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Follow the Money: Legal Pitfalls of Investing in Cannabis

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2 - 2.5
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This CLE course will provide a broad overview regarding the wealth of opportunities that exist when thinking about investing in the cannabis industry, including breakdowns and industry overviews with current trends in mergers and acquisitions. This is followed by a discussion of regulatory and other key issues for U.S. investor clients including banking, 280E, and lack of research. The course continues with information about investing in cannabis abroad with a special focus on Canada and the positive movements happening there, post-legalization. In conclusion, instructors provide important insight into accounting and tax issues with recommendations for handling complex tax issues and 280E ending with information about accounting compliance practices.

Lecturer Bios

Jeanne M. Sullivan

Jeanne M. Sullivan, Advisor, Investor, Speaker is a fierce advocate and for the regulation and legalization of the Cannabis industry. Jeanne is a General Partner of ArcView Venture Fund and a long- time tech investor. Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallet out of investors’ pocket.” Named by Business Insider 2018 as one of the “rising stars” in the cannabis investing landscape, Sullivan likes leveraging her tech experience in this nascent but fast growing sector.

Abner Kurtin

Abner Kurtin is the Founder of JM10 Partners and serves as Portfolio Manager. He has been managing opportunity capital for over 20 years. Prior to JM10 Partners, Abner was the founder of K Capital Partners a multi billion dollar hedge fund. He started his career at The Baupost Group. Abner graduated Harvard Business School in 1994 and completed his BA at Tufts University in 1989.

Andi Goldman, CFA, Esq.

Andi Goldman, CFA, Esq. is Principal of ABG Advisory/Equitas Partners Fund. With 20 years of institutional investment experience in private equity and lending, Andi’s managed $2B of investments across numerous industries. In cannabis, Andi’s been an advisor, angel investor and executive. As a financial executive, Andi was instrumental in raising and negotiating significant capital for FLRish’s California cannabis holding company and cultivation operations and gained significant exposure to Harborside’s dispensary operations. Andi’s a Chartered Financial Analyst and former corporate/securities lawyer, is currently advising a variety of cannabis companies across the US and launching a cannabis investment fund, Equitas Partners Fund. Andrea is a frequent industry speaker, member of the Arcview Selection Committee and WomenGrow, and holds an MBA from Yale and JD from Duke.

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