Burns & Levinson Hosts Fourth Annual State Of The Cannabis Industry Conference Virtually On October 29, 2020

Cannabis startups invited to apply for opportunity to present one-on-one to investors in “Capital Connection” program.

MASSACHUSETTS: Burns & Levinson will host its fourth annual “State of the Cannabis Industry” conference – which will be held virtually and will focus on critical issues in the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry – on October 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. In addition to the event’s Q&A sessions, expert panels and keynote, Burns & Levinson is launching a new “Capital Connection” program to match cannabis industry startups with investors looking for early-stage companies to potentially fund or mentor. Cannabis startups will be selected through a competitive process to present their companies in private 20-minute online meetings with capital providers from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Emerging cannabis companies can apply here until October 16, but companies are encouraged to apply early.

The conference will feature an interview with Commissioner Steven Hoffman, Chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, in an exclusive one-on-one Q&A with Frank A. Segall, co-chair of the Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group at Burns & Levinson. Keynote speakers include: Joseph Lusardi, CEO of Curaleaf, and Mitchell Kahn, co-founder and CEO of Grassroots. Curaleaf, which is a leading medical and wellness cannabis operator in the U.S., closed a landmark $830 million acquisition of Grassroots in July 2020 – creating the world’s largest cannabis company.

The expert panels and Q&A sessions will tackle a wide range of issues impacting the cannabis industry including capital markets, M&A and investments, secured lending, workouts and restructurings, and developments in the hemp and CBD market.

“Despite the pandemic, we are still seeing significant business opportunities in the capital markets, investments and M&A areas to invest in and acquire cannabis, hemp/CBD and cannabis-related companies. We look forward to fostering these relationships through our Capital Connection program,” said Segall. “Even though we can’t physically be together like in previous years, we are very excited about this year’s conference and the opportunities for participants to make connections, develop partnerships and learn from our peers and industry leaders,” added Scott Moskol, who co-chairs Burns’ Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group with Segall.

The conference sponsors include: Cohn Reznick, Hub International, GFA Federal Credit Union, Nucleus One, Green Check Verified, Paragon Payroll, and Elevate Northeast.

Burns & Levinson was the first major Boston corporate law firm to develop a cannabis business practice, and has been advising cannabis businesses, entrepreneurs and investors across the country for over seven years. The firm has unrivaled experience in cannabis and hemp/CBD business formation and corporate structuring, private placements, venture capital, M&A, securities, banking issues, fund formation, debt and equity financing, restructuring and receiverships, real estate acquisitions and leasing, intellectual property protection, 280E taxation issues, and cannabis litigation.

The firm is well-known for its role in the cannabis banking industry and has worked with multiple financial institutions to establish a framework that allows them to accept cannabis-derived deposits. Burns & Levinson is currently working with regulated financial institutions and non-regulated private funds to set up first-of-their-kind cannabis lending programs. The firm is also among the top law firms in the country handling high-level corporate and financing deals in the private and public markets in the cannabis market.

For more information about the conference and to register click here. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Weller at kweller@burnslev.com.

 

Burns & Levinson Hosts Third Annual State of the Cannabis Industry Conference In Boston October 23, 2019

Capital markets, investments, M&A and regulatory issues will be key topics at event

MASSACHUSETTS: Burns & Levinson will host its third annual “State of the Cannabis Industry” conference, which will focus on capital markets, investments, M&A, and regulatory issues in the rapidly growing multi-billion dollar cannabis industry. The conference will be held on October 23, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Waltham Boston hotel.

The event, which is also sponsored by CohnReznick and KushCo Holdings, will feature an interview with Commissioner Steven Hoffman, Chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, in an exclusive one-on-one Q&A with Frank A. Segall, co-chair of the Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group at Burns & Levinson. This is the second year that Hoffman has participated in this high-profile event, and the two will discuss current and future issues in the Massachusetts cannabis industry.

B&L Speakers 2019

Keynote speakers include: Dan Fireman, founder of Fireman Capital Partners, and Karen Munkacy, MD, founder and CEO of Garden Remedies. 

“Cannabis is already a multi-billion dollar industry, and its growth is projected to increase at an exponential and unprecedented rate in the coming years. This is opening up significant business opportunities in the capital markets, investments and M&A areas to invest in and acquire cannabis and cannabis-related companies,” said Segall. “We want to help the investment and business community understand the risks and rewards, and give them the strategies they need to take advantage of these opportunities,” added Scott Moskol, who co-chairs Burns’ Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group with Segall.

Past “State of the Cannabis Industry” conferences have focused on banking and institutional investing in the cannabis space.

Burns & Levinson was the first major Boston corporate law firm to develop a cannabis business practice, and has been advising cannabis businesses, entrepreneurs and investors across the country for over six years. Burns helps clients navigate the complex legal and business framework that surrounds the rapidly growing marijuana industry in the U.S. The firm has unrivaled experience in cannabis business formation and corporate structuring, M&A, cannabis and hemp/CBD banking issues and debt financing; fund formation, debt and equity financing; real estate acquisitions and leasing; labor and employment issues; intellectual property protection; 280E taxation issues; and cannabis litigation.

For more information about the conference and to register click here. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Weller at kweller@burnslev.com.

 

“The Cannabis Industry: Growth Opportunities for Professionals, Operators and Investors” Is October 17th In Boston

MASSACHUSETTS: Burns & Levinson and Viridian Capital Advisors will co-host “The Cannabis Industry: Growth Opportunities for Professionals, Operators and Investors,” an invitation-only event that will explore opportunities within the rapidly growing multi-billion dollar cannabis industry for professional investors and entrepreneurs. The conference will be held on October 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT at the Hilton Boston/Dedham Hotel.

This investor-focused conference is intended to help venture capitalists, private equity firms, and single- and multi-family offices learn more about cannabis investments as an alternative asset class poised to provide non-correlative returns to many other types of investments.  As legalization continues to spread, cannabis is opening new doors in traditional markets – biotech/pharma, real estate, software, consumer packaged goods and branded products, among others – long favored by institutional investors.

The event will feature four in-depth panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a keynote speech by Kris Krane, co-founder and managing partner of 4Front Advisors and president of 4Front Ventures. Krane helped draft Massachusetts Ballot Question 4 – Legalize Marijuana in the 2016 election, and prior to forming 4Front, he served as director of client services for CannBe, which was a pioneer in developing best practices within the marijuana industry. Krane will discuss future opportunities and risks in the marijuana industry in New England and across the country.

“We believe this is the first conference in New England with a specific focus on institutional investing in the cannabis industry,” said Frank A. Segall, co-chair of the Cannabis Business Advisory Group at Burns & Levinson. “Cannabis is already a multi-billion dollar industry, and its growth is projected to potentially increase at an exponential and possibly unprecedented rate over the coming years.”

“There are many promising cannabis industry sectors that are poised for significant growth and return on investment. We want to help the investment community understand the risks and rewards, and give them the tools they need to take advantage of these opportunities,” added Scott Moskol, who co-chairs Burns’ Cannabis Business Advisory Group with Segall.

Specific breakout sessions will include: 

The New England Experience – A discussion on how cannabis business operators across New England have navigated the sometimes tempestuous legal waters to build successful businesses including raising capital and investments.

Follow the Money: Analyzing Capital Flow into the Legal Cannabis Industry – A look at the capital infusions necessary to launch, operate, or invest in the cannabis space, with Viridian providing deal-data insight regarding capital raises and M&A activity.

Sector Focus: Cannabinoid-Based Biopharmaceuticals and Personalized Medicine – A deep dive into the research, development, and commercialization of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, an industry sub-sector that could hold the greatest potential value over time.

The Future of Cannabis – A critical review of key legal and regulatory changes on the horizon and the expected impact for investors and capital providers.