Comment: Vast Change In EB5
The EB5 world starts changing, as of today. Regulators' actions in 2013 began the change, and will surely also be important in 2014 (hint to Federal Regulators: get going!). However, the market is a much larger force than Regulators, and the EB5 market undergoes significant change starting this week, for two reasons which we discuss below.

Firstly, the largest Regional Center ever approved is in the market for investments as of this week. The size of this Regional Center - LIGTT - is staggering, and bears close study by everyone involved in EB5s, since no one in the EB5 ecosystem will remain untouched by so large an entity - at least 6 times larger than the largest Regional Center hitherto. Let's begin with jobs: 34,000 jobs in Louisiana - 180,000 jobs in 32 states - gigantic numbers never before seen in EB5, and truly large even without reference to EB5 - this is a massive job creator for the United States. LIGTT is an enormous world-class shipping terminal, one of the largest infrastructure projects currently in the country, regardless of method of finance. Annual revenues for LIGTT once fully constructed are expected to be in the billions - again stupendous by historical EB5 standards. The names involved with LIGTT include Bechtel, Patton Boggs, and Dentons - a pedigree unmatched in the EB5 space. We encourage everyone interested in EB5 to check out LIGTT's newly re-launched website: and see what LIGTT is about for yourself.

However, it is not size alone that makes LIGTT a game changer for EB5, there is a second reason. LIGTT appears to have a high degree of sensitivity to compliance with American law, and hence will likely not do business the way it has so far been done in China. LIGTT now joins several smaller pioneering Regional Centers struggling with bringing compliant practices into the EB5 world. Should all these RCs, including LIGTT, succeed in bringing US-law-compliant practice to EB5, the entire EB5 ecosystem will be forced to adjust to the new rules of compliance. We are betting that the collective efforts of compliant RCs will succeed, because the EB5 market has now reached a size where non-compliance will not remain unnoticed by federal regulators. Compliance is a far bigger game-changer for the EB5 market than the sheer size of LIGTT. Not only will practices and customs have to change, compliance with American securities laws will likely force a structural change to the EB5 field - several players will go out of business all together.

We applaud LIGTT for coming into the EB5 space, and for its apparent determination to observe compliant practices. 2014 promises to be a tumultuous and exciting year for EB5 - welcome aboard! Share your thoughts by writing to

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