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2021 EB5 Update

Zoom Webinars: Fridays February 26 & March 12 & April 9, 2021
2pm to 3:30pm (Eastern Time)

Speakers: Carolyn Lee (Discussion Leader), Christine Chen, Aaron Grau, William Gresser, Noreen Hogan, George S. McElwee, Andy Semotiuk, Brad Stedem, Steve Strnisha and many more to be announced

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Zoom Session on February 26:

Biden Administration and Investment Immigration

  • The Biden Agenda
  • Actions taken to date by the Biden administration
  • DHS under new administration
  • Recent Developments in EB-5 including I-526, I-829 & I-924 Adjudications

SECOND Zoom Session on March 12:

Investment Immigration Market Outlook 2021

  • Asia
  • Africa and Middle East
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Recent Developments in EB-5 including I-526, I-829 & I-924 Adjudications

THIRD Zoom Session on April 9:

EB-5 Reauthorization

  • June 30, 2021 sunset
  • Substantive legislation
  • Related legislation - ex: HR 1044/S.386
  • Industry priorities


Carolyn Lee (Discussion Leader) Carolyn Lee is the Founder of Carolyn Lee PLLC. Carolyn has represented regional centers, developers, funds, and investors for over a decade, helping U.S. project clients raise $2.5 billion in EB-5 capital. She holds leadership positions in the EB-5 bar and industry and is considered a preeminent authority on EB-5 law. Carolyn is the Chair of American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) national EB-5 Committee. She has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, or Co-Chair for 6 years. In these capacities, Carolyn has authored key EB-5 legislative commentary since 2012 advocating for workable reform. Her current advocacy focuses on long-term EB-5 program reauthorization and expansion. Carolyn authors leading publications and is regularly quoted in the media on EB-5 visa matters. Most recently, she was interviewed by NPR Marketplace, and the China Daily on the new EB-5 regulations. Her scholarship covers a wide array of EB-5 issues, with special focus on investment “at risk” analysis including redeployment, material change, and targeted employment areas (TEAs). Carolyn has helped organize international EB-5 conferences for various organizations, including AILA and EB5 Investors Magazine. Recent conferences she co-organized include the 2018 EB-5 Investors Magazine Convention in Los Angeles and the 2019 AILA National EB-5/Advanced Business Conference in Bangkok. Carolyn is listed among The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Thought Leaders – Corporate Immigration, and Top 25 Immigration Lawyers. Her awards include Outstanding 50 Asian-Americans in Business Award, AILA’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, and AILA Presidential Commendation. Carolyn is a member of the New York State bar and admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A. cum laude from Williams College. She has been a visiting scholar at Exeter College, Oxford University and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

Christine Chen Christine Chen is the COO of CanAm. Since joining CanAm in 2002, Christine Chen has been shaping CanAm’s strategic initiatives and operational efficiencies. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Chen’s responsibilities are wide-ranging, overseeing several distinct EB-5 business functions and employee management of over 40 staff worldwide. During her tenure at CanAm, Ms. Chen has led a variety of initiatives to support CanAm’s myriad operations, including: facilitating an in-house FINRA Broker-Dealer, CanAm Investor Services; establishing and staffing representative offices in China; and leading initiatives to target new investor markets. Ms. Chen has appeared at several industry events as a panel member discussing EB-5 program issues and providing insight based on her executive management experience. Ms. Chen has helped establish CanAm as a premier EB-5 regional center operator. Ms. Chen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Aaron GrauAaron Grau is the Executive Director of IIUSA. Aaron reestablished Grau & Associates, LLC in Pittsburgh after first starting the firm in Alexandria, Virginia. Before creating his own Pittsburgh based company, Mr. Grau directed Pittsburgh’s Duane Morris Government Strategies’ federal government affairs practice from its creation, a 2012 merger between GSP Consulting and Duane Morris Government Affairs. Before G&A’s Virginia start, Mr. Grau was General Counsel for an Alexandria, Virginia based boutique-lobbying firm. While there Mr. Grau developed extensive experience establishing, managing, and growing trade associations including the National Job Corps Association and the National Organization of Rehabilitation Partners. Given associations’ ability to leverage broad based platforms to impact policy, economics, and business, he maintained his interest and abilities in trade association management through his career in Pittsburgh and today.

William GresserWilliam Gresser i is the President and founder of EB-5 New York State, LLC. Since the Company’s founding in 2007, Mr. Gresser has managed the successful completion of numerous EB-5 investment projects and helped EB-5 investors and their families achieve their immigration and investment objectives including full repayment of their investment. Mr. Gresser is a leader in the EB-5 industry. He is the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Invest In the USA (IIUSA®), the largest trade association of Regional Centers. He is also active in the industry’s government affairs activities in pursuit of industry reform, reauthorization and revitalization. Mr. Gresser is a regular speaker on advanced EB-5 related topics and is sought out by Regional Centers and developers throughout the U.S. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Gresser was an attorney and a successful business executive. Mr. Gresser obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters in Business Administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, all with honors.

Noreen Hogan Noreen Hogan is the Principal of CMB Regional Centers. Ms. Hogan runs the day-to-day operations of the company as well as implementing the strategic initiatives of CMB. Ms. Hogan has held previous positions as the Vice President of Company Operations, Project Manager, and an economist. During 2015, Ms. Hogan, worked for CMB Swiss Co GmbH, as a Deputy Director of Worldwide Operations, establishing the company’s operations in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Prior to her employment with CMB, Ms. Hogan worked as a project manager for Discover Financial Services. Ms. Hogan holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Augsburg College.

George S. McElwee George S. McElwee is a founding member and managing partner of Commonwealth Strategic Partners (CSP). He brings more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including work in the federal government and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. George provides CSP’s clients with government relations support and guidance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues. This role also includes being the eyes and ears in Washington, D.C. for clients such as Invest in the USA, Ionic Security, Lendmark Financial Services, and the National Technology Security Coalition.

Andy Semotiuk Andy Semotiuk is the writer for Forbes magazine on EB-5. He is also a U.S. and Canadian Immigration attorney and have helped over 10,000 clients with various legal problems. He is a member of the New York and California bars in the US and Ontario and BC bars in Canada. A former UN Correspondent, a published author, a professional speaker and work for Pace Law Firm in Toronto.

Brad Stedem Brad Stedem is President and Partner of EB5 United, where he analyzes and oversees all EB5 United investments throughout their development life cycle. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate development and finance. Prior to EB5 United, Mr. Stedem was a trusted consultant for BlackRock, Inc., the largest investment manager in the world with US$3.67 trillion in assets under management. Prior to that, Mr. Stedem was on the Executive Team of Pali-Group, a prolific Santa Monica-based real estate development firm concentrating on residential, mixed-use, and hospitality projects. He is also currently President of an affiliate company of EB5 United, named Capital United, LLC, which is a Registered Investment Advisor with Puerto Rico. Mr. Stedem received his BA from Boston College and his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Steve Strnisha Steve Strnisha is the CEO of CIF and IIUSA Officer. Stephen Strnisha brings 25 years of executive-level experience as a finance professional for both public and private sector entities, specializing in the structuring and execution of multi-faceted development finance transactions. As CEO of Cleveland International Fund, he is responsible for formulating and executing Cleveland International Fund’s strategic vision. He also fosters working relationships with public/private financing and development entities. Stephen’s dynamic background includes serving as former Director of Finance and Economic Development for the City of Cleveland. He also served as a mayoral advisor, CFO of Cleveland’s Chamber of Commerce and operated his own development finance consulting practice. Strnisha received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.

More speakers to be added

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