Marc Hauser is a member of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, vice chair of the firm’s cannabis law team and one of the country’s leading cannabis attorneys. His two decades of experience advising clients and colleagues on billions of dollars of business transactions, both working in-house and at law firms, allow him to provide a macro, business-focused perspective to this fast-growing industry. Marc works closely with clients to balance risks and maximize optionality in a complex regulatory environment. His deep and broad base of connections throughout the cannabis (non-hemp and hemp) industry gives him access to an extensive knowledge base and skill set, benefitting clients and relationships. Marc dedicates his entire practice to the cannabis industry. His current clients include public and private single- and multi-state operators, market-leading ancillary businesses, real estate investment trusts, investment banks and other financial services providers, private equity funds and other investors, testing labs, cultivators, processors, and entrepreneurs. Marc also works closely across practice groups throughout the firm to provide counsel on the unique aspects of doing business with the cannabis industry. In addition, he provides perspectives on the cannabis industry through speaking engagements, being frequently quoted in trade and business publications, and his periodic newsletter, Cannabis Musings, which has delivered his unique take on industry activities since 2018. After starting out practicing corporate law, securities law, and capital markets finance, Marc joined Equity Group Investments (EGI), a private investment company founded by Sam Zell. As associate general counsel at EGI for over 15 years, Marc advised on billions of dollars of complex investment and acquisition transactions across industries and asset classes. Marc’s transactional experience covers a broad range of industries and asset classes, including private equity and venture financings, acquisitions and dispositions, governance, restructurings and workouts, debt financings, real estate transactions (including acquisitions, financings, and leasing), and complex tax structuring. Marc received both his B.A. and J.D. from Northwestern University.