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The 6th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum is the year’s premier EB-5 conference focusing on educational and business development on a global scale.

On October 10-11, Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program held its 6th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Westwood, CA. Attended by international investment and economic development professionals from around the world, the EB-5 Industry Forum featured panels on legislative and regulatory activities that would shape the future of the EB-5 Program.

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Guest of Honor Speakers

Julia Harrison
Julia HarrisonDeputy Chief, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO)
Michele W. Layne
Michele W. LayneRegional Director U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Los Angeles Regional Office
Rep. Michael McCaul
Rep. Michael McCaulU.S. Representative (R-TX, 10th District); Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
Charles Oppenheim
Charles OppenheimChief, Visa Controls Office, U.S. Department of State (DOS)

Conference Video Recordings

View Exclusive Content from the 2016 EB-5 Industry Forum! IIUSA members access the video recording for FREE (click here to view discount code).

Video Recordings for the sessions include:

Conference Schedule

  • 7:00am – 5:00pm – Registration & Exhibits
  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Case Studies Seminar Session #1: Capital redeployment
    • Panelists:
      • Ronald Fieldstone, Partner, Arnstein & Lehr LLP;
      • Enrique Gonzalez, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP;
      • Daniel B. Lundy, Partner, Klasko Immigration Law Partners;
      • Joe McCarthy, Principal, American Dream Fund;
      • Julia Park, Managing Director, Advantage America EB-5 Group
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Case Studies Seminar Session #2: Project Marketing & Investor Market Diversification
    • Panelists:
      • Mona Shah, Principal, Mona Shah & Associates
      • Edward Beshara, Managing Partner, Beshara P.A.
      • Irina Rostova, Partner, Rostova Westerman. Law Group, P.A.
      • David Appel, Senior Partner, Tax & Business, Marcum LLP
      • Jeff Carr, President, Economic and Policy Resources
      • Bruno L’ecuyer, Chief Executive, Investment Migration Council
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – Case Studies Seminar Session #3: Law Enforcement & Litigation
    • Panelists:
      • Michael Homeier, Founding Shareholder, Homeier & Law, P.C.
      • John Pratt, Partner, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
      • Chris Robertson, Partner, Seyfath Shaw LLP
      • Russell Weigel, Principal, Russell C. Weigel, III, P.A.
  • 10:00am – 11:30 am – IIUSA Committee Meetings (Invite-Only*)
    • Five of IIUSA’s 12 standing committees will meet in the morning session.
    • Committees include: Banking, Compliance, Editorial, Public Policy and Technology
      • *IIUSA Members can sit in on any committee meetings, however prior notice is required. If you are interested, email us at info@iiusa.org.
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Welcome Luncheon*
    • Catch up with old friends and make new ones at IIUSA’s welcome luncheon. All ticketed participants will be allowed to join this gathering.
    • *IIUSA Leadership Luncheon held separately, followed by IIUSA Board Meeting.
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm – IIUSA Committee Meetings (Invite-Only*)
    • Five of IIUSA’s 12 standing committees will meet in the morning session.
    • Committees include: Association Building, Best Practices, Investor Markets, Membership, and Public Relations
      • *IIUSA Members can sit in on any committee meetings, however prior notice is required. If you are interested, email us at info@iiusa.org.
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pm – EB-5 Due Diligence Seminar Session #1: Immigration Due Diligence
    • Panelists:
      • Dawn M. Lurie, Shareholder, Polsinelli LLP
      • Peyman Attari, Co-founder, President & CEO, AISA Investment Advisers
      • Angelo Paparelli, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
      • Michael Kester, Economist, Impact DataSource
      • Rachel Zou, Chairperson, Lianhong Overseas Consultants Service Limited
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm – EB-5 Due Diligence Seminar Session #2: Investor Fund Protection
    • Panelists:
      • Kurt Reuss, Co-founder and Advisor, EB5 Diligence
      • Dan Smith, President, Trident Fund Services
      • Jim Gamble, Vice President-Director of Construction Management, Tetra Tech, Inc.
      • Jay Rosen, Partner, Arnstein & Lehr LLP
      • John Shen, CEO, Regional Centers Holding Group
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm – EB-5 Due Diligence Seminar Session #3: Compliance with U.S. Securities Laws
    • Panelists:
      • Rupy Cheema, Co-founder and Senior EB-5 Business Analyst, EB5 Diligence
      • Mariza McKee, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP
      • Russell Scarcela, Director of Investigative Due Diligence and Business Intelligence, BDO USA LLP
      • Michael Fitzpatrick, Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
      • Christian Moore, COO, Global Verification Network
      • Robert V. Cornish Jr, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm – EB-5 Due Diligence Seminar Session #4: Return of Capital and Exit Strategy
    • Panelists:
      • Rupy Cheema, Co-founder and Senior EB-5 Business Analyst, EB5 Diligence
      • Rob Lee, CEO, Elite EB-5 Solutions
      • Bill Gresser, Director Emeritus, IIUSA; President, EB-5 New York State, LLC
      • Scott Barnhart, Economist, Barnhart Economic Services
      • Jonathan Bloch, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
  • 4:45pm – 5:00pm – I-829 Award Ceremony 

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  • 7:00am – 4:30pm – Registration & Exhibits
  • 8:00am – 9:15am – General Session:Symposium #1 – EB-5 Legislation and Regulatory Reform
    • Panelists:
      • Peter D. Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA
      • Hans Rickhoff, Senior Council, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      • Hunter Bates, Principal, Republic Consulting, LLC
      • Dan Healy, Director, IIUSA; CEO, Civitas Capital Group
      • Tom Loeffler, Senior Council, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      • Stephen Strnisha, Secretary-Treasurer, IIUSA; CEO, Cleveland International Fund
      • Matt Virkstis, Practice Group Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • 9:20am – 10:00am – Guest of Honor Presentation: Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO)
  • 10:00am – 10:30 am – Networking Break/New & Potential Member Coffee Break
  • 10:30am – 11:15am – Breakout Session #1
    • Issue Spotting in EB-5 Legislation for Regional Centers
      • Panelists:
        • David Andersson, President, IIUSA; President, Whatcom Opportunities Regional Center
        • Nima Korpivarra, Partner, David Hirson & Partners, LLP
        • Bob Kraft, Director, IIUSA; President, and CEO of FirstPathway Partners
        • John Tishler, Partner, Sheppard Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
    • Issue Spotting in EB-5 Legislation for Investors
      • Panelists:
        • David Chen, Partner, Visas Consulting Group
        • Michele Franchett, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
        • Cletus Weber, Co-Founder and Senior Attorney, Peng & Weber, PLLC
        • Mina Tran, Founder, Tran Law Group
  • 11:15am – 12:30pm – Breakout Session #2
    • Practical Issues in Project Management in Uncertain Times
      • Panelists:
        • Michael C. Gibson, Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
        • Chad Ellsworth, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
        • Ali Jahangiri, CEO, EB5Investors.com and EB5Investors Magazine
        • Mark Roberts, VP, Specialty Banking Manager, Alliance Bank of Arizona
        • Steve Shpilsky, Co-Founder, CaRE EB-5 Regional Center
    • Practical Issues in Marketing to Investors in Uncertain Times
      • Panelists:
        • Kevin Wright, Principal, Wright Johnson LLC
        • Robert Whyte, Managing Partner, Whyte & Co
        • Grant King, Managing Partner, Hollywood International Regional Center
        • Devin Williams, President, EB5 Global
        • David Enterline, Partner, WTW – Taipei Commercial Law Firm
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 2:15pm – Guest of Honor Presentation: Michele W. Layne, Regional Director U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Los Angeles Regional Office
  • 2:15pm – 3:15pm – General Session:Symposium #2 – EB-5 Program Integrity
    • Panelists:
      • Lincoln Stone, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
      • Osvaldo Torres, Founder, Torres Law, PA
      • Reid Thomas, Executive Vice President, NES Financial
      • Mary King, COO, New York City Regional Center (NYCRC)
      • Dave Souders, Director, IIUSA; Broker, Todd & Associates, Inc.
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm – Guest of Honor Presentation: Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Visa Controls Office, U.S. Department of State
    • Moderated by:
      • Robert C Divine, Vice President, IIUSA; Shareholder, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C
      • Lee Li, Policy Analyst, IIUSA
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm – General Session:Symposium #3 – Visa Capacity
    • Panelists:
      • Bernard Wolfsdorf, Partner, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
      • Patrick F. Hogan, Director, IIUSA; CEO and Managing Member, CMB Regional Centers
      • David Hirson, Partner, David Hirson & Partners, LLP
      • Kristal Ozmun, Partner, Miller Mayer LLP
      • Kyle Walker, Director, IIUSA; CEO, Green Card Fund, LLC
  • 5:00pm – 5:15pm – Closing Remarks & Conference Concludes

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