Event Date: Sep 09, 2016
2016 EB-5 Fall Seminar: EB-5 at a Crossroads
Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP is holding its 3rd annual full day EB-5 seminar entitled “EB-5 at a Crossroads” on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm at The Hub, Cira Centre in Philadelphia. This one-day seminar focuses on EB-5 Regional Centers and Developers interested in capitalizing projects with EB-5 financing.
Why Should I Attend This Seminar?
EB-5 is at a crossroads:
- New EB-5 legislation on the horizon
- New administrative compliance initiatives instituted by USCIS
- Unexpected impacts of quota backlogs
- Failed and fraudulent projects focusing new attention on EB-5 compliance protections
- Changes in customary escrow arrangements
- Redeployment of investor funds
- Important changes in the project marketing landscape
This seminar will provide the latest information on these and other cutting edge topics. In addition to our team of nationally-recognized EB-5 attorneys, we have brought together some of the top experts in the field – successful regional centers; real estate developers; securities counsel; financial and loan administration institutions; marketing consultants; due diligence and risk management consultants.
Given the increased focus of USCIS, the SEC and investors on failed and fraudulent projects, our program will have an emphasis on all aspects of compliance.
Presented on the eve of the expiration of the regional center program and on the week when EB-5 quota numbers for the new fiscal year will be released, the program is timed to provide the most updated information to enable EB-5 stakeholders to plan for the changes ahead.
We look forward to presenting you with insights and strategies on structuring and marketing projects and on compliance best practices, and to having the opportunity to address your questions.
Who should attend?
- Regional Center Representatives
- Real Estate Developers
- Businesses seeking EB-5 capital
- Real Estate and Transactional Attorneys
- Minors as Investors
- When will the Money be Available – Changes in Escrow Provisions
- Choosing and Negotiating with a Regional Center
- How to Make a Project more Marketable
- EB-5 Financing Using Bonds
- Program Extension and Legislation
- SEC Investigations and Prosecutions
- EB-5 Quota Backlog Projections and Solutions
- EB-5 Site Visits
- Regional Center Audits
- Fund and Loan Administration
- Securities Compliance
- Best Practices
- Legislative and Administrative Compliance Initiatives
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:00 am – 9:25 am||EB-5 in Philadelphia|
|9:25 am – 9:45 am||EB-5 Bond Projects|
|9:50 am – 10:20 am||Choosing Projects and Choosing Regional Centers|
|10:25 am – 10:50 am||Redeployment of Investor Money|
|11:10 am – 11:30 am||Minors as Investors|
|11:35 am – 11:55 am||Escrow Options|
|12:00 pm – 1:30 pm||Lunch / Hot Topics and Legislative Update
|1:30 pm – 2:30 pm||Marketing in China, India and Vietnam|
|2:40 pm – 3:15 pm||The New World of EB-5 Compliance|
|3:20 pm – 3:50 pm||Securities Compliance|
|3:55 pm – 4:20 pm||USCIS Compliance Initiatives|
|4:25 pm – 4:50 pm||Fund and Loan Administration|
|5:00 pm – 6:30 pm||Networking Reception|
Please note this event has reached capacity and all seats are filled. If you are interested in attending this seminar, please register using the e-mail link below to be placed on the waiting list. We will contact you should a seat become available. Thank you for your interest.
Ronald R. Fieldstone is a partner in the Miami office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP, specializing in corporate/securities and taxation law. Mr. Fieldstone has published numerous articles and has been a lecturer in the fields of real estate, corporate/securities, tax law, and franchise law for the past 40 years. He currently practices primarily in the areas of corporate/securities and taxation law. He graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1971 (magna cum laude) and received joint MBA/JD degrees from Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1974. Since 2009 Mr. Fieldstone has actively been involved in serving as corporate/securities counsel for multifaceted industries involving EB-5 immigrant visa investor offerings representing both developers and regional centers involving in excess of 125 projects and a combined capital raise of in excess of $2 billion. His corporate/securities work includes the preparation of private placement memoranda and related documents. Mr. Fieldstone actively lectures and publishes in the EB-5 corporate/securities fields for numerous government sponsored and industry trade organizations and professional. Mr. Fieldstone recently served as a committee member of the IIUSA’s Best Practices Committee.
Russell Scarcella is a Director of BDO Consulting’s Investigative Due Diligence and Business Intelligence practice. He brings nearly 20 years of legal and risk management consulting experience assisting clients in developing and implementing due diligence and operational risk programs. He has provided domestic and cross-border investigative due diligence consulting services, with a specific focus on emerging and frontier markets, to commercial and investment banks, private equity and other alternative asset firms, law firms, governments and corporations. Russell has designed and executed investigative due diligence programs to address Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery regulatory compliance requirements, anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) obligations, employee misconduct and embezzlement, pre-investment and M&A transactions, and risk control in franchising, global expansion and the crowd-funding space.
Jeff DeCicco is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of CanAm’s affiliated broker-dealer, CanAm Investor Services. Mr. DeCicco is responsible for managing the sale of private placement funds for domestic-based foreign investors. Mr. DeCicco has spent much of his 20-year career on Wall Street in institutional sales and trading. He began his career as an interest rate derivatives trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. Since then, Mr. DeCicco worked as an equity derivative sales trader for two of the leading inter-dealer brokers in the world, ICAP and BGC Partners. Servicing clients around the globe, Mr. DeCicco has managed transactions for many of the largest financial institutions in Europe, Asia, and the US. Most recently, Mr. DeCicco established and was co-head of equity derivatives for Mint Partners (a division of BGC). Prior to joining CanAm, Mr. DeCicco worked in private equity raising capital for real estate, energy, and alternative energy projects. Mr. DeCicco earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University and holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 24, and 4 licenses.
Andrew S. Gibbs serves as the Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer for Chestlen Development, LP, owner of the site under development as the W /element Philadelphia Hotel. Mr. Gibbs has been involved in a variety of real estate projects including; mixed use condominium and hotel projects, suburban office buildings, ground up “new-builds”, brownfield redevelopment, and several major renovations. With a background in the hedge fund community, Andy is experienced with investor due diligence and successful capital raises. Mr. Gibbs is a Certified Public Accountant, and a trained forensic accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). Mr. Gibbs holds a Certified Valuation Analyst license from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NAVCA). Mr. Gibbs also participates on the Advisory Board of US Mortgageline, Inc. a private full service mortgage lender. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University.
Angelique Brunner established EB5 Capital in 2006. She splits her time between the company’s Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices. As President, Angel provides strategic direction and oversight to EB5 Capital’s real estate, marketing, and legal teams. She serves on the Board of Directors for IIUSA, the national EB-5 trade association. She was the Inaugural Chair of the IIUSA Policy Committee, which guides the industry’s communications with USCIS and other governmental agencies. Angel is considered an expert in the EB-5 program and also serves as the face of EB5 Capital, speaking at all of the major industry events and writing articles for publication. Angel has also had the opportunity to speak at events for SelectUSA, which was established by President Obama within the Department of Commerce in order to attract foreign investment and create living-wage jobs for American workers. Angel attended the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit where she led a seminar at the Summit Academy that addressed best practices in regional center operations. In 2011, Angel submitted official congressional testimony in support of the EB-5 Program by request of Senator Leahy’s (D-VT) office. She works closely with Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide in their efforts to make the Program more effective. Before founding the company, Angel spent over a decade working in finance and investments for both public and private organizations focused on real estate and venture capital. She served as the founding treasurer of CodeNow, a non-profit organization that teaches computer programming to under-privileged high school students. Angel is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University.
Ali Jahangiri is the president of EB5Investors.com and the peer-reviewed publication EB5 Investors Magazine (both English and Chinese versions). In 2014, he published The EB-5 Handbook: A Guide for Investors and Developers, an essential resource both for foreign investors who wish to pursue their U.S. green cards, and for American developers seeking to learn more about EB-5 capital as a funding option. Jahangiri has worked in the digital and print publishing industry for the past decade, pioneering multiple portals. In 2009, he was appointed to the State of California’s Law Revision Committee. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine and Loyola Law School, Jahangiri practiced corporate securities law at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.
Jerry Chen and EB-5 Market Connect assist developers and regional centers in identifying licensed migration agents and other offshore marketing agents to promote U.S. projects based on factors such as size of the project, type of project, location of the project, capital stack, escrow arrangements and agent compensation. EB-5 Market Connect also assists in identifying regional centers to sponsor clients’ EB-5 projects. In performing this service, EB-5 Market Connect considers geography, track record, services provided, reputation and compensation. EB-5 Market Connect provides direct and timely access to numerous migration brokers and agents in China as well as marketing agents in other countries, including India, Venezuela and Brazil. In conjunction with its established relationships, EB-5 Market Connect’s industry knowledge and due diligence streamline the process of targeting suitable agents for a particular project. EB-5 Market Connect also assists in analyzing and negotiating arrangements with marketing agents.
Canh Duc Tran is a partner of Global Access EB5, LLC. Mr. Tran has been doing business in Vietnam for 15 years. He is the Chairman of ITC Spectrum, Ltd. investing in seaside luxury hotel and residential projects Vietnam. Prior to that he was a lead consultant of the World Bank funded projects in Vietnam. Tran joined International Solar Electric Light Co. as its Corporate Business Development Director and President of SELCO-Vietnam subsidiary, the position he held until 2003. SELCO-VN, Ltd. received the U.S. State Department’s Award for Corporate Excellence in 2001; the first U.S. Company in Vietnam that has received this prestigious recognition. Prior to his Vietnam business venture, Tran had sixteen years of a successful career in the state of Massachusetts as its ranking official, managing the state Employment and Training, Social Welfare, and Refugee and Immigrant programs. He has also been President of International Institute of Greater Lawrence (MA) for 10 years, a 100 years old organization that has the tradition of helping refugees and immigrants to adjust their new lives in the US. He is the co-founder of Phan Chau Trinh University in central Vietnam, and staunched advocate of the Vietnam education reform during the past 5 years. He also advise to the government on several fronts, from economic reform to tourism development planning. Tran received a MPA degree from John F. Kennedy-School of Government, Harvard University, specializing in political economy, and a BS in Economics from Suffolk University.
Ginny Fang is the CEO of Golden Gate Global. Prior to joining GGG, she was the founding Executive Director of ChinaSF, a public-private initiative of the San Francisco Center for Economic Development, in close partnership with the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office, with the goal of attracting Chinese investment and business expansion into San Francisco. Under Ginny’s leadership, ChinaSF successfully facilitated the expansion of Chinese companies to the San Francisco Bay Area, including companies such as Suntech, Bank of Communications, and Zinch.com. Ginny continues to serve as Chairwoman of the Board of ChinaSF. She also serves as a Board member for the Alumni Board for the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley, and is a part of the Editorial Board for the Chinese edition of eb5 investors magazine. Ginny received her Masters in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley, focusing on international economic development. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Dartmouth College.
Peter D. Joseph is the Executive Director of Invest In the USA (IIUSA) – the national trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program which accounts annually for billions of dollars in capital investment, creating tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and generating billions of dollars of tax dollars for the U.S. economy. Under his leadership, IIUSA has grown to represent a vast majority of capital flowing through the EB-5 Program – while achieving advocacy, policy, and industry development goals by actively engaging in government and public affairs with an international reach. A frequent international public speaker for the EB-5 Regional Center industry, Mr. Joseph has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Texas State Legislature, and CIS Ombudsman Office – in addition to events such as: AILA EB5 Conference, AUBER Annual Conference, CDFA Development Finance Summit, China International Fair for Investment & Trade, Henley & Partners’ Global Residence & Citizenship Forum, ICIC EB-5 Convening, INM Winter Forum, Federal Reserve Bank of NY EB5 Forum, P3 Conference. He has also been quoted in ABC News, Bloomberg Business, CCTV, Commercial Observer, China News, CNBC, Financial Times, Fox News, The Hill, Inc Magazine, Mortgage Observer, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. He is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post on the intersection of national economic and immigration policy. Mr. Joseph has been involved in various aspects of the EB-5 Program starting in 2007 when he worked at a leading EB-5 law firm, followed by independent consulting with Regional Centers and service providers. He received his M.S. from the DePaul University School of Public Service in Leadership and Public Policy in 2012 with distinction, focusing his research on foreign direct investment and economically-oriented immigration policy. He received his B.S. from Ithaca College in 2007 in Social Studies with minor in Spanish.
Adam Greene is the Managing Director of The LCP Group‘s EB-5 Group, a real estate firm that has been investing in and managing major real estate properties since 1974. In 1993, LCP assets were spun off into a NYSE listed REIT, which still trades today as Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) and has over $5 billion invested across 200 properties and 40 states. LCP has raised over $175 million in equity for the acquisition of over 20 hotels in its history and manages a $100m hotel investment fund and is owner of 3rd party hotel management company. Live in America Financial Services LLC (“LIA”) is owned by The LCP Group. LIA owns 23 EB-5 regional centers covering all or parts of 38 US states, territories and the District of Columbia, and has sponsored more than a dozen projects across the country, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Washington DC, working with leading developers and brands with 100% approvals of projects and investors who have been adjudicated. LIA’s management team has over 75 years of combined experience in real estate, representing over $25 billion of investment. Prior to LCP, Mr. Greene established the hospitality financing program at Textron Financial in 2005. Under this program, Textron Financial provided over $250 million in senior debt for hospitality development projects in the US, Canada and Mexico in chain scales ranging from economy to luxury. Before Textron Financial, Mr. Greene focused on project financing for infrastructure, sports and petrochemical projects for six years with JP Morgan Chase in New York and London, and for WestLB in New York. He completed advisory and banking assignments worth over $3 billion, including construction loans for AT&T Park, the American Airlines Center, and Wembley Stadium. Mr. Greene was Chief Financial Officer for a hedge fund investment manager, and started his career as an auditor for Arthur Andersen. Mr. Greene has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University.
Chris Marlin is founder and President of Lennar International, a division of one of America’s largest homebuilders, Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN). Lennar International focuses on foreign direct investment in the Lennar eco-system via home sales and the United States’ EB-5 immigrant investor program as well as matching foreign capital with Lennar’s varied real estate interests. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for America’s leading industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, Invest In the USA (IIUSA). He is a member of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Leadership Council. In addition, he is a founding director of the FloridaNext Foundation, one of the state’s leading think tanks, and a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of chief executives. A graduate of Emory University Law School, Chris was active in the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta. He also served as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, which is the second largest university in the United States.
Dandan Zou is the CEO of MainStay Global, a full service consulting firm that leverages its team’s vast experience, strong relationships, and comprehensive knowledge base to assist companies in raising capital to facilitate business opportunities in China. As a tri-lingual executive fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Mrs. Dandan Zou brings a hands-on, results-oriented approach with a strong, ethical business acumen. She has extensive experience in international investment consulting, international business management, project management (certified PMP), as well as direct involvement in real estate investment. Dandan has a strong technical background which has helped to shape her into a detail-oriented, data-driven decision maker. Dandan is passionate about her work and about taking opportunities to give back to the community. She is one of the most active leaders in the Austin Chinese community. She holds multiple board member positions in non-profit organizations, and uses her skills to serve the community with passion and enthusiasm.
Reid Thomas is the Executive Vice President of NES Financial. Reid is responsible for global sales and marketing at NES Financial, bringing over 20 years of sales and marketing leadership in both public and private companies in high-growth Silicon Valley technology companies. During his time with NES Financial, Reid 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. His active
participation in the EB-5 community has made him a frequent and sought after speaker at events and conferences across the country, as well as a frequent contributor to various EB-5 books, articles, and other publications.
Wanda Speight is Senior Vice President, Financial Services at PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. She is a financial services executive with over 25 years of experience in business development, underwriting, and management positions. Ms. Speight leads a team responsible for the development of strategy, underwriting, and execution of financial transactions. Prior to joining PIDC, Ms. Speight served as an Executive Vice President with Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), managing OFN’s strategic financing division. Her responsibilities included the design and implementation of new financing strategies, products, and systems for the community development financial institutions (CDFI) industry.
Christopher M. Barr is the CEO and co-founder of Princeton Global Capital Fund, LLC, an EB-5 investment entity that manages and operates an EB-5 Regional Center. Chris brings a wealth of real estate development, finance and investment experience to the position. Prior to joining Princeton Global, he was the CEO of MXD Funding, LLC, a real estate finance entity owned by the New Jersey Builder’s Association. He was the VP of Acquisitions for a prominent regional developer prior to joining MXD. In addition, he is an experienced attorney who practiced with several large regional firms for over ten years and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Sloposky is the Senior Vice President and Group Director of Private Client Banking Team at Signature Bank since October 2009. Mr. Sloposky has 30 years of experience. Mr. Sloposky served as Vice President of Business Banking at HSBC’s office at 452 Fifth Avenue, where he managed a commercial portfolio consisting primarily of professional services firms. Prior to his banking career, Mr. Sloposky owned a real estate investment company for 25 years.
As founder and President of Well Trend, one of the largest, most reputable and long standing immigration agencies in China, now in its 21st year, Larry Wang is an EB-5 pioneer for China while also serving as an unofficial ambassador for the immigration consulting industry. Wang is often sought for his opinion on immigration issues by all major media outlets, including China’s national network, CCTV (China Central Television), BTV (Beijing Television), CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Canada’s CBC and CTV, the South China Morning Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek, to name a few. Born in China and now a naturalized Canadian citizen, Wang was part of the historic first class of students to enter university in the post-Cultural Revolution era. Whereas previously, students gained admission through connections and back channels, in this new era students like Wang were considered on academic merit, with fewer than 1% of all applicants being accepted. Wang graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering & Architecture in 1982 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and subsequently worked as an Engineer for the Ministry of Construction. In 1989, Wang was accepted by the University of New Brunswick in Canada and earned his graduate degree in Engineering. Upon graduation, Wang worked in China and Canada and then returned to China again in 1994 to establish Well Trend. Wang started Well Trend with just two employees and in the span of over 20 years has developed it into a company with over 400 employees and offices in 11 major cities all over China. As well, Wang has cultivated a network of partners all around the world to ensure that wherever a Well Trend client relocates, Well Trend’s brand of customer service is available. In addition to immigration services, Well Trend also has an Overseas Studies department to assist Chinese students wishing to study abroad. Wang currently serves as the Vice President of the Beijing Overseas Study Association (BOSSA). Over the years, Wang’s business approach and personal philosophy stressed the needs of the client and from this, the company’s credibility and good reputation followed. Well Trend’s growth over the past 21 years to become the industry leader with a sterling reputation is a testament to Wang’s successful business outlook.
Hong Yu is a seasoned independent EB-5 consultant. Since 2008, Ms. Yu has selected and structured dozens of highly successful EB-5 projects for her clients. In addition, Ms. Yu serves as a member of Event Organizing Committee for the Annual Invest in America Summit held in China. Started in 2011, the Invest in America Summit is the largest annual American investment conference and trade show in China. It allows representatives from the EB-5 industry to speak directly with prominent members of the Chinese investment community to forge meaningful relationships that create new business opportunities. Ms. Yu holds a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. She previously worked for China Construction Bank.