November 26, 2017
Polsinelli Strengthens Securities & Corporate Finance Practice with Addition of New Shareholder Debbie Klis 

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes shareholder Debbie A. Klis to its national Securities & Corporate Finance practice. 

With nearly two decades of experience in finance, business, securities and tax matters, Klis strengthens the firm’s Securities & Corporate Finance Practice and continues the growth in Polsinelli’s Washington, D.C. office. 

“Debbie brings valuable experience in private capital raising, particularly in terms of her work representing clients raising funds through the United States Immigrant Investor Program (also known as EB-5) and her experience with crowdfunding, that we believe will be beneficial to our clients across the country,” said Polsinelli Securities & Corporate Finance Practice Chair Kevin Vold. “We look forward to introducing Debbie to clients as an important new member of our Securities & Corporate Finance team.”

Klis has represented investment management companies, including the formation and operation of EB-5 immigration investment funds and regional centers, hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, land syndications and international master-feeder structures. She also represents real estate developers and sponsors seeking capital under the EB-5 program to fund their projects, and assists principals and developers with the formation of regional centers or by joining with an existing EB-5 approved regional center through a rental model or arm's length investment.

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Klis’ clients included placement agents, issuers, broker-dealers, investment banks and multinational financial institutions, funds, investment advisers, investment companies and banks.

“Polsinelli is known for providing outstanding client service, which stems from a solid firm foundation with great leaders,” said Klis. “I am looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues and continuing to further my practice at a reputable national law firm, while strengthening Polsinelli’s Securities & Corporate Finance Practice with expanded capabilities.”

Klis is President and Director of Women Ambassadors for Business, Inc., and serves as Chair of the Social Action Committee of Beth Sholom Congregation. She was named among the Top 15 Corporate Attorneys in 2016 by EB5 Investors Magazine and was on The Daily Record’s list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2013 for her achievement of professional success, community service, leadership and mentorship. She is a member of the California Bar Association and is part of the Securities and Tax Division of the District of Columbia’s Bar Association. Klis is also part of the American Bar Association’s Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisor Subcommittees. She frequently speaks on topics such as the United States Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5), crowdfunding, raising angel money and venture capital and writing business plans, to name a few. 

Klis received a LL.M. (taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center, a juris doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and a Bachelor’s of Science from Santa Clara University.