Mark I. Davies, Esq.

Mark I. Davies, Esq.

Global Managing Partner
Founder Chair for Global Business and Investor Visa Team


Dual qualified as a lawyer in the United States and the United Kingdom, Mark I. Davies is the Global Managing Partner and founder of our firm. Mark also Chairs our Global Business and Investor visa team and focuses his practice on EB5, L1, E2 and other business and investor visa solutions. A former General Counsel, Mark is relied on as primary counsel to major corporations, investors, non-profits and businesses of all sizes.

Mark holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a law degree from a major university in the United Kingdom (UK) and an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Mark was awarded a post-graduate Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania law school and is the holder of multiple scholarships and academic awards.

Mark has also published legal articles and spoken on an international basis. His speaking engagements include presentations for various US state bar associations, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Law Society of England & Wales and the ALA.

Mark has been recognized by the White House for his service within the US legal profession.

Experience

Mark gained his first US immigration experience almost twenty-five years ago when he first applied for a US visa. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Mark held multiple different US visas, eventually obtaining a green card and later naturalizing.

In addition to being the Global firm Chairman of Davies & Associates, Mark also Chairs our Business and Investor visa practice. In this role, Mark assists business and investors from all over the world structure their interests and move to the United States. Mark is relied on by multi-billion dollar global corporations as well as small businesses and trained in two very large international US law firms. Mark has the benefit of a first class legal training. He has also served as a Senior Vice President in one of the world's largest corporations where he was responsible for the North American law group.

Mark is the immediate prior Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Without Borders (a UN affiliated NGO), Chair of the In-House Counsel Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and recipient of a White House Commendation for his contribution to the legal profession. He has also served on Board of Directors and in leadership positions in a variety of organizations dedicated to promoting pro-bono and diversity on the legal profession. Based on his knowledge of both the US and UK systems, Mark was asked to work with a "big 5" accounting firm client to prepare suggested reforms on the laws of England & Wales for the government of the United Kingdom.

Representative Clients

Mark represents clients from around the world through all stages of the EB-5 visa program, helping them to traverse the demanding investment immigration process and obtain green cards for themselves and their loved ones. His services include analysis and execution of all required business and immigration documents, business formation and planning as necessary. As well as counseling clients on any issues they may have regarding the EB-5 immigrant investor process.

For more than 20 years, his personal focus is on assisting foreign investors and business owners. Mark commonly assists clients with EB5, E2 and L1 visas and is known as a leading investor visa lawyer. Mark represents clients from India, Pakistan, Korea, China, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Southeast Asia.

Described by several clients as "the world's very best L visa lawyer" Mark frequently travels to our locations in Mumbai and Dubai to work with investors and business owners in the region. Mark is supported by specialist lawyers who focus their practices on E-1, E-2, L-1 or EB-5 visa work. Mark's breadth of practice experience working with investors and business owners coupled with his MBA and significant business experience enable him to provide tailored strategies to our clients that meet their immigration goals.

Practice Groups

EB5

L1

E2

India

Global Business & Investors

Pro Bono Legal

Justia Profile

Avvo 10.0 - Mark Davies


Academics:

BA/LLB, Law, The University of Hull
JD, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
MBA, University of Pennsylvania The Warton School

Languages:

English
Spanish

Memberships:

Member, American Association of Immigration Lawyers
Senior Vice-President (US Legal), March 2005-2008.
Chair, Corporate Counsel Section
Member, Board of Directors, BNOR


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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
2 months ago

"After finding D&A through an internet search in 2020, my wife and I had several free consultations with David Cantor. Despite our initial attempt at filing for our E2 visa independently ending in failure, we decided to hire D&A for their expertise and support. Over the course of four long years, Verdie and Cristina were incredibly patient as we took our time to prepare for the E2 submission. Verdie became our E2 Attorney in 2021, and from the start, Verdie and Cristina's patience was evident. Despite our intermittent engagement over the years, they always treated us with the utmost attention. Working with Verdie and the D&A team was a pleasure; their professionalism and support were unwavering. Verdie's calm demeanor and succinct communication style made navigating the process much smoother, even during complex discussions. I wholeheartedly recommend Verdie and D&A - Davies & Associates, to anyone seeking an immigration law firm who can efficiently handle their case with precision and without unnecessary fanfare. Their ability to get things done speaks volumes about their dedication to their clients' success."

Jeremy Abernathy
Jeremy Abernathy
4 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad
Saeed Muhammad
5 months ago

Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
8 months ago

I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
a year ago

Getting my E2 Visa was a very in-depth process that took just over a year from when I committed to it, but 8 months from when I found a business I wanted to purchase. The only reason I'm giving 4 and not 5 stars is because the timeframe was a lot longer than expected from the initial information. Aside from the timing, Verdie and his team led me through the Visa process, providing all the guidance I needed to be successful, including advising me on the RIGHT type of Visa to suit my goals. Within the process I purchased a business and the greater Davies team included lawyer Rinat who helped me put the deal together. One of the biggest parts was my Business Plan which created from my info by Ana Ortiz, who did an incredible job. The process is certainly tedious and Verdie & Christina were always there to answer my questions, provide suggestions and advice and ensure I had all the documents I needed to support my application. I appreciated their patience with my questions and their advice and in the end, the application was so thorough the interview process was quick and easy. I highly recommend Davies & Associates and look forward to working with them again when it's time to renew my Visa.

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