EB-5 Immigrant Investment

Harnessing a cross-disciplinary group of attorneys, Seyfarth’s EB-5 Immigrant Investment Team advises Regional Centers, developers, entrepreneurs, and lenders on the immigration, securities, corporate, real estate, and tax compliance issues that are essential to successful
EB-5 transactions.

Our cross-disciplinary approach ensures that we help our clients navigate the wide-range of opportunities and challenges presented by the EB-5 program, as well as the ongoing and quickly evolving requirements to maintain successful and compliant projects. Our approach is also supported by a network of trusted service providers, from economists and market analysts to business plan writers and former government officials now serving as consultants to the EB-5 industry.
Seyfarth’s EB-5 Team includes Angelo Paparelli, one of the nation’s preeminent immigration attorneys and ranked among the “Top 10 EB-5 Attorneys in Specialized Fields” in 2016 by EB5 Investors Magazine; Dawn Lurie, a senior counsel, immigration compliance authority, and EB-5 investment strategist with more than 25 years of global and U.S. immigration processes experience; Robert Winner, a partner with more than 18 years of securities transactional experience; Michael Clark, a partner with more than 17 years of securities transactional experience; Mark Katzoff, a senior counsel with more than 29 years of securities law experience; and Mahsa Aliaskari, a senior counsel with more than 15 years advising companies and clients in immigration and EB-5 related matters. Our audit and investigative response team is headed by Chris Robertson, a former senior counsel with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C. The EB-5 Team is also supported by a network of experienced attorneys across our national platform and in China. 

Our Capabilities

  • Obtaining U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Regional Center designation for project pre-approvals and amendments (Form I-924) and Annual Reporting (Form I-924A)

  • Advising developers and other sponsors on the appropriate EB-5 vehicle and capital structure based on their business and fundraising objectives

  • Advising Regional Centers, broker-dealers and others on SEC and FINRA compliance to minimize regulatory roadblocks and provide investor protections

  • Representing investors in connection with the direct EB-5 job-creation program and with investments in qualifying Regional Center projects

  • Advising Regional Centers, project developers, private equity firms, banks, and other business entities in understanding, achieving and maintaining compliance with federal immigration laws and federal and state securities laws, including exemptions from registration and investor disclosures in private placement memoranda

Our EB-5 Difference

  • An active office in Shanghai, China to give on-the-ground advice and representation.
  • Leading complementary practices include real estate, finance, corporate and construction practices to serve the needs of EB-5 projects and their developers.
  • Ranked among the top immigration practices in the United States by Chambers and The Legal 500.
  • Angelo Paparelli is recognized as one of the most renowned immigration attorneys in the United States with top rankings by Chambers and The Legal 500. Chambers has given him its highest accolade as first listing under Band 1, noting that Angelo is regarded as ”a real powerhouse and a thought leader.”
  • Angelo Paparelli serves as the discussion leader for ILW.COM’s “EB-5 Roundtable” telephone seminar series, offered every month since January 2013.
  • Members of our EB-5 Team collaborated to edit and write articles in “The EB-5 Book 3rd Edition” (ILW.COM, March 2015; A. Paparelli, Co-Editor).
  • Members of our EB-5 Team collaborated to write and publish “Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators” (ILW.COM, May 2014; A. Paparelli, Lead Editor).