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EB5 Summit - New York, NY
December 16, 2016

Speakers: Parisa Karaahmet and Dan Schwarz (Discussion Leaders), Peyman Attari, Jessica DeNisi, Chris DosSantos, Enrique Gonzalez, Matt Gordon, William "Bill" Gresser, Bob Juceam, Ruby Li, Daniel B. Lundy, Dawn Lurie, Janak Mehta, Clifford Morris, Reid Thomas, Matt Virkstis, and Rob Winner.

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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.




8:00 - 8:30

Registration - Continental Breakfast and Distribution of Materials

8:30 - 9:30

How to Avoid Source of Funds Pitfalls and Investor Due Diligence Issues

9:30 - 9:35

Networking Break

9:35 - 9:55

EB-5 Administration: Best Practices*

9:55 - 10:00

Networking Break

10:00 - 11:00

Regional Center Compliance in a New Era of Enforcement

11:00 - 11:05

Networking Break

11:05 - 11:25

Advising Investors on Suitable EB-5 Projects*

11:25 - 11:30

Networking Break

11:30 - 12:30

I-829s: Reaching the Finish Line- Condition Removal and Repayments

12:30 - 1:45

Lunch, Book Release Ceremony, and Keynote Address

1:45 - 2:05

Organic Aquaculture*

2:05 - 2:10

Networking Break

2:10 - 2:55

Strategies for Developers and Projects, I-924s and Beyond

2:55 - 3:00

Networking Break

3:00 - 3:20

Alternative Organizational Structures in the EB-5 Program*

3:20 - 3:25

Networking Break

3:25 - 4:10

Ethical Considerations for Immigration Lawyers in the EB-5 Context

4:10 - 4:15

Networking Break

4:15 - 4:35

Indian EB-5 Perspective

4:35 - 4:40

Networking Break

4:40 - 5:25

Future of the EB-5 Program

*Sponsored Panel

CLE Credits Available


Parisa Karaahmet (Discussion Leader) 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 conferences. She chairs Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference “Defending Removal Proceedings” and co-chairs the American Bar Association Immigration Litigation Committee. Parisa previously served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, New York District Office. Her areas of specialty include advising clients with respect to criminal and other inadmissibility grounds, employer sanctions, EB-5, E-verify and I-9 compliance. On the corporate compliance advisory group side, Parisa represents a variety of large, mid-size and smaller companies in their immigration matters, including those in the financial services, medical, pharmaceutical, education and technology sectors.

Dan Schwarz (Discussion Leader) joined Fragomen in 2005 and became an Associate in 2006. He handles all types of U.S. immigration, including complex matters associated with criminal issues and prior immigration violations. Dan practices in the fields of corporate, investor (E-2 and EB-5) and family immigration law, representing large and small corporate clients within a variety of industries, ranging from finance to technology, sports, fashion, academic institutions and the arts. This includes temporary and short-term work visas, business visas, permanent residence (employment-based and family-based) and naturalization.

Peyman Attari is the president and CEO of AISA Investment Advisers, LLC, a state registered investment advisory firm. He has more than 30 years of experience across various financial asset classes such as real estate, fixed income, and international equities. Prior to forming AISA, Mr. Attari was the founder and principal of Ambrose Property Holdings, a Kentucky based real estate investment and management company. Before moving to Kentucky, Mr. Attari had a long career in international emerging markets culminating in the position of head of Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) equity research at Deutsche Bank where he led a previously unranked research team to a top three world ranking. Mr. Attari has also worked in senior roles at companies such as Euro Suisse Securities and Jesup and Lamont International. Furthermore, he was the founder and managing director of Saicor Securities, a New York-based investment bank specializing in South African investments. Born in Iran and raised in the United Kingdom, Mr. Attari attended Imperial College London earning a BSc Honors Degree in Petroleum Geology. He is an Associate of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM) and he is also a former registered representative of the London Stock Exchange and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He is fluent in English and Farsi.

Jessica DeNisi is an Associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office and a member of the EB-5 practice. Jessica works with developers and investors who seek to use foreign investment capital under the EB-5 program to fund job creating projects either through the creation of a Regional Center or under an existing Regional Center. In preparing and filing I-924 and I-526 petitions, Jessica works with economists, business plan writers, corporate attorneys and market analysts to structure regional centers and their projects. Prior to practicing immigration law, Jessica worked as a tax and business attorney. Jessica completed her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and earned an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona. Jessica received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. Jessica is admitted to practice in California and Louisiana.

Christopher A. DosSantos is an Associate in Fragomen’s New York office where he assists clients with employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Christopher practices in the fields of investor (EB-5) and corporate immigration law, representing large financial institutions, technology firms, hedge funds, fashion designers and high-net-worth individuals. He advises clients on obtaining temporary work visas and permanent residence through the labor certification process, extraordinary ability classification and qualifying investments in U.S. businesses. Christopher also is involved in assisting permanent residents through the naturalization process. Prior to attending law school, Christopher served as a program analyst with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Enrique Gonzalez is the Managing Partner of Fragomen's Florida office. Enrique’s practice is broad based and includes counseling companies, institutions and individuals. He has significant experience related to managing the immigration compliance programs for companies and institutions engaged in a wide range of activities/industries including: agriculture, education/research, energy, entertainment, food service, healthcare, hospitality and technology. He also provides legal counsel to entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals regarding investment based immigration (including the EB-5 Program).

Matt Gordon is the Chief Executive Officer at E3iG and Chairman of E3 Cargo. Mr. Gordon's career spans business operations, finance and law. Mr. Gordon is a noted expert in the EB-5 field and is an authority on structuring EB-5 investments. He is the editor of the EB-5 Book, the legal treatise on the EB-5 program and a frequent lecturer to immigration attorneys. Mr. Gordon has participated in policy events, including those hosted by the White House and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to founding E3 Investment Group, Mr. Gordon was an investment banker for a decade and ran the US division of a Swiss multi-national corporation. Mr. Gordon is a licensed attorney, having practiced mergers and acquisitions law at the beginning of his career with the largest and most reputable Wall Street firms including Fried Frank and Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Gordon received his B.S. in Policy Analysis from Cornell University and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Mr. Gordon holds FINRA/SEC securities licenses and is associated with a registered broker-dealer.

William ("Bill") Gresser is the President and founder of EB-5 New York State, LLC. The Company was formed in 2007 and was designated as an EB-5 Regional Center by the US Citizenship & Immigration Services in 2009. EB-5 New York State has successfully completed several job-creating EB-5 projects - from inception through the I-526 and I-829 petition approval process. In addition, Mr. Gresser manages a regional center outside of New York and is actively engaged in EB-5 projects throughout the US. Mr. Gresser is a member of the Board of Directors of the Invest in USA (IIUSA) industry association and is a regular speaker on the EB-5 program. Mr. Gresser has a Bachelor of Arts, MBA and JD degrees from Georgetown University.

Bob Juceam is of counsel to the Firm, resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm in 1966, became a partner in 1974 and of counsel to the Firm in 2006. From 1995 to 2001, he chaired the litigation department in the Washington, DC office. During Mr. Juceam's 45 years of practice of civil and white-collar criminal law litigation and investigations he has defended public companies and directors of public companies charged with federal securities and Investment Company Act violations, conducted private investigations parallel to federal regulatory law enforcement proceedings and served as lead counsel or principal investigator in internal corporate and special litigation committee investigations. He has led major litigation claims and defense of claims in insurance and reinsurance proceedings.

Ruby Li is an Associate in the New York office. She practices with a focus on corporate immigration law, and represents a wide range of clients, including individuals, start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. Ruby’s practice includes all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship, and immigration support for corporate restructuring. She also assists clients with family-based immigration matters, consular processing, re-entry permits and naturalization. Ruby also works with many high net worth individuals in their immigration related investments in the U.S. EB-5 Investor Category. While in law school, Ruby was a Note Editor on the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice. Ruby worked with the Boston College Immigration Clinic on a variety of human rights immigration issues, including asylum, cancellation and withholding of removal, convention against torture (CAT), and special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) status, and argued before the Massachusetts Immigration and Juvenile courts. Ruby speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.

Daniel B. Lundy is a Partner at the Philadelphia Office of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. He is also 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. Mr. Lundy is admitted to the bar in the State of New York, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Lundy is a graduate of Hunter College (B.A., 2000) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 2006). He is a member of the New York County Lawyer's Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Dawn Lurie is senior counsel in the Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Dawn advises on corporate immigration issues involving the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of personnel worldwide. She is recognized in the legal community as a forward thinking immigration compliance authority and EB-5 investment strategist. She has more than 25 years of experience providing assistance with global and U.S. immigration processes. Ms. Lurie is considered a trusted partner to corporate clients and is relied on for her ability to spot impending government enforcement trends. Her ability to balance business necessity with regulatory reality is also highly valued. When advising clients, Ms. Lurie presents creative, yet compliant, solutions and identifies issues long before they become problematic. Dawn’s proudest professional achievement is her ongoing work with young women in the legal field. She has served as a mentor and sponsor, and remains active in women’s workplace initiatives.

Janak Mehta is the Whole Time Director of FRR Shares and Securities Ltd. He started the stock broking business in 1986. He is a commerce graduate from the Mumbai University (1984) and a graduate from the Harvard Business School (2010) for the OPM executive programme. He has been on several committees of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and ANMI. He is associated with several NGOs.

Clifford Morris is the President and Founder of Happy Healthy Shrimp, and the driving force behind our motto "If they aren't good enough for our family, they aren't good enough for yours." As a lifelong entrepreneur, Clifford has traveled the world and seen for himself the devastating effects of short-term, environmentally harmful agriculture and aquaculture practices. A native of South Africa, Clifford has long been interested in developing sustainable alternatives that will positively benefit our global health and future generations for years to come. After becoming aware of the growing need for more long-term, sustainable practices, Clifford visited numerous aquaculture facilities to meet top researchers and professionals. Through these exciting partnerships and Clifford's determination, Florida Organic Aquaculture developed into the environmentally beneficial, sustainable, family-oriented establishment we are today.

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.

Matthew Virkstis ifocuses his practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related policy, political, and oversight issues. He is experienced advising trade associations and development companies on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and issues related to adjudication of immigration petitions seeking approval to obtain financing for major infrastructure projects.

Rob Winner is a Partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. As a member of the firm's Corporate department, Mr. Winner focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and energy finance, venture capital, private securities offerings, and general commercial transactions. Mr. Winner has more than 18 years of transactional experience working with both startups, developers and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to representing traditional Midwest manufacturing and distribution companies, he represents national energy and clean technologies companies, with a focus on oil and gas exploration and production assets, and renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, biofuels, biomass and waste-to-energy ventures. His experience extends to beyond general corporate and M&A practices to negotiating and drafting specialized commercial contracts in project construction and finance, power purchases and related interconnection agreements, technology licenses, fuel supply contracts and feedstock agreements.


Jolly Madison Hotel
22 E 38th Street
New York, NY 10016


Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book 2016-2017 Edition ($149 value).


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.

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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.

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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

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Here are some participants' testimonials from previous workshops:

"I highly recommend the EB-5 Summit. The speakers are leaders in the field and the discussion is always highly substantive." - Alexander Perez

"I have been to or participated in other EB-5 seminars. The speakers in this seminar are the best." - James Lavigne

"Good course for Real Estate Brokers to gain insightful understanding of the woodwork." - Caroline Lee

"The Panels were excellent very knowledgeable and thoughtful. This is something that other events regarding EB-5 do not measure up to." - Jeff carr

"I highly recommend the EB-5 Summit. As someone who participates in conferences and summits nationally and internationally, I can state that this was the most in-depth information I have heard regarding EB-5 immigration matters. Well done!" - Clem Turner

"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