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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

Infrastructure, Energy and Land: Russia’s renewed focus on the development of the Russian Far East

Over the past two years, Russia has expressed its intent to significantly increase investment opportunities in the Russian Far East including in the areas of infrastructure development, ship and oil rig building, trade,...more

Outlook 2016: The new rules for developers raising inexpensive capital with EB-5 financing for hotel, hotel condo and mixed-use...

Hotel Lawyer preview of the new EB-5 financing rules. Although minor tweaks and adjustments continue to be made to legislation in the final hours before Congress votes, it looks like we have a pretty good idea of what...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Additional Short-Term Extension

On December 11, 2015, a stopgap continuing resolution was enacted to fund the federal government for an additional five days. Included in this funding legislation is a short-term extension through December 16, 2015 of the...more

Foundation: December 2015 • Vol. II, Issue 3

As we now find ourselves in the midst of Q4 with the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is safe to say that 2015 was a rather dynamic year across the board. The real estate market being no exception, we expect great...more

Find Out What Is Hidden Within The New FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, the President signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. There’s not much in there about taxes, but here are the plums hidden in the Act’s 1,300 page text...more

SEC Nabs Immigration Lawyers Acting as Unregistered Brokers, Orders Fines and Disgorgement

In 2012, we wrote about the risky business of immigration lawyers accepting finder’s fees for selling limited partnership interests in EB-5 deals. For the past several years, securities law violations have been part and...more

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