International Investment Fraud
We have represented investors in over 60 countries who lost money to investment fraud in the US, including EB-5 investors.
In an increasingly global world, international investors often invest in investment opportunities in the United States. Sometimes they may learn of such opportunities through the Internet, and other times through brokers or trusted investment advisors.
Unfortunately, sometimes such investment opportunities turn out to be fraudulent schemes, and the international investors lose substantial portions – or the totality – of their investments.
In our cases on behalf of international investors, we go after the fraudulent or questionable investment programs, their promoters, and/or those who assist them and help them perpetrate the fraud:
- Payment processors
- Brokers and investment advisors
- Escrow agents
We are familiar with the legal particularities, challenges, and cultural differences involved in representing investors from other countries. We are also familiar with the legal procedures and proceedings that must be taken into account in the context of cross-border litigation.
The attorney-client relationship is built on trust, and for trust to develop the client and the lawyer must get to know each other. We treat our international clients with the same diligence and at the same standards we treat our U.S.-based clients. We often travel to meet with our clients in person, in their home countries, before they sign up with us, so they can “put a face on the name,” get to know us in person, and ask questions about their case.
We sometimes start cases involving proceedings in both the United States and our international clients’ home countries. For the foreign proceedings, we typically link up with law firms in our clients’ homes, to coordinate our respective cases and help ensure that our clients’ interests are protected.
For cases on behalf of international investors where the recovery of any money takes place in the United States, we typically offer contingency fee representation on the same terms as for our U.S. clients (i.e., typically no upfront attorneys’ fees). For cases on behalf of international investors where the recovery of any money may take place in part or entirely overseas – hence the recovery risks are higher even if we are successful – we typically offer a fee arrangement that consists of reduced attorneys’ fees and a reduced contingency percentage.
If you are an international or non-U.S. based investor and believe you may have lost money as a result of a fraudulent investment scheme perpetrated out of the United States, or a questionable investment sold to you by a U.S.-based broker, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your legal situation and potential recovery options, by phone at 888-998-0530, via email at email@example.com, or through the contact form on this page.
EB-5 Investment Fraud
EB-5 investment fraud is a type of international investment fraud, where the fraudsters take advantage of the immigrant Investor Program and seek foreign investors wishing to gain a United States passport. EB-5 investments are considered securities offerings, subject to the U.S. securities laws and the rules and regulations enacted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Foreign investors and entrepreneurs look to the the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program for the opportunity to obtain a green card and legal permanent residency in the United States. This status is procured if they are able to make a large investment in a United States commercial venture which leads to the creation of permanent full-time jobs for U.S. workers.
EB-5 investment schemes sometimes involve fraudulent businesses that advertise themselves as legitimate EB-5 qualifying investment opportunities and enroll foreign investors looking for an avenue to U.S. citizenship.
The danger to potential victims of such schemes is that they may also risk having their immigration petitions denied in addition to squandering their investments.
EB-5 Investor programs involve “regional centers” that sponsor capital investment projects for EB-5 investors, and interested business owners must apply to have their businesses designated as “regional centers”. Unfortunately these businesses are often not checked properly by the U.S. government and businesses can advertise as qualifying for EB-5 investments without proper verification.
Instead, EB-5 fraud schemes take the investor money for their own purposes, and investors often lose their hard-earned cash and the chance to qualify for United States residency.
If you believe you may have lost money or an opportunity for U.S. residency due to EB-5 investor schemes please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your legal situation and potential recovery options, by phone at 888-998-0530, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the contact form on this page.