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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
Washington D.C. Area (National Harbor, MD) - June 17th, 2015

Speakers: Robert Loughran (Discussion Leader), Sid Bhatt, June Cheng, Matt Gordon, Rana Jazayerli, Bill Stenger, Reid Thomas, Christian Triantaphyllis, Greg White, and Steve Yale-Loehr.

Final Deadline: June 12, 2015

Workshop Outline Speaker bios Materials Sponsor Now REGISTER NOW!


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 - 2:30 Funds Administration
                      2:30 - 2:40 Networking Break
                        2:40 – 3:10 Securities Issues in EB-5
                          3:10 – 3:20 Networking Break
                            3:20 – 3:50 Current EB-5 Trends
                              3:50 – 4:00 Networking Break
                              4:00 - 4:30 The Non-Regional Center Concept
                              4:30 – 4:40 Networking Break
                              4:40 – 5:30 I-829 Applications and Documenting Job Creation
                              5:30 – 5:40 Networking Break
                              5:40 - 6:15 Roundtable with all speakers on all EB-5 Matters

                              EVENT SPONSORS:

                              E3 Investment Group & NES Financial
                              Phillips Lytle, LLP & Seyfarth Shaw

                              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

                              Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices in New York State, Washington, DC, and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. Superior client service continues to be the cornerstone of our success. In fact, Phillips Lytle is included in the Top 100 of the BTI Client Service A-Team 2014 for recognition by FORTUNE 1000 in-house counsel for delivering superior client service.

                              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

                              To become a sponsor, click here.

                              ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

                              Robert F. Loughran is a Partner of Foster, 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.

                              Sid Bhatt is a FINRA Registered Representative with NMS Capital Securities and Managing Director with NMS Capital Group LLC. He focuses his investment banking practice to raise capital for transactions that participate in the USCIS EB-5 programs through a global network of overseas migration agents and wealth advisors, attorneys and investment bankers. In addition to his position with NMS Capital, Sid is the founder of Carolina Global Regional Center an EB5 vehicle to enable overseas investments to create jobs in the United States. He also has a pending EB5 Regional Center for Washington, DC - Maryland geographies. Sid advises experienced developers in several mixed-use projects which include Flagged Hotels, Assisted Living Facilities ( ALF) and retail developments. Sid is also a Partner with the California based National Net Lease Company - NNNet Advisors, Inc. He is licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina but works on Net Lease deals across US, Canada and Asia. His clients consist of Individual Investors, REITS, UPREITS, Wealth Advisors, Family Trust and Asian Physician Networks that look for tax and wealth accumulation advantages. Sid began his commercial brokerage career in Myrtle Beach with Coldwell Banker Commercial, where he won awards for Top Listing and Sales Leader. He was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2010 and he is among an elite group of just 9,000 professionals who hold the CCIM designation across North America and more than 30 countries. Sid worked for over 25 years in sales and marketing management with Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies. In the early 90s he participated in marketing initiatives for emerging markets of China, India, Korea and Latin America. He was also instrumental in implementing several corporate real estate projects across US and Canada for Agilent Technologies.

                              June Cheng, a native of China, June works closely with Chinese clients in U.S. immigration matters, including assisting Chinese investors in EB-5 investment-based immigration and serving Chinese companies in intra-company transfer visas. Leveraging Fredrikson's full range of services, June collaborates with attorneys in the Corporate, Tax and Employment Law Groups to help Chinese clients navigate the unfamiliar and complex legal issues involved in exploring the American market. June is also the primary attorney on global immigration matters, guiding U.S. companies and multinational corporations through complex and ever-changing immigration processes for their expatriate employees in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In addition, June works with scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and artists to secure temporary O-1 work visas and lawful permanent residence. She also works with families that has separated or are facing separation to fight for family unity through waiver petitions.

                              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.

                              Rana Jazayerli is a Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. She provides counsel on all areas of U.S. immigration law, with a focus on employment-based visas, counseling employers on a broad range of immigration matters, including the hiring of foreign nationals under temporary employment visa categories such as H-1Bs and L-1As. She also advises employers on proper I-9 form compliance and the use of the federal E-Verify employment authorization program. In addition, Ms. Jazayerli has extensive expertise in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program, providing assistance to individuals seeking U.S. permanent residency through investment, and U.S. companies seeking EB-5 Regional Center designation to allow them to finance job creating projects.

                              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.

                              Bill Stenger is President and CEO of Jay Peak Inc. located in Jay, Vermont. He has held that title since 1985. He was instrumental in the creation of the Vermont Regional Center in 1997. He is the General Partner in one of the largest EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Programs in the U.S. Mr. Stenger is widely respected in the Vermont business and education areas, having chaired numerous commissions and boards at the state and national levels. He is currently an economic advisor to Gov. Peter Shumlin and in 2011 was named Vermont Citizen of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He is currently named Director of the Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative. Mr. Stenger lives in Newport, Vermont, has been married to his wife Mary Jane for 44 years and has three grown children and 5 grandchildren.

                              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.

                              Christian Triantaphyllis is an attorney in Foster LLP's Houston office. He concentrates his practice on business immigration matters and is a member of the firm's EB-5 immigrant investor legal team. Mr. Triantaphyllis represents clients in the preparation and filing of immigrant investor petitions pertaining to proprietary investments and to investments through Regional Centers. Prior to joining Foster, Mr. Triantaphyllis clerked at an international law firm in New York, NY where he worked on a wide variety of global immigration issues. He also interned for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. For two years Mr. Triantaphyllis served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi. He is the News Editor for the American Bar Association's Immigration Litigation Committee and is the author of several articles concerning international legal issues.

                              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.

                              Steve Yale-Loehr is one of the nation's preeminent authorities on U.S. immigration and asylum law. A prolific scholar, he has written many law review articles, and is author or co-author of four standard reference works. He was -in-chief of The Cornell International Law Journal, and he co-authors a bimonthly column for The New York Law Journal. He is of counsel to the Ithaca firm of Miller Mayer. Upon receiving his Cornell J.D. cum laude, Prof. Yale-Loehr clerked for Chief Judge Howard G. Munson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is the 2001 recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)'s Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2004 recipient of AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.


                              AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor
                              156 Waterfront Street
                              National Harbor, Maryland 20745
                              To reserve a room, call 301-749-2299
                              Or reserve online by clicking here.


                              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
                              Washington D.C. Area (National Harbor, MD) | June 17th, 2015 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
                              Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch
                              Final Deadline: June 12, 2015

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

                              $999 - Become a sponsor!
                              Washington D.C. Area (National Harbor, MD) | June 17th, 2015 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
                              Final Sponsor Deadline: June 8, 2015

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