On June 22, 2020, in Liu v. SEC, the Supreme Court affirmed in an 8-1 ruling that the Securities and Exchange Commission may continue to pursue disgorgement awards under


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On Jan. 11, 2016, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its annual Examinations Priorities for 2016 (Exam Priorities), which
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Use of EB-5 as part of the capital stack for an EB-5 project is a highly complicated prospect. Identifying the right Regional Center or forming a Regional Center and structuring the project so that it is compliant with the myriad of USCIS/DHS rules is a daunting endeavor.

The other very real concern for these projects is how to actually find the investors and fill the EB-5 raise. Most of the EB-5 investors come from China, but other countries are beginning to also see their citizens apply for the U.S. EB-5 program.

How does a project successfully source EB-5 investors? This is something that really needs to be considered before diving into the EB-5 world and has been the topic of numerous articles and blogs (visit Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 insights blog). Businesses need to beware of resorting to “finders” to help locate investors. Except in very limited circumstances, paying a commission or “success fee” to a finder that is not registered as a broker-dealer violates federal and state securities laws. A company that hires a finder, as well as the company’s directors, officers, and owners, can be liable to investors and sanctioned by regulators for such violations.

This article focuses on the potential pitfalls in sourcing investors from immigration and other attorneys or consultants that are not properly registered.


Continue Reading Who Can Source Investors For EB-5 Projects: The World of Finders, Consultants, Attorneys, and Broker Dealers

After a nationwide conference call of industry participants sponsored by agencies of the U.S. government and several years of cautionary discussions, through its recent actions, the agency that regulates securities sales in the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and its self-regulatory arm, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), have made compliance with securities laws for those in the EB-5 industry a priority.

According to reports, the SEC may bring actions against as many as 20 individuals who were accepting finders’ fees without being registered as broker-dealers or associated persons of broker-dealers.  In addition, FINRA indicated in its recent announcement of examination priorities that it is focused on its members’ due diligence and suitability checks in the sale of private placements, including EB-5 securities.
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