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The EB-5 Book 2014-2015 Edition
Editors: Matt Gordon, Angelo A. Paparelli, and L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens

Articles by Louann Bronstein, Laura Danielson, Michael Dunn, Robert Gaffney, Adam D. Gale, Steve Ganis, Sherman E. Golden, Douglas Hauer, Jennifer Hermansky (Jen), Parisa Karaahmet, Mark Katzoff, Lily Li, Daniel B. Lundy, Brandon Meyer, John Neill, Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng, John Roth, Paul Ruby, Sarah A. Schroeder, Reid Thomas, Gregory White, and Ben Zou.


The new edition includes two articles on Chinese retrogression and its consequences�the only EB-5 book with articles written on retrogression AFTER DoS�s announcement of retrogression.

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I. Articles on EB-5

  • Introduction By: Matt Gordon
  • The Numerical Limits on EB-5 Visas for Natives of China, and the Likely Effects of a Quota Backlog on the EB-5 Industry by Daniel B. Lundy
  • EB-5 China Retrogression: Considerations for Investors and Regional Centers by Parisa K. Karaahmet and Sarah A. Schroeder
  • Practical Approaches to Lawful Source of Funds Issues by Robert P. Gaffney
  • Source of Funds: Understanding and Vetting Your Investor's Background by Ben Zou and Laura Danielson
  • I-526 Petitions Practice Pointers by Paul Ruby and Lily Li
  • How to Successfully Represent Chinese Investors in EB-5 Cases by Elizabeth Peng
  • I-829 Practice Pointer: Removing Your Investors' Conditions by Elizabeth Peng and Jennifer Hermansky
  • Use of Escrows in EB-5 by Reid Thomas
  • Attracting Investors: What Investors Want in an EB-5 Regional Center by John Roth
  • Relevance of US Securities Laws to the EB-5 Marketplace by Sherman Golden and Michael Dunn
  • FINRA Guidance on Applicability of the Suitability Rule to Broker-Dealers Marketing Private Placements by Douglas Hauer, Steve Ganis, and Adam Gale
  • Hot SEC Topics in EB-5 Financings by Gregory White, Mark Katzoff, and Angelo Paparelli
  • EB-5 Regional Center Job Creation Requirements by John Neill
  • Role of the Business Plan and Plan Writer by Angelo A. Paparelli and L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens
  • I-924 Process, Tips, and Best Practice by Angelo A. Paparelli and Brandon Meyer
  • Choosing the Corporate Structure, Management Issues, and PPM Due Diligence by Louann Bronstein
  • The EB-5 Attorney as Financial Adviser: A Practical Guide by John Roth
  • Learning from the History of Risk and Fraud in the EB-5 Regional Center Context by Robert Loughran

II. Resource Material

  • Section 1: Case
  • Section 2: Forms
  • Section 3: Memoranda

III. CD-ROM Resource Materials

  • Statutes
  • Regulations
  • Federal Court Cases
  • BIA Cases
  • Forms
  • Memoranda
  • Weblinks
  • Miscellaneous

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.

Angelo A. Paparelli is a partner in the Business Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A Certified Immigration Law Specialist (CA), he is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, especially those involving mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation.

L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens is an immigration attorney specializing in employment-based immigration law. She advises investors and entrepreneurs, as well as companies of all sizes, on visa strategies and immigration compliance in the United States. She also represents professionals in all fields to secure nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence for executives, scientists, physicians, artists, and others. As a passionate advocate for economic growth through the contributions and ingenuity of immigrants, Ms. Schwartz Ehrens has written articles and spoken extensively on a range of specialized topics including employment-based immigration options, E-Verify, I-9 Compliance, naturalization, and grassroots advocacy. She also co-edited The Immigration Compliance Book, a comprehensive reference book on worksite enforcement and E-Verify. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens is an adjunct professor of Business Immigration Law at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Professional Studies' Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law program. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is active on the Corporate Practice, Department of Labor, and Advocacy committees of AILA's New York Chapter. She is also the New York Ambassador of the American Immigration Council and has served on the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Emory University and both a Juris Doctorate and M.B.A. from The American University. She is proficient in Spanish, Hebrew and Japanese. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens may be reached at


Louann Bronstein is a Member in the Atlanta office of Stites & Harbison practicing in the Business & Corporate Services Service Group. Her practice focuses on the business needs of international clients, mergers and acquisitions and securities law, and general corporate law. Ms. Bronstein may be contacted at

Laura Danielson is the chair of the Immigration Department at Fredrikson and Byron, P.A. She taught immigration law at the University of Minnesota Law School for many years and is the co-editor of Green Card Stories and co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell. Splitting her time between Minneapolis and Fredrikson & Byron�s Shanghai office, Ms. Danielson provides global, business, and investmentrelated immigration services, including EB-5 for foreign investors. Ms. Danielson may be contacted at

Michael Dunn is a partner in the New York and Atlanta offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP whose practice is focused on counseling public companies on registration and reporting obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Mr. Dunn may be contacted at

Robert Gaffney, a California State Bar certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, has maintained a strong practice focus and developed significant expertise representing immigrant investors since enactment of the "EB-5" provisions in 1990. Through his firm in San Francisco, Mr. Gaffney has nearly 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. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Mr. Gaffney is the author of "Country Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People's Republic of China", a leading source of information on this rapidly evolving topic published in Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, (American Immigration Lawyers Association, Edited by L Stone, et al. 2006, 2010). J.D. Hastings College of the Law (1980), National Foreign Language Fellow, Univ. of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies (1973 - 76), B.A. summa cum laude, Chinese Studies, U.C. San Diego 1973.

Adam D. Gale is the Co-chair of the firm's Investment Funds Group. He focuses his practice on counseling private equity funds, hedge funds, broker-dealers, banks, and registered investment companies on formation and structuring, and regulatory and compliance issues. He represents both well-established and start-up entities. Mr. Gale may be contacted at

Steve Ganis is Of Counsel at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, and has over 15 years of experience as a government and private-sector lawyer practicing financial services law, specializing in the federal banking, securities, and derivatives laws. Mr. Ganis speaks and teaches frequently about AML and OFAC, including at the FINRA Institute at the Wharton School of Business and FINRA�s AML Boot Camp, and on numerous panels at conferences and seminars. Mr. Ganis may be contacted at

Sherman E. Golden is senior counsel in the Corporate practice group in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Golden has been extensively involved in economic development through the identification and structuring of financings for specific economic development projects with an emphasis on urban redevelopment. He has represented both public and private interests and consulted with local governments on various matters. Mr. Golden may be contacted at

Douglas Hauer is a Member of at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC�s Corporate & Securities Practice, and Immigration Practice. On the corporate side, he The EB-5 Book 2014-2015 Edition focuses on private offerings and related securities work. Doug serves as counsel to developers and businesses seeking capital through the EB-5 investor visa program. He also counsels lenders, private equity firms and EB-5 Regional Centers on EB-5 compliance issues. Mr. Hauer may be contacted at

Jennifer Hermansky (Jen) is an Associate in the Philadelphia Office of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP. A member of the EB-5 immigrant investor team, Jen has prepared and filed many successful I-526 petitions, both through regional center investments and individual investment opportunities, along with filing corresponding I-829 petitions to remove the conditions on permanent resident status. She also works with developers on options available for funding new projects that might qualify for EB-5 investments, either based on individual EB-5 petitions or through new or existing regional centers. She has extensive experience reviewing and editing both regional center and project business plans, economic reports, securities offering documents, and corporate documents for EB-5 issues. She has prepared and filed I-924 applications for initial regional center designations, regional center amendment applications, and exemplar I-526 petitions for project pre-approval by USCIS. Jen also has prepared template I-526 and I-829 petitions for regional centers that were distributed to investors and their attorneys for filing with USCIS. She also advises regional centers on record keeping for USCIS reporting requirements, record keeping for I-526 and I-829 petitions and job creation, and general regional center organizational, management, and staffing issues. The author would like to thank H. Ronald Klasko for his contribution to this article.

Parisa Karaahmet 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 and international conferences regarding EB-5 investor visas, immigration compliance and other immigration related topics. She currently chairs the Practicing Law Institute�s (PLI) annual conference �Defending Removal Proceedings� and previously co-chaired the American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration Litigation Committee from 2011-2013. Her areas of specialty include advising clients with respect to criminal offenses and related grounds of inadmissibility, employer sanctions, entrepreneurial investor visa options including EB-5, and E-verify and I-9 compliance. On the business corporate side, Parisa represents a variety of large, mid-size and smaller companies in the financial services, medical, pharmaceutical, education and technology sectors in their immigration matters. Parisa previously served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, New York District Office.

Mark Katzoff is a senior counsel in Seyfarth Shaw�s corporate department and a member of its Capital Markets Practice Group. Mr. Katzoff�s practice focuses on the representation of public and private corporations, venture capital firms, private equity funds and underwriters in public and private equity and debt transactions, including direct and regional center EB-5 private placements to foreign investors, and in M&A transactions. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Katzoff spent a number of years as in-house counsel to a financial services company, serving as both a General Securities Principal and Financial and Operations Principal to their broker-dealer. Mr. Katzoff is a graduate of the Boston College School of Law and Hamilton College. Mr. Katzoff may be contacted at

Lily Li attorney at law, a multi-state licensed attorney, based in Dallas Texas, has developed expertise in EB-5 practice in past years. In addition to a full spectrum of immigration law practice, attorney Li also has experience in business law and related matters. Attorney Li is a graduate of Dedman Law School of Southern Methodist University, Texas USA and the University of Hong Kong. Attorney Li can be reached at

Daniel B. Lundy is an Associate in the Firm's Philadelphia office and 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.

Brandon Meyer is Principal of Meyer Law Group. Mr. Meyer has written many noteworthy articles and studies on the EB-5 program. Mr. Meyer may be contacted at

John Neill is the Principal at AKRF, Inc. Mr. Neill leads a team specializing in economics and real estate advisory services for private developers, institutions, and municipalities. His group has performed hundreds of economic and fiscal impact studies for public and private clients, including input-output modeling in support of EB-5 applications. His areas of specialty include socio-economic analysis, economic and fiscal impact studies, and market and feasibility studies. He also serves as a project manager for environmental reviews of major development projects in New York City, including most recently New York University�s proposed campus expansion plan. He regularly works with real estate lawyers and has provided expert testimony on economic issues at City Council hearings. He has joint graduate degrees from Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mr. Neill may be contacted at

Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng is a co-founder and Senior Attorney of Peng & Weber, PLLC, a nationally recognized immigration law firm located in suburban Seattle, Washington ( Ms. Peng earned her L.L.B. degree at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China in 1983. While pursuing L.L.M. studies at the same university, Ms. Peng earned a Ford Foundation scholarship to study law in the United States, completing her J.D. degree at the University of Kansas in 1988. Ms. Peng is also a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is a former executive committee member of the Washington State chapter of AILA, and has more than 20 years of experience representing Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs in all areas of immigration law. Ms. Peng�s primary focus is on EB-5 immigrant investors and L-1/EB-1C multinational executives and managers. She has spoken nationally and internationally on EB-5 visa issues, with a focus on Chinese investors, for AILA,, and other major organizations. Ms. Peng would like to thank her partner, Cletus M. Weber, for helpful insights in the development of this article.

John Roth is Managing Attorney at the Roth Immigration Law Firm. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association. In addition to being an immigration attorney, he has an extensive business background, including an M.B.A. For the Wharton School of Finance, a Series 7 and a Series 63 license, and he is a registered representative of a Broker-Dealer firm. His firm, EB-5 Analytics, provides due diligence analyses of EB-5 regional center projects for EB-5 Pilot Program immigrant investors.

Paul Ruby is an attorney at Lubin, Salvetti & Associates where his practice is limited exclusively to business immigration matters. The vast majority involves EB-5 matters, where he handles investor petitions and also works on behalf of EB-5 project developers. Paul has filed petitions on behalf of investors in both regional center-based and independent projects and has a track record of I-526 and I-829 approvals. Paul earned a B.A. from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and a J.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sarah A. Schroeder is an Associate in Fragomen�s New York Office, where she works on a team specializing in individual, complex and corporate immigration matters, including those associated with criminal issues and prior immigration violations. Sarah practices in the fields of corporate, investor, and family immigration law, representing large and small corporate clients within a variety of industries ranging from finance, business, and technology to fashion, the arts, and not-for-profits. Her areas of specialty include advising clients with respect to criminal and other inadmissibility grounds, immigration compliance, and visa options for investors and entrepreneurs including EB-5. Sarah previously served as an Immigration Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sarah was also the Programs Chair for the American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration Litigation Committee from 2011-2013. Sarah has also successfully advised and represented clients in defensive asylum proceedings before the Immigration Court.

Reid Thomas serves as the Executive Vice President for NES Financial. Responsible for global sales and marketing, he brings over 20 years of sales and marketing leadership in both public and private companies in high-growth Silicon Valley technology companies. Thomas� past experience includes leading sales with Voice Over IP pioneer Sylantro Systems, driving revenue and market share growth to a successful IPO with VINA Technologies, and Octel Communications, which was acquired by Lucent Technologies. Most recently he served as SVP of Global Sales at Laszlo Systems, a global leader and pioneer in Rich Internet Applications. During his time with NES Financial, 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. 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. Mr. Thomas may be contacted at

Gregory White is a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw�s Corporate Department and a member of its Capital Markets Practice Group. Mr. White�s practice focuses on the representation of corporations, private equity funds, venture capital firms, and underwriters in public and private equity and debt financing transactions as well as M&A transactions. Mr. White�s practice includes both registered public offerings and private placements under SEC Regulations D and S, including direct and regional center EB-5 private placements to foreign investors. Mr. White is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and Hamilton College. Mr. White may be contacted at

Ben Zou is an associate in the Corporate Group in the Shanghai office of Fredrikson and Byron, P.A. His practice focuses on cross-border investment, business and M&A, where he assists clients who have various cross-border needs between the USA and China. Mr. Zou may be contacted at