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Chris Nyberg

Chris Nyberg
Chris Nyberg Associate | Calgary, Toronto
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Public matters include acting as regulatory and corporate 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

  • Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. (now TPCO Holding Corp.) on its acquisition of CMG Partners, Inc. (Caliva) and Left Coast Ventures, Inc. (LCV) and partnership with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Roc Nation

  • 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 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

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

  • Seven Leaf Med 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 sales and distribution agreement with iuvo Therapeutics GmbH, a German pharmaceutical wholesaler

  • The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. and various other retailers (including franchisees) across Canada, with licensing, acquisition and expansion strategies

  • Tilray, Inc. in connection with its equity investment in ROSE Lifescience, Inc.

Recent confidential matters include acting as lead regulatory and corporate 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

  • First Nations communities and businesses on the development of and compliance with cannabis licensing frameworks

  • 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 Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Cannabis Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business - 2020-2022 (Cannabis Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2020-2021 (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.

Professional Activities

Chris is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association.

He has taught cannabis law and regulation at a major university and is routinely called upon as a thought leader in the cannabis industry, speaking at industry events and contributing to publications across Canada.

Publications
  • 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.
Professional Appearances
  • 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.
Media Activities
  • 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.
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2018
Admitted to the Alberta Bar - 2016
J.D. (with Distinction), University of Saskatchewan - 2015
B.A. (Psychology, with Distinction), University of Calgary - 2012
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