EB-5 and Beyond: Counseling the Foreign Entrepreneur on Immigration, Business, Tax, and Legal Considerations


Re-Broadcast on December 13, 2016

There are many questions the foreign entrepreneur has when investigating how they can come to live, work, and run a business in the United States. This presentation will present the key points that must be discussed and eventually decided with the foreign client looking to move to America for business purposes.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Immigration and Visa Options for the Foreign Entrepreneur
  • Tax Planning Strategies
  • Business Entity decisions
  • Related business/legal issues that should be considered

Date / Time: December 13, 2016

  • 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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gros-duboisEric Gros-Dubois, Esq. is the consummate business lawyer, with a JD and MBA. Eric views legal issues through a commercial lens and becomes a trusted legal and business advisor to business clients.

Before founding EPGD Attorneys at Law, Mr. Gros-Dubois was a partner at a Washington, DC firm focusing on business transactions, tax controversies, and estate & trust planning. He later was with a Miami, Florida law firm specializing in commercial transactions and business litigation.

Mr. Gros-Dubois was raised in Dallas, Texas, attended Jesuit College Prep, and attended Southern Methodist University, during which time he lived and studied in Paris, the south of France. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After living and working in New York and Costa Rica, he attended the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2007 and his Masters in Business Management (MBA) with a specialization in Finance from the Kogod School of Business in 2008. In business school he became a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor fraternity. In 2010 he sat for, and passed, Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Gros-Dubois interned with a law firm focused on complex medical malpractice litigation. In law school he spent a summer with a non-profit organization, interned with a private equity group, and devoted a semester to the Federal Tax Clinic representing taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. Gros-Dubois has been admitted to practice law in the State of New York (2008), the State of Maryland (2008), the District of Columbia (2009), the State of Florida (2010), before the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Federal District Court for Maryland, and the U.S. Tax Court (2008). He is also a member of bar associations in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Florida, Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables, and the American Bar Association. In 2015 Mr. Gros-Dubois was recognized by Florida Trend as an “Up and Comer” Legal Elite.

Eric is a marathon runner, enthusiastic cook, and a member of a racing team at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. He is actively involved in charity work, including serving as the secretary of the Mission of the Heart, Inc. Eric is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and the current President of the Rotary Club of Brickell. He is a Trustee Diplomat of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Coral Gables Bar Association, a member of the Coral Gables Chapter of the Florida Lawyer’s Network (FLN), the vice president of BNI Coral Gables, a former member of the International Affairs Coordinating Counsel for the Sister-Cities of Coral Gables on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Junior Orange Bowl, Co-Chair of the annual Jr. Orange Bowl chess tournament, a Merrick Society Member of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of Global Ties Miami (formerly the Miami Council for International Visitors). Finally, he currently serves as the President of his home owner’s association.

deirdre-neroDeirdre Nero, Esq. is an Immigration & Nationality Law Attorney in private practice with her own firm, NERO Immigration Law, P.L. located in Coral Gables, FL. Originally from New Jersey, Deirdre has lived in Florida for over 20 years. She earned a Bachelors Degree from Florida State University in Communication Studies and Spanish in 1999. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from FSU, Deirdre moved to Spain and worked as an English teacher for a year. Upon returning to Florida, Deirdre attended the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 2003 and passed the Florida Bar. Ms. Nero started her own law practice, NERO Immigration Law, P.L., in 2009 after having spent several years as an Immigration & Nationality Lawyer in two large law firms also in Coral Gables (Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. and Fragomen, del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP).

Deirdre’s practice focuses on all types of business immigration including employment based immigrant (permanent residency) and nonimmigrant (temporary) visa petitions, and related business immigration matters. She also routinely handles family immigration matters and naturalizations. Ms. Nero works closely with small and medium companies and individual clients to personally coordinate and execute all aspects of the client’s Immigration strategy and represent them in front of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.

Deirdre is actively involved with and has held leadership positions in many local organizations, such as the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Beacon Council, the Organization for Women in International Trade, BNI Miami-Dade, The Florida Lawyers Network, and Global Ties Miami, among others. She also frequently writes and lectures on Immigration Law and other topics, such as Alopecia Areata.

Deirdre serves as an advocate and Legislative Liaison for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and frequently travels to Washington, DC to advocate on that organization’s behalf. She is also the co-founder, with her sister Aria, of a jewelry line called B.A.L.D., which raises awareness for Alopecia Areata and donates a portion of profits to alopecia related charities.

Deirdre is a Certified Spinning® Instructor by Madd Dog Athletics and is Certified in CPR/AED. She teaches Spinning® classes several times a week at the University of Miami Herbert Wellness Center and other local health clubs.

Deirdre is fluent is Spanish and also holds Italian Citizenship. She is honored to hold an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® which shows that she is a well-respected attorney in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law.

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Section I. Introduction

Section II. The Initial Consultation with the Foreign Entrepreneur or Business Person
a) Determine the Foreigner’s Goals
b) Review their options based on their particular circumstances, nationality, and objectives
c) Questions and concerns about their families

Section III. Various Business Immigration Options for the Foreign Entrepreneur/Professional
a) H1-B
b) L-1
c) E Visas
d) EB-5
e) O-1
f) Spousal and Children Visas

Section IV. Considerations for the Visas that require starting a business
a) Starting a New Business
b) Acquiring an Existing Business
c) Working for an Existing Business

Section V. Tax Issues for the Foreign Entrepreneur/Professional
a) Non-residents without the Intention of Living in America
        i. Estate Tax
        ii. Income Tax
b) Non-Residents with the Intention of Living in America
        i. Estate Tax
        ii. Income Tax
c. Foreigners with the Intention of Permanent Residency

        i. Estate Tax
        ii. Income Tax

Section VI. Business Considerations
a) Selection of Entity
b) Leases
c) Employees
d) Licenses
e) Local Taxes
f) Sales Taxes

Section VII. Other Considerations
a) Trademarks
b) Copyrights
c) Patents
d) Fictitious Business Names
e) Employees

Section VIII. Building the Team of Advisors for the Foreign Entrepreneur/Professional
a) Accounting
b) Bookkeeping
c) Taxes
d) Insurance
e) Real Estate

Section IX. Further Immigration Concerns and Issues