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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
Chicago, IL - September 11, 2015

Speakers: Robert Divine (Discussion Leader), Peyman Attari, Matthew Galati, Matt Gordon, Anna Morzy, Alexander Rojas, Trevor Saliba, Reid Thomas, Greg White, and others to be announced.


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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 To Risk... or Not To Risk
                              4:10 – 4:20 Networking Break
                              4:20 - 4:50 The Non-Regional Center Concept
                              4:50 – 5:00 Networking Break
                              5:00 - 5:30 Security Issues in EB5
                              5:30 – 5:40 Networking Break
                              5:40 – 6:00 Roundtable with all speakers on all EB-5 Matters

                              EVENT SPONSORS:


                              AISA is a registered investment advisory firm specializing in EB-5 transactions. We provide EB-5 investors professional support to enable them to make a sound investment decision. We bring extensive financial knowledge and institutional quality due diligence to the EB-5 market while ensuring full compliance with U.S. and international financial regulations.

                              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 Divine (DL) 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.

                              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.

                              Allen Chi is the CEO of Mason Investments, Limited and Mainspring Capital Management. Mason Investments is a registered investment adviser (RIA) with the SEC and Mainspring Capital Management is a FINRA registered Broker-Dealer (member of SIPC). In addition, Mr. Chi has managed several investment partnership and the investments managed by Mr. Chi have averaged 65% annual rate of return. Mr. Chi holds Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses. He started his career at Bain & Company and is a graduate of Stanford University.

                              Matthew Galati focuses his practice on investor, business and family-based immigration matters, particularly EB-5 matters. He works with business and individuals in various industries, including pharmaceutical, health care, scientific communities and university systems. Matthew is experienced obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, including H-1B, L-1, E and O-1 classifications as well as the preparation of Form I-829 and I-526 petitions. He counsels individuals seeking Green Cards for family members and is experienced in immigration court as well as in adjustment of status interviews. Matthew also counsels clients seeking to transfer employees from abroad as well as clients seeking to hire foreign nationals in specialty occupation.

                              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.

                              Anna Morzy's practice consists of advising multinational corporations, U.S. employers and foreign nationals regarding all aspects of U.S. immigration law and compliance. She provides strategic immigration policy guidance and executes complex immigration programs for leading multinational corporations’ professional and key executive-level employees. Anna oversees the preparation and filing of H, L, O, TN, Priority Worker and EB1-1 petitions and manages PERM programs for her clients. She provides counsel to employers and foreign nationals regarding nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing and issuance, including grounds for inadmissibility, waivers and export control matters. Anna also represents clients before the USCIS to obtain EB-5 Regional Center designation and oversees the green card application process for individual investors in the EB-5 Investor Visa category. In addition, Anna provides counsel to businesses with expansion, start-up and merger and acquisition issues relating to U.S. immigration law and compliance. Anna's pro bono work includes providing legal assistance with VAWA and U visa matters and legal guidance at workshops sponsored by various non-profit organizations. Anne speaks English and Polish.

                              Alexander Rojas received his B.A. from Tufts University and his J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Rojas is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the Southern, Eastern, and Northern New York Districts of the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Rojas is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, and served on the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (ALIA), serving on the Corporate Committee, EOIR Liaison Committee, District Director Committee, National Waivers Committee, National Removal Detention Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Rojas’s public service experience also extends to his work with the Putnam Hospital Foundation Center, where he serves as Secretary. Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Rojas often speaks on immigration and nationality law at conventions and other industry events. The legal community has recognized his work with listings in Who’s Who in American Law and New York Super Lawyers.

                              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.

                              Trevor Saliba is Chairman and CEO of NMS Capital Group including its affiliates and subsidiaries, NMS Capital Securities (Member FINRA/SIPC), NMS Capital Advisors (Member FINRA/SIPC/MSRB), NMS Capital Asset Management (SEC Registered Investment Advisor) and NMS Global Partners, which together form a global organization that provides Global Capital Advisory™ services providing investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory and consulting, private equity and asset management services to public and private clients through the world. Mr. Saliba leads a team of over thirty industry professionals across 10 offices globally with in-depth international mergers and acquisitions and capital markets experience in excess of $50 Billion in aggregate transactions. Prior to forming NMS Capital, Mr. Saliba was Managing Director-Asia Pacific (Hong Kong, India, Singapore) for Platinum Capital, Ltd., a London based hedge fund manager with over $800 million is assets under management based from the firm’s Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices. Mr. Saliba began his financial services industry career with Morgan Stanley in 1995. Mr. Saliba holds the following FINRA securities licenses; Series 7, Series 24 (Securities Principal), Series 63, Series 65 (Investment Advisor), Series 79 (Investment Banking) and Series 99. Mr. Saliba is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Program. In addition he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from La Salle University.

                              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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                              9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
                              Rosemont, Illinois, USA, 60018
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                              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.


                              Here are some participants' testimonials from previous workshops:

                              "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 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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                              $299 Workshop Package
                              Chicago, IL | September 11th, 2015 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
                              Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch

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                              Chicago, IL | September 11th, 2015 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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