Danielle Katzir is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Danielle Katzir from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP!

Danielle will be speaking for us at our upcoming EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference in Los Angeles on October 4th and 5th! She was on the faculty for our 2013 and 2015 EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference, where the attendees loved her excellent presentation and good information. Welcome back, Danielle!

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 $1 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.

Jessica DeNisi is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Jessica DeNisi from Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP!

Jessica will be speaking for us at our upcoming EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference in Los Angeles on October 4th and 5th! This is Jessica’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for her presentation!

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.

Brian Aryai is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Brian Aryai from Icon Compliance Services, LLC!

Brian will be speaking for us at our upcoming EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference in California on October 4th and 5th! This is Brian’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for his presentation!

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 $3 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”).

David Appel is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is David Appel from Marcum LLP!

David will be speaking for us at our upcoming EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference in Los Angeles on October 4th and 5th! This will be David’s fourth year teaching for us – having previously been on the faculty panel for our 2015 seminars held in California and Florida on EB-5 Investor Based Immigration. Past seminar attendees appreciated his helpful materials and informative presentation. Welcome back, David!

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.

Eric Rapkin is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Eric Rapkin from Akerman LLP!

Eric will be speaking for us at our upcoming An Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Big Four in Fort Lauderdale on September 28! This is Eric’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for his presentation!

Eric Rapkin serves as managing partner of Akerman’s Fort Lauderdale office. A consummate dealmaker, his practice focuses on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including the leasing, acquisition, disposition, and financing of office towers, shopping centers, industrial properties, hotels, and medical office buildings for top developers, institutional investors, and investment funds.

Recognized by Chambers USA as “a very knowledgeable resource on leasing transactions,” as well as noting that “he approaches things from a business perspective,” Eric has finalized deals for many millions of square feet of office, retail, industrial, and mixed-use projects. He is well versed in build-to-suit projects, possessing a detailed knowledge of the complex construction provisions that are central to these deals. Eric is also experienced in office tower acquisitions and dispositions and major public-private partnership transactions.

Eric has served in numerous leaderships roles in the real estate sector, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Helene Gray is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Helene Gray from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC!

Helene will be speaking for us at our upcoming An Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Big Four in Fort Lauderdale on September 28! This is Helene’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for her presentation!

Helene J. Gray is an associate in the Banking and Finance and Real Estate section of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Prior to joining the firm, Helene served as in-house counsel for one of the largest title insurance companies, where she underwrote and advised on national commercial transactions. She also has experience representing financial institutions and commercial mortgage-backed servicers in all areas of commercial lending, including, loan originations and dispositions, restructurings, leasing, foreclosures, and dispositions of assets. Throughout her career, she has handled commercial real estate and finance transactions as well as structure, document, and advise on condominium and homeowners’ association issues.

Neil Narut is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Neil Narut from Proper Title!

Neil will be speaking for us at our upcoming An Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Big Four in Chicago on September 14th! This is Neil’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for his presentation!

Since being admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1997, Neil F. Narut has provided over twenty years of quality representation in real estate and title insurance matters to Illinois and Wisconsin consumers, national lenders and national title insurance companies. In private practice, Neil represented clients in residential and commercial real estate transactions while also litigating real estate disputes and mechanic’s liens claims. In 2008, he joined a multi-state mortgage default firm as the Managing Attorney of its newly opened Chicago-Loop office and provided counsel in title curative and REO transactions for national lenders and servicers. Counsel in title matters eventually extended into Wisconsin, and in 2013, Neil was recruited away from private practice by the North Suburban Commercial Division of the Chicago Title Insurance Company as an Area Underwriter where he was soon thereafter selected to the Fidelity National Financial Underwriting Leadership Program in Jacksonville, FL. In 2018, Neil returned to the Loop when he joined Proper Title as its Senior Underwriting Counsel. Neil frequently speaks at continuing legal education courses both nationally and throughout Chicagoland on a variety of real estate-related topics. A graduate of the John Marshall Law School and Loyola University of Chicago, Neil resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with his family.

Henry Krasnow is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Henry Krasnow from Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP!

Henry will be speaking for us at our upcoming An Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Big Four in Chicago on September 14. This is Henry’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for his presentation!

For over 50 years Henry C. Krasnow has worked with entrepreneurial family and privately-held businesses to develop strategies to solve their business/legal problems by focusing on the risks, costs and impact on profitability of the available alternatives.

Henry’s broad range of experience includes representations involving minority shareholder rights, governance structures, succession planning and shareowner disputes, real estate development, leasing, sales and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses, banking transactions, employment disputes and discrimination claims, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition), civil trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation of business disputes, and debt restructuring.

Jason Doran is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Jason Doran from Momkus McCluskey LLC!

Jason will be speaking for us at our upcoming An Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Big Four in Chicago on September 14. This is Jason’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for his presentation!

A partner with Momkus McCluskey LLC, Jason’s practice is concentrated in estate planning and estate administration, commercial and residential real estate, including “work outs” (forbearance, foreclosure, short sale, and deed-in-lieu agreements)), business transactions, and general representation of business entities and their principals. In the beginning of his career Jason was a litigator with Dickson and Hasenbalg in Aurora, Illinois, and he brings that experience as an invaluable tool in assisting his clients in his current practice.

Jason is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois and a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. Jason earned his Juris Doctor Cum Laude in 2001 from Northern Illinois University and finished first in his class in the sequence of business courses.
Jason was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois in 2001. In January 2002, he was admitted to practice in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois and in 2010 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Kathryn Arnold is our Latest Featured Speaker!


Our latest featured speaker is Kathryn Arnold from Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP!

Kathryn Arnold will be speaking for us at our upcoming An Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Big Four seminar. This is Kathryn’s first year speaking with us, and we can’t wait for her presentation!

Kathryn is chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice which encompasses more than 65 attorneys across all of Taft’s offices and was twice named the “Best of the Best” by Midwest Real Estate News Magazine and is also ranked National Tier 1 in Real Estate Law by U.S. News/Best Lawyers.

Kathryn also heads the firm’s Condominium practice group which handles all aspects of condominium law, from development to working with homeowner’s associations and de-conversions.

For over 25 years Kathryn has played a key role in shaping the landscape of many of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods and business communities, through her wide-ranging real estate practice. She focuses in the areas of real estate development, commercial and residential condominium development and conversion, leasing, mixed-use projects, restaurants, mixed-use high-rise development, vertical subdivisions and separations, and commercial financing (lender and borrower representation). In the red-hot Chicago rental market, a recent focus of Kathryn’s practice has been condominium de-conversions. She has recently been lead counsel on several large condominium de-conversion projects.

Her experience in real estate matters also includes the negotiation of lease agreements, the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, and negotiation of financing documentation for financial institutions and businesses, including representation of securitized lenders. She also serves as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys with respect to Illinois law matters.

Kathryn is a regular invited presenter at seminars, addressing industry professionals on topics relating to real estate and condominium development and conversion. Kathryn has also drafted and consulted on new legislation and local ordinances regarding condominium law and administration. Kathryn is active with the Chicago Bar Association and served as Chair of its Condominium Subcommittee from 2002 through 2008. She speaks for the National Business Institute at Condominium Law seminars. Additionally, she is a guest lecturer at Kellogg School of Management and Illinois Institute of Technology. Kathryn has been inducted to the Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2017 and 2018.