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

Chris is co-chair of Blakes Cannabis Group and his practice focuses exclusively on regulatory, commercial and financing matters under the federal Cannabis Act and the various provincial and territorial adult-use regimes. Chris regularly advises applicants, licensees, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and members of adjacent industries on all manner of cannabis-related mandates. He was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada's leading licensed producers where he advised on a wide variety of issues related to the space.

Chris also has experience in restructuring and insolvency matters and has acted for creditors, debtors and restructuring professionals before all levels of court in Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent public matters include acting as lead regulatory counsel to:

  • BMO Capital Markets Corp. and a syndicate of initial purchasers on a private placement offering by Aurora Cannabis Inc. of US$345-million of 5.5 per cent convertible senior notes due 2024

  • Brink’s Canada Limited in connection with its multi-year agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation to provide secure logistics and cash management services

  • Canadian counsel to the initial purchasers for Aphria Inc.’s US$300-million private placement of 5.25 per cent convertible senior notes due 2024

  • Canopy Rivers Inc. in connection with its US$2.5-million equity investment in High Beauty, Inc.

  • Cronos Group Inc. in connection with the C$2.4-billion strategic equity investment by Altria Group, Inc.

  • Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. in connection with multiple initial and continuous public offerings of various cannabis investment vehicles

  • Khalifa Kush Enterprises Canada ULC in connection with its exclusive consulting services agreement with The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. to develop and launch a line of premium cannabis products

  • Mera Cannabis Corp. in connection with its German supply agreement with HM HerbaMedica GmBH

  • Seven Leaf Medical in connection with its successful licence application under the ACMPR for its production facility on Akwesasne Mohawk Nation territory

  • TerrAscend Corp. in connection with its multi-year cannabis supply agreement with PharmHouse Inc., a Canopy Rivers joint venture

  • TerrAscend Corp. in connection with its sales and distribution agreement with iuvo Therapeutics GmbH, a German pharmaceutical wholesaler

  • TerrAscend Corp. in connection with its exclusive distribution agreement with Syqe Medical Ltd.

  • The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. and Central Cannabis, two of the first four retail cannabis stores licensed in Ontario, with their successful retail operator licence and retail store authorization applications

  • Tilray, Inc. in connection with its C$7.5-million equity investment in ROSE Lifescience, Inc.

Recent confidential matters include acting as lead regulatory counsel to various:

  • Canadian licensed producers of cannabis (marijuana) and hemp on a broad number of matters, including commercial transactions, white label agreements, licensing agreements, import/export arrangements (including hemp-derived CBD), regulatory matters (including edibles, extracts and topicals) and promotional requirements

  • Canadian retail cannabis companies on commercial, regulatory and promotional matters

  • Cannabis accessory manufacturers on commercial, regulatory and promotional matters, including entry strategies

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

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

  • Clients in the health-care industry on initiatives and programs with patients or physicians, health-care compliance and clinical trials, as well as consumer complaint, recall and product liability matters

  • Businesses in adjacent industries on the development, marketing, sale and transportation of cannabis products, including regulatory compliance issues

  • Major financial institutions, advisors and accounting firms on restructuring and enforcement options relating to industry borrowers

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chris is recognized in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Cannabis Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Cannabis Law)

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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Co-author: Second Retail Lottery in Ontario: Tricks and Traps for Applicants
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, July 26, 2019.
Co-author: Health Canada Introduces Cannabis Health Products, A Budding Category
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, June 24, 2019.
Co-author: Significant Changes to Canada’s Cannabis Licensing Process
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, May 8, 2019.
Co-author: Ontario Government Announces Cannabis Retail Rules
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, October 22, 2018.
Co-author: The Ins and Outs of Canada’s Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, September 10, 2018.
Co-author: Drilling Down: Alberta Court Finds Production Volume Royalty Can Be an Interest in Land
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, July 4, 2018.
Co-author: Court Confirms that Priority of Receivers' Charges is Discretionary
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, March 12, 2018.
Co-author: Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Challenge Unconstitutionality of Alberta’s Oil and Gas Licensing Regime
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, November 9, 2017.
Co-author: Alberta Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, October 5, 2017.
Co-author: 10 Ways to Reduce Cannabis-Related Litigation Risks
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, September 29, 2017.
Co-author: How the Comeau Decision May Affect Inter-Provincial Distribution of Cannabis
Blakes Bulletin on Cannabis, September 12, 2017.
Co-author: Update: Court of Appeal Affirms Unconstitutionality of Alberta's Oil and Gas Licensing Regime
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services, May 3, 2017.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Canada’s Medical & Recreational Cannabis Regimes
Infonex: Regulating Cannabis Edibles, Toronto, Ontario, October 22, 2019.
Moderator: Cannabis Investment in Private Markets
Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2019.
Moderator: Cannabis Spring Roundtable
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 18, 2019.
Speaker: Cannabis Legalization: Addressing Regulatory Trends and AML Implications
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Toronto, Ontario, May 10, 2019.
Speaker: Cannabis for Law Enforcement and Regulators
British Columbia Securities Commission, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 20, 2019.
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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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Cannabis: One Year Later
Lexpert: The Business Quarterly, November 2019.
Interviewed: Pot edibles now legal in Canada
BNN Bloomberg, October 17, 2019.
Interviewed: Ontario cannabis lottery applicants must prove sufficient funds
BNN Bloomberg, August 6, 2019.
Quoted: The business of cannabis: Key compliance for boards
The Lawyer’s Daily, May 31, 2019.
Interviewed: BofC Live – Medical Cannabis Week
Business of Cannabis, April 16, 2019.
Interviewed: Learn the challenges and opportunities in the Canadian cannabis market
Health Europa Quarterly, Issue 09, April 11, 2019.
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