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Smoking hot topics in cannabis banking

Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP


Cannabis – in all its forms – is one of the hottest topics in the business and legal worlds. As the number of states legalising cannabis continues to grow, so does the number of challenges for industry members due to the ever-evolving state and federal laws. This webinar will closely examine red-tape issues surrounding this green industry, focusing on:

  • the evolution and current state of cannabis law
  • ongoing challenges that the legal cannabis industry faces in obtaining banking services
  • developments at the federal level, including proposed legislative fixes
  • efforts by the states to provide or enable banking services to the cannabis trade
  • federal enforcement trends and risks related to providing banking services

Continuing legal education (CLE) is available for this programme in eligible US states.

If you cannot attend the live broadcast on 18 July, register now and you will receive a link to view the webinar on demand.

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Anita Boomstein
Partner, Global Payments

Anita Boomstein counsels companies in the payment and fintech industries. Her merchant clients, which range from start-up businesses to Fortune 100 companies, span industries such as retail, media, publishing, hospitality, entertainment and technology. She also assists private equity firms to conduct due diligence on transactions involving payment and fintech companies. Ms Boomstein guides companies through the creation of strategic partnerships to form diverse payment and loyalty programmes. She further advises clients on the regulations and legal issues related to credit card, debit card, pre-paid card and gift card programmes.

Richard Hartunian
Partner, Investigations and White Collar Defence

Richard S Hartunian offers clients the benefit of his decades of experience as lead government counsel in high-profile, high-stakes criminal and civil disputes.

He defends clients against allegations of white collar crime, healthcare fraud, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering violations, and environmental and defence procurement fraud, and advises on cross-border security and trade issues. He also helps clients to manage crises that result from litigation and government enforcement efforts, particularly when investigations involve multiple agencies and jurisdictions.

Craig Miller
Partner, Financial Services

Craig Miller leads Manatt’s financial services group and focuses his practice on representing public and private corporations in a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and public and private equity and debt securities offerings. He also regularly represents venture capital management companies and their portfolio companies in venture fund structuring, portfolio investments, capital raises and strategic transactions, including stock sales and asset sales. Mr Miller also counsels both financial institutions and the underwriters and placement agents that service them on securities offerings, branch purchases and sales, and whole bank acquisitions, along with day-to-day corporate governance issues and periodic reporting.

Anita Sabine
Partner, Real Estate

Anita Sabine is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office and leads the real estate transactions and finance practice and the cannabis industry task force. She represents owners, operators, lenders, developers, investors and others in a range of financing, development, leasing and investment-related transactions. Ms Sabine guides real estate investment trusts, national retail grocers, public utilities and other commercial developers and owners/users in acquiring, entitling, developing, leasing, building, financing, deleveraging and joint venturing property throughout the United States.


Anita Sabine
Anita L. Boomstein
Craig D. Miller
Richard S. Hartunian


18 July 2019
18:00 - 18:55 UTC
55 min