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Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance - Veil...more

CFPB releases issue brief on financial education programs serving immigrant populations

The CFPB has released an “issue brief” entitled “Financial Education Programs Serving Immigrant Populations.”  The report is intended “to raise visibility about the financial education challenges that many immigrants face.”...more

Brexit – Real Estate Update

In the run-up to the referendum, many of the headlines focused on the economy and immigration. Little was made of the real estate market, which is surprising given that it is reported to be worth nearly £7 trillion; account...more

Suggested Procedures and Possible Options for Accepting Minors as Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds

The delay in processing EB-5 immigrant visas caused by the increasing waiting line commonly referred to as “retrogression” is causing an increase in demand by parents in China to have their minor children named as the primary...more

Blog: #Brexit: triggering article 50; parliament’s role; & other issues

The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords have published 3 #Brexit briefing papers. In “Brexit: what happens next?“, the House of Commons library asks and answers a series of questions, including:...more

The Brexit

The result of yesterday's vote of the UK electorate is in favour of the UK leaving the European Union. This is merely the first step in a very long road (up to two years) which begins with the UK serving notice of its...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a...more

EB-5 Program Update – SEC Orders $3.2 Million in Disgorgement Against Unregistered Broker-Dealers

So you want to use the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (“EB-5 Program”) to raise cash? Be aware that the SEC will be looking over your shoulder to determine whether you are acting as an unregistered broker-dealer...more

Recent Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Ease Restrictions for Travel and Shipping Sectors

This client alert addresses the recent amendments to the Cuba sanctions regime in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The recent changes represent the increasing efforts of the U.S. government to restore...more

Easy Come, Easy Go: Latest Developments in US Sanctions

Making regular updates to policies and procedures related to international trade compliance has always been an important aspect of ensuring their effectiveness, and particularly in light of the myriad changes to various U.S....more

Brexit Broker; UK Leader Strikes a Deal (Maybe)

This policy insight highlights some of the key political issues relating to the United Kingdom’s (UK) imminent referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union (EU). After weeks of discussions and...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has Provided a Breeding Ground for Securities Fraud - Back in 1990, Congress created the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) EB-5...more

US Consulates in Canada Expand E-1/E-2 Visa Processing

The US Consulate in Toronto has introduced “streamlined” registration for companies applying for E-1 Treaty Trader or E-2 Investor registrations. In addition, E-1 and E-2 visa processing for employees of companies with valid...more

Foreign Investor Visas Enter the Political Fray

Investment is the lifeblood of any economy. This is true whether that investment is in the form of building a business, or buying property. As the global economy evolves, an increasing number of international investors are...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Common Ground - Negotiating Reasonable Deal Terms (may require free registration) - Any number of terms can be critical to a good deal. Christoper...more

The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing - The Senate Committee on the Judiciary (“Committee”) held a hearing on February 2nd regarding the future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The hearing was led by Senators...more

US Policy Scan 2016

Virtually the only certain political outcome of 2016 is that voters will select a new president to enter the White House in 2017. Against this backdrop, the legislative and electoral outlook in Washington, DC, remains steeped...more

FINRA and the SEC Issue 2016 Examination Priorities Targeting EB-5 Program

Earlier this month, both the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) included the EB-5 Immigrant Investor...more

What Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal Means for Non-U.S. Companies

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed, that Iran had implemented its key nuclear-related measures described in the Joint Comprehensive...more

SEC Issues 2016 Examination Priorities Targeting EB-5 Program

On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its examination priorities for this year. Cybersecurity, municipal advisors and the protection...more

U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning

The U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning brochure provides information on the U.S. Tax Code, income tax, estate and gift tax, and pre-immigration considerations, in addition to real-world examples. There are no adverse...more

EB-5 Immigrant Visa program extension signed into law — without any changes. EB-5 financing continues for new development...

Hotel lawyer with great news for developers: the EB-5 immigrant visa financing program has been renewed — approved by Congress and signed by the President. It is being continued without change through September 30, 2016....more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Investment Management Division Director Address to Investment Company Institute - Division Director David Grim addressed the ICI on December 16, 2015. In his remarks, Grim noted 2015 was the 75th...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Again Without Changes Despite Months of Legislative Meetings, Lobbying, Proposals, and Negotiations

In what is considered a significant victory for real estate developers, Congress capped off months of handwringing and numerous proposals by extending the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program without amendment until September 30,...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Program without Changes until September 2016

Action Item: The nine-month extension of the EB-5 Program provides a temporary reprieve to the real estate developer and foreign investor communities while Congress and industry groups grapple with a more comprehensive...more

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