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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
New York, NY - December 19th, 2014

Speakers: Parisa Karaahmet (Discussion Leader), Jeffrey E. Campion, David Danovitch, Robert Divine, Jeff Drinkwater, Chad Ellsworth, Enrique Gonzalez, Matt Gordon, Rohit Kapuria, Matthew Lau, Gonzalo Lopez Jordan, Daniel B. Lundy, Dawn Lurie, Genevieve Roman, Tom Rosenfeld, and Greg White.


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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
8:00 - 8:30
Registration - Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided
8:30 - 8:45
Late Breaking EB-5 Developments
8:45 - 9:00
The Non-Regional Center Concept
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 - 12:10 The Regional Center Perspective - Developing the I-924
              12:10 – 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 – 3:30 Funds Administration
                          3:30 – 3:40 Networking Break
                            3:40 – 4:10 Diversifying the EB-5 Investor Marketplace
                              4:10 – 4:20 Networking Break
                              4:20 - 4:50 Securities Issues in EB-5
                              4:50 – 5:00 Networking Break
                              5:00 - 6:15 Immigration Law Round Table discussion:
                            • SEC enforcement activities and compliance;
                            • EB-5 retrogression for China, what to expect in 2015;
                            • Current I-829 RFE trends;
                            • EVENT SPONSORS:

                              American Regional Center Gruop & E3 Investment Group
                              EB5 Extell & NES Financial
                              Seyfarth Shaw

                              American Regional Center Gruop was founded in partnership with Patagonia Financial Holdings LLC (PFH), a private equity firm based in Florida, with a special focus on structuring value-oriented investments. PFH’s knowledge and expertise provides extensive sourcing capabilities to ARCG. PFH’s management team has invested more than $500 million and possesses more than 100 years of cumulative experience in the United States and Latin America. ARCG’s partners have significant financial structuring and investment experience which has been applied to projects in sectors such as Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Food/Protein, Infrastructure, Marketing and Technology. ARCG uses its specialized knowledge to bridge the gap between investors and developers in order to meet their needs. American Regional Center Group manages an expanding portfolio of Regional Centers focused on meeting the increasingly rigorous demands of the EB-5 investor. Projects are managed through our designated Regional Centers that are fully approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

                              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 City’s 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 center’s approved geographic scope, a six county area which includes the counties of: New York (Manhattan), the Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Westchester and Nassau. ENYRC’s First EB5 investment opportunity was comprised of two funds that have contributed to the development of Extell’s 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

                              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

                              Parisa Karaahmet (DL) is a partner at Fragomen and leads a team specializing in individual, complex and corporate immigration matters. She has presented at Pace University’s Judicial Institute, guest lectured at Cardozo Law School, and speaks at national conferences. She chairs Practicing Law Institute’s 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.

                              Jeffrey E. Campion is an attorney that specializes in representing foreign high net-worth clients and their businesses. His firm continues this representation before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Departments of Labor and State, and state employment agencies. His clients include individuals and families that have or currently appear on the Forbes List for the wealthiest individuals in Latin America. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and was a board member for the Miami Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Mr Campion is also a member of the IIUSA Best practices committee, a board member of the AILA Mexico chapter and is "EB5 verified" by

                              David Danovitch is a partner in the Firm's Corporate Department. He has extensive transaction experience representing issuers, broker-dealers, and investment funds in financings, capital markets transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Danovitch’s clients span a variety of industries and his practice includes such matters as general corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and financings. He also maintains several securities industry licenses, including the Series 24 (Registered Principal), Series 7 (General Securities), Series 79 (Investment Banking), and Series 99 (Operations), which gives him a unique insight into the regulatory challenges facing regulated firms. Mr. Danovitch handles both regulatory and transactional work for broker-dealers. His regulatory practice addresses virtually all securities-law related statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to broker-dealers and their affiliates, covering employee issues; sales and trading; development of compliance and supervisory procedures; satisfaction of margin, capital and recordkeeping requirements; the rules of the financial industry self-regulatory organizations; anti-money laundering; and privacy. He received his A.B. degree from Kenyon College and J.D. from Suffolk University. He holds an LL.M in taxation from Boston University. Mr. Danovitch is admitted to the bar in New York, the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. His honors include having been named by the American Banker as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Banking." Throughout his career, he has been a speaker at many seminars and conferences covering a range of issues in a variety of industries, and he has served on several boards of directors of both private and public companies. He is the author of numerous articles which have been published in magazines and journals.

                              Robert Divine is the Chairman of the Immigration Group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C., a law firm of 650 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 17 cities from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL to Houston, TX. Mr. Divine served from July 2004 until November 2006 as Chief Counsel and for a time Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). He is the author of Immigration Practice, a 1,600 page practical treatise on all aspects of U.S. immigration law now in its Fourteenth Edition. He has practiced immigration law since 1986 and has served as Chair of various committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, currently serving on the EB-5 and USCIS Transformation committees. Mr. Divine is extremely involved in EB-5 advocacy. He has served four years as Vice President of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), an association for EB-5 regional centers, he is on the EB-5 Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he frequently speaks on immigration topics and leads stakeholder discussions on EB-5. Under his leadership, Baker Donelson serves a wide range of legal needs for regional centers, developers, and investors, including immigration, securities, business, real estate, tax, and international. Mr. Divine's practice includes all aspects of U.S. immigration law, representing large and small international and domestic employers, family sponsors, investment regional centers, and individual foreign nationals. He has also litigated significant business matters, including class action employment discrimination, contract, commercial, product liability, antitrust, ERISA benefits, business torts (including RICO, misrepresentation, Consumer Protection Act), and immigration-related criminal matters.

                              Jeff Drinkwater is the Vice of President of Business Development for NES Financial, specializing in EB-5. Jeff possesses over 20 years of financial experience. He is extremely knowledgeable about hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity funds, and fund administration, which is useful when working with EB-5. Having worked with brokers, accountants, lawyers, and consultants, Jeff has developed key relationships with many large players in the industry. He is highly skilled in handling complex financial transactions and making them simplified and scalable.

                              Chad Ellsworth joined Fragomen as an associate in 2002 from Tulane Law School. While at Tulane, he served as Associate Executive Editor for The Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. His practice focuses on the representation of individual and business clients on a wide variety of corporate immigration and related employment matters. Chad has advised human resource personnel, managers, executives and professionals and multinational corporations on immigration matters and prepared their nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and applications. His work on behalf of clients also includes advising corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, on the immigration consequences of Mergers & Acquisitions, Reductions in Force and other corporate restructurings. Further, he assists families, individuals and investors (EB-5) in their US immigration needs. Chad has experience writing policies for, and training human resource employees, recruiters and managers on immigration laws and procedures including Form I-9, Social Security Administration’s "No-Match" Letter, Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division Labor Condition Application investigations and related immigration workforce enforcement and compliance issues. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Compliance Group.

                              Enrique Gonzalez is the Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Florida office. Enrique’s practice is broad based and includes counseling companies, institutions and individuals. He has significant experience related to managing the immigration compliance programs for companies and institutions engaged in a wide range of activities/industries including: agriculture, education/research, energy, entertainment, food service, healthcare, hospitality and technology. He also provides legal counsel to entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals regarding investment based immigration (including the EB-5 Program).

                              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.

                              Rohit Kapuria is an Associate Attorney in the Chicago office of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, and a member of the Firm’s EB-5 practice. Rohit currently works with U.S. based developers to help structure EB-5 compliant projects, either through the creation of a Regional Center or else under the auspices of an existing Regional Center, to attract foreign capital for job creating activities in the U.S. In this capacity, Rohit works collaboratively with economists, business plan writers, corporate and securities counsel, investment managers, and other professionals in preparing I-924 and I-526 petitions for filing with USCIS. Rohit also conducts immigration due diligence reviews on EB-5 projects for foreign investors. Rohit has a graduate degree in mathematical economics and prior to entering the legal profession, he worked in the non-profit sector as a fund manager where he created and analyzed predictive donor fund models for capital campaign projects. Rohit is a member of the Illinois State Bar.

                              Matthew Lau, is a registered representative and principal candidate with Chrysalis Capital Group LLC. He has over 10 years experience in financial services. He is a financial advisor serving individuals, business owners and families. He is a Principal of the Carolina EB-5 RTP Regional Center, LLC in North Carolina where he is responsible for management and EB-5 operations. He is a Vice President at International Restaurant Management Group in Florida where he handles Strategic Development such as their EB-5 franchise program and Information Technology for a company that operates over 200 restaurant locations.

                              Gonzalo Lopez Jordan, is a manager and co-founding partner of American Regional Center Group (“ARCG”) and is also CEO and founding partner of Patagonia Financial Holdings, a value oriented Private Equity Firm. After extensively researching the EB-5 industry on behalf of several clients, Mr. Lopez Jordan oversaw Patagonia’s entrance to the EB-5 market with the aim of using his firm’s significant financial structuring and investment experience to fill inefficiencies he found in the marketplace. Its first Regional Center, Geothermal Regional Center LLC received its USCIS designation on September 8, 2011. After the successful launch of GRP, Mr. Lopez Jordan formed ARCG as a platform to build a larger portfolio of EB-5 Regional Centers. American Regional Center Group currently manages seven Regional Centers.

                              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).

                              Dawn M. Lurie 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).

                              Genevieve Roman is the in-house EB-5 immigration counsel for the Extell New York Regional Center. Genevieve’s 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.

                              Tom Rosenfeld is the president and CEO of CanAm Enterprises, LLC. Mr. Rosenfeld founded CanAm in 1987 in response to the newly created Canadian Business Immigration Investor Program and was actively involved, originally focusing his sales efforts in the Canadian market. Actively involved in structuring and promoting private and government syndicates pursuant to the Canadian Program, CanAm eventually became the exclusive promoter of the Provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Since 2002, Mr. Rosenfeld has established CanAm’s presence in the United States, where it has become a leader in the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Through Mr. Rosenfeld’s vision and leadership, CanAm has become the exclusive sponsor of four regional centers designated by the United States Customs and Immigration Service, including the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of Hawaii and the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Rosenfeld began his career at Price Waterhouse (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Philadelphia, where he had income tax and audit responsibilities for major clients, and authored a number of the firm's educational publications. In 1983, Mr. Rosenfeld left Price Waterhouse to become a partner at a New York-based real estate syndication firm, where he remained until founding CanAm Enterprises in 1987. Mr. Rosenfeld is an attorney and certified public accountant. He earned both a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia.

                              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.


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                              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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                              New York, NY | December 19th, 2014 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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