Cannabis Corporate & Transactional Law

(310) 912-2960

Businesses in the cannabis industry need attorneys who know the space intimately.  Due to the outright conflict between state and federal law and the complexity of increased regulations in this space, experience and perspective are critical.

Backed by over three decades of dedicated cannabis experience, our attorneys have a deep knowledge of the cannabis industry and understand the business and legal nuances that make it unique.  As a result, we are able to attack complicated business and legal issues with experience.

Indeed, we go beyond just providing exceptional legal advice. We cultivate close relationships with each of our clients, understanding their businesses from the bottom up, and serving as trusted legal advisors as they develop and execute on their business strategies. From acquiring a company to raising public or private funds to defending clients in government investigations and enforcement actions, we provide sound tactical advice and, most importantly, bottom-line results.  We do more than just help our cannabis clients survive the industry's current challenges; we strategically partner with them to help them flourish.

Corporate & Transactional Law Services

Comprised of a cross-disciplinary group of attorneys, our attorneys are skilled in a full range of business-related issues, including:

  • Entity selection and business formation
  • Corporate governance
  • Debt and equity financing for startups
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Stock and asset transactions
  • Corporate restructuring
  • IP transactions and licensing
  • Due diligence issues
  • Contract negotiation
  • Commercial real estate leases
  • Dispute resolution
  • Government and regulatory investigations

Representative Matters and Transactions

A sample of some of the recent corporate and transactional matters handled by our attorneys:

  • Represented a multi-state operator in the preparation of an imminent IPO
  • Prepared and revised an asset purchase agreement whereby a leading technology firm sold the majority of its assets, including an intelligent retail cannabis software platform, to a publicly traded Canadian company
  • Negotiated and drafted an executive compensation agreement on behalf of a corporation for a newly-hired CEO with a Fortune 500 background
  • Structured equity ownership and partnering transactions for Social Equity applicants in the City of Los Angeles
  • Represented numerous start-up companies during angel and venture capital financings
  • Assisted with the purchase and sale of numerous licensed businesses throughout California, many of which we represented from the start-up stage
  • Represented various licensed manufacturers and brands during the negotiation and structuring of IP licensing agreements
  • Negotiated and structured various strategic alliances, joint ventures and other partnering transactions
  • Represented first-time cannabis investors in the structuring and negotiaton of private equity/debt investments
  • Represented a commercial landlord in the re-negotiation of a lease with a cannabis tenant after the landlord was forced to refinance due to the mortgage lender's call of a multi-million dollar SBA loan
  • Prepared documents on behalf of a CBD manufacturer for a multi-million dollar commercial loan transaction involving securitization of loan and enforcement provisions
  • Reviewed and negotiated vendor contracts on behalf of all our cannabis business clients to adequately protect our clients from one-sided contract provisions
  • Acted as general counsel to a licensed microbusiness to oversee out-of-state litigation related to a grand jury investigation
  • Obtained a successful settlement for a hemp cultivator in a business dispute with a former partner
  • Represented a seasoned business executive and veteran cannabis activist in the negotiation of a consulting agreement with a vertically integrated and publicly traded Canadian company operating in California
  • Regularly met with directors of our corporate clients to discuss long-term growth and expansion plans and various loss mitigation strategies to be implemented

Cannabis Law and compliance is complicated and the risks are great. To ensure you are structured and operating properly, contact one of our legal professionals without delay.