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2015 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference

January 2015 | Las Vegas, NV
2015 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference

More than 400 attendees crowded into the Encore Resort’s ballrooms for the 2nd Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, hosted by EB5investors.com and EB5 Investors Magazine on January 17, 2015. The conference welcomed Keynote Speakers Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO 2nd District), in addition to many speakers and sponsors. The sequel to last year’s impressive event, the 2015 conference produced another sold-out crowd for the one-day gathering of regional center representatives, attorneys, and developers.

The conference kicked off with a breakfast keynote address by Senator Rand Paul. The senator discussed his enthusiasm and support for the EB-5 program, as well as his commitment to improving it through legislation. He also emphasized the increasing need for programs like EB-5 to inject much-needed money into the American economy.

After Senator Paul’s speech and breakfast concluded, the dual track panels began. The panels were split into beginner and advanced tracks, offering those with all levels of EB-5 knowledge an opportunity to learn something new. Some of the moderators for the first round of panels included Mona Shah from Mona Shah & Associates, Kate Kalmykov from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Jim Butler from Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP. These first panels touched on topics ranging from the basic, like “Introduction to Raising EB-5 Capital,” to the more advanced, like “Heightening Due Diligence in the EB-5 Program.” The moderators and panelists offered their keen insight and unique perspectives to a wide variety of attendees. They also offered Q&A sessions at the end of their discussions.

As lunchtime rolled around, the main ballroom was once again packed full for Congressman Jared Polis’ keynote address. Congressman Polis emphasized the need for the program to be made permanent through legislation. He argued that EB-5-related legislation should expand the program rather than hinder it. The congressman also spoke about minimizing potential fraud through increased funding and transparency.

2015 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference

After lunch, there were still 6 panels left. Moderators for these panels included among others, David Hirson from David Hirson & Partners, LLP, Jeff Campion from Pathways, and Bernard Wolfsdorf from Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP. While the beginner panels touched on topics like “Structuring EB-5 Projects for Immigration, Financial, and Market Success,” and “Traditional Financing vs. EB-5,” the advanced panels discussed more prominent EB-5 issues like, “Assessing the Impact of an EB-5 Backlog on the Chinese Market and Project Funding,” and “Analyzing Possible 2015 Legislative Changes Impacting the EB-5 Program,” with Congressman Polis and EB5 Investor’s Ali Jahangiri. The latter panel allowed Congressman Polis to interact directly with attendees and address their individual concern and questions.

Breaks between panels allowed ample time for attendees to network, display their promotional materials, and build valuable industry connections. However, the cocktail reception after the conclusion of the panels was where the real networking began. The reception brought the entire attendance together for an unparalleled networking opportunity. Attendees had the opportunity to meet panelists and sponsors, building relationships that will only strengthen the EB-5 industry.

Attendees remarked that the conference was an even greater success than last year’s Las Vegas conference, but it was really because of their support for the program that the conference was possible. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s Las Vegas Conference, don’t worry; there will be another Las Vegas EB-5 Conference next year in addition to the 2015 Los Angeles Conference coming this July!

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Conference Itinerary

All events were hosted at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – EARLY REGISTRATION (ALL ATTENDEES) – Location: S. Mezzanine Foyer

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – EB-5 ATTORNEY WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS: I-526 PETITION FILING (Attorneys with 2 day passes only) – Location: Park Room

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Break for Workshop Participants

2:15 PM – 4:15 PM – EB-5 ATTORNEY WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS: I-829 PETITION FILING (Attorneys with 2 day passes only)


  • Sponsored by CMB Regional Centers (Invite-Only)

Monday, August 3, 2015

6:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Sponsor Set Up – Location: CA Lounge

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM – Attendee Registration – Location: CA Lounge

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM – BREAKFAST AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Breakfast Provided)

Location: Los Angeles Room

  • Welcome: Ali Jahangiri, EB5 Investors Magazine
  • Welcome: Zhongjun Ma, Shenzhen Immigration and Overseas Study Intermediary Association
  • Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s Keynote Address

8:50 AM – 9:10 AM – Break

9:10AM – 10:10AM – PANEL 1A & 1B


Location: Santa Monica Room

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Analysis of current legislation, Potential industry effects, and Program advocacy

  • Charles Foster, Foster LLP
  • Enrique Gonzalez, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
  • Jeffery DeBoer, The Real Estate Roundtable
  • Moderated By: Laura Reiff, Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Location: Beverly Hills Room

EB-5 Financing Basics: EB-5 program outline, Underwriting criteria, Developing an EB-5 business plan, Working with senior/bridge lenders, Escrow and fund administration

  • Francisco Turner, Banc of California
  • Phil Cohen, Strategic Element Consulting
  • Reid Thomas, NES Financial
  • Moderated By: Ignacio Donoso, I.A. Donoso & Associates, LLC

10:10 AM – 10:20 AM – Break

10:20 AM – 11:20 AM – PANEL 2A & 2B


Location: Santa Monica Room

Investing Cash from Loan Proceeds: Indebtedness, “Cash is Cash”, RFE’s and NOIDs

  • Ira Kurzban, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt
  • Ron Klasko, Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP
  • Susan Pilcher, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
  • Moderated By: Kate Kalmykov, Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Location: Beverly Hills Room

EB-5 Deal Structures: Forming a Regional Center, Regional center partnerships, and Direct EB-5; Impacts on projects and EB-5 investors

  • Aaron Goforth, Wright Johnson
  • Belma Chinchoy, EB5 Plus Immigration Law
  • Osvaldo Torres, Torres Law, P.A
  • William Martines, One Lily Pad
  • Moderated By: Nima Korpivaara, David Hirson & Partners, LLP

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM – Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – PANEL 3A & 3B


Location: Santa Monica Room

EB-5 Securities Roundtable: Recent SEC investigations, Best practices for regional centers, and FINRA licenses

  • Clem Turner, Homeier & Law, P.C.
  • John Tishler, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Trevor Saliba, NMS Capital
  • Moderated By: Brandon Meyer, Meyer Law Group


Location: Beverly Hills Room

Documents and Due Diligence Beyond the Regional Center Partnership: Regional center due diligence on the developer, Understanding operating agreements and inter-creditor agreements, and Immigration compliance considerations

  • Michael Gibson, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Pat Hogan, CMB Regional Centers
  • Robert Kraft, FirstPathway Partners, LLC
  • Moderated By: Robert Divine, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – LUNCH (Lunch Provided)

Location: Los Angeles Room

  • Immigration & EB-5 Reform Address: Austin Fragomen, Jr.
  • Introduction: Tom Rosenfeld, CanAm Enterprises, LLC
  • Governor Edward Rendell’s Address

1:40 PM – 2:40 PM – PANEL 4A & 4B


Location: Santa Monica Room

EB-5 Investment Capital Outside of China: Country specific issues, Source of funds disparities, and Consular processing

  • Jinhee Wilde, Wilde & Associates LLC
  • Parisa Karaahmet, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
  • Wilka Toppins, Toppins Law Firm
  • Moderated By: Edward Beshara, Beshara Professional Association


Location: Beverly Hills Room

EB-5 Success in Public Private Partnership Models

  • Dan Healy, Civitas Capital Group
  • John Grady, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)
  • Tom Rosenfeld, CanAm Enterprises, LLC
  • Moderated By: David Hirson, David Hirson & Partners, LLP

2:40 PM – 2:50 PM – Break

2:50 PM – 3:50 PM – PANEL 5A & 5B


Location: Santa Monica Room

EB-5 Trends in China: Retrogression, Restrictions on source of funds, and Consular processing issues

  • David Morris, Visa Law Group
  • Echo King, King Law Center
  • George Ekins, American Dream Fund, Inc.
  • Joanna Lin Cui, Shanghai Eternal Investment Consulting Co., Ltd
  • Moderated By: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP


Location: Beverly Hills Room

Welcome to the Hotel California: EB-5 financing in hotel projects, and Specific challenges to the hotel industry

  • Jeffrey Deitrich, Silverstein Properties
  • Kevin Daniels, Daniels Real Estate, LLC
  • Mona Shah, Mona Shah & Associates
  • Rohit Kapuria, Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP
  • Moderated By: Jim Butler, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM – Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – PANEL 6A & 6B


Location: Santa Monica Room (Live translation provided)

Migration Agent Roundtable: Discussion of current market trends in China, Project due diligence, and Successful agent-project partnerships

  • David Chaohui Chen, Visas Consulting Group
  • Edwin Yanwu Shieh, Shenzhen ADH Migration and Education Services Co., Ltd
  • Kent Shaohuai Qiu, Guangzhou M.C.D. Consultants Co., Ltd
  • Larry Limin Wang, Well Trend United Inc.
  • Peter Shoulong Zeng, Wuhan Personal Exit & Entry Intermediary Association
  • Moderated By: Winnie Ng, David Hirson & Partners, LLP


Location: Beverly Hills Room

The Economics of EB-5 Job Creation: Job models, TEA formation, and creating jobs for America

  • Kevin Wright, Wright Johnson
  • Michael Kester, Impact DataSource
  • Elliot Winer, Northeast Economic Analysis Group
  • Moderated By: Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff P. A.

5:00 – 6:00 PM – POST-CONFERENCE COCKTAIL RECEPTION – Location: Circle Lawn

  • Sponsored by David Hirson & Partners, LLP


  • Hosted by CanAm Enterprises, LLC (Invite-Only)
  • Aaron Goforth
    Baker Tilly Capital LLC
  • Angelique Brunner
    EB5 Capital
  • Bernard Wolfsdorf
    WR Immigration
  • Bill Stenger
  • Charles Foster
    Foster LLP
  • Clem Turner
    Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP
  • Cynthia Lange
  • Daniel B. Lundy
    Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP
  • David Hirson
    Hirson EB-5 Strategies & Compliance, LLC
  • David Morris
    Visa Law Group
  • Dawn Lurie
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Enrique Gonzalez
    Fragomen Worldwide
  • Francisco Turner
    Banc of California
  • Henry Liebman
    American Life Inc.
  • Jeff Campion
    Pathways EB-5
  • Jeffrey Carr
    Economic & Policy Resources Inc (EPR)
  • Jenny Thorvaldson
  • Jim Butler
    Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
  • Jinhee Wilde
    Wilde & Associates LLC
  • John Tishler
    Sheppard Mullin
  • Jonathan Bloch
  • Kate Kalmykov
    Greenberg Traurig
  • Kevin Wright
    Baker Tilly Capital LLC
  • Kraig A. Schwigen
    American Lending Center
  • Laura Reiff
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Lauren Cohen
    e-Council Inc.
  • Lincoln Stone
    Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
  • Michael Gibson
    Bass Berry & Sims PLC
  • Michael Homeier
    Law Office of Michael G. Homeier PC
  • Mona Shah
    Mona Shah & Associates Global
  • Nima Korpivaara
  • Osvaldo Torres
    Torres Law
  • Rafael Anchia
    Civitas Capital Group
  • Reid Thomas
    JTC Americas
  • Ronald Fieldstone
    Saul Ewing LLP
  • Tom Rosenfeld