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Cannabis finance law vet Feldman opens his own firm

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Former Duane Morris follow chief David Feldman launched a brand new law firm Monday targeted on the fast-expanding hashish and psychedelics industries.

Feldman Authorized Advisors will middle its work on enterprise and transactional issues, working alongside Skip Intro Advisors, the hashish and psychedelics-focused consulting store Feldman arrange in 2019.

He co-founded the advisory enterprise whereas at Hiller, a New York-based boutique firm the place he labored after leaving 800-lawyer Duane Morris. He helped construct up hashish work on the Huge Law firm, after becoming a member of in 2015, and co-led the hashish trade follow there.

Law companies giant and small have not too long ago entered the hashish law enviornment, which presents no scarcity of novel authorized and regulatory points for attorneys. Goodwin Procter, Akerman, Cozen O’Connor and Foley Hoag are among the many large companies which have hashish groups.

Feldman, who serves as CEO of Skip Intro Advisors, might be managing accomplice of his eponymous law firm, in keeping with its web site. Two different legal professionals from Hiller are becoming a member of him: patent lawyer Gretchen Temeles as of counsel, and Melissa Greenberg as an affiliate.

Hiller declined to touch upon the group’s departure.

Feldman mentioned he jumped into the hashish area in 2013, after years as a company and securities lawyer doing work in enterprise capital, preliminary public choices and mergers and acquisitions at a number of law companies, together with considered one of his own. His work in IPO alternate options, resembling direct listings and reverse mergers, led him to get his begin with the hashish trade, Feldman mentioned.

After organising Skip Intro, which advises corporations on a spread of economic, strategic, know-how and branding issues, “it just made sense for me to do the same with my law practice, and go back to … where I am the happiest, which is running my own shop,” Feldman mentioned.

The authorized and consulting practices collectively can present shoppers a “one stop shop,” he mentioned. The companies are separate entities however share overhead, sources and administrative assist, Feldman mentioned. He goals to increase the law firm by including extra experience in areas like tax and actual property.

Feldman sees extra alternatives for companies to serve hashish shoppers, as he mentioned federal legalization is on the horizon in some unspecified time in the future, within the U.S.

“I think the regulatory burden is going to be much more enhanced upon legalization, and you’re going to need the help of good, smart, knowledgeable lawyers even more once that happens,” Feldman mentioned. “There’s going to be a role for small firms, as well as big firms, and room for everybody to play and benefit from it.”

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