Chris Nyberg
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4252

Chris regularly advises on regulatory, commercial and financing issues affecting the Canadian cannabis and hemp industries in relation to the Cannabis Act, the Cannabis Regulations and the Industrial Hemp Regulations, in addition to the various provincial and territorial adult-use regimes. He was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada's leading licensed producers where he advised on a wide variety of matters related to the space.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include acting as counsel to:

  • Various Canadian licensed producers of medical cannabis and hemp on a broad number of matters, including commercial transactions (including provincial supply deals, licensing agreements and import/export arrangements), securities compliance (including disclosure), regulatory matters (including security requirements, use of online portals for medical documents and patient registration issues), marketing (including the sale of ancillary and accessory products as well as cannabis) and advertising (including use of social and traditional media)

  • Various celebrity, sport and media personalities in relation to intellectual property licensing and services agreements

  • Various advertising agencies, content creators and media companies on their regulatory compliance strategies

  • Various regulatory consultants regarding compliance with statutory requirements, participant introductions and industry transitions

  • Various clients in the health-care industry on initiatives and programs with patients or physicians, health-care compliance (including interactions with physicians and clinics) and clinical trials, as well as consumer complaint, recall and product liability matters

  • Various ancillary and accessory businesses on the development, marketing, sale and transportation of medical and recreational products, including regulatory compliance issues

  • A major Canadian financial institution on enforcement options relating to LP borrowers

  • A major Canadian bank on the financing of a licensed producer of medical marijuana, including the regulatory landscape, industry risks and financing considerations specific to the cannabis industry

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chris was awarded the 11th Annual Lloyd Houlden Fellowship from the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) for his working paper on economic abandonment rights in Canadian insolvency proceedings.

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, October 22, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, March 12, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, October 5, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, September 29, 2017.
Co-author: Restructuring Challenges in the Oil and Gas Sector: The Treatment of Regulatory Orders Post-Redwater
Alberta Law Review, Energy Law Edition, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 383-415, Alberta Law Review Society, 2016.
Co-author: AER Seeks to Hold Directors, Officers Personally Liable for Obligations of Insolvent Corporate Licensees
Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 45-47, June 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services and Restructuring & Insolvency, May 20, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Energy, Oil & Gas, and Restructuring & Insolvency, May 9, 2016.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Cannabis Legalization in Canada - What You Need to Know
LexMundi, Toronto, Ontario, December 6, 2018.
Speaker: Late Stage Opportunities
LifeSciences BC Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 22, 2018.
Moderator: Post-Legalization – What Now?
Alberta Cannabis Summit, Calgary, Alberta, November 20, 2018.
Moderator: International & Late Stage Opportunities
Blakes Cannabis Summit, Toronto, Ontario, October 23, 2018.
Panellist: Cannabis in an Influencer Age
Voice Academy, Toronto, Ontario, September 26, 2018.
Speaker: Into the Weeds: An Introduction to Cannabis Regulatory Issues
CBA - Environmental Law Section, Calgary, Alberta, September 17, 2018.
Panellist: ACG BC June 2018 Lunch
Association of Corporate Growth, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 19, 2018.
Panellist: Cannabis in Canada
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 7, 2018.
Speaker: The Emerging Cannabis Industry
LifeSciences BC Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 7, 2017.
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