EB5 Investors Magazine is pleased to announce the Top 15 Corporate Attorneys of 2023. To be eligible, distinguished attorneys needed to primarily draft offering documents for EB-5 financing.
For more information or to contact any of these professionals, we invite you to view their listings at www.EB5Investors.com/directories.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Shae Armstrong is partner in the Dallas, Texas office of Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings, LLP. His practice focuses on project finance with an emphasis on EB-5 financings. He has represented sponsors in over $5 billion in EB-5 involved projects. Armstrong has advised U.S. House and Senate offices, committees of the U.S. Congress, and policy and industry trade groups on EB-5 regulations. His work has been cited in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, The Hill, The Real Deal, EB5 Investors Magazine, and Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists.
Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
Jonathan Bloch guides real estate developers through the challenges of raising capital. From identifying development prospects to securing EB-5 and mezzanine financing to finding foreign investment opportunities, he is skilled at navigating complicated situations. Bloch also handles all aspects of the purchase and sale of high-end real estate transactions, including for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. With the utmost discretion, he provides diligent, solution-oriented counsel to ensure real estate transactions close smoothly. He represents buyers and sellers of some of the largest ultra-high-end residential properties across southern California.
Jim Butler chairs JMBM's Global Hospitality Group, which provides business and legal advice to hotel owners, developers and commercial real estate investors. His team has provided clients with global business and legal advice on more than 4,600 hotels worth more than $125 billion. This advice includes both traditional and specialty financing like C-PACE and EB-5. JMBM's team has closed more than $1.5 billion of EB-5 funding, and often helps clients source financing. Butler serves on the Public Policy Committee of the IIUSA, and since 2015, he has been named one of the Top 25 EB-5 lawyers in the country.
Carrasquillo Law Group
Rogelio "Roy" Carrasquillo is the managing shareholder of Carrasquillo Law Group and chair of its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Services and Compliance and Securities practices. He has been providing strategic guidance and advice to clients in a variety of complex and sophisticated legal transactions for over 20 years. Carrasquillo represents public and private clients using EB-5 as a source of capital, filing for EB-5 Regional Center designation, investors evaluating their options at the redeployment stage, as well as developers seeking to raise capital using the EB-5 program. He is experienced with public-private partnership projects using EB-5 funds, Opportunity Zones and Tax Credits. He graduated from Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is admitted to practice in New York and Puerto Rico.
William Cornelius is an attorney at Torres Law, P.A., specializing in corporate and securities law matters. He has extensive transactional law experience and has helped clients navigate complex corporate and securities transactions, including hotel, multi-family, senior living, franchising and other development projects. Over the past nine years, Cornelius has been actively engaged in the EB-5 arena, representing regional centers, projects and issuers through the corporate structuring, migration broker and offering processes to maximize marketability, compliance and funding success. Cornelius is also a frequent author on EB-5 matters and serves as a member of IIUSA’s Editorial Committee.
Robert C. Divine chairs the immigration group of Baker Donelson with offices in 24 U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C. He served from 2004 through 2006 as the chief counsel and, for a time, the acting director of USCIS. Divine is the author of “Immigration Practice,” a 1,600-page practical treatise on all aspects of U.S. immigration law. He served for seven years as a vice president of IIUSA, an industry association for EB-5 regional centers. He represents EB-5 developers, regional centers and individual foreign investors, balances immigration and securities considerations, and litigates when necessary.
Ronald R. Fieldstone, chair and partner of Saul Ewing LLP’s Global Immigration and Foreign Investment Practice, routinely serves as corporate/securities/real estate counsel in EB-5 immigrant investor offerings for an array of industries. Both developers and regional centers rely on his advice in these deals, resulting in his track record of handling more than 500 EB-5 projects with a combined capital raise in excess of $8 billion. He is chair of the firm's Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds Practice. Fieldstone received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Catherine DeBono Holmes
Catherine DeBono Holmes is the chair of JMBM’s Investment Capital Law Group, and she has practiced law at JMBM for over 40 years. She helps real estate developers and business owners, brokers, investment advisers and investment managers raise and manage investment capital from U.S. and non-U.S. investors. She has represented hundreds of EB-5 offering sponsors and real estate developers to obtain financing through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program for the development of hotels, multi-family, assisted living and mixed use developments throughout the U.S. She also represents private investment fund managers, registered securities broker-dealers and investment advisers on securities offerings, business transactions and regulatory compliance issues. For the last five years, she has been named as one of the Top 25 attorneys by EB5 Investors Magazine.
Rohit Kapuria, an attorney at Saul Ewing LLP, regularly represents EB-5 lenders, borrowers, banks, regional centers, real estate developers and migration brokers. Kapuria’s practice is a dual hybrid of corporate securities and EB-5 immigration law. He has worked on over 500 EB-5 transactions, with a combined capital development cost in excess of $7.5 billion. Kapuria currently represents close to 25% of the Indian born EB-5 investor market. He is also very active in Opportunity Zones, representing clients around the U.S. in such transactions. Kapuria can speak several languages and is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Hausa.
Andrew Kingston is a principal with Kingston Petersen, PLLC. Kingston has acted as EB-5 securities and corporate counsel since 2009. He served as general counsel to private and publicly traded companies, and was a founding partner of NNDKP, one of the largest law firms in Southeastern Europe. He taught Corporate Finance in Emerging Markets at Cornell Law School and was law clerk to Harold M. Fong, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Hawaii. He received his BA from University of Virginia and his JD from Harvard Law School. Kingston is a member of the Washington State Bar.
Debbie Klis has substantial investment fund, securities and capital markets experience with a particular emphasis on private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, EB-5 funds, QOZ funds and large master-feeder structures. Klis has worked with sponsors on SPAC IPOs and related de-SPAC transactions since 2008. Her EB-5 experience dates back to 2007 and involves representing real estate developers, project sponsors and regional center owners from coast to coast on projects involving casinos, hotels, resorts, mixed-use commercial, mixed-use residential (including some with LIHTC), construction of single-family homes, condominiums, manufacturing facilities, shipping, historic renovations with tax credits, and more.
Burr & Forman
Jennifer Moseley is a corporate and securities partner at Burr & Forman LLP in Atlanta, and advises small start-ups to large, public companies in an array of transactions and capital raising activities. She enjoys assisting her clients in her role as counselor to start-up and developmental stage companies. Moseley was introduced to EB-5 in early 2008 and addressed securities law implications in EB-5 during the “early years” when securities law was not at the forefront of EB-5 related discussions. She continues to help clients navigate the intricacies of securities laws with practical solutions to meet their goals.
David A. Sudeck is a senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group and JMBM's Real Estate Department. His practice primarily involves the complex issues associated with hotels, resorts, vacation ownership properties, restaurants, golf courses and spas. He represents owners in the purchase and sale, development, construction, financing, leasing, and sale-leaseback of properties, and advises them on their branding and management agreements, including hotel management and franchise agreements. He has helped hotel developers source over $1 billion of EB-5 financing. He has significant experience in real estate finance and represents several financial institutions and EB-5 lenders as a special counsel to their hospitality interests.
John Tishler is a partner at global law firm Sheppard Mullin, where he is co-practice group leader of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group and leads the firm’s EB-5 Project Finance team. Tishler’s practice includes corporate governance, capital markets, corporate finance, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and technology. Tishler’s clients include EB-5 fund managers, developers, regional centers, and other EB-5 intermediaries. His projects have included nationally recognized hotels, entertainment facilities, energy, mixed use, and residential developments. Tishler was the co-editor and co-author of The EB-5 Handbook: A Guide for Investors and Developers (2014). He is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School.
Osvaldo F. Torres graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School in 1987. During his 35-year career, Torres has helped clients navigate complex corporate and securities transactions. For more than a decade, Torres has been immersed in the EB-5 space. He regularly represents regional centers, developers and issuers with offering, loan and redeployment matters for hotel, multi-family, senior living, franchising and other projects. Torres is frequently invited to speak at EB-5 conferences on securities issues. He is a member of the EB-5 SEC Roundtable, serves on IIUSA’s Leadership, Public Policy and Editorial Committees, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.