6 Ways Cannabis M&A is Different

  • Accountant
  • CRMA
  • CFE
  • CGFM
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • CFA
  • FPAC
  • CWS

Published: September, 2021

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Course Description


  • Regulatory uncertainty causes delay
    16 mins
  • Regulatory delay negative impact
    18 mins
  • When is the deal closed?
    27 mins
  • Social equity licensing creates complexity
    34 mins
  • Verifying dual license status
    38 mins

Course Description

Selling a regular business is tough, selling a cannabis business is even tougher. Between legal and regulatory standards from local, state, and federal levels it’s important to provide the right advisory services to clients not only to navigate the process but get out the best deal possible for them. While there has been a great deal of interest in cannabis M&A few service providers have any significant level of experience. Inexperience is a serious hazard in this area.

M&A is already a complicated activity so when you layer on a confusing regulatory scheme the complexity level increases exponentially. Buyers and sellers must navigate the sometimes novel requirements of a city and state agency when going through a transaction. The parties must also decide on whether they will be seeking tax-free treatment for the transaction. Buyers and sellers need to have frank discussions about the tax liabilities that the seller is transferring to the buyer. 

Awareness and education are essential. The good news is that these issues and processes can be managed so that you can bring added value to your clients as they navigate this process.

This Online CPE webinar covers the following Major Topics:

  • How do you sell your company?
  • What is the sell-side M&A process?
  • What to know about modeling, business valuations, potential buyers, etc.
  • How do you close the deal?

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Learning Objectives

  • To learn the tax challenges of cannabis acquisitions.
  • To anticipate the most common accounting and tax pitfalls before they harm the deal.
  • To discuss how to help buyers in the diligence process.
  • To analyze how to help sellers in the sale process.
  • To assess the non-tax challenges facing the parties.

Recommended For

  • This Online CPE webinar is recommended for CPAs who desire to support their Cannabis clients with M&A services.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Practice Owners
  • Accounts Director
  • Bookkeeper
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Tax Accountant (Industry)
  • VP Accounts
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPE Credit of Specialized Knowledge for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 1 CPD Credit of Finance for Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • 1 CPE Credit for Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)
  • 1 CPD Credit of Financial Reporting for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Business Law for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 1 CPE Credit for Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Finance for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Finance for Certified Business Appraiser/Master Certified Business Appraiser (CBA/MCBA)
  • 1 CRE Credit for Certified Corporate FP&A Professional (FPAC)
  • 1 PL Credit for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

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About Presenter

Kresimir Peharda

Partner, Vested Law LLP

Kresimir Peharda is a corporate and securities attorney. His clients benefit from his experience representing public companies and hands-on operational experience in three start-ups, two in healthcare and one in real estate. He represents companies in all stages of development from start-ups to public reporting companies.

Kresimir has assisted his public clients in IPOs, spin-offs, going private transactions, SEC compliance, corporate governance, corporate reorganizations and complex financing transactions. He advises startups and middle market companies on contracts, equity compensation, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder matters. His clients have raised more than $1.5 Billion in capital through: public and private securities offerings (including private placements and PIPEs), commercial bank loans, other asset-based lenders, private equity firms, strategic partners, and VCs.

He also structured, negotiated, and closed mergers and acquisitions with a market value in excess of $750 Million in domestic and international settings. Kresimir has assisted his clients in alliance, development, distribution, licensing, marketing and sales agreements worth in excess of $800 Million.

He often acts as outside general counsel for private companies, advising them on corporate compliance, board and management matters, investor relations, equity compensation, and strategic business matters.

His practice areas include contracts, deal structure, equity compensation, governance and compliance, financing, investor relations, joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, reorganizations, securities, start-ups, and venture funding

About Company

Vested Law LLP


Vested Law LLP focuses on helping small and mid-size technology based businesses grow. We understand that good legal counsel is critical to your success. However, legal counsel must fit within the context of a business’ overall market and technology strategies to be most effective.

Vested brings a diverse skill set to the table that lets us understand who you are, what you do, and how you do it.  As lawyers, we are increasingly called upon to provide counsel on issues requiring knowledge that is generally considered to be beyond the scope of a traditional legal education and practice. For example, entrepreneurial ventures are the driving force behind modern innovation and wealth creation, and Vested attorneys expertly assist our clients in forming and growing such ventures.

In addition to being world-class transactional and litigation attorneys, we also have deep expertise and experience in entrepreneurship, technology, finance and business strategy. As lawyers with not only business skills but extensive experience actually operating and growing companies we have a distinct and significant advantage over our peers. Additionally we have formed alliances with diverse non-legal allies to assist in areas outside of our own skill sets.

Vested understands that good communication between a business’ principals and their legal counsel is just as important as the knowledge base that the counsel brings to bear. The foundation of good communication is understanding. We therefore attempt to understand a client’s business needs from their perspective, and this forms the foundation of our Core Values.

Vested then focuses on how our legal advice can help our clients solve business problems, manage risk, and create wealth


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