Navigating the Green Rush: Due Diligence Considerations for Cannabis Investments

Cannabis is the midst of a historic transformation from the black market to a regulated, lucrative, global industry. In the United States, cannabis is growing faster than any other industry and is expected to generate over $20 billion by 2020. But investing in cannabis, or doing business with companies involved in cannabis production or distribution, comes with substantial legal and other risks. This course offers practical advice to avoid the most common pitfalls when companies choose to invest in cannabis or do business with companies in that industry.

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Credit Type: General (Participatory)

Total Credits: 0.5 hours

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Credit Type: Areas of Prof. Prac. (Both (New & Exp Attys))

Total Credits: 0.5 hours

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Jaimie Nawaday
Jaimie Nawaday focuses her practice on government investigations, white collar defense and civil litigation. She advises and represents organizations and individuals in government investigations relating to potential violations of federal criminal law, the False Claims Act, and asset forfeiture matters. She has also repeatedly appeared on MSNBC to explain and comment on developing issues in federal criminal law. As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) for seven years, Jaimie served in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions and successfully handled both civil and criminal jury trials. Jaimie’s broad experience in handling large, complex cases gives her a unique perspective in guiding clients through government investigations and high stakes litigation. She uses that experience to steer companies through a range of issues that accompany challenging investigations, including parallel inquiries from regulators and press coverage. She also represents companies operating in the state-legal cannabis market both on compliance issues and in law enforcement or regulator inquiries. As a member of the Civil Division’s Civil Fraud Unit, Jaimie spearheaded significant fraud cases, notably, the Bank of America fraud trial, the first case the Department of Justice tried under FIRREA and the first trial by the Department of Justice against a major financial institution in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In 2015, Jaimie received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in connection with negotiating a global settlement of federal and state civil fraud actions.
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