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The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers
Los Angeles, CA: Friday, October 18th, 2013

Speakers: Cletus Weber (Discussion Leader), Michele Buchanan, Elizabeth Peng, Matt Gordon, Tina Lee, Joseph McCarthy, Rod Oshita, Elizabeth Peng, Nenad Radu, Reid Thomas, Sam Udani, and Edward Villanueva.


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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.


Time Subject/Activity
8:30 - 9:00
Registration - Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided
9:00 - 9:45 Corporate and Security Law in EB-5
    9:45 - 9:55 Networking Break
      9:55 - 10:40 Lawfully Advising on Choosing A Project
        10:40 - 10:50 Networking Break
          10:50 - 11:35 Structuring the Deal in Project Financing
            11:35 - 11:45 Networking Break
              11:45 - 12:30 Developing the 924 Petition
                12:30 - 1:10 Lunch - Managing Risk in EB-5 Transactions
                  1:10 - 1:55 526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
                    1:55 - 2:05 Networking Break
                      2:05 - 2:50 829 Petitions and Documenting Job Creations
                        2:50 - 3:00 Networking Break
                          3:00 - 3:30 Funds Administration
                            3:30 - 3:40Networking Break
                              3:40 - 4:10Innovation in EB-5, The Non-Regional Center Concept
                                4:10 - 4:20Networking Break
                                  4:20 - 5:05Finding Investors China
                                    5:05 - 5:15Networking Break
                                    5:15 - 6:00Finding Investors Other Than China

                                      ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

                                      Cletus Weber (Discussion Leader) is a Co-Founder and Senior Attorney at Peng & Weber, PLLC, a suburban Seattle, Washington (Mercer Island) immigration law firm focusing on assisting EB-5 investors, entrepreneurs, and highly talented persons from around the world. He is Editor-in-Chief of AILA's Guide to PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2011), Associate Editor of AILA's Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 2nd Edition (2010), Associate Editor of AILA's Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases (2010-2011), Chair of AILA's national Board of Publications Committee, a member of AILA's national EB-5 Conference Committee, a member of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), and author of the popular "Unsolicited Advice" column on immigration law practice for AILA's online magazine, Voice: An Immigration Dialogue. His practice focuses on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas with special emphasis on EB-5 investors, E-2 investors, PERM labor certification, national interest waivers, aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors or researchers, and J-1 waivers. Mr. Weber earned his BBA degree (Beta Gamma Sigma honors) at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1986 and earned his law degree at the National Law Center of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1989. He served as Managing Editor of the George Washington Law Review, 1988-1989. In addition to having written and spoken nationally on immigration law and practice, Mr. Weber has been quoted on EB-5 or other immigration law issues in HR Magazine, The Seattle Times, Daily Telegraph (UK), Workforce Management, and other major media

                                      Michele Buchanan is a partner at Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP , she has over twenty years of experience in the field of immigration law. Ms. Buchananís immigration law experience began in 1986 with an immigration firm representing primarily clients from East Asia. She later worked with two of Southern Californiaís largest business immigration firms, representing a diverse client base, including multinational corporations, major universities, individual business investors, professionals, research scientists, academicians, actors, musicians and artists of various kinds. She also had the opportunity to represent clients applying for US visas at the American Embassies/Consulates in Juarez, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; Halifax, Canada; and Seoul, Korea, as well as clients applying for political asylum and permanent residence under the Violence Against Women Act. Currently Ms. Buchananís practice is focused on EB5 employment creation investor cases, and she has successfully represented dozens of investors in their EB-5 applications and petitions for removal of conditions. She also provides counsel to several regional centers in connection with their EB-5 matters. She received her law degree from the University of West Los Angeles School Of Law and is admitted to the California Bar. Ms. Buchanan is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

                                      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.

                                      Tina Lee is an associate attorney at Peng & Weber, PLLC

                                      Joseph C. McCarthy's primary area of legal expertise is Immigration Law, including all facets of EB-5 Regional Centers and foreign investment immigration projects. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has successfully received USCIS approval for multiple EB-5 Regional Centers throughout the United States. His legal practice also includes International Law, Business Law, with an emphasis on private placement memoranda (PPM) and partnership/limited partnership agreements, Litigation, Contract Negotiation and Environmental Law. Mr. McCarthy holds a law degree with honors from the Seattle University School of Law, a M.S. in Hydrogeology & Aqueous Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines, and a B.A. in Geology from Whittier College.

                                      Rod K. Oshita is the Director of Investments for American Dream Fund LLC where he is responsible for sourcing and underwriting potential EB-5 projects. American Dream Fund has raised in excess of $260 million dollars for various projects including the W Hotel in Hollywood California and the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. A visionary industry specialist with over twenty years of experience in the commercial real estate industry has given him an extensive and diverse background with a list of accomplishments in entitlement, financing, project management, marketing, asset management, leasing, acquisitions, sales and the development of both improved and unimproved properties.
                                      Angelo Paparelli is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Paparelli, with a bicoastal practice in Southern California and New York City, is known for providing creative solutions to complex and straightforward immigration law problems, especially involving mergers and acquisitions, labor certifications and the H-1B visa category. His practice areas include legislative advocacy; employer compliance audits and investigations; U.S. and foreign work visas and permanent residence for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investors, professionals, students and visitors; immigration messaging and speech-writing; corporate policy formulation; and immigration litigation before administrative agencies and the federal courts. He is frequently quoted in leading national publications on immigration law. He is also President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a 30-firm global consortium of leading immigration practitioners. Paparelliís blog and a comprehensive list of his many immigration law articles can be found at He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he earned his B.A., and of Wayne State University Law School where he earned his J.D. Paparelli is admitted to the state bars of California, Michigan and New York.

                                      Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng is a co-founder and senior attorney of Peng & Weber, PLLC (, a suburban Seattle-based immigration law firm focusing on EB-5 visa investors, L-1 executives and managers, and other areas of investment- and business-focused immigration law. 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, she 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 a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is a former executive committee member of the Washington State chapter of AILA, and has extensive experience representing Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs in all areas of immigration law related to EB-5 immigrant investors and L-1/EB-1C multinational executives and managers. She has spoken nationally on EB-5 issues.

                                      Nenad Radu works in deal origination at Hussar & Co. Mr. Radu, a Serbian national by birth, brings together a decades worth of sales experience in the emerging markets and with his sales and IT background is responsible for utilizing technology and social media in order to originate pool of talents and prospective clients, as well as developing internal infrastructure. Prior to Hussar & Co. Mr. Radu headed up deal origination for the European desk at Nova Capital Partners in New York. He has deep experience in the region of emerging Europe and received his degree in Computer Science from the University of Technology in Serbia. Mr. Radu is fluent in English, Serbian, and Croatian.

                                      Reid Thomas is the Executive Vice President of NESF. Mr. Thomas leads the global sales and marketing organization at NES Financial. He has over 20 years of executive management experience at both private and public companies. At NES Financial, Mr. Thomas has been instrumental in the rapid growth of companyís EB-5, trust and escrow business. His active participation in the EB-5 community has made him a frequent speaker and positioned NES Financial as the industry leader in EB-5 solutions.

                                      Sam Udani is the publisher of ILW.COM.

                                      Edward Villanueva is a Registered Investment Banker & FINRA Principal. He has been executing commercial real estate transactions for over 12 years advising and representing both investors and financial institutions. In his prior position, Edward originated over $500 million in commercial real estate loans and administered a commercial loan portfolio worth over $1.0 billion for one of the top five banks in the nation. Edward also brings Chrysalis Capital Group extensive 1031 Exchange experience as a former Facilitator of one of the nationís major 1031 exchange companies. Edward is also a licensed California Attorney, Real Estate Broker and Registered Principal of Chrysalis Capital Group LLC.

                                      ABOUT THE LOCATION:
                                      The LA Hotel Downtown
                                      333 South Figueroa Street
                                      Los Angeles, CA 90071
                                      To reserve a room, call: 213-617-1133


                                      Material included in the registration price is The EB-5 Book ($199 value) and Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators ($199 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.

                                      FINANCIAL AID POLICY:

                                      For attendees who have a specific hardship, please contact


                                      Here are some participants' testimonials from previous workshops:

                                      "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

                                      "Very Informative. Not only that I learned about the immigration law aspect of the EB-5 program, I also learned of different investment projects."
                                      - Anonymous

                                      "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

                                      "Great realist description of the actual."
                                      - Clem Turner "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

                                      REGISTER NOW
                                      Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
                                      $899 Workshop Package

                                      Los Angeles, CA
                                      October 18th, 2013
                                      8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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

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

                                      EVENT SPONSORS:

                                      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 is an innovative provider of highly secure, compliant and transparent financial administration solutions for complex financial transactions, helping streamline EB-5 administration and secure document sharing. NES Financial's Escrow Administration Solutions simplifies the EB-5 Visa escrow process with highly-secure technology that is quick to set up, easily manages escrows and provides unlimited subaccounts for Regional Center principals and investors. NES Financial's EB-5 Virtual File Share provides Regional Centers, investors, attorneys and brokers with secure centralized document exchange and storage capabilities to streamline the investment-offering process. A cloud-based, easy to use system archives documents associated with a Regional Center's development project and provides secure access for all stakeholders from anywhere and at any time. NES Financial is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in Chicago and Boston.

                                      See below for information on becoming a sponsor.

                                      EVENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

                                      For information on exclusive sponsorship opportunities for regional centers, contact us at (212) 545-0818 or