Cannabis 403: Big Money Meets Big Government: Greenlighting Mergers as State and Federal Regulators Step Up Scrutiny
June 15, 2021
| Duane Morris LLP
About the Program
The new presidential administration brings a new regulatory and enforcement agenda for the cannabis industry, opening up an array of new opportunities for businesses in the space, including an uptick in mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. While the new administration is likely to be friendly to the cannabis industry, they have also pledged enhanced antitrust and regulatory enforcement. We will discuss the current expectations and enforcement priorities, as well as ever-evolving state landscape.
Join Duane Morris’ Brian Pandya, former Deputy Associate Attorney General, who will discuss the M&A landscape and other regulatory enforcement challenges and opportunities; American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) co-founder Michael Bronstein; and Paul Josephson, former chief counsel to the New Jersey governor and director of the NJ Division of Law and advisor to trade associations and several leading MSOs, for a discussion on how acting and new government personnel affect the policies, landscape and issues related to the big deals that are currently in process.
Our panelists will provide a unique perspective on how factors such as strict state and federal licensing provisions, regulatory reviews, what is reviewed on HSR filings and other requirements, and the politics surrounding state level programs and the enforcement of local provisions could affect any M&A deal.
- Paul P. Josephson, Partner and Team Lead, Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group
- Brian H. Pandya, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
- Michael Bronstein, Co-Founder, ATACH
About the Series
The Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group returns with its series of webinars reviewing issues and developments affecting the cannabis industry. Each session will feature a specific topic, discuss the legal and business implications and provide insight on key matters.
About the Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group
Duane Morris attorneys in offices throughout the U.S. and internationally have extensive experience with the wide array of issues attendant to legal cannabis business activities, including licensing for cultivation, processing and dispensing; litigation; banking and finance; raising and deploying capital; mergers and acquisitions; protecting intellectual property; real estate development; public company representation and SEC filings; land use and zoning; healthcare and research; taxation; and cross-border transactions. In addition to advising participants in the medical and adult-use cannabis and hemp/CBD industries, as the industry has grown, Duane Morris attorneys experienced in cannabis-related issues frequently advise clients in other sectors whose businesses intersect with the expanding regulated cannabis sector.