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Catherine DeBono Holmes


1900 Avenue of the Stars, 7th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067
United States
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Corporate Governance & Compliance, Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, Securities Litigation, Corporate, Securities, Family Office, Broker Dealer / Investment, Regulatory & Enforcement
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Catherine DeBono Holmes

Catherine DeBono Holmes

For 30 years, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) has provided clients with results—successfully resolving cases, closing deals, protecting assets, and adding value. Many of the Firm's founding members continue to practice law at JMBM, which is now ranked in the American Lawyer's AmLaw 200 list. From our offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County, we serve our clients' needs worldwide.

Clients are at the heart of our law practice. They come from many industries and their businesses reflect the full range of developmental stages. We are grateful for the trust and confidence our clients have extended to us throughout the years.

For us, excellence is a given. Our attorneys are highly skilled professionals who practice law with passion and integrity and provide our clients with outstanding service. Whether they need help to solve a problem or seize an opportunity, our representation of their interests is rigorous, intelligent and uncompromising.


Catherine DeBono Holmes

Catherine DeBono Holmes is Chair of JMBM's Investment Capital Law Group and author of the Investment Law Blog. She has practiced law at JMBM for over 30 years, focusing on investment capital and business transactions. 

Cathy helps clients worldwide to raise, invest and manage capital from U.S. and non-U.S. investors. She has represented more than 50 real estate developers in obtaining financing through the EB-5 immigrant investment visa program for the development of hotels, multi-family, and mixed-use developments throughout the U.S., and has represented numerous Chinese investors in the purchase of hotels and businesses in the U.S.

She assist clients in sourcing and investing capital throughout the U.S. She acts as security counsel in connection with offerings of investment securities in compliance with exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 in the U.S.under SEC Regulation D in the U.S. and outside the U.S. under Regulation S. She is experienced in forming U.S. and non-U.S. private investment funds for investment in real estate, mortgage loans, securities and other investment.

Cathy helps clients form EB-5 Regional Centers for investment in U.S. business through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program.

Her finance and investment experience includes handling business formations for entrepreneurs, private securities offerings, structuring and offering of private investment funds, and business and regulatory matters for investment bankers, investment advisers, securities broker-dealers and real estate/mortgage brokers.  

Representative Experience

  • Assisting over 40 new hotel construction projects to obtain financing through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program.
  • Assisted U.S. city with RFP and negotiation of qualified management contract for city-owned, 1000-room convention center hotel.
  • Assisted the largest publicly owned Taiwanese hotel company to purchase all of the assets of the Regent Hotels brand, including all intellectual property and all hotel management and related agreements for hotels located in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.
  • Assisted Indonesian owners in negotiation of three branded hotel management agreements for hotels to be developed in Bali.
  • Assisted owner of 1,500+ room convention hotel with complex RFP process involving major hotel brands and negotiating a favorable management agreement.
  • Assisted multiple resort owners to structure mixed-use condo hotel projects and prepare CC&Rs, unit maintenance agreements, unit rental agreements.
  • Assisted U.S. based hotel brand and management company with resort developments in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama and Egypt.
  • Assisted securities broker-dealer with multiple real estate focused private investment.
  • Assisted multiple condo hotel owners to structure offerings in compliance with SEC requirements
  • Assisted national securities brokerage firm to acquire regional broker businesses.
  • Assisted multiple hedge fund managers in development of new onshore and offshore hedge funds.
  • Assisted multiple accounting firms in acquiring or forming investment advisory groups.

J.D., 1977, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

B.A., 1974, University of California, Berkeley Phi Beta Kappa

Practices Corporate, Investment Capital Law Group, Global Hospitality Group®, Securities, Family Office, Broker-Dealer/Investment, Regulatory and Enforcement Group, Chinese Investment Group™
Industries Broker-Dealer/Investment Management, Hospitality, Banking & Financial Services
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Business Law Section, Executive Committee
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section
  • Former member, Board of Directors of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association
  • Sandpipers (a women’s community organization for the South Bay region of Southern California)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Los Angeles Chapter, Board of Directors
Awards &
  • Legal Intern to Justice Frank Richardson, California Supreme Court
  • Principal research assistant to Professor Richard M. Buxbaum for Corporations Cases and Materials, Fifth Edition
  • Associate Editor, California Law Review
  • Listed, Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009-2010, 2013-2014
  • Listed as one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Southern California," by Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Speaker, Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, 9th Annual Real Estate Syndication Summit, Los Angeles, 2013
  • Speaker, 3rd Annual Investment Summit, Los Angeles 2013
  • Speaker, 3rd Annual International Investment and Economic Development Forum, Los Angeles, 2013
  • Taiwanese Hotel-Motel Owners Association Meeting - EB-5 Financing, 2013
  • Speaker, The Lodging Conference - EB-5 Financing for Hotel Development Panel, 2011
  • Speaker, JMBM Meet the Money® Conference, Los Angeles, California  2006 - 2013
Bar Admissions

State Bar of California