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The EB-5 Workshop
New York City: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:30am-5pm

Location: Radisson Martinique On Broadway, 49 West 32nd Street
Speakers: Jeff Goldman, Douglas Anderson, Scott W. Barnhart, Angelique Brunner, Sherry Cohen, Jose Latour, Jennifer Mercier Moseley, Brandon Meyer, Prakash Patel, Elizabeth Peng, Mehreen Shah and Dave Souders


Workshop Outline Speaker bios Materials Testimonials CLOSED Sponsor

This is an all-day, (8:30 am to 5 pm), comprehensive workshop. Considerable time will be devoted to back and forth and the seating is limited to the first 50 registrants to give participants ample opportunity to have their critical questions answered. MCLE Credits Available For Many States.


Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided
Session 1: An Economist's View - EB5 Projects from Inception to Completion
  • The role of the economist
  • Overview of regional economics and input-output modeling
  • Working within USCIS parameters: NAICS codes, regional center boundaries, what a TEA should look like, which "jobs" count
  • Current challenges
Session 2: Securities Law Issues
  • EB-5 Projects as securities
  • Investor Qualifications
  • Reg. D. and Reg. S. Exemptions
  • Disclosure Requirements
  • Broker - Dealer
  • Right of Rescission
Networking break: Coffee and Refreshments provided10:30am-10:45am
Session 3: Perfecting the I-924 Petition
  • Basic Information
  • Avoiding Requests for Evidence (RFE's)
  • Responding to RFE's
  • Recent Developments
Session 4:The EB-5 Program from the point of view of an established regional center
  • History and past projects
  • Recent changes and looking into the crystal ball
  • Immigration law issues consistently seen from a Regional Center perspective
Lunch Program:
Includes Lunch and an EB-5 related program during the lunch hour, with additional time set aside for networking
Session 5: Perfecting the I-526 Petition
  • Basic Information
  • Avoiding Requests for Evidence (RFE's)
  • Responding to RFE's
  • Recent Developments
Session 6: Source of Funds
  • Source documentation and tracing
  • Tax and licensing compliance
  • Currency control restriction
  • Current trends and challenges
Networking break: Coffee and Refreshments provided3:15pm-3:30pm
Session 7: Perfecting the I-829 Petition
  • Basic Information
  • Avoiding Requests for Evidence (RFE's)
  • Responding to RFE's
  • Recent Developments
Session 8: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • When to co-counsel and when to use experts
  • Avoiding and managing conflicts of interest
  • Advising (or not advising) clients about investments
  • Finder's fees
  • Professional liability insurance considerations
Networking Reception: Coffee and Refreshments provided5:15pm-6:00pm


Jeff Goldman (Discussion Leader) practices exclusively in the area of business immigration law. After managing the immigration law sections at two nationally recognized law firms for the past 11 years, Jeff opened his own practice in 2011. He has 18 years of extensive experience representing technology, life science, and entrepreneurial businesses regarding all visa matters, as well as permanent residency applications. Jeff has successfully represented hundreds of scientists seeking Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waiver, and Outstanding Researcher permanent residence classifications. As a mentor to MIT, Harvard and TechStar start-ups, Jeff has helped entrepreneurial founders and investors understand and implement effective immigration strategies. Jeff also has extensive expertise working with foreign investors funding US companies via the EB-5 investment program. Jeff is a frequent speaker on business immigration law at national conferences and at many universities across the United States, including Harvard and MIT, and has published three articles on Science magazine's web site regarding green cards for high level scientists. In 2012 Jeff spoke at the Harvard i-Lab on green card strategies for entrepreneurs and EB-5 investors. He is a past recipient of the "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year" award from the Political Asylum/Immigrant Representation Project in Boston for his extensive work with refugees, and in 2010 Jeff was honored for his work mentoring other attorneys to assist the Haitian community with applications for Temporary Protected Status following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Jeff has the highest rating offered by"AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" and has been named by Boston Magazine as a "SuperLawyer" for seven consecutive years. Jeff is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and was past chair of the New England chapter. He received his B.A. from Brown University (1983), and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law (1986).

Douglas Anderson brings more than 25 years of extensive specialized experience with the Pacific Group of Companies ( in the construction, development financing in commercial, retail, institutional, residential and resort industries. With in-depth planning, development, financing, construction and management knowledge, he has applied his skills to for numerous successful projects ranging from resort, urban high-rise, custom and multi-family residential to office, retail, commercial, industrial and land development. Mr. Anderson and companies have immense experience in large master planned communities throughout the United States and Canada. Wolf Creek Ranch is an example of recently sold out large master planned resort community development encompassing approximately 14,000 acres ( Through his expertise and leadership, he has built several large development and construction companies into market leaders throughout the western US and Canada. Mr. Anderson is the founder of the USCIS approved New Hampshire EB-5 Regional Center and co-founder of distressed commercial property fund with $1 billion assets under management, The ROC Fund. Mr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree from The University of Utah and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. His BS degree is in Consumer Studies and Design (with additional architectural emphasis) from the University of Utah. Mr. Anderson attended Harvard Business School for a two (2) year Advanced Management degree (OPM).

Scott W. Barnhart is an Associate Professor of Finance at Florida Atlantic University and President, Barnhart Economic Services, LLC. Dr. Barnhart received his M.S. in economics from Florida State University and Ph.D. in economics/econometrics from Texas A&M University. Professor Barnhart is also the Program Director of the Certified Financial Plannerô Certificate Program at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Barnhart held the position of Associate Professor and Breazeale Scholar of Financial Planning at Clemson University, where he spent 10 years. Dr. Barnhart has consulted on legal cases ranging from stock valuation and ownership disputes to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to personal injury and wrongful birth and death. He has also applied Input-Output models (RIMS II and IMPLAN Pro) to estimate job creation impacts for over two dozen regional center submissions to USCIS in the EB-5 program. Dr. Barnhart teaches Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions and Investments. His research interests are in the areas of mutual funds, futures markets, corporate governance, exchange rates and the application of econometrics in testing financial theories. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Futures Markets, and other finance and economics journals.

Angelique Brunner is a recognized financial professional in the EB5 industry. She is responsible for sourcing and structuring all projects for EB5 Capital. Past EB5 projects include the Marriott Convention Center hotels and City Market at O Street Market in Washington, D.C, as well as the Sugarbush Ski Resort in Vermont. Ms. Brunnerís professional responsibilities include appointed positions on the Legislative Committee and the Best Practices Committee for IIUSA, which is the national EB5 trade and lobbying organization. Ms. Brunner holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Certificate in Urban Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and B.A. from Brown University.

Sherry Cohen is the former first deputy chief counsel of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee (2003 to 2010) and staff attorney (1993 to 2003). Prior to joining the Committee, she was a litigation associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel. The Committee investigates and prosecutes attorneys for violations of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Cohen personally tried over 40 cases resulting in public discipline, including the first case of public discipline against a law firm in New York (Matter of Wilens and Baker). She concentrated on cases involving substandard representation in immigration matters and unauthorized practice of law (Matter of Muto and Matter of Rodkin, e.g.) She is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, AILA (pending) and a former member of the Hon. Robert Katzman Immigration Study Group. She graduated "with distinction" from Hofstra School of Law and was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. She has participated in numerous CLE programs on attorney ethics. Presently, she is Counsel to the Law Firm of Richard M. Maltz, PLLC in the area of Professional Responsibility Law.

Jose Latour immediately upon graduating law school, was appointed to the U.S. Foreign Service by the late President Ronald Reagan. He served as a US Diplomat and Consular Officer in Mexico and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. He began private law practice in the US in 1990, initially in the area of international real estate law, concentrating on land registration and title issues in Central America and the Caribbean. Subsequently, his focus became business US immigration law, international trade, and consular law. The firm's Florida law business rapidly expanded, resulting in the opening branch offices in Washington, D.C., Manila, Philippines, and Hong Kong. In 2003, Attorney Jose Latour sold his US immigration practice to his business partner. Mr. Latour, who received the highest possible A/V peer rating by Martindale-Hubble shortly after beginning private practice (and which he has continuously preserved), has long embraced technology in developing new ways to assist his national and international clients; he pioneered the concept of Internet-based delivery of legal services in the 1990s, providing direct client case management online. His daily Web column, Port of Entry, had over 30,000 daily readers in its prime. Mr. Latour has received a number of awards and distinctions for his innovative Web-based approach to law from organizations including Inc. Magazine, Florida Trend Magazine, and Cisco Systems.

Jennifer Mercier Moseley represents clients in a number of industries, both public and private, with respect to securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other general corporate matters. She also represents public companies in connection with their Exchange Act reporting requirements and stock exchange matters. She has extensive experience representing financial institutions and corporate trust departments of financial institutions in debt and equity financing transactions, distressed-debt trade transactions, indenture work and agency arrangements such as rights agent for poison pills. In addition, Jennifer represents regional centers with their corporate and securities offering matters, as well as companies seeking investment, in connection with the EB-5 visa regional center program under the USCIS rules and regulations. Jennifer is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the New York State Bar, the Birmingham Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She serves as a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee. Jennifer received her B.A., cum laude, from New York University, and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. Jennifer speaks Korean.

Brandon Meyer is Principal of Meyer Law Group, a full service immigration firm located in Stamford, Connecticut and Solana Beach, California. He received his Juris Doctorate (law) degree from University of San Diego School of Law, his Masters of Arts in East Asian Studies from George Washington University, and a Bachelor Arts in Economics from American University. He is a member in good standing of the Bars of the State of Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

Prakash Patel is CEO of the Georgia Center for Foreign Investment and Development (GCFID), which became the first USCIS-approved regional center in Georgia in Summer, 2009. Mr. Patel has had a long career in commercial real estate, with experience in all phases of the development process. His past EB-5 projects include the conversion of the Carnegie Building in downtown Atlanta, Georgia to a hotel and a restaurant in January, 2011. GCFID is currently involved in a wide range of EB-5 projects, ranging from traditional office space and hotel development to hospital and assisted living construction and even to a green-friendly project. . Patel has had a long career in commercial real estate, with experience in all phases of the development process. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical and electronic engineering at The City University in London and his MBA from Warwick Business School.

Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng is a co-founder and senior attorney of Peng & Weber, PLLC (, a suburban Seattle-based immigration law firm focusing on EB-5 visa investors, L-1 executives and managers, and other areas of investment- and business-focused immigration law. Ms. Peng earned her L.L.B. degree at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China in 1983. While pursuing L.L.M. studies at the same university, she earned a Ford Foundation scholarship to study law in the United States, completing her J.D. degree at the University of Kansas in 1988. Ms. Peng is a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is a former executive committee member of the Washington State chapter of AILA, and has extensive experience representing Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs in all areas of immigration law related to EB-5 immigrant investors and L-1/EB-1C multinational executives and managers. She has spoken nationally on EB-5 issues.

Mehreen Shah or Mona Shah as she is more commonly known. Born in the UK, Mona graduated from the University of Northumbria in England in 1990. Mona was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1993, and was admitted to the New York Bar and the United States Federal Bar in 1997. After moving to New York in 1995, she established her own law firm in New York City in 1997. The firm handles legal matters for clients worldwide. Her firm also has a London affiliate office which allows for the representation of European, Middle-Eastern and South Asian clients. Mona has over 17 years of legal experience, with more than 13 years concentrated in U.S. immigration and family law and litigation. Her firm, Mona Shah and Associates, represents individual, high profile and corporate clients from all over the world. Mona is highly proficient and experienced in EB-5 law and practice, and is the author of a forthcoming book for investors on the EB-5 laws and procedures. She has hands-on experience setting up and establishing EB-5 Regional Centers. Mona was also one of the 4 original founders of New York City Regional Center and the only Immigration Attorney on the team. Mona also founded the New York Immigration Fund, RC; her firm, Mona Shah & Associates, exclusively handled the Times Square Hotel project. Mona Shah & Associates handles the EB-5 Investor petitions for multiple regional centers. Mona has authored and published numerous articles including EB-5 related articles. She has written and spoken extensively on immigration law. She is often featured as a guest speaker at legal seminars and on local television news programs.

Dave Souders is a Commercial Insurance Broker at Todd Associates, Inc., located in Beachwood Ohio and operating throughout the US. David and his team provide risk management consulting and insurance brokerage services for professional service providers in industries related to finance, law and technology. David's background includes the development of several niche specific professional and management liability insurance programs for industries with unique and often misunderstood exposures to regulatory/litigation risk. In 2010 David and his team were introduced to the EB5 program and have since have developed an underwriting methodology and bundled insurance policy for EB5 Regional Centers. David is a member of IIUSA and has presented several webinars including: "Risk Management and Insurance Strategies for EB5 Regional Centers"; "Insurance Under the "Rent-a-Center Model", "Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance vs. EB5 Related Claims".


The EB-5 Workshop On Broadway! Here are the highlights of this location for those who are considering attending:

Radisson Martinique On Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York NY 10001
(212) 736-3800

*** For those coming from outside the NorthEast: The hotel is located on 32nd and Broadway, in mid-town Manhattan (the commercial and retail district of NYC is in mid-town whereas down-town Manhattan is mostly the financial district), two blocks from Macy's HQ store, two blocks from the Empire State Building, and conveniently located to many other Manhattan business, shopping and fun spots. This particular hotel is on one of the safest blocks in mid-town, and is not as expensive as some others in mid-town.

*** For those coming by Amtrak (anywhere from DC to Boston): The hotel is just one block from Penn Station, you can come to NYC for a day trip (possibly by Acela) and avoid the expense of a night's stay.

*** For those coming from New Jersey: The hotel is just one block from Penn Station (NJ Transit) and across the street from the PATH Station.

*** For those coming from Long Island: The hotel is just one block from Penn Station/LIRR.

*** For those coming from Connecticut/upstate NY: The hotel is a 15-minute walk (or a 5-minute cab ride) from Grand Central Terminal.

*** For those coming from Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island: The hotel is right atop the 34th Street Herald Square station served by the B, D, F, N, Q, R, V and W lines (the 1, 2 and 3 lines are just a block away, and the 6 line is 3 blocks away).


Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book ($499 value)


For attendees who have a specific hardship, please contact

Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
Workshop Package $999 
New York City: April 26, 2012 - 8:30am to 6pm.
Includes continental breakfast, sit-down lunch & coffee breaks.


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


  • NES Financial

    For this event, we are offering law firms, regional centers, and other businesses in the field the opportunity to serve as event sponsors. Sponsorships are available at two very reasonable price levels.

    Gold Level: $3,500. This package offers the greatest opportunity to be a highly visible part of the program. It includes:

    • Attendance and materials for two guests. Materials include a copy of ILW.COM's forthcoming The EB-5 Book and a day-of-conference booklet, which will include relevant handouts and information selected by the discussion leader and panelists.
    • Recognition in our pre-conference marketing materials and during the conference itself
    • Up to 10 pages of advertising in the day-of-conference booklet, including premium placement at the front of the advertising section
    • Distribution of your pre-made marketing materials to our attendees - brochures, key chains, pens, etc.
    • Two direct email messages to all attendees within 60 days of the conference on behalf of your firm or project
    • The opportunity to address the entire conference for 10 minutes during the lunch program
    • Name sponsorship of lunch or the post-event networking reception

    Silver Level: $1,750. This package offers high visibility at a modest price-point. It includes:

    • Attendance and materials for one guest
    • Recognition in our pre-conference marketing materials and during the conference itself
    • Up to 4 pages of advertising in the bound conference materials
    • Distribution of your pre-made marketing materials to our attendees
    • One direct email message to all attendees within 30 days of the conference
    • Name sponsorship of one of the networking coffee/snack breaks
    If you have any questions, please email

    $3,500 Gold Level Sponsorship 

    This package offers the greatest opportunity to be a highly visible part of the program

    $1,750 Silver Level Sponsorship 

    This package offers high visibility at a modest price-point