Welcome to the second episode of The EB-5 Fix! In this episode, we are thrilled to have a special guest, Kathy Neubel Kovarik, who is a renowned EB-5 regulator and policy maker. As a former Chief of Staff in the Department of Homeland Security and Professional Staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Kathy shares her expert insights on the latest developments in the EB-5 industry.
About Our Guest
Kathy Nuebel Kovarik
Kathy Nuebel Kovarik is President of Sagitta Solutions, LLC, a company that specializes in strategic consulting services and public policy, analyzing legislative and regulatory proposals to better inform business decisions and mitigate risks, and guiding organizations through the rulemaking and public policy making process. She is an expert on immigration policy, regulatory actions, and government affairs.
Nuebel Kovarik served in the Senior Executive Service at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as Chief of Staff, most recently at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from August 2020 to January 2021. At ICE, she helped manage more than 20,000 employees and contractors, direct day to day operations, and oversee more than $8 billion in taxpayer dollars to support law enforcement activities and investigations. She previously served as Acting Deputy Director and Chief of Staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from November 2019 to August 2020, and as USCIS Chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy from April 2017 to November 2019. She also previously served as an advisor to DHS Secretary John F. Kelly.
Nuebel Kovarik worked for the U.S. Senate for nearly 18 years, most notably as professional staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary under Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. During that time, she was responsible for coordinating with committee and caucus members on immigration legislation and oversight.
About Our Hosts
Rakesh Patel: Rakesh is a founding partner and serves as a Managing Partner to the Patel Law Group. Rakesh’s primary practice area is business immigration, with a focus on foreign EB-5 investment in the United States. Rakesh has helped immigrants and investors throughout the world in obtaining their visas and green cards to the US through the EB-5 process. He has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Rising Stars for EB-5 Attorneys in the US by EB-5 Investors Magazine. Rakesh takes every step of the legal process very seriously for his clients. His extensive background in business along with his educational background of receiving a Master’s in Business Administration is put to use every day when he visits with his clients. He not only understands their legal needs but understands how that legal decision may impact the business.
Contact Rakesh: https://qrco.de/bdjrBU
Shae Armstrong: Shae focuses his practice in the area of project finance, including equity financings and lender and borrower representation, with an emphasis on real estate investment and development, private equity, and EB-5 related cross-border financing transactions. He has represented sponsors and real estate developers in over $2 billion in EB-5 involved financings. His practice also involves advising private companies in connection with general corporate matters (including general contracts preparation and review), securities, fund structuring, compliance policies and procedures, investor relations, hospitality and multi-family related operations guidance, and broker-dealer arrangements. Shae has advised U.S. House and Senate offices, committees of the U.S. Congress, and policy and industry trade groups on EB-5 related matters. He was a contributing author to the textbook The EB-5 Book, published by ILW, and he is a frequent lecturer on EB-5 before bar associations and professional organizations. He has been engaged as an expert witness in litigation matters involving EB-5 Immigrant Investment financings. Further, his EB-5 work has been cited in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, The Hill, Texas Lawyer, The Washington Times, The Real Deal, EB-5 Investors' Magazine, Bisnow Commercial Real Estate News, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, Fee Simple of the Virginia State Bar, Roll Call, and The Center for Immigration Studies.
Contact Shae: https://www.bradley.com/people/a/armstrong-shae
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