Declining cannabis company valuations are driving a shift in how capital is raised and merger and acquisition activity is occurring in the cannabis space. Against this backdrop, cannabis investors can leverage their understanding of mergers and acquisitions to anticipate strategic moves and corporate earnings.

Fortunately, next time Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference On September 13-14 in Chicago, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from important industry leaders, including Scott GreiperChairman and Founder of Viridian Capital Advisors, the premier cannabis investment bank.

What does Viridian do? Founded in June 2014, when only six states were legal, Viridian raises capital, executes M&A transactions, offers corporate restructuring, and performs sophisticated financial modeling.

Since then, the New York-based financial and strategic advisory firm has grown into the leading corporate finance and M&A firm in the legal cannabis industry, representing companies, investors, sellers and acquirers.

“About $400 million [was] raised this first year, [and] in the first nine months of this year, $8.5 billion,” Greiper told Benzinga Cannabis Capital conference attendees in 2021. “It has never tasted so good,” he added.

The Cannabis Deal Tracker Database helps investors: Greiper knows what he’s talking about. Viridian has collected and aggregated the world’s largest database of cannabis deals. The Viridian Cannabis Transaction Tracking is a proprietary news service that monitors capital raising and M&A activity in the legal cannabis and hemp industry. Each week, the tracker aggregates and analyzes all closed deals and segments each based on key metrics.

“How does that matter? Because when you were an investor in this space or advising you, we’re going to tell you where the best value is, where the best way to invest is whether that’s the culture or biotech or software. And we’ll tell you the right structure for your investment,” Greiper told Dan Humiston in an exclusive interview.

“This is by far the largest database of cannabis transactions in the world, and it gives us incredible, cutting-edge market intelligence, when we represent investors who are looking to invest, it really gives us a deep dive into the best companies, the best valuations and the structure for investors.”

And after?: Join Benzinga in Chicago and meet Greiper in person. He will provide an overview of Viridian’s global operations and ongoing strategy.

The world’s largest and most successful cannabis investment and fundraising event will take place September 13-14 at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Get your tickets HERE.

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