In the third installment of IIUSA’s 2014 (monthly) Webinar Series, we will take a practical approach to Due Diligence in the EB-5 Context. Our panelists will examine proper immigration/security compliance and how to conduct thorough background checks in the name of EB-5 Due Diligence. A unique aspect of this webinar is that our panelists will review a series of hypothetical projects with varying characteristics and due diligence challenges. These project mock ups will cover rural/urban, big/small, industry, TEA viability, models, exit strategies, job creation, etc.
- Dawn M. Lurie, Shareholder Polsinelli (Moderator)
Dawn M. Lurie is recognized in the legal community as a sophisticated and forward thinking immigration compliance authority and EB-5 investment strategist. She focuses on visa, workforce, and global mobility issues. Dawn is proud to be considered a trusted partner to corporate clients and is relied on for her ability to spot impending government enforcement trends. Her deftness in balancing business necessity with regulatory reality is also highly valued. When advising clients, Dawn presents creative, yet compliant, solutions and identifies issues long before they become problematic. Her practice includes a range of cases, from routine to the most complex, involving Visa processing (including naturalization, residency and security issues), Immigration compliance (including Form I-9 and E-Verify related matters) and EB-5 foreign investment (including representation of regional centers, investors, project developers, overseas agent as well as targeted due diligence services)
- Rupy Cheema, Partner, EB-5 Due Diligence
Ms. Cheema’s experience includes Business Auditor for Canada Revenue Agency and CFO of Internet marketing firm Contractors.com. Rupy earned her CGA (Certified General Accountant) designation after graduating from York University with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Finance.
- John Roth, Immigration Attorney, EB-5 Analytics
John Roth is a 1983 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School of Finance. He has split his career between the law and entrepreneurial business ventures around the world. He has been an immigration attorney and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.
Mr. Roth began to increasingly focus his immigration law practice on the EB-5 visa field in early 2008. At that time, there where only 24 approved regional centers, and only a handful of them were active. Seeing a need for professional, independent advice to help EB-5 investors select a suitable regional center, in 2010 he passed the rigorous Series 7 and Series 63 exams to become an SEC licensed and registered representative of a broker-dealer firm. He is still the only attorney in the EB-5 field to have obtained an SEC license for advising investors.
- Jeffrey B. Carr, President & Economist, Economic & Policy Resources, Inc.
Mr. Carr has more than 25 years of experience as an economist with particular expertise in macro-economics, economic forecasting, regional economic and fiscal impact analysis (including the USCIS EB-5 program), and fiscal policy analysis for federal, state, and local governments. Among many other assignments, Mr. Carr has served as the State Economist and Principal Revenues Analyst for nearly 18 years to the state of Vermont—including service to the last four governors of the state.
IIUSA EB-5 Due Dilgence Webinars & Publications
In October 2013, IIUSA held an EB-5 Due Diligence Webinar in the wake of the SEC/USCIS Joint Investor Alert, which reviewed EB-5 due diligence form a broad perspective (Purchase On Demand, Members $75, Non-Members $150). Furthermore, IIUSA’s winter edition of the Regional Center Business Journal, titled “The Due Diligence Issue,” provided context to several EB-5 Due Diligence conundrums including risk for Regional Centers (Read Issue #4 for RCBJ Online).