California Cannabis Merger & Acquisitions Conference

Thinking about selling your cannabis company or merging with another to gain scale? KO Acquisitions and Harris Bricken are inviting Cannabis entrepreneurs to an engaging conference on all things M&A. Three panels featuring the leading Multi-State Operators (MSO’s), Cali-centric Operators and experienced entrepreneurs will cover a range of topics in the do’s and don’ts of selling your business.

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm – Casual reception to follow

Location: Lagunitas Taproom and Sanctuary, Petaluma CA


Welcoming Remarks: Lagunitas CEO Maria Stipp

Lagunitas CEO Maria Stipp is knowledgeable in both M&A and Cannabis having completed the sale of Lagunitas to Heineken and the launch of launched Hi-Fi Hops in CA.

Time: 1:00pm


California M&A Market Overview: Erik Ott, Partner KO Acquisitions & Hilary Bricken, Partner Harris Bricken

Erik Ott will provide a statistical breakdown of M&A transactions in the state of CA in 2019. Hilary Bricken will provide an overview the key legal and regulatory challenges, work-arounds and pitfalls that emerge when trying to close an M&A transaction in California.

Time: 1:15 – 1:45


Panel 1: Large Multi-State Operators are coming to Cali – How is it different and what makes it so hard?

Time: 1:45 to 3:00pm (includes audience Q&A)

Panelists: Leading MSO’s discuss their experiences in acquiring companies in CA and why CA remains an enigma for their investors and shareholders.

Moderator: Erik Ott – KO Acquisitions

  • Harvest Enterprises – Erik Thoresen, VP M&A
  • Cresco Labs – John Figone, Sr. VP Business Development
  • Green Thumb Industries – Nick Sayers, Sr. VP Principal Investing
  • MedMen – Zeeshan Hyder, Chief Corporate Development Officer

Panel 2: The California Alternative – Aligning with Cali Operators

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm (includes audience Q&A)

Panelists: The large MSO’s got the head start but Cali operators are fighting back. CA leading operators share their M&A goals and objectives to fight back to keep CA in the leadership position.

Moderator: Kris Karlson  – KO Acquisitions

  • Harborside – Andy Berman, CEO
  • Canndescent – Rob Slingerland, VP Corp Dev
  • Norcal Cannabis – VP Corp Dev
  • Cookies – Parker Berling, President

Panel 3: The Seller’s Viewpoint

Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm (includes audience Q&A)

Panelists: CA Cannabis entrepreneurs share their experience of going through an M&A transaction. Their wisdom will include what went right and what went wrong and what they would do differently.

Moderator: Hilary Bricken, Harris Bricken

  • The Apothecarium – Ryan Hudson, CEO
  • Calyx Brands – Dakota Sullivan, CEO