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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
San Francisco, CA - October 30th, 2015

Speakers: Robert Gaffney (Discussion Leader), Peyman Attari, Robert Blanco, Matt Gordon, George Horvot, Tina Lee, Brandon Meyer, Reid Thomas, Osvaldo Torres, and Greg White.

Final Deadline: October 27, 2015

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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 EB5
                            4:50 – 5:00 Networking Break
                            5:00 – 6:00 Roundtable with all speakers on all EB-5 Matters

                            ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

                            Robert Gaffney received his J.D. degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980. Mr. Gaffney is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California and is certified by the California State Bar Association as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Through his law firm in San Francisco, Mr. Gaffney has 30 years of experience counseling a wide range of corporate and individual clients in areas of employment-related, investment, and family-based visa and immigration matters. Mr. Gaffney is rated "AV," the highest such rating for skill and integrity available to individual lawyers from Martindale-Hubbell, generally recognized within the U.S. legal profession as the most complete and trusted source for identifying qualified legal counsel. Mr. Gaffney is honored to have been selected through peer review for the list of Super Lawyers of Northern California, awarded to only 5% of practicing attorneys in the area. Mr. Gaffney, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, received his B.A. degree in Chinese Studies with highest honors from the University of California in 1973. He attended the University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies as a National Defense Foreign Language Fellow between 1973 and 1976. He is a long-time member of the Association of Asian Studies, a member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee, and a regular speaker to professional and business groups on the topics of the U.S. legal system, business practices, and immigration through investment. Mr. Gaffney has developed significant expertise and a strong practice focus representing alien entrepreneurs under the EB-5 visa program. He is the author of “Country-Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People’s Republic of China,” published in Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs (1st & 2nd Eds.), a leading source of information on this rapidly evolving topic.

                            Peyman Attari is the co-founder, president, & CEO of AISA. A seasoned investment professional, Mr. Attari's 30-year career spans multiple financial asset classes from international equities to fixed income to real estate. Before starting AISA, he was a commercial real estate investor in the mid-west through his company Ambrose Property Holdings. Prior to moving to Kentucky, Mr. Attari spent a total of 9 years at Deutsche Bank, in the emerging markets division. Initially he was based in New York and then in London where he was the head of Europe, Middle East, Africa equity research, leading a previously unranked team to a global top 3 ranking. Mr. Attari has also held senior positions at Jesup and Lamont International / Euro Suisse Securities in London and was the co-founder and Managing Director of Saicor Securities in New York, a boutique investment bank specializing in Southern African investments. Born in Iran, raised in the United Kingdom, he received a BSc Honors degree from Imperial College London, and is an Associate of the Royal School of Mines. Mr. Attari is a FINRA registered representative.

                            Robert Blanco graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. While majoring in Finance and Operations Information Management, Mr. Blanco spent his junior year abroad studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School with a concentration in Corporate Law. During law school, Mr. Blanco served as an extern for the Honorable Carl J. West, Chief Judge of the Complex Civil Litigation Panel of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Blanco specializes in business and employment immigration cases. He has prepared both immigrant and non-immigrant petitions for skilled workers, executive managers, high net worth investors, and people of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, and business. He has also represented clients before Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Mr. Blanco can be reached at

                            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.

                            George Horvot is the Vice President and C.O.O. of Pathways EB-5, Inc., which owns and operates a family of Regional Centers in 29 states with geography covering most of the major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. As Pathways Chief Operating Officer, George oversees all revenue generation efforts and operations, as well as client services, marketing and strategic partnerships. Since joining Pathways he has played a significant role in growing the company into one of the largest and most respected Regional Center service providers in the U.S. Before joining Pathways, George held leadership roles across business development and operational management at several major public and private companies in the hospitality industry.

                            Tina Lee is a Senior Associate Attorney practicing primarily business immigration law with an emphasis on immigrant investor (EB-5) matters. Ms. Lee has advised hundreds of U.S. project principals and regional centers on various aspects of EB-5 law. She has extensive experience in preparing regional center designation and amendment applications and has submitted hundreds of successful individual investor petitions (both initial and removal of conditions) under the regional center and standard EB-5 programs. Ms. Lee has co-authored numerous articles on the topic of EB-5 for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a frequent speaker at EB-5 seminars and conferences. Ms. Lee earned her J.D. in 2003 from the UCLA School of Law, where she served as Chief Comments Editor and Articles Editor for the Asian Pacific American Law Journal and Comments Editor for the Pacific Basin Law Journal. She also holds a B.A. in English summa cum laude from UCLA. Ms. Lee is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the State Bar of California. She is conversant in Korean.

                            Brandon Meyer is the Principal Attorney of Meyer Law Group, a full service immigration firm located in Solana Beach and San Francisco, California and Stamford, Connecticut. 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 of 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. Mr. Meyer is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA). Mr. Meyer can be reached at and at (415) 416-6638. Mr. Meyer is highly experienced in all business immigration practice areas (both immigrant and nonimmigrant) including Immigrant Investor matters (E-1, E-2, L-1, EB-5 and Regional Center representation), H-1B, L-1, O-1, Outstanding Researcher, Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Manager, Exceptional Ability, National Interest Waivers, TN, and immigration compliance for start-ups and multinational corporations.

                            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.

                            Osvaldo F. Torres Esq. is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Penn Law Forum. Mr. Torres has over 25 years of corporate, securities and media law experience. Mr. Torres’ extensive experience qualifies him to handle a wide variety of challenging matters, including those where the interests of the client extend into or originate from Latin America and other territories. Some of the types of transactions on which Mr. Torres served as lead counsel include: registration of debt and equity securities; tender offers; purchase and sale of television stations and cable networks; the $773 million merger pursuant to which Telemundo was acquired by affiliates of Sony, Liberty Media and others; and hundreds of licensing and distribution agreements involving Latin American and U.S. based companies. Mr. Torres’ professional experience has also included service as Senior Vice President, and General Counsel for both HBO Latin America and Telemundo Group, Inc. His law firm experience includes being a member of the corporate and securities departments of Greenberg Traurig in Miami and Schulte Roth and Zabel in New York City. In addition to his practice, Mr. Torres has the honor of serving his community as the Secretary of the Weston Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association Corporate Governance Committee.

                            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.

                            Hilton San Francisco Union Square
                            333 O'Farrell Street
                            San Francisco, CA 94102


                            Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book 2014-2015 Edition ($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.

                            Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
                            $299 Workshop Package
                            San Francisco, CA | October 30th, 2015 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
                            Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch
                            Final Deadline: October 27, 2015

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

                            EVENT SPONSORS:

                            Pathways EB5 &
                            Torres Law P.A.

                            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

                            Pathways creates pathways for investors, developers, and brokers in the EB-5 space by matching investor capital with proven developer capital needs. Pathways provides an opportunity for foreign investors seeking to obtain permanent residency through the EB-5 Visa Investment Program. Because of this; Pathways can offer your company capital on better terms than traditional markets. Pathways strives to minimize risks for its investors while maximizing the probability of their residency.

                            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

                            Torres Law P.A..

                            To become a sponsor, click here.

                            $999 - Become a sponsor!
                            San Francisco, CA | October 30, 2015 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
                            Final Sponsor Deadline: October 21, 2015

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


                            Here are some participants' testimonials from previous workshops:

                            "The EB5 Summit was very informative and comprehensive in covering the wide variety of challenges with the EB5 visa process." - Courtney Campbell

                            "Very infomative session that covered a wide variety of issues devoted to EB5 program." - David Hart

                            "The full day format combined with high quality panelists allowed the opportunity to address many current topics in a meaningful way." - Daniel Dwyer

                            "I would highly recommend this Summit; it covers a broad range of issues in a comprehensive manner. Well done!" - Clem Turner

                            "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 EB5" 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 EB5, experience, I found the lectures very logically formed & easily accessible." - Khalid Raoof

                            "An essential conference to stay on the cutting edge of EB5." - 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

                            "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

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