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Monah Shah / Mona Shah Global & Associates

Born in the UK, Mona is a dual licensed lawyer. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1993, and was admitted to the New York Bar and the United States Federal Bar in 1997.

Mona was formerly a Crown Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service, before moving to New York where she established MSA Global in New York City in 1997.

Highly proficient and recognized as an industry leader in EB-5 law, Mona has many accolades and awards: she was voted Top 25 EB-5 attorneys by EB-5 Investors Magazine three years in a row; recognized as a Top Lawyer by Who’s Who, International and as a ‘Top Attorney of North America’. She has been honored for her work by various groups and non-for profit organizations, including the Shanti Foundation.

Mona is a part-time Adjunct Professor at the Business School of Baruch College, City of New York University, where she teaches EB-5 law. Mona is also an active member of the Leadership and Public Policy Committees for IIUSA (the major Trade Association for EB-5)

Mona has authored numerous articles and blog pieces, she is also a Lexis-Nexis Practice Advisory Editor. Mona is the author of a published book for investors on the EB-5 laws and procedures. Mona has been interviewed by mainstream television, including Al Jazeera and Fox Business news and has been quoted by major newspapers and publications including the New York Times, the Real Deal and many others. Mona has been featured on the cover of foreign magazines, including Biz-Life.

Mona is the co-editor of the BLS publication: Trade & Investment, the EB-5 Gateway.

Mona currently hosts a podcast series called EB-5 Investment Voice. This is the only Podcast series that focuses on foreign direct investment and the United States immigrant investor visa.

Mona’s extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law and her practical expertise ranges from specialist business petitions to complicated, multi-issue deportation and removal litigation. Her firm, Mona Shah and Associates, Global (MSA Global) represents individual, high profile and corporate clients from all over the world. Mona and MSA Global have raised millions of dollars for projects in the United States.

Mona’s substantial legal experience includes her representation of clients in both state and federal courts on the trial and appellate levels. She has litigated in over 9 states and the District of Columbia, and handled complex immigration law appeals before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh circuits. Mona has wide-ranging litigation experience, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as well as trial-court experience on both the trial and appellate levels, in both State and Federal courts. Mona is also proficient in UK Immigration law.

MSA Global have affiliated offices in China, Dubai and Kazakhstan.

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Carolyn S. Lee / Miller Mayer

Carolyn S. Lee is a Partner in Miller Mayer’s Immigration practice group.

Ms. Lee is the Managing Partner of Miller Mayer’s EB-5 Immigration Group. Her practice focuses on EB-5 regional centers, developers, funds, and investors. Ms. Lee has been practicing immigration law at Miller Mayer since 2002. Prior to joining Miller Mayer, Ms. Lee practiced corporate law in New York City.

Ms. Lee is currently the Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) EB-5 Committee, and has previously served as Vice-Chair, Co-Chair and Chair. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee of Invest In the USA (IIUSA), the leading EB-5 trade association. Ms. Lee has been actively advising the industry on current EB-5 legislation, identifying priorities and drafting comments to legislative proposals. She is a long-time advocate for long-term reauthorization and workable reform of the EB-5 regional center program. Ms. Lee is a prominent national and international speaker on EB-5 matters and is considered a preeminent authority on EB-5 law.

Ms. Lee is the author of leading EB-5 publications, including EB-5 Investment “At Risk” and Sustaining Investment (ilw.com, June 2017), Material Change: Managing the Inevitable During EB-5 Visa Retrogression (PLI, December 2014), State Designations of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas (IIUSA, March 2014), Effect of Material Change Doctrine in EB-5 Deference Policy (AILA 2012), “Material Change” in EB-5 Petitions: A Need to Return to the Drawing Board (AILA 2010), and The Meaning of “At Risk” in EB-5 Investment (AILA 2009). She is also a co-author of EB-5 publications, including Relevance of U.S. Securities Laws to Immigrant Investors, EB-5 Regional Centers and Their Advisors (2009) and the comprehensive EB-5 update article for the AILA annual conference handbook. She frequently authors EB-5 articles published by IIUSA, AILA, and Bender’s Immigration Bulletin.

Ms. Lee is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Immigration Law. She is also a recipient of AILA’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award and Presidential Commendation, as well as the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award (2016).

Ms. Lee is a member of the New York State bar. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board, and her B.A cum laude from Williams College. She has been a visiting scholar at Exeter College, Oxford University and is also a graduate of Stuyvesant High School (New York).

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Robert Abedi, JD, ESQ. / Abedi Law

Back in 1999, after 10 years of legal experience, Robert set up his own immigration law firm with the idea of providing result driven and family-like practice to my clients. Over the years, these ideas have become my promise. One that comes from me, my staff, to you and to your family.  Robert was primarily focused on the immigration nightmares, and he created five strategic pillars to guide clients as they began to turn their immigration experience around. The first pillar was securing the financial stability to provide consistent quality across the board by offering the refund of legal fees for EB-5 applicants if a denial was based on attorney error. Second was communicating quickly and directly with each client. Third was creating a fully electronic technology as it comes to give clients immediate and real time access to their cases. Fourth was taking advantage of technology to improve and implement an electronic real time file access system for each client. The fifth and most important pillar has been a central focus of Robert’s work throughout his career: making a difference by addressing our clients most prominent immigration needs.

“Welcome to my law firm, your successful, result driven and family style Immigration Law Firm, where our clients are our family.”

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Ignacio A. Donoso / I.A. Donoso & Associates

Ignacio A. Donoso, Esq., is nationally recognized as a leading business immigration attorney, with particular expertise in visas for companies expanding operations to the U.S., start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Donoso founded Donoso & Associates in 2013, after previously working from 2010 to 2013 as Partner of FosterQuan, LLP (now Foster Global, LLP), one of the top immigration law firms in the U.S.  Mr.

Mr. Donoso’s career spans 18 years as a member of the State Bar of California, of which he has dedicated the last 13 years exclusively to immigration law, including business immigration, family-based immigration and removal defense.  In early career, Mr. Donoso advised Fortune 100 companies on international transactions and mergers.  Since 2003, Mr. Donoso has represented Fortunate 500 companies and their employees, skilled workers, professors and researchers, professionals, athletes, artists and thousands of investors in their U.S. visa planning.

Mr. Donoso has been selected to serve in many AILA National Committees including the Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, the National Annual Conference Planning Committee, and since 2013, Mr. Donoso has served on the National EB-5 Committee.

Mr. Donoso is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on U.S. immigration law, and has frequently published on specific issues related to immigration matters.  He has been interviewed on national news media including Fox Business and the New York Times, as well as local television and radio in relation on immigration issues.

Ignacio’s other professional achievements include:

Adjunct Professor, International & Comparative Law, University of Barcelona, 2002, and Visiting Professor, Universidad de los Andes 1998.

America Jewish Committee (Houston), Board of Directors, 2006 to 2009.

Frequently Interviewed on national news (e.g., Fox Business; New York Times) and local television on immigration issues.

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Brian Ostar/ EB-5 Capital

 

Brian Ostar has been with EB5 Capital since January 2011, and works at the Washington, D.C. office. As Director of Global Operations, Brian oversees EB5 Capital’s investor development and relations, agent communications, immigration matters and manages the operations of the Washington, D.C. office. Brian is also in charge of overseas marketing efforts and frequently travels overseas for project promotion. He has previously served as the Membership Chairman of IIUSA and continues to be active within industry organizations and events, both domestically and abroad. Before moving to Washington, D.C. to begin his career at EB5 Capital, Brian spent over two years working at a consulting firm in China, where he became proficient in Mandarin. Brian is a frequent speaker on real estate and the EB-5 Program at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of Cornell University, has a Master’s Degree in Education from Brooklyn College as well as a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University.

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Rupy Cheema / EB5 Diligence

Ms. Cheema is recognized as the industry’s leading authority on EB-5 due diligence, having extensively reviewed the offering documents of both the largest, most prestigious EB-5 investments in the market as well as many smaller EB-5 offerings.

EB5 Diligence publishes reports that provide a much-needed resource to investors and agents in understanding the strengths and risks of an EB-5 offering.

Prior to co-founding EB5 Diligence, Ms. Cheema spent 13-years as the CFO of Internet marketing firm Contractors.com and prior to that performed business audits for the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Devin Williams / EB5 Global

Over the last 15 years Devin has developed corporate strategies, created early-stage businesses and sourced equity capital. She began as an investment banker in corporate finance working on IPOs, M & A and high-yield debt. After banking, Devin co-founded a software company funded by a US Government Grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop cognitive monitoring software for early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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Jor Law / Homeier Law

Jor received his J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law and his B.A. in Rhetoric from The University of California, Berkeley. Jor is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of New York. He is a regular presenter and guest lecturer at universities, bar association, and industry events. For three consecutive years, Jor was selected for inclusion as one of “Southern California’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars,” placing him among the top 2.5 percent of the best up-and-coming attorneys in Southern California who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.  Using a completely objective model to evaluate attorneys, Avvo rated Jor as a “Superb” attorney, the highest available rating offered by Avvo.

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Robert W. Kraft / IIUSA

Robert W. Kraft is Chairman, President, and CEO of FirstPathway Partners (FPP), a firm investing money on behalf of foreign citizens seeking United States permanent green card status and/or citizenship under Homeland Security’s EB-5 Regional Center Program. Mr. Kraft has been instrumental in building and maintaining significant relationships between Wisconsin and China, including a very close connection between Milwaukee and Ningbo. Mr. Kraft has more than 40 years of international business experience at the Executive and Board levels, beginning with a 15 year stint at Moore Corporation (now RR Donnelley) in 1973. He has been participating in the EB-5 industry since 2006. Mr. Kraft is the President of IIUSA’s Board of Directors and has been an active member since 2007. Mr. Kraft has served on the board of the following organizations: DCI Marketing Inc, United Community Center, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) World Trade Association (WTA), and is co-Chair of the China Council, hosting many delegations of high-ranking Chinese officials. He also served on the boards of RBP Chemical Corp., the Point of Purchase Advertising Institute, the Council of Small Business Executives (MMAC), Word of Hope Ministries, University of Wisconsin China Leadership Board, and Open First LLC.

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Robert Sloposky/ Signature Bank

Mr. Robert Sloposky has been Senior Vice President and Group Director of Private Client Banking Team at Signature Bank since October 2009. Mr. Sloposky has 30 years of experience. Mr. Sloposky served as Vice President of Business Banking at HSBC’s office at 452 Fifth Avenue, where he managed a commercial portfolio consisting primarily of professional services firms. Prior to his banking career, Mr. Sloposky owned a real estate investment company for 25 years.

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Osvaldo F. Torres, Esq./ Torres Law

Osvaldo F. Torres, Esq. is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Penn Law Forum. For the entirety of his professional career Mr. Torres has focused on assisting clients negotiate and effect complex corporate transactions, including securities offerings (both public and private), mergers and acquisitions and other sophisticated deals.

For the past six years, Mr. Torres has been immersed in EB-5, where his rich experience in complex legal matters has allowed him to successfully represent regional centers and projects with their corporate structuring and securities offerings matters. Mr. Torres has worked on numerous EB-5 offerings, including those involving hotel development, multi-family residential construction, senior independent living complexes, healthcare and medical device companies, restaurants and franchises.

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Jinhee Wilde / Wilde and Associates LLC.

Jinhee is the Principal and Managing Partner of Wilde & Associates, LLC. Ms. Wilde focuses on business and investment immigration matters.
During her 29 years of legal career, Ms. Wilde has had a diverse and unique background, as corporate lawyer facilitating multi-million dollar, multi-national transactions, as a government prosecutor/attorney, and now 14 years as an immigration lawyer focusing on business and investment immigration practice. Ms. Wilde uniquely combines being a fierce advocate and personable adviser to her clients. As an immigrant herself, she really understands and empathizes with her clients. She develops a personal relationship with her clients and works closely with clients to develop comprehensive immigration strategies tailored for each situation and advises on short-term and long-term options for the clients.

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Ian Halligan / Baker Tilly

Ian Halligan is the Firm Leader for Expatriate and International High Net Worth Tax with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, a full-service accounting and advisory firm ranked as one of the top 15 largest CPA firm in the United States. He manages international tax planning for resident aliens and other foreign investors. Baker Tilly Capital, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and is a FINRA broker-dealer and approved to offer EB-5 investments. Baker Tilly Capital and its affiliates offer a full suite of EB-5 services, including independently selected investments, immigration tax consulting and transaction diligence to support EB-5 investors and regional centers.

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Yildiray Yildirim / Baruch College

His research interests are real estate in particular securitization and commercial leasing, credit risk and rating, fixed income securities, inflation modeling, and structured finance. His co-authored work on commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) was patented in 2014. He was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, Office of Comptroller of the Currency, and Borsa Istanbul. He provided consultancy at the U.S. Department of Housing regarding issues concerning multifamily mortgage default and foreclosure, and received a grant from JP Morgan Chase on commercial mortgage origination and credit tenant risk. He developed the undergraduate real estate program at Syracuse University in 2009. He has taught finance and real estate courses, including real estate finance and investment, real estate capital markets, case studies in real estate investment, fixed income securities, and corporate finance. He graduated from Yildiz Technical University with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering. He received both his M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Statistics at Cornell University.

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David Hirson / David Hirson LLP.

David has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of immigration law. His focus is on EB-5 investment immigration law. He has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization continuously since 1990.

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