EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference (CA 2018 and FL 2019)

Once again Pincus Professional Education is proud to hold its two-day EB-5 Conferences in Los Angeles in the fall of 2018 and Fort Lauderdale in spring of 2019!

Our 2015 conferences sold out with more than 120 attendees, so be sure to register early.

Whether you are an immigration attorney, a regional center representative, a developer, investor, or involved in the EB-5 industry in some other way, this conference offers terrific opportunities to learn, network and increase your business development.

This two-day educational and networking event will host a mix of immigration and securities attorneys, broker-dealers, developers, regional centers and other EB-5 program stakeholders.

Over the course of two days we’ll hold seventeen fantastic intensive educational sessions featuring industry leaders who will delve into the intricacies of EB-5 for various audiences – attorneys, developers, investors and others.

We will kick-off the morning of day one with the basics for those who need a better understanding of EB-5 or need a refresher.  This includes a discussion of EB-5, what to expect, the main criteria and types of EB-5 projects.  The next few sessions will review issues related to representing investors & creating successful I-526 Filings.

We’ll move on to several break-out sessions, designed for those with specific interests –  including a focus on forms (of which there are many), the EB-5 deal structure and an in-depth discussion of Direct EB-5s.

The next round of break-out sessions cover the critical areas of regional center formations and source and path of funds.

After that you’ll hear the latest project trends and hot issues, such as bridge financing, at-risk investments and non-EB-5 funding.

And no attorney will want to miss the critical due diligence session.

Our second day kicks off with those security law considerations that most EB-5 stakeholders must be aware of, especially attorneys, investors and regional centers, in order to stay out of trouble.

Quotas and per country limits will be explained as will the process and requirements for documenting job creation and the I-829 petition.

Day Two will continue with a detailed discussion of Reginal Center reporting requirements, site visits, audits and compliance, as well as the critical issue of redeployment.
And the program would not be complete without a discussion of waivers under the Trump administration and the future of Iran, China, Vietnam, India, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan in the EB-5 realm.

We’ll end Day Two with the penultimate discussion – what do you do when things go wrong. And given the complexity of, and number of players involved in, EB-5 projects, things inevitably go wrong.

If you would like time for on-one-one networking, informative discussions and you want to get your questions answered, this program is for you.  Unlike mega EB-5 conferences designed for networking only, at this program you’ll learn what you need to know about all the facets of EB-5 — in addition to having the opportunity to network with leaders in the industry. And you won’t get lost in the masses.

Hotel arrangements:

Los Angeles Program: A special rate of $199 per night has been negotiated with our venue, the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown (recently renovated). Please use this link or call (800) 222-TREE (mention “Pincus Group Rate”) to make your reservations by September 12th.

Fort Lauderdale Program: A special rate of $209 per night has been negotiated with our venue, the reservation link and code will be provided closer to the seminar date.


Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on October 4-5 in Los Angeles. Your self-study package will also include all seminar materials and will be available within two to three weeks after each live program date. Be sure to pre-order it using the button to the right!

If you can’t wait, you can order our 2015 EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference audio recording. Choose California or Florida.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available. Please call us at (877) 858-3848 and ask for Faith for details.


Sponsored By:

CMB Regional Centers


Day One: Thursday, October 4th

Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00

9:00 – 10:10
EB-5 Immigration Basics

  • Overview of the program
  • Governing Regs, Cases, Policy Manual
  • Vocab overview
  • Three main criteria:
    • Invest
    • New Commercial Enterprise
    • Create 10 full time, permanent jobs for U.S. worker
  • Intro to types of EB-5 projects (RC, Direct, Pooled; loan v equity)
  • Parties involved in an EB5 project
  • Process and timing
    • I-526
    • Immigrant Visa/Adjustment of Status
    • I-829

10:15 – 11:00
Representing Investors & Creating successful I-526 Filings

  • Qualifying investors
    • accreditation
    • admissibility
  • Investors living in the US – H1B, F status holders
  • Anatomy of an I-526 petition

11:10 – 12:00
[Two Breakout Options] Breakout #1 –  Dealing with the Forms

  • I-526
  • I-829

Breakout #2 – Intro to the EB-5 Deal Structure 

  • EB-5 loan model vs. Equity Model
  • How EB-5 comes into the capital stack
  • Limitations for Direct Investments

12:00 – 1:00
Networking Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 5:00

1:00 – 1:45 [Two Breakout Options] Breakout #3 –Direct EB-5s (incl. I-829s)

  • Direct v RC EB5 Investments
  • Direct EB5 Team
  • Phased-in investments
  • Project Documents
  • Practical considerations
    • Advising the direct Eb5 investor
    • Management during I526 processing
    • Immigration attorney’s role in engaging/managing competent third-party professionals
  • I-829
    • when to start preparing for I-829
    • typical documents required
    • site visits

Breakout #4 –  Regional Center Formation

  • Benefits of forming vs renting
  • Basic requirements
  • RC operations plan

1:45 – 2:00

2:00 – 2:45 [Two Breakout Options] Breakout #5 – Source & Path of Funds

  • Level of detail required
  • Most common Sources
  • Country-specific scenarios: China, Vietnam, India, Brazil

Breakout #6 – Project RFE Trends/Hot Issues

  • Redemption issues/at-risk investments
  • Bridge financing
  • Commitment of non-EB-5 funding

2:50 – 3:20
Project Due Diligence for Immigration Attorneys

  • Project structure (RC sponsor, owner etc.)
  • Business Plan
  • Job creation; how we count and when we count jobs
  • Reviewing project documents for EB-5 compliance
  • Key issues in DD: professionals involved; capital stack; shortfall in EB5 funds; exit strategies; re-deployment; post-denial processes.
  • Approaches to Project due diligence and scope of representation
    • Understanding BPs
    • Econ Reports
    • Offering docs
    • TEAs

3:25 – 4:25
Ethics in EB-5

  • Multiple representation/Conflicts
  • Competence
  • Referral Fees
  • Dealing with agents

4:30 – 5:00
Final q/a

5:00 – 6:00
Optional Ticketed Networking Reception

Day Two: Friday, October 5th

Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00

9:00 – 9:45
Securities law considerations

  • Intro to EB-5 as a security
  • Reg D, Reg S
  • Investment Company/Investment Advisors Act

9:50 – 10:10
Waivers under Trump Proclamation…are Iranian EB-5’s over? Visa Backlogs and what they mean

  • Quotas and per country limits explained
  • Current estimates for China, Vietnam, India, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan
  • Iran under Trump and the return of OFAC

10:10 – 10:25

10:25 – 10:55
Marketing EB-5- investor markets

  • Agent driven. China, India, Vietnam
  • Direct marketing. LATAM and MENA

11:00 – 11:45
Documenting Job Creation and the I-829 Petition

  • I-829 requirements
  • Inputs into the economic report
  • Following the money
  • Construction jobs
  • Operating jobs
  • Tenant occupancy and other methods

11:45 – 1:00
Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 4:30

1:00 – 1:45
Regional Center Reporting, Site Visits, Audits, Compliance

  • Intro to documentation
  • RC requirements
  • Investor requirements
  • NCE requirements
  • JCE requirements
  • USCIS site visits- what they are and how to prepare
  • USCIS audits- what they are and how to prepare

1:50 – 2:35
Considerations for Developers

  • Cost of capital
  • Timing of capital
  • Renting a regional center vs. forming one (brief reprise)
  • Choosing a regional center
  • Pooled directs

2:35 – 2:45

2:45- 3:30

  • Maintaining the investment at risk
  • USCIS policy
  • Before conditional residence
  • After conditional residence

3:35 – 4:30
When things go wrong…

  • RFEs, denials, appeals, litigation
  • Project delays
  • Project failures
  • Fraud, misappropriation, bad actors
  • Material change
  • Restructuring or redeploying
  • Additional investment


— End Conference —


Los Angeles: October 4-5, 2018

Day 1 – October 4th:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Networking lunch included on Day 1)
5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Optional Ticketed Networking Reception)

Day 2 – October 5th:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Lunch on your own Day 2)


Doubletree by Hilton
120 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles attendees: A special rate of $199 per night has been negotiated with our venue, the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown (recently renovated). Please use this link or call (800) 222-TREE to make your reservations by September 12th.

Fort Lauderdale: TBA 2019

Day 1 – TBA
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Networking lunch included on Day 1)
5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Optional Ticketed Networking Reception)

Day 2 – TBA

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Lunch on your own Day 2)


Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33334

Fort Lauderdale Attendees: A special rate of $209 per night has been negotiated on your behalf. The link and phone number for the discounted rate reservations will be provided as we get closer to the program.


Our 2015 attendees loved these conferences!

“This conference provided a unique opportunity to delve into EB-5 issues from perspectives of various EB-5 stockholders and to network with industry leaders.” – B. D.C., Esq.

“I really enjoyed the program, and it really helped me to understand some of the dynamics of the EB-5 program. Keep up the good work!” – John Hanes, Esq.”Very informative!” – Rachmini D. Manning, Esq.

“Good overview on the EB-5 process.” – James Yang, Esq.

“Very good content.” – Wesley Terry, Esq.

“Good info, stayed on point.” – Kim Lisa Taylor, Esq.

“Very direct and to the point! Loved the presentation.”

“Wow! Comprehensive coverage (and current) of EB-5.”

“Very informative.” – Robert A. Garmo, Esq.

“The conference was a comprehensive overview for both practitioners and newcomers.”

“Helpful to have attorney breakout session. Thank you!”

“All topics relevant, good speakers.”

“Enjoyed their approach of simplifying.”

“Great panel. Great information.”

“Excellent panel.”

“Excellent and informative.”

“Great, clear, practical. Really excellent group.”

“Well organized.”

“Great organization & content.”



Additional speakers to be announced.

David S. Appel, Esq.
Senior Partner – Tax & Business Services
Marcum LLP

David Appel is a senior partner in Marcum’s Tax & Business Services division. With more than 30 years of multidisciplinary experience in domestic and international taxation working with family businesses in a variety of industries, has addressed complex issues with family business in estate, succession and retirement planning, including preserving family businesses and wealth transfer to future generations. He leads Florida’s tax consulting operations and serves on the board of directors of Marcum LLP and Florida’s operations committee.

In recognition of his considerable experience in personal financial planning, Mr. Appel was awarded the designation of Personal Financial Specialist by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

An expert in estate tax, international tax, business succession planning and family estate planning, he has presented on numerous occasions to banking institutions and municipalities and at various tax conferences.

He speaks frequently on a variety of topics related to the federal EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program, which was created to encourage foreign investors to invest in commercial enterprises in the U.S. This unique federal program has attracted billions of dollars in investments and has been an effective catalyst for job creation domestically.

Brian Aryai
Icon Compliance Services, LLC

Brian Aryai serves as chief executive officer of Icon Compliance Services, LLC. Previously, he held positions as a senior corporate financial executive at four public international conglomerates. Aryai also served as a senior special agent at the United States Treasury Department and finally the Department of Homeland Security for 14 years, where he conducted numerous white collar and corporate financial investigations both in criminal and civil matters. He received numerous awards for consistently superior performance in enforcing Federal laws.

After leaving the United States Government, Aryai served as a senior executive at several international conglomerates. He was also appointed as CPA partner in charge of the consulting practice at a regional accounting firm and a director of the antifraud practice at an international accounting firm. In these previous positions, Aryai applied his expertise in criminal investigations, internal auditing, forensic accounting, and white collar fraud and audit-committee investigations. These audits and investigations included both civil and criminal matters. 

In 2009, Aryai accepted a contract appointment to provide specialized advisory project based expertise to the United States Department of Justice in governmental law enforcement matters and operations, where Aryai worked on the Madoff matter amongst other significant probes and asset forfeiture. As a senior consultant to the Department of Justice, Aryai provided forensic accounting and investigative expertise in high profile prosecutions at the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Aryai’s work has been widely publicized and resulted in numerous criminal prosecutions and convictions as well as successful civil litigation in many matters adjudicated in federal and state courts. Aryai also served as the controller and CFO of the New York office of Lend Lease and managed annual revenues of approximately billion (USD). In that position he discovered, investigated and presented for successful prosecution the largest systemic fraud scheme on record in the history of the construction industry worldwide by handing his findings in person to former United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.

Aryai also served as Director of Investigations at Habitat for Humanity International, a prominent global and ecumenical non-profit organization, which provided newly constructed housing to underprivileged families worldwide. In his career as a federal agent and in private practice, Aryai investigated, presented findings to grand juries for indictments and secured convictions on over three hundred complex criminal investigations, including but not limited to white collar fraud, racketeering, wire fraud, securities fraud, public corruption and money laundering, many of which have elicited acclaim on the front pages of national newspapers including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News. 

Finally, Aryai founded Icon Compliance Services, LLC, a licensed investigations firm, providing investigations, forensic accounting, integrity monitoring, compliance consulting, internal audit, risk management, security consulting, corporate ntelligence and counterintelligence practices. Icon specializes in EB-5 compliance and investigations. Aryai holds the respected designations of Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), Certified in Financial Forensics (“CFF”), Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”) and Certified Internal Auditor (“CIA”). 


Edward Beshara, Esq.
Managing Partner
Beshara Professional Association

Edward Beshara, Managing Partner of Beshara Global Migration Law Firm based in Orlando, Florida, has been exclusively practicing U.S. Business

Immigration Law and offering approvable solutions since 1983 for over 35 years. He represents corporate (foreign based and U.S. EB-5 Regional

Centers in regard to specific projects), and foreign national clients in regard to their U.S. immigration and EB-5 goals. Mr. Beshara leads a team of

qualified and experienced EB-5 professionals (Business Plan Writer, Economist) and Securities Attorneys and EB-5 service providers. Mr. Beshara has practiced in the EB-5 area for 27 years since the EB-5 program started.

About Mr. Beshara:

• An active member of IIUSA (Invest in the USA) and serves on the New EB-5 Markets Committee, and Best Practices Committee, establishing standards and a code of ethics for the EB-5 industry. Past active member of Compliance Committee. IIUSA is an organization which includes EB-5 regional centers, marketing brokers, U.S. immigration attorneys, securities attorneys, economists, and business planners and fund administrators.

• Past President of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Central Florida Chapter.

• Served on the AILA National EB-5 Conference Committee, and Global Migration Steering Committee.

• Member of Advisory Committee of Investment Migration Council, Switzerland. (IMC oversees credibility of Residency by Investment Programs in other countries).

• In addition, Mr. Beshara has also been involved with the Central Florida International Business Task Force, organized by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce.

• One of the professional legal team members for the City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center.

• Mr. Edward Beshara is a past member of Academy of International Business, whose members are comprised of international legal and business professors worldwide.

• He has been an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law and Practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

• Recipient of many awards, namely “Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Immigration Law”, “Chairman of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee of the Orange County Bar”.

Rated by EB-5 Investors Magazine as being in the top 25 EB-5 Immigration Attorneys, and highly rated on EB-5 websites, such as EB5investors.com and EB5info.com. Speaker, moderator, discussion leader on many national and global EB-5 panels over the past 27 years, and author of many EB-5 articles and referenced in many EB-5 articles.

Jeffrey E. Campion, Esq.
The Law Office of Jeffrey E. Campion, P.A.

Mr. Campion received his J.D. with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1997. While in law school he also completed the coursework for a Masters in Arts Latin American Studies. He received his B.B.A. in International Finance and Marketing in 1993 from the University of Miami graduating Cum Laude with Departmental Honors and from the Honors Program.

Mr. Campion has a unique perspective in the EB-5 industry in that he has been involved in all sides of the EB-5 process – forming regional centers for clients, ensuring projects are EB-5 compliant, reviewing projects for immigration risks for his investor clients, and overseeing regional centers as ceo of several regional centers.

His experience in forming regional centers or ensuring project compliance has resulted in approvals of regional centers and exemplar approvals for projects. He has written and lectured extensively on EB-5 issues in the United States, Latin America, and China. As an attorney every I-526 and I-829 he has filed has been approved.

Mr. Campion began working with EB-5 projects as an attorney in 2008. The EB-5 program is important because it encourages investment in the United States by creating jobs. Moreover, it provides us in the industry the opportunity to help others from the investors that invest, the employees at attorneys’ offices preparing the filings, to the employees at the developers’ office and everyone in between.

Jeffrey B. Carr
Corporate President and Economist
Economic & Policy Resources, Inc.

Mr. Carr currently serves as President and Economist of Economic & Policy Resources, Inc. in Williston. For the past 22 years he has served in a number of capacities focusing on macro-economic analysis, economic forecasting, forensic economics, economic impact analysis, and fiscal policy analysis for federal, state, and local governments. For the past 13 years, he has served as the State Economist and Principal Revenues Analyst for the Vermont Agency of Administration over the past three gubernatorial administrations (including the Administrations of Governor James H. Douglas, Howard B. Dean, and the late Richard A. Snelling). He also has served as consulting economist to the Vermont Department of Economic Development since 1995, and a number of businesses, business-trade associations, and municipalities throughout the northern New England region.

Prior to that, Mr. Carr served as Legislative Director and Economist for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1987-89) in Washington DC; served for over four years in the Governor’s Office during the first administration of Richard A. Snelling (1980-84); served as Director of Research for a national education organization specializing in federal fiscal policy analysis (1984-85); and was the Research Director for a United States Senate campaign (1985-87). He has been the Econometric Model Manager and Vermont Forecaster for the New England Economic Project for the past 13 years (and 17 of the past 23 years), and he taught economics in the Graduate School at St. Michael’s College in Winooski in the mid-1980s. Mr. Carr has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and has written extensively on the subject of Vermont economic and fiscal policy.

Mr. Carr has more than 25 years of experience as an economist with particular expertise in macro-economics, economic forecasting, regional economic and fiscal impact analysis (including the USCIS EB-5 program), and fiscal policy analysis for federal, state, and local governments. Among many other assignments, Mr. Carr has served as the State Economist and Principal Revenues Analyst for nearly 18 years to the state of Vermont—including service to the last four governors of the state.

Belma Demirovic Chinchoy, Esq.
Attorney at Law
EB5 Plus Immigration Law, P.C.

Belma Demirovic Chinchoy’s practice focuses on representing businesses and investors/entrepreneurs in immigration matters. She has extensive experience guiding foreign entrepreneurs in setting up immigration-compliant businesses and pursuing EB-5, E-2, EB-1 and L-1 visas and advising US-based businesses on ways in which immigration programs can benefit their operations. Within the EB-5 field, Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy has developed a sub-specialty in direct EB-5 investments and in responding to complex RFEs. Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy has worked on over 200 EB-5 cases ranging from small-scale projects with one or a few direct investors to 0M regional center sponsored projects. Regardless of the size of the client’s undertaking, Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy takes pride in getting to know each of her clients on a personal level and in learning a valuable lesson about law from each of her clients.

Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy also works closely with start-up and small companies and assists them with employment-based petitions. Start-up and small companies require enterprising and nimble counsel that can accompany clients through their growth phases, and Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy thrives in devising legal strategies and solutions customized to each business’ specific needs.  

Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of California and California Central District Federal Court. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and also attended Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy worked in the international human rights field as an advocate and fundraiser.

Ms. Demirovic Chinchoy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association and EB5Investors.com.

Jessica DeNisi, Esq.

Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

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.

Ronald R. Fieldstone, Esq.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Ronald R. Fieldstone is a partner in the Miami office of Saul Ewing 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 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.

Mr. Fieldstone was a principal in a Blockbuster Video franchise that operated 25 stores in eight states from 1987 until October, 1995. He is a principal of a multi-state lithotripsy company and was also a principal of Barnie’s Coffee and Tea, Inc., the owner of the Barnie’s operating system with approximately 80 corporate units and 20 franchised units from 2001 until 2004. Mr. Fieldstone has extensive real estate holdings in the State of Florida and served as a managing partner of Landmark Residential from 1999 until 2008, which has served as the sponsor and manager of approximately 20,000 multi-family units in the states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina that were liquidated over a period of 12 years for in excess of billion.

Michael G. Homeier, Esq.
Founding Shareholder
Homeier & Laws, PC

Michael Homeier practices in the area of general business, corporate, transactional, and business financing law.  With nearly 25 years’ experience in the corporate and business transactional field, both as in-house corporate counsel and with private law firms, Michael’s practice emphasizes the drafting, negotiation, and review of contracts, including commercial contracts, financing agreements, factoring packages, intellectual property licensing agreements, new media, technology, and commercial contracts, and entertainment industry agreements for both production houses and industry professionals.  An integral part of Michael’s practice includes a comprehensive "entity practice" involved with the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of corporations and limited liability companies, both in the for-profit and non-profit sector.


Prior to his co-founding of Homeier & Law, P.C., Michael practiced business, contract, corporate, and securities law both as in-house counsel for large public companies (including Countrywide and Herbalife) and private enterprises, and in association or as of-counsel to prominent Los Angeles law firms such as Ball Hunt Hart Brown & Baerwitz (now part of Carlsmith Ball) and Wasserman Comden & Casselman.  In the past, Michael has also garnered invaluable experience on the opposite end of the "size spectrum," working with a sole practitioner in a combined business and civil litigation practice assisting small- and medium-sized clients, where Michael authored and then argued two published, precedent-setting appeals cases, Matthews v. Regents of the University of California (34 Cal. App. 4th 598) concerning workplace sexual harassment, and Jenkins v. Inglewood Unified School District (34 Cal. App. 4th 1388) regarding breach of a school district employment contract.


In addition to numerous engagements as a university law professor, Michael also actively participates in public speaking engagements, both in the business financing and business law arenas, and as an inspirational speaker to teenaged and young adult cancer survivors on post-treatment life success.


Michael received his J.D. from University of Southern California and his B.A. from The University of California, Los Angeles.  Michael is a member of the State Bar of California.

Danielle A. Katzir, Esq.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Danielle Katzir is a senior associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department.  Ms. Katzir represents lenders, borrowers, opportunity and private equity funds, institutional and non-institutional real estate investors, developers and operators in a broad range of matters, including forming and representing joint ventures and negotiating joint venture agreements; acquisition, leasing and development, traditional construction, permanent and leasehold financing, preferred equity and mezzanine financing, and disposition of a wide range of commercial real estate asset classes, including vacant land, hotels, residential, office, retail and mixed-use buildings, shopping centers, and other commercial and residential properties throughout the United States.  

Ms. Katzir’s practice also includes representation of borrowers and lenders alike in the negotiation of settlement agreements, forbearance agreements, loan modifications, restructures and other workout arrangements, as well as in the commencement and completion of foreclosure proceedings.  In addition, Ms. Katzir has helped to spearhead the firm’s growing EB-5 practice and has significant experience in the structuring of EB-5 financings.  In this capacity, Ms. Katzir has represented developers and institutional lenders in connection with almost billion of high-profile EB-5 financings secured by hotel, office, residential and retail assets, including large mixed-use developments and master-planned communities, across the western United States.  Her role in these transactions includes negotiation of offering documentation, management agreements with regional centers and placement services arrangements with intermediaries and distributors.  Ms. Katzir has also represented senior and junior lenders in intercreditor arrangements involving EB-5 financings, and has advised consumers of EB-5 funds regarding the integration of existing EB-5 programs into larger structured finance regime.

Ms. Katzir serves on the firm’s Los Angeles Area Diversity Committee.  Ms. Katzir’s pro bono efforts include the representation of non-profits in negotiating leases and general corporate matters, and representation of children and educational rights holders in completion of adoption proceedings and individualized education program hearings. She also works closely with Green Dot Charter Schools and the Los Angeles Parents Union in their collective efforts to implement statewide education policy reforms, including, most recently, representing them in connection with the “Parent Empowerment” legislation, signed into California law in January 2010.  Ms. Katzir currently serves as Board Member of the Center for Powerful Public Schools and on the College Spring Young Professionals Board.  

Ms. Katzir earned her law degree in 2004 with Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences, magna cum laude in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2009, Ms. Katzir earned her Certificate of General Management from the University of California, Anderson School of Management, and received first prize in the National Capstone Case Competition in Technology Strategy.

Charles Kaufman, Esq.
Homeier Law PC

Securities and corporation finance attorney Charles Kaufman guides growing companies and entrepreneurs raising capital through crowdfunding, including coin offerings and other cryptocurrency transactions. A shareholder of Homeier Law PC, he draws on over 20 years’ experience both at global law firms and as general counsel of a public company to advise his clients in selecting from the array of options now available for directly reaching investors over the internet, and in executing an effective and compliant raise. Within the crowdfunding and coin offering space, Charles represents companies seeking capital through Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Reg CF), and Title IV (Reg A+) of the JOBS Act. For companies already public or seeking to use JOBS Act crowdfunding as an entry to the public capital markets, he advises on registered and hybrid offerings, securities law reporting and compliance, corporate governance and global compliance. Also a member of Homeier Law PC’s industry-leading EB-5 group, he has assisted U.S. companies in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign direct investment. Charles earned both his J.D. and B.A. degrees at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California and serves on the editorial board of its International Law Journal.

Kevin Kim, Esq.
Corporate and Securities Partner
Geraci Law

 Kevin Kim is an experienced corporate and securities law attorney with Geraci Law Firm, dedicated to providing reliable and innovative legal solutions. Mr. Kim focuses his practice on real estate matters, focusing on private placements and other alternative investments for private lenders, real estate developers, and other real estate entrepreneurs. His work includes seeing that clients are compliant with the applicable securities laws, structuring strategic partnerships, and creating innovative solutions. Mr. Kim’s securities and corporate practice also includes preparing complex private and public securities offerings for alternative investment platforms for clients throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Kim has an extensive background in complex corporate transactions, private placement, and cross-border transactions. He has worked with major multi-national corporations, advising them on matters such as structuring strategic business acquisitions and private equity financing.

Mr. Kim is a passionate attorney who also understands his clients’ business needs and consistently seeks to find innovative solutions to further his clients’ businesses. Mr. Kim is also dedicated to providing effective legal service through effective communication with his clients. As an experienced transactions attorney, Mr. Kim understands the importance of traversing complex transactions and strives to develop innovative and strategic solutions while promoting his clients objectives.

Nima Korpivaara, Esq.
David Hirson and Partners, LLP

Nima is a Partner at David Hirson & Partners, LLP.  She handles all types of U.S. immigration, including complex matters associated with corporate business structure and EB-5 investor applications. Nima practices in the fields of corporate, investor (E-2 and EB-5) and family immigration law, representing large and small clients within a variety of industries. This includes temporary and short-term work visas, business visas, permanent residence (employment-based and family-based) and naturalization.

Nima is responsible for the Firm EB-5 practice, which involves advising individual investors and corporate clients on the requirements and ramifications of the USCIS EB-5 program. Nima is a nationally recognized expert in the field of EB-5 law, advising numerous regional centers, developers, and project principles on program compliance.

Prior to joining David Hirson & Partners, LLP, Nima worked with David Hirson at a previous firm, where he worked in the Firms EB-5 practice. Additionally, Nima worked in-house for a large information Technology Company, advising and processing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, including extraordinary ability and labor certification cases

James R. LaVigne, Esq.
Florida Bar Certified International Law
American Lawyers International, PLLC.

James R. LaVigne is an international lawyer and founder of the law firm of American Lawyers International, PLLC based in Orlando, Florida. Mr. LaVigne holds his first law degree from the University of Florida, as well as, a Master of Law Degree in International Law from the University of Notre Dame Law Center. He handles all aspects of international business law, immigration law, contracts, joint ventures, foreign investments in the United States and international tax advising. He has also served as the President of the British American Chamber of Commerce and also as a member of the Economic Development Commission of mid-Florida.

Mr. LaVigne is past chairman of the Orlando World Trade Association. He has had a number of articles published on international law, U.S. immigration law, and European Community law. He has also served as an adjunct professor of International Business for Webster University, Orlando Campuses, where he taught International Business, International law in Business, and Global Competition. Mr. LaVigne has served as an international business consultant for the Export Legal Assistance Network and the University of Central Florida, Small Business Development Center. 

Mr. LaVigne is currently admitted to practice in all the courts of Florida as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta and the United States Supreme Court. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 1972 with honors in both political science and public address and rhetoric and received his L.L.M. in International Law with honors from Notre Dame University London Law Center.

Mr. LaVigne is a past chairman of the Orange County Bar Association International Law Committee. Mr. LaVigne is a Florida Bar Board Certified International Lawyer (less than 45 lawyers of the 65,000 members of the Florida Bar are so certified) and served as Chairman of the Florida Bar International Law Certification Committee in 2010-2011. He continued as a committee member for 2012-2013. He is among Florida Super Lawyers in International Law for 2014.

Phuong Le, Esq.
David Hirson & Partners, LLP

 Phuong Le is a Partner with David Hirson & Partners, LLP’s dedicated EB-5 practice group. He draws upon an extensive background advising parties on all sides of EB-5 transactions, including Regional Centers, project developers, agents, and investors. Prior to joining the firm, he was in-house counsel for a large Southern California EB-5 Regional Center and real estate developer. There, he managed over 0 million in EB-5 financing and guided the company to several milestones, including approvals for their first 100 I-829 petitions.

His clients span the entire industry. He has successfully advised Regional Centers and businesses across the U.S. on over billion in EB-5 deals, including commercial real estate developments, multifamily apartment buildings, hotels, medical office buildings, and restaurant franchises.

Phuong works closely with businesses throughout the EB-5 financing process, including structuring debt/equity EB-5 offerings as part of a diversified capital stack, and coordinating complex review and structuring with securities attorneys, economists, business plan writers, and escrow banks.

He regularly consults businesses on forming and managing their own Regional Centers, including filing annual I-924A compliance reports and creating I-526 and I-829 templates to ensure Regional Centers and investors have consistent work product, including peer review of other attorneys’ EB-5 filings. He also lectures and trains other attorneys, migration agents, and professionals on EB-5 project structure and due diligence.

Phuong also oversees the firm’s Vietnamese practice group and hosts a weekly immigration TV special to serve the Vietnamese community in Orange County, CA. He regularly travels to Vietnam where he works closely with the firm’s business partners, agents, and investors. Finally, he also frequently shares his knowledge with the industry as a lecturer, author, and as co-counsel/peer review for other EB-5 attorneys.

Rob Lee
Elite EB-5 Solutions, LLC

Mr. Rob Lee has helped hundreds of EB-5 clients since May of 2010 and has utilized that experience to help clients structure a strong process management team to efficiently streamline the application process. Prior to EB-5, Mr. Lee began his career working for three of the major movie studios as he managed forecasting, reporting and analysis teams responsible for big-box retail accounts in the US and Canada.  He then worked as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for a mid-sized jewelry company with 16 locations and backed by private equity funds. Mr. Lee is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Economics and also received his MBA from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business.

Daniel B. Lundy, Esq.
Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP

Daniel B. Lundy is a Partner at Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, where he practices almost exclusively in the EB-5 Program area. Mr. Lundy leads the Regional Center/Developer Team and the Compliance Team of the firm’s EB-5 practice. Mr. Lundy represents established Regional Centers, clients applying for regional center designation, and developers wishing to access foreign investor capital through the EB-5 program. Mr. Lundy works with securities and real estate counsel, economists and business plan writers to help structure development deals to be EB-5 compliant. Mr. Lundy also represents EB-5 investors in their immigration petitions and applications. Mr. Lundy also has a broad background in immigration law.

Reza Rahbaran, Esq.
Principal Attorney
Rahbaran & Associates

Reza Rahbaran is the managing attorney at Rahbaran & Associates, PLLC. Reza’s main area of practice is business immigration under the EB-5 immigrant investor program & the related U.S. trade sanctions. He has advised regional centers on developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments in multiple industries, including the creation of new regional centers, existing regional centers as well as individual investors. He has implemented internal compliance practices for regional centers that address ongoing immigration & sanctions regulations. He also advises foreign nationals on immigration under the EB-5 regional center program with particular focus on countries that fall under U.S. trade sanctions regulations & currency restrictions. Reza has been featured regularly on television networks as an EB-5 & OFAC sanctions expert. In 2013, Reza was rated as a top 25 EB-5 immigration attorney by his peers. 

Reza studied Law in the United Kingdom and thereafter was admitted in 2002 to practice law in the State of New York and later Washington, D.C. Having immigrated to the United States himself, Reza’s international background better positions him to help immigrants undergoing the immigration process. Reza is committed to involving and educating the public about the opportunities offered by the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. He is also a faculty member of the District of Columbia bar association continuing legal education program where he speaks on EB-5 immigration matters.

Jay Rosen, Esq.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Jay M. Rosen focuses his practice in general corporate and securities law. He has represented both public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities and SEC disclosure, as well as corporate governance, debt and equity financing and general corporate matters. Jay’s practice also includes handling private offerings under the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. He serves as lead attorney on numerous projects from inception to closing, including contract negotiation and preparation.

Jay serves in the role as outside general counsel to various corporate clients, coordinating legal issues related to their day-to-day business operations. In addition, he has represented various clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions transactions, including drafting and negotiating complex stock and asset purchase agreements, operating agreements, letters of intent, due diligence documentation, non-competes, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements and related financing documentation.

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John Roth, Esq.

Dalmore Group, LLC

John Roth is the only EB-5 immigration attorney licensed to provide financial advice. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance as well as a Series 7 securities license.

Osvaldo Torres, Esq.
Torres Law Firm

Osvaldo F. Torres, Esq. is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Penn Law Forum. For the entirety of his professional career Mr. Torres has focused on assisting clients negotiate and effect complex corporate transactions, including securities offerings (both public and private), mergers and acquisitions and other sophisticated deals.

In the international arena, Mr. Torres has worked on hundreds of agreements involving clients or projects in countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, including in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Aruba.  Such agreements have included joint venture agreements, production agreements, affiliation agreements, licensing agreements, cable operator agreements, transmission agreements and manufacturing agreements.

For the past six years, Mr. Torres has been immersed in EB-5, where his rich experience in complex legal matters has allowed him to successfully represent regional centers and projects with their corporate structuring and securities offerings matters. Mr. Torres has worked on numerous EB-5 offerings, including those involving hotel development, multi-family residential construction, senior independent living complexes, healthcare and medical device companies, restaurants and franchises.


Mr. Torres frequently speaks at EB-5 conferences on securities issues and other aspects of the EB-5 practice and is a member of the EB-5 SEC Roundtable. He also serves on IIUSA’s President’s Advisory Council and its Compliance, Public Policy and Editorial Committees, the Steering Committee for the EB-5 Investment Coalition, is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and ranked a Top 15 EB-5 Securities Attorney by EB-5 Investors Magazine. In addition, Torres Law has been selected as a Medallion Partner by NES Financial.

Prior to founding Torres Law, Mr. Torres worked as a corporate and securities attorney at several large and prestigious firms, including Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York City and Greenberg Traurig in Miami. He has also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Telemundo Group, the Spanish-language television network, and for HBO Latin America Group, the premiere cable programmer in Latin America.

Mr. Torres considers himself, above all, a deal lawyer and his principal goal is to see deals successfully close, especially in the seemingly ever-evolving EB-5 space. For that reason, one of the most rewarding aspects of being an EB-5 securities attorney is helping clients navigate the often confusing and complex EB-5 regulatory maze.

To date, Mr. Torres has counseled on EB-5 and other offerings for projects valued in excess of billion.

Min Wu
Vice President – US Sales
CanAm Investor Services

Min Wu is a Vice President of U.S. sales at CanAm Investor Services, the broker dealer arm of CanAm Enterprises. Mrs. Wu has worked with hundreds of EB-5 investors from all over the globe advising them on the EB5 investment process. She has more than 8 years’ experiences working as financial analyst and institutional sales manager on Wall Street. Most recently, Mrs. Wu was Director of Investor Relation at a New York based boutique advisory firm focusing on investor outreach and strategic communication for publicly traded companies in the pharmaceutical and financial technology industry.

Mrs. Wu is a Charted Financial Analyst and holds the FINRA Series 7, and 63 license. She graduated with a masters degree in financial manager in the U.S. and earned her bachelors degree in accounting & taxation in China. 

Oliver Yang, Esq.

Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

Fankai (Oliver) Yang is an Associate in the Firm’s Philadelphia office and a member of the Firm’s EB-5 practice. As a member of the EB-5 team, Oliver is involved in various stages throughout the EB-5 process, including the preparation and filing of I-526 Petitions, filing a response for request for evidence and preparing clients for consular processing interviews.

Oliver is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker and uses his language skills and knowledge of Chinese culture to help Chinese investors prepare and file I-526 petitions, both through the regional center investments and individual investment opportunities. In addition to helping Chinese investors, Oliver has prepared and filed I-526 petitions for EB-5 investors from Taiwan, Canada, Singapore, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.

Oliver received his LL.B. from Renmin University of China Law School, where he served as the captain of the law school debate team. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Extramural Moot Court team and served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Law & Politics.

Prior to joining the Firm, Oliver practiced consumer bankruptcy and commercial litigation with a law firm in Maryland, and previously interned for a U.S. bankruptcy judge and a Virginia House of Delegates member. Oliver also worked for a large Chinese law firm as a summer associate of the firm’s International Trade Department while he was attending law school in China.

Oliver is admitted to practice in Maryland and New Jersey.


Registration fees are per person and prices are the same at either location.

Attend Full Conference:

  • Individual $675
  • Group $649
  • Government employee $549

Attend for Just One Day (Choose either Day 1 or Day 2):

  • Individual $425
  • Group $399
  • Government employee $375

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Printed Handout (will include both days) $25
  • Evening Reception (Day One only) $40

If you cannot attend live and are interested in purchasing the audio package or the handout materials only, please click here

Hotel Information:

October 4-5, 2018 Los Angeles Attendees: A special rate of $199 per night has been negotiated with our venue, the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown (recently renovated). Please use this link or call (800) 222-TREE (mention “Pincus Room Rate”) to make your reservations by September 12th.

Dates TBA Fort Lauderdale Attendees: A special rate of $209 per night has been negotiated with our venue, the reservation link and code will be provided closer to the seminar date.

Program materials:

Like most conference providers, we’ve gone green.  Registration fees include an electronic copy of your handbook emailed one week in advance of the program.

If you prefer, you may order a hard copy of the handout to be provided the day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.


REMINDER: We do not recommend making non-refundable travel arrangements in case a program is cancelled due to an emergency. We are not responsible for non-refundable travel/hotel expenses.

CLE Credits


Both Days/Full Program: This entire program is approved for 12.5 units of general CLE in California.

Day 1: The day one session of this program is approved for 6.5 units of general CLE in California.

Day 2: The day two session of this program is approved for 6.0 units of general CLE in California.

CA Certified Legal Specialist: This entire program is approved for 12.5 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California in Immigration & Nationality Law as follows:

  • Day 1: The day one session of this program is approved for 6.5 units.
  • Day 2: The day two session of this program is approved for 6.0 units.


Both Days/Full Program: An application is pending for 14.0 general CLE units in Florida. Please check back soon.

Day 1: An application is pending for general CLE in Florida. Please check back soon.

Day 2: An application is pending for general CLE in Florida. Please check back soon.
FL Board Certified: An application is pending for Florida Board Certified Units. Please check back soon.

New Jersey & New York:

NJ General and NY General CLE: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New Jersey & New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy, for:

Both Days/Full Program: The full, two-day LIVE program is approved for 12.5 units of general CLE in New York & New Jersey.

Day 1: The LIVE day one session of this program is approved for 6.5 units of general CLE in New York & New Jersey.

Day 2: The LIVE day two session of this program is approved for 6.0 units of general CLE in New York & New Jersey.

Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is an approved jurisdiction in NJ and NY. See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information or Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

Terms & Refund Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.

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Los Angeles, CA | October 4 & 5, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, FL | TBA 2019


Evening Reception

Printed Materials

[ All attendees receive a pdf of the materials one week prior to the program. To purchase a printed hard copy, please select this option to order it now. ]

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