. He has advised hundreds of individual investors on the EB-5 process and alternative immigration categories. Mr. Loughran has also successfully litigated to secure Removal of Conditional Status in Immigration Court for investors initially denied their final “green cards” by the Citizenship and Immigration Service. In 2014, Mr. Loughran was selected by Best Lawyers as Austin Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year” by the The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been regularly designated as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and one of the Best Lawyers in America. Since 2005, Mr. Loughran has served as the Vice Chair for the State Bar Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality. He was appointed to the Texas State Bar Standing Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA’s) National Committee on Business Immigration, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Standards and Fitness Committee. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Loughran was the American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison to Vermont Service Center of Department of Homeland Security for H-1B issues. For several years prior to that, Mr. Loughran was the American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison to San Antonio District Office of Department of Homeland Security. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management Executive Relocation Council, the State Bar of Texas – International Law Section, the Austin Bar Association, the British American Business Association, and the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers. Mr. Loughran is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) regularly invited to speak and publish on Investor Immigration issues.

                              Charles Foster is Co-Chairman of FosterQuan, LLP, one o f the largest global immigration law firms. He is also the honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand. A native of Galveston, Texas, Mr. Foster received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Foster serves as the founding Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section and a Board member and is past national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chairman of the American Bar Association Coordinating Committee on Immigration law and Vice Chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation. During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Mr. Foster served as the principal advisor to President Bush on U.S. immigration policy and was an advisor on immigration policy issues to President Bush in the 2004 campaign and President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. He is Chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Houston Partnership and the GHP's Immigration Task Force. He is Chairman of the Asia Society-Texas Center and past Chairman of the Houston International Festival and past President of the Houston Forum and the Houston Club. He is a Director of and serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and past Chairman of its Economic Development and World Trade Divisions. He is a recipient of 4 Royal decorations from His Majesty the King of Thailand; he received the 2000 Distinguished Friends of China Award; the 1996 International Service Award of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce; was the 1998 Honoree of the American Immigration Law Foundation for Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law; and the recipient of the 2007 American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award. He was designated a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly magazine, the "Top Notch Lawyer in Immigration" in the Texas Lawyer "Go To Lawyers Guide" each year published, and the #1 Ranked Immigration Lawyer in Texas by Chambers USA.

                              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.

                              John Meyer is a partner in FosterQuan's Houston office, also working out of their Mexico City and Rio Grande Valley offices. Mr. Meyer has written extensively on EB-5 visas and he has particular expertise in representing clients emigrating from Mexico to the United States. He was rated as a "Super Lawyer" for four years by Texas Monthly magazines and he is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

                              Gordon Quan is Co-Chairman at FosterQuan, LLP. Graduating from the South Texas College of Law in 1977, Mr. Quan has received many honors during his practice including being listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, Texas Super Lawyers, and the Martindale-Hubbell's "AV Rating". Mr. Quan is also Chair of the Texas Chapter of AILA and and is on the Advisory board of the Center for Immigration Research of the University of Houston. Additionally, he is the former President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials for the National League of Cities.

                              Reid Thomas is the Executive Vice President of NESF. Mr. Thomas leads the global sales and marketing organization at NES Financial. He has over 20 years of executive management experience at both private and public companies. At NES Financial, Mr. Thomas has been instrumental in the rapid growth of company’s EB-5, trust and escrow business. His active participation in the EB-5 community has made him a frequent speaker and positioned NES Financial as the industry leader in EB-5 solutions.

                              Gregory White is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Mr. White’s 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 Greg’s 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, Greg’s 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 firm’s 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.


                              Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
                              15700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
                              Houston, Texas, USA, 77032
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                              Or reserve online by clicking here.

                              Complimentary shuttle to and from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.


                              Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book Third Edition ($189 value) and Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators ($189 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:

                              "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

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                              $999 $449 Workshop Package
                              Houston, TX | October 31th, 2014 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
                              Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch
                              Early Bird Deadline: September 30th, 2014

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

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                              Houston, TX | October 31th, 2014 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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                              Disclaimer: participation in this workshop does not create an attorney-client relationship with the speakers