FIRM OVERVIEW: Founded in 2012 by Harvard Business School alumni, LCR Capital Partners is a partner-owned, private equity investment firm that deploys debt and equity to experienced operators of top American franchise restaurant brands - an ideal industry for EB-5 investments as it is one of the most efficient converters of capital into jobs.
The firm helps global high-net worth investors and their children secure U.S. green cards by pooling their capital and deploying it towards job creating projects in the United States.
LCR is headquartered in Westport, CT, has offices in Miami, FL, São Paulo, Brazil, and Mumbai, India and will be establishing operations in the Middle East and China in 2016.
EXPERTISE: LCR combines expertise in lending, franchise strategy, and franchise operations – and applies this expertise to benefit EB-5 immigrant investors. LCR’s principals and its affiliates have extensive franchise finance experience including franchise lending, new development, operations and franchise sales. Over the last 25 years, Mt. Pleasant Capital, the firm's exclusive strategic partner, has built a proven franchise finance track record by originating, underwriting and funding over $300 million to build 3,000 new franchise store locations across the U.S. The firm's default rate is less than 2%.
TEAM: LCR’s senior management team built and established distinguished track records while serving at many of the world’s premier organizations including: McKinsey & Co., Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, UBS, BlackRock, EMP Global, Wasserstein Perella, Merrill Lynch, INVESCO, Fox Point Capital, the U.S. Congress, and other leading global institutions.
MISSION: As a firm founded by first-generation U.S. immigrants, LCR understands the challenges of starting a new life in the United States and is committed to enabling a successful U.S. transition for all of its clients.
IDEALLY SUITED INDUSTRY FOR EB-5: The restaurant franchise industry is one of the highest job-creating industries in the U.S. economy and one of the most efficient producers of jobs per dollar invested.
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is the fastest, simplest and most reliable way to achieve permanent residency in the United States.
The 25+ year old program provides U.S. green cards and permanent residency to international investors and their immediate families (children up to age of 21) through a one-time minimum investment of $500,000 USD into a new U.S. business that creates 10 or more American jobs.
Signed into federal law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, and re-authorized by U.S. Congress in 2012 with a near unanimous, bi-partisan vote.
Since the EB-5 program’s inception:
In FY2015, EB-5 applications for permanent residency were approved at 95%+ rate.
By investing through a U.S. government approved Regional Center like LCR’s, you are not required to actively manage the new business in any way.
One of the most popular EB-5 investment options is for parents to donate the investment amount as a gift to their son or daughter and have them become the EB-5 investor (there are no age restrictions in EB-5).
Higher University Acceptance Rates: A foreign student, under an EB-5 visa, is treated as a U.S. resident applicant and thus will not be impacted by limitations applied to international students.
Lower Tuition Rates: As a U.S. green card holder, your children may qualify for reduced “in-state” tuition rates as well as merit-based scholarships and awards reserved only for U.S. residents and citizens.
Eliminate Need to Apply for H1-B Visa Via Competitive Lottery: As a foreign university student or new graduate, your children are subject to a highly competitive lottery system in order to obtain the required H1-B employer-sponsored visa.
Expanded Employment Opportunities: Live and work anywhere in the U.S. and pursue full range of professional and business opportunities in the world’s largest economy.
Low Cost: One-time cost of $500K provides green cards for investor, spouse and dependents. The minimum investment amount will likely increase to $800,000 no later than September 30th, 2016.
Easy to Qualify: No specialized skills required. No travel or age restrictions, and no language skills requirement
Hedge Local Currency Depreciation: Use U.S. dollar- denominated EB-5 investment as depreciation hedge vs. local currency.
Direct Path to U.S. Citizenship: Can apply at the five year anniversary of receipt of their conditional resident status.
LCR has transformed a government immigration program into a transparent and standardized investment product. LCR’s fund structure platform allows the EB-5 investor to participate across multiple job-creating assets rather than relying on a single traditional EB-5 project. In effect, LCR has designed the ideal EB-5 product to ensure maximum job creation, diversify risk and maximize principal protection and return to its investors.
RESTAURANT FRANCHISES - THE IDEAL EB-5 INDUSTRY
Restaurant franchise industry is one of the highest job-creating industries in the U.S economy and one of the most efficient producers of jobs per dollar invested:
LCR’s EB-5 franchise finance projects extend experienced multi-unit operators with senior-secured loans to partially finance the construction of new Dunkin’ restaurants creating over 20 jobs per investor.
Diversified Vehicle: Mutual fund-like structure diversifies risk for investors beyond a single project/restaurant
Top QSR Brand: LCR will only work with global QSR brands with proven business models and high, new store development success rates
Debt Investment: LCR will provide loans for new store development only to experienced multi-unit operators. We will also require each borrower to contribute ~ 25% of store cost with their personal equity
Security of Collateral: Each loan made by LCR will be protected with several safeguards that may include some or all of the following:
Land under stores
Personal guarantees by each borrower
Step-in rights by LCR
Structured Exit: Each loan will have a defined 5 year maturity date, with strong penalties if principal is not repaid on time.
Transparency: Regular reporting and independent auditing of LCR's EB-5 product similar to branded, standardized financial products
LCR’s fund structure platform allows the EB-5 investor to participate across multiple job-creating assets rather than rely on a single traditional EB-5 project:
Our #1 priority is to invest in businesses and projects that create an abundance of jobs so as to ensure our investors receive their permanent green cards: