Greenberg Traurig had the most representatives of any law firm at the 2013 Southern California conference. The EB-5 conference took place Monday, July 15, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, California. The conference is the premier EB-5 stakeholder and dealmaker conference each year. In addition to the organizers, our own Kate Kalmykov was co-chair of the conference.

The keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), who gave a speech followed by a question and answer session in the morning. While Rep. Goodlatte did not support taking up the Senate immigration bill, he offered his support for several issues, including a relaxation of the regulations regarding material changes. Rep. Goodlatte also reiterated his support for a piecemeal approach to immigration, arguing a comprehensive bill is not a positive way forward. Additionally, Rep. Goodlatte indicated he would like to see the border secure before a pathway to citizenship is considered, taking a significantly divergent position to the one advocated by the bipartisan Senate bill.

The Greenberg Traurig team participated on panels such as “Understanding the Interplay of USCIS EB-5 Requirements and SEC Regulations,” “Understanding EB-5,” “EB-5 Regional Center Project Planning: From ‘A’ to ‘I-829,'” and “Best Practices for Investor Filings”. Kate Kalmykov and Jen Hermansky moderated panels while Genna Garver and Jen Hermansky participated on their respective panel discussions.

Keynote Speaker U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte

GT Attorney Kate Kalmykov and U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte