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Acquisition Playbook: Translating Traditional M&A Transaction Principles to the Cannabis Industry

Presented By: ORBA / Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

When you’re active in acquisitions, having a clear strategy of the types of companies you’re looking to buy, where to find them, how to structure the financial part of the deal, and how to approach due diligence can mean the difference between growth and stagnation. The unique and growing cannabis space provides a fresh perspective on timeless lessons.  Hear from acquisition-minded executives and M&A experts as they share front-line experiences on the buy-side.


Thomas Vance

Thomas is Director with ORBA’s Tax Department, he is adept in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and recapitalizations for corporations, limited liability companies and other flow-through and disregarded entities. He helps clients minimize the tax impact on acquisitions and investments so they can achieve maximum value from their transactions.


Kevin Slaughter
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Kevin is a corporate lawyer who solves problems and assists clients with complex commercial transactions. Kevin has focused his practice on the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private offerings. Kevin also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including: master supply/service agreements; distribution agreements; reseller agreements; development and licensing agreements; and manufacturing agreements. Most recently, he has leveraged his transactional experience to assist clients in the cannabis industry.

Jamil Taylor
The Village Brands

Jamil is responsible for managing Village’s nationwide expansion and overseeing operational excellence amongst the Company’s local partners and vendors. Mr. Taylor joined the Village management team in April 2019 and immediately led the team to successful cannabis applications in Maryland and Missouri. Prior to joining Village, Mr. Taylor was a founding member of Justice Grown and an executive of various vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis businesses. Mr. Taylor possesses a keen understanding of how to build a successful cannabis business, from inception to maturity, including cultivation, processing and dispensary day-to-day operations in some of the most regulated states. Mr. Taylor is recognized in the industry for his ability to translate state requirements into winning applications in highly competitive states. Prior to cannabis, Mr. Taylor served as a Partner at VCap Investment Group (VCAP), an associate at LaSalle Capital Group and as an analyst at BMO Capital Markets. He has worked on various investment banking transactions, from venture to M&A, in the consumer products, manufacturing, distribution, business services and residential real estate sectors. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Mark A. Thomson, CPA
Managing Director

Mark provides financial and business advisory services for a variety of industries, including manufacturers, distributors and service organizations. He provides guidance on audits, reviews and compilations, strategic management, income tax planning, litigation support and business advisory issues. He also has extensive experience with buy/sell situations and has helped clients plan for, and complete, their sales transactions.

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Chicago, IL 60654
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