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John D. Tishler

Thought Leadership


John Tishler is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Tishler's practice encompasses domestic and international capital markets, corporate finance, corporate governance, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and technology. He advises established NYSE, NASDAQ and international exchange issuers and smaller high-growth clients on capital structures, equity and debt offerings, EB-5 project finance, securities compliance, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.  Mr. Tishler regularly speaks and writes on corporate governance, capital markets transactions, EB-5 project finance, emerging growth company issues and uncommon interpretations and approaches to transactional lawyering.


  • Top 25 Corporate EB-5 Attorneys, EB5 Investors Magazine, 2013-2017
  • M&A Advisors of the Year, Our City San Diego, 2016
  • Top Attorney 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, Corporate Transactional, San Diego Daily Transcript
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015-2019
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2010-2017


Representative Engagements

Represented Texas Growth Fund in $60 million EB-5 offerings

Represented SMHG Village Development LLC on $120 million EB-5 loan facility for development of Powder Mountain

Represented affiliate of HomeFed Corporation in $125 million EB-5 offering

Represented TechFlow, Inc. in connection with purchase by an ESOP

Represented Audit Committee of Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. in connection with investigation into certain accounting matters

Represented Crescent SCNOLA EB-5 Investor Fund in successful EB-5 offering for the historic Troubadour Hotel in New Orleans

Represented LendingTree, Inc. in $112 million secondary public offering of stock.

Represented Summit Mountain Holding Group in $120 million EB-5 offering for Powder Mountain

Represented Shea Family Care in sale of nine skilled nursing and assisted living operations to The Ensign Group

Represented JMI Realty in successful EB-5 financing of the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas

Represented ZMC Hotels in sale of 29 limited service hotels to Hall Equities Group

Represented Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) on $625 million high-yield debt offering

Represented utility-scale alternative energy projects for EB-5 financing

Represented BACTES Imaging Solutions and related companies in sale to Sharecare, Inc.

Represents Websense, Inc. for corporate matters

Represented (NASDAQ:TREE) in sale of Home Loan Center to affiliate of Discover Financial Services

Represented Sagient Research Systems in sale to Informa Business Information

Represented CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) in acquisition of Paradigm Solutions, Inc.

Represented Rizvi Traverse Management for going private of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in $1.5 billion registered debt offering

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in $1.9 billion tender offer of outstanding debt

Represents (NASDAQ:TREE) for corporate governance and public reporting

Represents Lenovo for corporate governance and Level 1 ADR program

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation for corporate governance and public reporting

Represented Lenovo on sale of interest in AsiaInfo

Represented Overland Storage, Inc. in secondary public offering

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in $850 Million registered debt offering

Represented Carolina Precision Plastics L.L.C. in purchase of ATP Plastics

Represented Special Committee of Pomeroy IT Solutions in going private transaction

Represented SiliconSystems, Inc. in sale to Western Digital Corporation

Represented ZMC Hotels in restructure and refinance of debt

Represented Xerox Corporation for exchange of employee equity for PARC subsidiary

Represented RF Magic, Inc. in merger with Entropic Communications, Inc.

Represented SiliconSystems, Inc. in Series C Preferred Stock Financing by Samsung Ventures 

Represented Carolina Precision Plastics, L.L.C., in acquisition of Augros, Inc.

Represented SpaceDev, Inc. in $34 million acquisition of Starsys, Inc.

Represented Axesstel, Inc. in $38 million secondary public offering

Represented SiliconSystems, Inc. in Series B Preferred Stock Financing by Rustic Canyon Partners, Shepherd Ventures and Miramar Venture Partners

Represented GE Capital in venture investments in life sciences companies

Represented Interplan Corporation in acquisition by Schroder Ventures and Pouschine Cook

Thought Leadership



  • "The EB-5 Handbook: A Guide for Investors and Developers" (Co-Author), & EB-5 Investors Magazine, 2014
  • "Fundamental Strategies to Cope with the Changing World of Corporate Governance and Securities Compliance," Inside the Minds: SEC Compliance Best Practices, 2010 Edition, Aspatore, March 2010

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • “Redeployment: the issues and the opportunities,”, Oct 11, 2017
  • 2017 ICEA US-China Business Matchmaking Summit, EB-5 Panelist, Oct 3-5, 2017, New Mexico
  • “Capital Redeployment and the EB-5 Loan Transaction” and “Project Due Diligence Trends: Redeployment, Exit Strategy Evaluation, and Project Security”, 2017 EB5 Investors San Francisco EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention, July 27-28, 2017
  • “Project Underwriting: Understanding Borrower Relationships and Inter-Creditor Agreements (Part B),” EB5 Investors Las Vegas EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention, January 13, 2017
  • “Issue Spotting in EB-5 Legislation for Regional Centers”, IIUSA’s EB5 Industry Forum, Los Angeles, October 11, 2016
  • “Global Real Estate Investments: What is the Future?”, San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR), September 13, 2016
  • “Broker Dealer Services in EB-5”, Webinar, August 24, 2016
  • "Representing Regional Centers, NCEs, and JCEs in an Era of Increased SEC and Other Regulatory Oversight", EB5 Investors New York EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention, July 18, 2016
  • "Securities Considerations and Pitfalls to Avoid" and "Post-Offering Compliance", Sheppard Mullin’s sponsored Regional Center Workshop at EB5 Investors New York EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention, July 17, 2016
  • “The Enhanced Role of the SEC”,, Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, January 16, 2016
  • “Securities Law Considerations”, IIUSA, Dallas EB-5 Conference, October 22, 2015
  • “Project Underwriting Workshop (Part 1)”, USIIF &’s Private EB-5 Chinese Delegation, Shenzhen, China, October 16, 2015
  • “SEC Considerations”, Pincus Communication, Inc., EB-5 Investor-based Immigration Conference, October 8, 2015
  • “Liability Associated with EB-5 Marketing Materials”, Webinar, October 7, 2015
  • “EB-5 Securities Roundtable,” EB5investors and Sheppard Mullin, Los Angeles EB-5 Conference, August, 3, 2015
  • “Implications of the Grassley Leahy Bill”, Webinar, June 24, 2015
  • “Should the PPM be Translated by the Issuer?”, Webinar, June 17, 2015
  • “Dealing with Senior Lenders in EB-5 Investment”, Webinar, June 3, 2015
  • “Who Diligences the Disclosures?”, Webinar, April 29, 2015
  • “Redeployment of Repaid EB-5 Funds,” Webinar, April 16, 2015
  • “Disclosures in EB-5 Offering Documents,” Webinar, March 5, 2015
  • “EB-5 Regional Center Industry Best Practices: Case Studies & Historical Review”, IIUSA EB-5 Webinar, February 5, 2015
  • “Structuring EB-5 Projects for Immigration, Financial & Market Success”,, Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, January 17, 2015
  • “Are Issuers and Regional Centers conducting unregistered Broker-Dealer activity?” Webinar, Dec 3, 2014
  • “EB-5 Due Diligence: Process and Components for Success”, IIUSA, San Francisco EB-5 Conference, October 24, 2014
  • "Mezzanine Financing at Single Digit Interest Rates: Is EB-5 for Real?" CFO Study Group, July 29, 2014
  • "Does My Project Work with EB-5?", Southern California EB-5 Conference, July 21, 2014
  • "How to Finance a New Development," Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), Summer Update Webinar, July 8, 2014
  • "EB-5 Securities - The Rise of Broker-Dealers,", Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, March 8, 2014
  • "Securities Laws & EB-5 - Broker/Dealer Business Model & JOBS Act Update," IIUSA EB-5 Webinar, February 27, 2014
  • "How to Finance a New Development," Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 28, 2014
  • "Securities Considerations for EB-5 Issuers in light of SEC and FINRA Actions," USAdvisors Conference, October 30, 2013
  • "Understanding the Interplay of USCIS EB-5 Requirements and SEC Regulations,"'s Annual SoCal EB-5 Conference, July 15, 2013
  • "Orange County Capital Markets Program on EB5," Urban Land Institute's Capital Markets Initiative Council Meeting, April 10, 2013
  • "Real Estate and EB-5 Financing for Solar," Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 2013, March 20, 2013
  • "JOBS Act and Beyond," 5th Annual Hot Topics Seminar, October 16, 2012
  • Panelist, AICPA National Audit Committee Forum, July 30-31, 2012


  • EB-5 Securities Roundtable
  • The Aerospace & Defense Forum - San Diego Chapter Steering Committee
  • Adjunct professor, University of San Diego School of Law, teaching advanced deal structures, and he regularly lectures on corporate law, strategic partnering, and executive compensation
  • Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • Member, American Bar Association