Foreign Investment in the United States: Key Immigration, Business and Tax Considerations

Event Description

Deadline to Register: February 16, 2016

Foreign entrepreneurs and investors seeking to obtain immigration status through investment in the United States have many options. This CLE is intended to provide an overview of a wide range of available immigration options as well as important business and tax ramifications of these options.

Mr. Streff will discuss investors visas, such as E-2 and EB-5, and alternative options for entrepreneurs, such as L-1 intracompany transferees, EB-1 and O-1 extraordinary ability, and National Interest Waivers’ through the Entrepreneurs Pathways initiative.

Mr. Vollmers will explain relevant business issues of appropriate entity formation, business plans, international business relationships, investment due diligence, and funds tracing.

Finally, Mr. Sherayzen will focus on U.S. international tax issues relevant to foreign investors in light of each immigration and business option, especially U.S. tax residency classification,disclosure of foreign income and foreign assets, and foreign business ownership compliance requirements.


Mr. Matthew Streff is the principal of Streff Legal, PLLC, focusing on immigration issues for multi-national foreign professionals, families, business, entrepreneurs, researchers, and physicians. Streff Legal also assists with immigration compliance, as well as national origin andother discrimination issues for employment and higher education matters. Mr. Streff serves on the Executive Committee for the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Executive Committee for the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. He has provided immigration support to large, multinational conglomerates, including Fortune500 companies, as well as small tech and biomedical research start-ups.

Mr. Todd Vollmers an attorney with Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov, and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, and Florida. Todd has extensive international and business experience having worked in the private sector and in government, and previously served as General Counsel for a private equity firm with offices in Minneapolis and Shanghai. Todd also worked as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where he managed legal issues related to U.S. government advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies with matters before foreign governments, and foreign trade obligations arising under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mr. Vollmers holds a Certificate in Chinese Business Law from Fudan University Law School, Shanghai, a Master of International Policy and Practice focusing on International Trade and Economics from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Eugene Sherayzen is the founder and owner of Sherayzen Law Office, PLLC, which specializes in U.S. international tax compliance for U.S. and foreign persons, particularly: IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure (with its new streamlined offshoots), FBAR, FATCA, antideferral regime compliance (PFICs and Subpart F look-through rules), US ownership of foreign business entities (disregarded entities, partnerships and corporations), foreign trust compliance and planning (both for U.S. grantors and U.S. beneficiaries), foreign inheritance, investments in precious metals, complex international tax and estate planning, and other related issues.

CLE Credits:

1.5 Standard CLE Credits Applied | Event Code: 216055 

Cost (includes lunch):

IBLS Member:  $10
MSBA Member not in the section:  $15
Non MSBA-Member:  $20
Law Student: FREE

Join the International Business Law Section (IBLS) and attend the CLE for free:  $33
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States