The 5 questions every hotel developer is asking about EB-5 financing

In seeking to access EB-5 financing, our developer clients have asked a lot of questions, but most of them can really be summed up in the following 5 questions:

1. Will EB-5 work for me on my project?
2. How much money can I get?
3. How much will it cost?
4. How long will it take?
5. How can I get certainty of execution?

Exactly what does JMBM do for preferred developers seeking EB-5 financing?

For all developer clients, we provide legal and business advice to determine the answers to these 5 big questions (for the developer and their projects), and act as Counselors to guide our clients through the entire EB-5 process. Exactly what we do depends upon whether our client can qualify for “preferred” status which we will discuss in another article.

For developers and projects that qualify for “preferred” status, we can usually assist in sourcing EB-5 capital along with the following critical items:

  • Source EB-5 funding
  • Evaluate EB-5 threshold feasibility
  • Optimize developer profile and project structure
  • Assemble the right “EB-5? team with best players
  • Help size and structure the capital stack
  • Negotiate optimal deal terms with current input on what is “market”
  • Negotiate and finalize funding documents with capital source
  • Validate EB-5 funding strategy
  • Oversee issues in the capital raising process
  • Close the financing

As the developer’s Counselor, we negotiate a fairly complex loan or preferred equity transaction in a regulatory environment that requires compliance with USCIS, SEC, & FINRA. This process also necessitates identifying, selecting, negotiating and coordinating with an immigration law firm, an economist, various hotel consultants and several Regional Centers to get your loan properly sized and documented.

As part of the financing process, for each EB 5 financing project we work with each client and appropriate members of the EB-5 team to do the following:

  • Obtain a TEA map and letter of authorization from an economist
  • Manage “new job count” issues for direct, indirect, and induced jobs to ensure compliance with EB-5 requirements of the USCIS to support the size of your EB-5 financing
  • Assist in developing the proper business plan for your project
  • Verify calculations from the economist and regional center and strategize best way to maximize loan size and terms for the developer
  • Drive loan sizing and capital stack position
  • Negotiate loan commitment and loan documents that reflect proper collateral, have appropriate escrow release provisions and security so terms will be acceptable to both the developer and to traditional construction lenders who may be in a senior lien position
  • Negotiate and finalize inter-creditor agreements, escrow agreements, completion guarantees, various security agreements (depending upon collateral provided by the developer), and other related financing documents

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