Contact Info:

David Hirson & Partners, LLP
1122 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

ple@hirsonimmigration.com

Direct: +1 949 531-6205
Fax: +1 949 383-5368

PHUONG LE

ATTORNEY

Phuong Le is a member of David Hirson & Partner, LLP’s dedicated EB-5 practice group. He draws upon an extensive background advising parties on all sides of EB-5 transactions, including Regional Centers, project developers, agents, and investors. Prior to joining the firm, he was in-house counsel for a large Southern California EB-5 Regional Center and real estate developer. There, he managed over $500 million in EB-5 financing and guided the company to several milestones, including approvals for their first 100 I-829 petitions.

His clients span the entire industry. He has successfully advised Regional Centers and businesses across the U.S. on over $1.5 billion in EB-5 deals, including commercial real estate developments, multifamily apartment buildings, hotels, medical office buildings, and restaurant franchises.

He works closely with businesses throughout the EB-5 financing process, including structuring debt/equity EB-5 offerings as part of a diversified capital stack, and coordinating complex review and structuring with securities attorneys, economists, business plan writers, and escrow banks.

He regularly consults businesses on forming and managing their own Regional Centers, including filing annual I-924A compliance reports and creating I-526 and I-829 templates to ensure Regional Centers and investors have consistent work product, including peer review of other attorneys’ EB-5 filings. He also lectures and trains other attorneys, migration agents, and professionals on EB-5 project structure and due diligence.

He also oversees the firm’s Vietnamese practice group and regularly travels to Vietnam where he works closely with the firm’s business partners, agents, and investors. Finally, he also frequently shares his knowledge with the industry as a lecturer, author, and as co-counsel/peer review for other EB-5 attorneys.

Past representative EB-5 financing matters include:

  • I-526 exemplar approval for $50 million EB-5 offering for a 300+ unit apartment complex in Southern California
  • $180 million in debt/equity EB-5 financing for 400,000 square foot mixed-use commercial real estate development in Orange County
  • Direct EB-5 financing raises for fast-casual franchise restaurants

Education:

J.D., U.C. Hastings, College of the Law
B.A., Philosophy, U.C. Irvine
B.A., Criminology, Law, & Society, U.C. Irvine

Admitted to Practice

  • California

Memberships & Professional Organizations

  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Member, Orange County Asian American Bar Association
  • Member, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California
  • Member, National Asian Pacific Bar Association

Publications & Lectures

  • Co-Author, “The Evolving Role of EB-5 Counsel – Considerations for Multi-Party Representation in EB-5 Deals” by Nima Korpivaara, Esq. & Phuong N. Le, Esq. NES Financial’s ebook,Navigating a Changing EB-5 Sector: Insights from Experts (Summer 2016).
  • Author, “Recap of the 2016 Ho Chi Minh EB-5 Delegation” by Phuong Le. EB-5 Investors Magazine. Volume 4, Issue 1. (Winter 2016)
  • Co-Author, “Bridging the Gap Between Investors and Projects: Five Considerations for Structuring EB-5 Deals” by Nima Korpivaara, Esq. & Phuong N. Le, Esq. Trade & Invest In America |The EB-5 Gateway (published on April 4, 2017)
  • Co-Lecturer, “Counseling Business Clients.” Western State College of Law(July 2016)
  • Speaker/Panelist -“EB-5 at a Quarter-Century: Myths, Facts, and a Look Forward” (CLE Breakout Session) – 2016 National Convention – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (November 2016)
  • Moderator – “Migration Agents: An Inside Look on the Growth Spurt of the Vietnamese Market: Trouble Shooting, What is Working & What is Not, How Can U.S. Projects Approach Vietnamese Agents, & Growing Pains.” EB-5 Investors Magazine – 2017 Ho Chi Minh City EB-5 Delegation (March 2017)

Past Memberships

  • Member, Best Practices Committee – Association to Invest in the USA (2014-2015)
  • Member, American Bar Association Advisory Panel (2012-2014)

Probono

In his spare time, Phuong enjoys volunteering with professional and community organizations throughout Southern California, including providing pro bono immigration advice at community legal clinics with APABA, U.S. Citizenship Clinics with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and mentoring underprivileged youth with Kids Reading to Succeed.