Ben Leonard

Associate Attorney

Denver

bleonard@vicentesederberg.com

303-860-4501

455 Sherman St.
Suite 390
Denver, CO 80203

Colorado
California

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Marquette Unversity

Overview

Ben Leonard is an associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg specializing in corporate law. He has experience working with clients on a broad range of corporate matters both in and out of the cannabis industry, including formation, governance, financing, and corporate transactions. Ben focuses his corporate practice at VS on assisting both buyers and sellers of cannabis-related business to structure transactions that comply with the everchanging regulatory frameworks throughout the country.

Prior to joining VS, Ben worked as an associate at a leading law firm in Denver, where he counseled both corporate and estate planning clients. Ben also published two articles discussing estate planning issues relevant to young parents while in his previous employment.

Experience

Cannabis Regulatory Advice

  • Represented investors, public companies, and family offices with respect to compliance with residency and other ownership requirements in Colorado.

  • Served as cannabis regulatory counsel to Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc., one of the largest multi-state operators in the United States, in connection with their signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Verano Holdings, LLC, one of the largest privately held multi-state, vertically integrated licensed operators of cannabis facilities with an extensive portfolio of premium branded products, in an $850 million all-stock deal.

  • Served as cannabis regulatory counsel to Sea Hunter Therapeutics LLC and its parent company Sea Hunter Holdings LLC in connection with a four-way business combination and Canadian reverse takeover (RTO) in which a new Canadian public company (Tilt Holdings) to be listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) acquired the equity of Sea Hunter, Baker Technologies Inc. and Briteside Holdings LLC (U.S. companies), and Santé Veritas Holdings Inc., a Canadian corporation, in exchange for new equity in Tilt Holdings. The business combination also included a concurrent subscription receipts offering of USD $119 million in Canada to institutional investors.

  • Acted as cannabis regulatory counsel to Canaccord Genuity, LLC on numerous transactions.

  • Acted as cannabis regulatory counsel to TILT Holdings Inc. in connection with its $3M financing of Standard Farms Ohio LLC a licensed cannabis processor in Ohio.

  • Represented leading aluminum canning company in connection with potential expansion into the cannabis industry.

  • Provided numerous regulatory opinions to underwriters and auditors regarding the state-legal activities of direct and ancillary cannabis companies.

  • Advised several international law firms on state cannabis regulatory matters.

  • Served as regulatory counsel to leading health and fitness company in connection with its sponsorship arrangement with prominent hemp and CBD company.

  • Represented leading cannabis extract company in connection with corporate structure and regulatory compliance in Colorado.

  • Advised numerous cannabis companies in Colorado on regulatory compliance issues in connection with various commercial and corporate transactions.

Financings

  • Represented a leading cannabis extract company in connection with the conversion of the notes issued in its Series A funding round.

  • Represented numerous dispensaries, management companies and cannabis-related startups in debt and equity financing matters.

Commercial Contracts, Licensing & General Corporate Matters

  • Represented Dixie Brands, Inc. in connection with its exclusive IP licensing arrangement with Globus Holdings in the State of Oklahoma.
  • Represented numerous clients in connection with the formation of direct and ancillary cannabis and hemp businesses.

  • Represented numerous clients in connection with corporate restructurings for various purposes, such as tax considerations and preparation to take on investment.

  • Represented leading cannabis brands in intellectual property licensing and contract manufacturing agreements.

  • Represented infused product manufacturers in contract manufacturing, supply, licensing, and distribution agreements.

  • Represented numerous hemp companies in connection with various commercial transactions, including cultivation service agreements and distribution agreements.

  • Represented cannabis cultivator in connection with documenting the water leasing arrangements with adjacent cultivators.

  • Represented co-owner of vertically integrated cannabis company in Colorado in terminating the relationship with other co-owner due to other co-owner’s malfeasance.

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