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2015 Shenzhen Private EB-5 Delegation

October 2015 | Shenzhen, China

4th Session of the U.S. Investment Immigration Forum (USIIF) – Exclusive Chinese Delegation

Co-Hosted by EB5 Investors Magazine

October 15 – 17, 2015

Shenzhen Ritz-Carlton Hotel – Shenzhen, China

The 2015 USIIF Shenzhen Private Delegation, in collaboration with EB5 Investors Magazine, was a premier international gathering for U.S. and Chinese EB-5 stakeholders. The three-day event took place at the stately Ritz-Carlton in Shenzhen, China on Oct. 15–17, 2015. Attendees built valuable EB-5 industry connections over the course of the conference, and had access to policy updates and technical industry information presented by experienced EB-5 professionals.

The event enjoyed strong U.S. political support, with U.S. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO-2nd) providing a Welcome Address via a live video stream. Concurrently, the conference served as a forum for Chinese migration agents to personally meet with a select group of U.S. EB-5 delegates to discuss their projects and services.

The event kicked off on Oct. 15 with a full day touring various migration agent offices. Participants from each U.S. company in attendance spent the day visiting three local Shenzhen migration agencies. Each agency gave a brief presentation on their business focus and EB-5 practice, along with an industry update and tour of its offices. Following the agency tours, attendees participated in an EB-5 networking function at an evening cocktail reception, held at the Ritz-Carlton’s poolside rooftop oasis.

The conference itself began on the morning of Friday, Oct. 16, with Congressman Polis’ Welcome Address, specially recorded for the USIIF audience and broadcast over breakfast. Following this speech, speaker Charles Foster of Foster LLP provided an update to attendees on potential EB-5 policy changes, as well as an annotation of the events that had led to the Sept. 30 temporary extension of the Regional Center program. For the remainder of the day, attendees benefitted from educational panels, with time set aside for each U.S. project to present directly to migration agents.

Networking sessions throughout the day allowed attendees to mingle, and all participants were invited to a Welcome Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen on Friday evening.

The momentum continued on Saturday morning, with several members of established Chinese migration agencies arriving for the conference’s second day. David Hirson of David Hirson & Partners LLP delivered a morning address discussing the possibility for reform – and what reforms stakeholders might expect to see in possible legislation – prior to December 11. In addition to the project exhibition hall, migration agencies in attendance had the opportunity to join educational panels such as a two-part project underwriting workshop, securities law panel and an immigration law panel focusing on the effects of retrogression on Chinese born EB-5 visa applicants.

U.S. projects, regional centers, attorneys, and service providers can continue to build connections with our foreign partners at the upcoming 2016 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, hosted by EB5 Investors Magazine on Jan. 16, 2016. Over 100 migration agent principals have been invited to attend the event as guests of EB5 Investors Magazine, and we look forward to welcoming a strong presence from our international partners.

We would like to thank the many project and service provider sponsors of the 2014 USIIF Shenzhen Private Delegation, without whom the intimate but successful networking event wouldn’t have been made possible.

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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)