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EB5 Summit - Washington, DC
September 9th, 2016

Speakers: Ignacio Donoso (Discussion Leader), Peyman Attari, Roger Christoph, Coleen Danaher, Matt Gordon, Benjamin Hu, Lee Li, Dawn Lurie, David Morris, Jerry Siegan, Dennis Tristani, Rob Winner, and others to be announced.
Washington, D.C. | September 9th, 2016 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch

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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.




8:30 - 9:00

Registration - Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided

9:00 - 9:50

Deal Structures in EB-5 Funds

9:50 - 10:00

Networking Break

10:00 - 10:25

EB-5 Administration: Best Practices

10:25 - 10:30

Networking Break

10:30 - 11:20

Winning Source of Funds Preparation Strategies for I-526 Petitions

11:20 - 11:30

Networking Break

11:30 - 11:55

Alternative Organizational Structures in the EB-5 Program

11:55 - 1:00


1:00 - 1:50

Legislative Update and Repercussions of Jay Peak and Update on EB-5 Litigation

1:50 - 2:00

Networking Break

2:00 - 2:25

Securities Issues in EB-5

2:25 - 2:30

Networking Break

2:30 - 3:20

Managing Information and Documents for Preparing the I-829 Petition

3:20 - 3:30

Networking Break

3:30 - 4:20

Advising Investors on Suitable EB-5 Projects

4:20 - 4:30

Networking Break

4:30 - 5:20

Advising Investors in an Era of China EB-5 Retrogression

5:20 - 5:30

Networking Break

5:30 - 5:55

How to get your $500,000 back, Investing with the Forbes 400

CLE Credits Available


Ignacio Donoso (Discussion Leader) is nationally recognized as a leading EB-5 attorney. His practice is dedicated exclusively to the area EB-5 investment visas. Ignacio advises developers throughout the U.S. on the formation of EB-5 Regional Centers, and has successfully advised hundreds of individual EB-5 investors in the EB-5 visa petitions. Ignacio A. Donoso is a founding Member of I.A. Donoso & Associates. He was previously a Partner of FosterQuan, LLP, one of the top immigration law firms in the U.S. Ignacio’s career spans 18 years as a member of the State Bar of California, dedicated exclusively to investment projects and investment visas. Ignacio worked for years with some of the largest global law firms structuring and closing large international transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ignacio has been dedicated exclusively to U.S. immigration law since 2003. Since 2008 has been recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Ignacio has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2003, and has been selected to serve in high-ranking positions including the prestigious Texas Service Center Liaison Committee in 2008-2009. In 2013, Ignacio was again selected by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to serve on the National EB-5 Committee. Ignacio manages an EB-5 practice that has advised over 25 EB-5 Regional Centers on the formation of new Regional Centers and development of new projects. Ignacio has advised over 2,000 EB-5 individual investors on their EB-5 visas.

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.

Roger Christoph is is the founder and Managing Partner of Keystone Solutions, Inc. a Midwest-based financial boutique that provides global investment banking, money management, and private capital raising services. In addition, Mr. Christoph is President of Christoph Securities, Inc. formerly a registered broker-dealer with FINRA and the SEC. He has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry that includes private equity, investment banking, portfolio management, trading, and financial operations. In addition, he was lead compliance officer overseeing SEC and FINRA reporting. As Founder and CEO of Great Texas Regional Center, he shares responsibility for the general management, investment policy and transaction origination. His experience allows him to follow an extensive due diligence process to understand the business fundamentals and identify opportunities for the regional center. He will be actively monitoring the portfolio companies and pursuing new investments for the regional center.

Coleen Danaher is the Vice President of Busienss Development for NES Financial, specializing in EB-5 administration solutions. Possessing over 20 years of financial experience with 1031 tax deferred exchanges and EB-5 transactions, she has worked with a wide range of industries, including financial institutions, real estate, and oil and gas. In the EB-5 sector, specifically, Coleen has been deeply involved with all aspects of the program for over five years. Working with Regional Centers, developers, and investors, she is extremely knowledgeable about EB-5 escrow, fund, and loan administration as well as the EB-5 visa process. Coleen has authored several articles and blogs and is a frequent presenter at events across the country.

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.

Benjamin Hu is an Senior Attorney with I.A. Donoso & Associates, LLC. Benjamin Hu has experience in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, and EB-5 investor immigration. Before joining I.A. Donoso & Associates, LLC, he was Of Counsel attorney to a law firm specializing in U.S. immigration law. He has been practicing law since 2009, and is licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has lived in the United Kingdom, mainland China, and the U.S. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and is proficient in German and French.

Lee Li is a Policy Analyst at Invest In the USA (IIUSA). He lead the creation and analysis of IIUSA interactive EB-5 project/TEA map and corresponding analytics that have been instrumental to the legislative process this year.

Dawn Lurie is a shareholder at Polsinelli, PC. She is recognized in the legal community as a sophisticated and forward thinking immigration compliance authority and EB-5 investment strategist. She focuses on visa and compliance issues. Dawn is proud to be considered a trusted partner to corporate clients and is relied on for her ability to spot impending government enforcement trends. She has represented clients in the EB-5 program since the early years of the program's inception, in the 1990s. Her experience has evolved over the last two decades as the EB-5 program progressed from an obscure means of obtaining U.S. residency, to a viable mechanism of funding a significant portion of the capital stack for large-scale projects and infrastructure building across industries. Attending EB-5 Board hearings in D.C., participating in the stakeholder conversation process with the USCIS and advocating for EB-5 immigration reform, provides her clients with a unique Washington perspective. Dawn serves on the EB-5 trade association's (IIUSA) Best Practices Committee and is a past Chair of the DC Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

David M. Morris is a nationally respected EB-5 immigration attorney and manager of the Visa Law Group PLLC law firm in Washington, D.C., a national law firm practicing exclusively in the field of United States immigration and visa law with offices in New York City, Denver, Toronto, and Dubai (UAE). Attorney Morris has been practicing law since 1992 and has frequently represented domestic and multinational businesses and professionals regarding a diverse range of immigration and visa matters for over 20 years. His work has a distinct emphasis on the representation of clients involved in areas of investment, life sciences, and information technology.

Jerry Siegan is the founder of the Law Offices of Jerold N. Siegan in Chicago, IL and has practiced law for more than 30 years. His practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate, securities, and business transaction law, with an extensive focus on federal and state securities law compliance, which includes exempt securities offerings (including Regulation D and Section 4(a)(2) private placements, Regulation S offerings and Regulation A offerings), EB-5 offerings, real estate syndications, hedge fund and investment fund syndications, technology company offerings, registered public securities offerings, private investments in public equity (PIPEs) and SEC periodic reporting compliance, and securities broker-dealer compliance with applicable FINRA and SEC rules and regulations. Mr. Siegan also has extensive business transactional experience including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, corporate structuring, corporate governance matters, reverse acquisitions/mergers, venture capital and corporate finance transactions, negotiating and documenting asset and stock acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, bridge loans, going private transactions and other business transactions.

Dennis Tristani is a Senior Attorney with I.A. Donoso & Associates, LLC. Dennis has experience in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, removal defense and EB-5 investor immigration. Before joining I.A. Donoso & Associates, LLC, he was an associate attorney at WMR Immigration Law Group in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 2007, and his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 2012. He has been practicing law since 2012, and is licensed to practice in Maryland. Dennis is fluent in Spanish and speaks Portuguese.

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.


Phoenix Park Hotel

520 N. Capitol St. NW

Washington, DC 20001


Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book 2014-2015 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.

Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
Washington, D.C. | September 9th, 2016 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch



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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.

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.

Keystone Solutions, Inc is a Midwest-based financial boutique that provides global investment banking, money management, and private capital raising services. Our team of experienced professionals and strategic partners understand the various challenges in: restructuring your current capital, finding the right capital partner and, selling or acquiring a company. Keystone also has a consulting practice to advise clients with healthcare expansion and real estate development. We focus on providing creative and thoughtful solutions to your situation.

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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Here are some participants' testimonials from previous workshops:

"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