Ensuring the Success of Your Foreign Direct Investment Process
Mangum & Associates PC has worked with cross-border clients in a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, digital media, biotech, medicine, mining, manufacturing, retail, and wholesale. Our foreign investment group also has specific experience representing Chinese companies in business initiatives with the U.S., and thoroughly understands both dynamic business cultures. We have advised clients on topics including immigration, strategic alliances, public and private equity, debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance initiatives, and investment related green cards.
We have also counseled domestic and international clients on complex transactional matters. This includes initial public offerings (IPO) and private placements, reverse mergers, NYSE and NASDAQ initial listings and listing transfers, going dark and going private transactions, and public company compliance work. With this experience, we are well-versed and prepared to ensure the success of any client’s foreign direct investment process.
Bringing Businesses and Investors Together Through Foreign Direct Investment
In today’s global world, businesses are deeply interconnected. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is more than simply diversifying your portfolio with a few shares of foreign stock. Instead, you typically must establish a new business or acquire at least 10% of a foreign enterprise. This means investing more than your capital and may involve sharing your professional expertise, insight, and technology. If you’re going invest these valuable resources in a venture, you need to be sure that it’s the right fit, that you comply with the country’s laws, and that your interests are protected.
Foreign investment is vital to both emerging and established market countries. In emerging markets, FDI helps build infrastructure and delivers necessary funding that might be otherwise unavailable. However, the bulk of FDI goes to companies in established markets, such as the United States. In more established markets, foreign direct investment typically focuses on:
- merger and acquisitions,
- the global restructuring of mature businesses, and
- popular immigrant investor programs that offer legal residency (such as the EB-5 program).
When you work with a securities and FDI lawyer at Mangum & Associates, you’ll get invaluable insight into the global markets. We assist our clients with a wide array of investment opportunities, both domestically and abroad. And our clients can rest assured, knowing that they’re getting guidance from one of the United States’ premier, boutique securities law firms. Whether you are looking for foreign direct investment opportunities or want to attract global investors, it’s time to talk to us.
How Does the EB-5 Investor Program Work?
For many foreign nationals, a U.S. green card and citizenship is a coveted goal. You may be able to make this dream a reality through the U.S. EB-5 immigrant investor program. To qualify, you must do the following:
- Invest in a new, commercial enterprise in the United States
- Prove that your investment will create new, full-time jobs
- Show that you have managerial control over the venture, either through policy development or your day-to-day oversight
- Document that you have or are in the process of investing $1,000,0000 ($500,000 if it is a “targeted employment area”) in the venture
- You legally acquired the investment capital
- Meet other requirements set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
While this may sound simple, the EB-5 program’s details are actually quite complex.
With the EB-5 program, immigrant investors initially receive conditional residency that lets them live and work in the United State for two years. However, once you receive your EB-5 visa, you can request an adjustment of status. This converts your visa into a green card. The entire process can involve significant documentation, a consular interview, and intense scrutiny from immigration officials.
At Mangum & Associates, we guide our clients through every step of the immigrant investor program, helping them identify opportunities for foreign direct investment, overseeing the application, and streamlining it to the best of our abilities. Just as importantly, we keep them updated and informed throughout the entire process.
If you an immigrant or foreign national that wants to use foreign direct investment to obtain your green card or permanent legal residency, contact our office today. We can outline your options and suggest some next steps. We can also assist clients with E-2 nonimmigrant investor visas.
You Need a Lawyer Who Can Facilitate Cross-Cultural Investment
If you’re looking to diversify your portfolio with significant foreign direct investment, it’s in your best interest to consult with a securities lawyer who understands the nuances of global and cross-cultural business. Every business and culture has its unique characteristics and challenges. And you need someone who can help you successfully navigate them.
Global trade is becoming increasingly contentious and complicated. As countries reassess their trade policies, free trade agreements, and desire for foreign direct investment, you need a lawyer who can carefully analyze your situation and uncover opportunities for meaningful growth and development.
At Mangum & Associates, our foreign direct investment attorneys have extensive experience with both domestic and international clients, especially in the United States and China. Our team appreciates and deeply understands each of these vibrant business cultures. We use our insight to create robust strategies for our clients. We take a comprehensive approach to assessing the investment climate — analyzing legal and regulatory structures, the area’s resources and workforce, and each investment’s potential profitability.
Explore Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities With Mangum & Associates
If you’re ready to consult with an experienced and respected foreign direct investment attorney, contact Mangum & Associates today. Our team of legal professionals and advisors can help you make your FDI goals a reality. Our law firm’s offices are conveniently located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, making face-to-face meetings easy. We look forward to working with you.