Feuerstein Kulick LLP
Samantha Gleit is a partner at Feuerstein Kulick and leads the firm’s debt finance practice. Samantha has structured many of the largest debt facilities in the cannabis industry to date, and well as negotiating corporate restructurings for single-state and multi-state operators. This year Samantha was selected by Crain's New York Business for their list of "Notable Women in Law"; and in 2021 she was selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star" honoring attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age. Samantha is also an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she co-teaches a course in cannabis law.
Throughout her career, Samantha has advised institutional and alternative investors on distressed debt and high risk lending. She is known for implementing tailored, regulatory-compliant, loan and workout structures designed to maximize protection in the evolving cannabis legal landscape. Samantha also has extensive experience advising companies (ranging from startups to large public companies) on debt structure, risk management, workouts, acquisition financing, capitalization and compliance. Beyond traditional legal advice, Samantha also assists startups and growing companies identify liquidity sources, develop growth strategies and negotiate efficient financing solutions.
Recent representations include GlassHouse; Jushi; Holistic; Loudpack; lenders to Curaleaf, Terrascend, and Cresco; cannabis-focused REITs, a private lender in a $250 million senior secured credit facility with the factoring arm of a wholesale B2B marketplace; Navy Capital in leading in a private placement of convertible debt with 4Front; and FocusGrowth Capital Partners on debt and equity financings with various multi-state and single state operators.
Samantha is regularly interviewed and published in leading debt media outlets. In addition to being selected as a top cannabis lawyer under 40 in 2021 by Law360, Samantha was selected as a Rising Star in the 2015 – 2021 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers® and featured in The New York Times Magazine Super Lawyers® Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area. Samantha is regularly interviewed by legal publications on debt and equity financing in the cannabis industry. She has also co-authored an article featured on the cover of the ABI Journal discussing suggested reforms to the federal bankruptcy process. In 2013, Samantha was awarded the International Bar Association’s Insolvency Scholarship for her award winning article on distressed law firms. Prior to joining Feuerstein Kulick, Samantha worked at King & Spalding LLP in New York, in the corporate finance and investments group.