John Roth EB-5 Analytics Team Leader Doctor of Laws / Master of Business Administration / Immigration Attorney / Entrepreneur / SEC and New York State Registered Series 7 and Series 63 License Holder / Registered Representative of a Broker-Dealer Firm
John is sometimes joking referred to in our office as “A Team of One” (U.S. Army expression). After completing a J.D. / M.B.A. degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School of Finance in 1983, he was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1984. John begin his career as an attorney for IBM Corporation, in Armonk, New York. After three years of corporate life, he left IBM to start his own law firm. Fluent for Russian from studies in university, John was heavily involved in starting computer-related firms in Russia during the 1990s and early 2000s. In mid 1990s, John started practicing immigration law and eventually created a nationally-recognized immigration law firm offering a broad array of U.S. immigration services.
John began to increasingly focus his immigration law practice on the EB-5 visa field in early 2008. At that time, there where only 24 approved regional centers, and only a handful of them were active. Seeing a need for professional, independent advice to help EB-5 investors select a suitable regional center, in 2010 he passed the rigorous Series 7 and Series 63 exams to become an SEC licensed and registered representative of a broker-dealer firm (what does this mean?). He is still the only attorney or investor advisor in the EB-5 field to have obtained an SEC license for advising investors. He is an active EB-5 visa practitioner and has also published articles about securities law as it relates to the EB-5 visa field.
Because the issues of immigration law, finance and securities overlap and are interdependent in so many ways when conducting EB-5 due diligence, John has sought to acquire as broad as possible an understanding of the various sub-fields in the EB-5 world. He is always the main contact with our EB-5 due diligence clients. Relying on John may be compared to going to a talented general practitioner doctor, who uses specialists when needed, rather than going to see a series of narrow specialist doctors about each individual ache and pain.
By the way, you should always perform due diligence of any due diligence consultant you might hire (all licensed EB-5 securities brokers and financial advisers should appear, with a detailed history report, either on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Broker Check site or on the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) website). You can confirm everything we’ve said above, and more, by clicking on the images and links below.
Recent Speaking Engagements
May 16, 2012, Greenberg Traurig Overseas Funding Conference, New York City. Speaker: John Roth. Subject: “Dangers and Pitfalls for the EB-5 Newcomer”
April 30, 2012, 2nd Annual IIUSA EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum, Laguna Hills, California. Speaker: John Roth. Subject: ”Importance of Independent Analysis in EB-5″