Decoding Immigration in Today's America
Decoding Immigration in Today's America
Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive Santa Clara
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02, 2018

Featuring prominent immigration attorneys, this symposium will discuss the current immigration regime and set a roadmap for a better immigration option to the U.S. – specifically, the EB-5 visa. Whether you are an entrepreneur, highly-skilled professional under H-1B or L1 visa, H-4 visa holder, F1 student, J1 scholar…or seeking green card information for your friends and family, you will benefit from this session.

Bring your questions! This event is organized as a fireside chat, followed by Q& A and a cocktail networking opportunity.

For more information on the EB-5 Visa Program, click here:


Carolyn Lee, Partner, Miller Mayer, LLP

Ms. Lee is currently the Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s national EB-5 Committee and has previously served as Vice-Chair and Chair. Ms. Lee's current advocacy focuses on long-term reauthorization of the EB-5 regional center program and workable reform. Ms. Lee has represented Regional Centers, developers, funds, and investors since mid-2000 and is recognized as among the most experienced EB-5 attorneys. She has led an EB-5 practice that has helped U.S. project clients raise over $2.6 billion in EB-5 capital and filed over 5,000 investor petitions and over 2,000 I-829 petitions to remove conditions, the last step of the EB-5 immigration process. A prominent author and lecture on EB-5, Ms. Lee has written numerous in-depth publications on "material change," the "at risk" requirement, and TEAs. She is recipient of the 2016 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business, the 2015 AILA Presidential Commendation, and the 2008 AILA Joseph Minsky Award. She is listed on International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2008-2018) and The Best Lawyers in America in Immigration Law (2012-2018), and Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration (2018).

Ira Kurzban, Partner, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt P.A.

Mr. Kurzban is a founding partner of the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., located in Miami, Florida.

Considered one of the country’s leading immigration attorneys, Mr. Kurzban has been extensively involved in the EB-5 program since its inception. He was lead counsel in Chang v. U.S., the most significant decision to date involving the immigrant investor (EB-5) program. He is currently litigating a wide variety of EB-5 cases on behalf of immigrant investors. Mr. Kurzban also serves as an advisor to many regional centers concerning problems that have arisen regarding USCIS’ interpretation of the immigrant investor laws.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kurzban has received a number of distinctions for his work in immigration law:

  • For his work on behalf of refugees, the very first recipient of the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award, presented by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
  • For his work on behalf of human rights, recipient of the Lawyers of the Americas Award in this hemisphere given by the University of Miami School of Law
  • For his work on behalf of immigrants, selected by Newsweek as one of 100 American Heroes.
  • Recipient of The Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in federal litigation
  • Recipient of The Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in the advancement and practice of immigration law given by the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • For more than three decades, listed in the Best Lawyers In America for his work in immigration law.

Mr. Kurzban currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in Immigration and Nationality Law at the University of Miami School of Law. He frequently lectures about immigration law, and has also published articles in the Harvard Law Review and Columbia University Press. Mr. Kurzban is the author of the most widely used one-volume immigration source in the United States - Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook.

Mr. Kurzban earned J.D. and M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley; B.A. Syracuse University (Phi Beta Kappa). Mr. Kurzban was named an Honorary Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a past-national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Nilesh Shah, Investor, Advisor, and Corporate Finance Expert

Nilesh Shah is an investor, advisor and corporate finance expert with 24 years of experience. He has succeeded in challenging roles at Fortune 500 enterprises and multi-billion dollar investment firms in India & the United States.

Nilesh has led the entire spread of Private Equity and Venture Capital investment management processes-from deal origination to exits. He made valued contributions on the boards of portfolio companies with his focus areas being capital allocation, corporate finance, talent aquisition and mentoring.

Nilesh is one of the earliest successful adopters of the EB-5 program from India. He actively advises the Indian diaspora in Silicon Valley and passionately advocates EB-5.

He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and is an active member of the San Francisco chapter of ICAI.

Tom Rosenfeld, CEO, CanAm Enterprises

Mr. Rosenfeld founded CanAm Enterprises in 1987, focusing his efforts in the Canadian Business Immigration Investor Program. Actively involved in structuring and promoting private and government syndicates, CanAm eventually became the exclusive promoter for the Provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

In 2001, Mr. Rosenfeld refocused his efforts to establish CanAm’s presence in the United States. Through Mr. Rosenfeld’s vision and leadership, CanAm is one of the country’s leading sponsors of EB-5 investments. In 2012, CanAm also became the first EB-5 firm in the country to establish a FINRA-licensed Broker Dealer affiliate, CanAm Investor Services, LLC.

For his depth of experience and business insight, Mr. Rosenfeld is frequently invited to speak at economic development conferences and EB-5 seminars, both nationwide and abroad. Mr. Rosenfeld began his career at Price Waterhouse (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), where he was responsible for income tax and audits for major clients and also authored select firm educational publications. In 1983, he joined a New York-based real estate syndication firm as a partner, where he remained until founding CanAm in 1987.

Mr. Rosenfeld is an attorney and certified public accountant. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and his Juris Doctor from Temple University. He is the Director Emeritus of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA).

Jeff DeCicco, CEO, CanAm Investor Services

Jeff DeCicco serves as Chief Executive Officer for CanAm's broker dealer and is also responsible for the CanAm Enterprises's business development globally. Mr. DeCicco is a Wall Street veteran with over 20 years of experience in institutional sales and trading. He began his career as an interest rate derivatives trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. Since then, Mr. DeCicco worked as an equity derivative sales trader for two of the leading inter-dealer brokers in the world, ICAP and BGC Partners. Most recently, Mr. DeCicco established and was co-head of equity derivatives for Mint Partners (a division of BGC). Prior to joining CanAm, Mr. DeCicco worked in private equity raising capital for real estate, energy, and alternative energy projects. Mr. DeCicco earned a Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan University and holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 24, and 4 licenses. Mr. DeCicco also holds the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).




Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive
Santa Clara
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5:30PM - 6:00PM: Registration, Networking & Check-in

6:00PM - 6:05PM: Welcome remarks by Jay Visvanathan, TiE SV Executive Director

6:05PM - 6:10PM: Opening remarks by Tom Rosenfeld, CanAm CEO

6:10PM - 7:30PM: Immigration Challenges for Indian H1-Bs and entrepreneurs, and EB-5 as a Viable Solution - 

Carolyn Lee; Ira Kurzban; Jeff DeCicco; Nilesh Shah

7:30PM - 7:45PM: Q&A

7:45PM - 8:30PM: Networking & Cocktail Reception


Jay Visvanathan, Executive Director, TiE Silicon Valley

Carolyn Lee, Partner, Miller Mayer, LLP

Ira Kurzban, Partner, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt P.A.

Nilesh Shah, Investor, Advisor, and Corporate Finance Expert

Tom Rosenfeld, CEO, CanAm Enterprises

Jeff DeCicco, CEO, CanAm Investor Services

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