EB-5 Industry Forum is Just Two Weeks Away!

09.26.16 | Archived


IIUSA cordially invites you to join over 400 of your industry peers at the 6th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum from October 10-11, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. Attended by international investment and economic development professionals from around the world, the EB-5 Industry Forum will feature panels on legislative and regulatory activities that will shape the future of the EB-5 Program.

Here’s are just a few reasons why you should purchase your tickets today to join us in LA for next month’s conference:

  • A jam-packed two-day schedule including seminars on due diligence, securities law, project marketing, capital redeployment, legislation, visa capacity and program integrity. View full schedule here.
  • Guest of honor speakers from the federal government, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) and Department of State Visa Office.
  • Bevy of networking opportunities with a large cross-section of 400+ EB-5 industry stakeholders. Two lunches, multiple networking breaks and an evening reception will give you the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

**Please note that Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits are available!**

Purchase your tickets now and save $100 (regular rate of $750/member and $999/nonmember is valid through 9/30) 

Learn more at iiusa.org/la2016 or contact Allen Wolff, allen.wolff@iiusa.org or call 202-795-9669.Buy Tickets

Book Your Hotel Room by This Friday 9/30 for Group Pricing!

W HotelYou still have time to take advantage of the special group rate of $299 per night at the W Los Angeles -West Beverly Hills , a ten-minute walk from the conference venue. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the hotel.

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Guest of Honor Speakers


Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Investor Program Office (IPO) – Julia Harrison was named Deputy Chief of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office in July 2014. With more than 20 years of experience with INS and USCIS, Ms. Harrison brings a wealth of program and operational experience to IPO. Most recently she served for four years as the Chief, Operations Division within the USCIS Field Operations Directorate. There, she led four branches in developing and implementing national policy, operational guidance, and training in many areas of immigration law including citizenship, family based immigration, national security, fraud detection and international adoption. Ms. Harrison previously served USCIS in many other capacities, including as the Field Office Director in Seattle, Washington for seven years, and prior to that, as a Supervisory Port Director and Supervisory Immigration Inspector.

Michele Layne, Regional Director U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Los Angeles Regional Office – Michele Layne has been the Regional Director for the Los Angeles office since 2012. Ms. Layne was an Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the L.A. office from 2005 to 2012. She began her SEC career 21 years ago as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division. Ms. Layne served as the Co-Acting Regional Director after the departure of prior office director Rosalind Tyson earlier in 2012. During her tenure at the SEC, Ms. Layne has worked on many significant enforcement cases involving a wide variety of securities law violations. Among the cases in which she has played a leadership role was the enforcement action against Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo that resulted in the largest SEC penalty ever paid by a public company’s senior executive, and the CSK Auto matter that marked the SEC’s first-ever Sarbanes-Oxley Act “clawback” case against an individual who was required to return bonuses and stock profits while not personally charged for the company’s misconduct. Ms. Layne received the SEC’s 2009 Distinguished Service Award, the agency’s highest honorary award.

Prior to joining the SEC staff in 1995, Ms. Layne worked in private practice for 11 years at the law firms of Dewey & LeBoeuf and Buchalter Nemer. Her practice concentrated on complex business litigation. Ms. Layne received her law degree from the University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Charles Oppenheim Chief, Visa Controls Office, U.S. Department of State – Charles Oppenheim has been employed by the Department of State since 1978. He has worked as a consular officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs since 1979 and in 1999 became Chief of the Immigration Visa Control and Reporting Division. Mr. Oppenheim’s main responsibility is the administration of a complex series of annual numerical limitations on immigrants subdivided by preference category and country. The Visa Controls and Reporting Division Office issues a monthly bulletin, which summarizes availability of visas for the coming month and other visa related information.

Submit your Questions for Panels/Speakers on Advance of IIUSA’s 2016 EB-5 Industry Forum

Please use the form below to submit your questions to the panels, speakers, and guests of honor at IIUSA 2016 EB-5 Industry Forum.

If you would like to ask questions to multiple panels, please submit another response after your finish this one.

Submit Questions

Schedule of Events

View Full Schedule (PDF)

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA

Monday October 10, 2016


Tuesday October 11, 2016

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Thank you to Our Sponsors 

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Special Thank You to the IIUSA Conference Planning Committee!

The Conference Planning Committee helps the IIUSA staff and leadership layout the agenda for the event, identify potential guest of honor speakers and welcome guests from all over the world. Thank you to the volunteers listed below!

George Ekins & Joe McCarthy, American Dream Fund
Michael Homeier, Homeier & Law P.C.
Jonathan Bloch, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Rupy Chema & Kurt Ruess, EB5 Diligence
Steve Shpilsky, California Real Estate Regional Center
Nima Korpivarra, David Hirson & Partners
Yale Kim, Elite Visa Plans
Chad Ellsworth, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Grant King, Hollywood International Regional Center
Lili Wang, New City Advisors
John Shen, Regional Centers Holding Group
Angelo Paparelli & Michael Clark, Seyfarth Shaw
Lincoln Stone, Susan Pilcher, Michele Franchett & Elise Arias Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
Trevor Saliba, NMS Capital Advisors, LLC


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