SAN FRANCISCO – Global law firm Reed Smith today announced that Marc Hauser has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as counsel in the Global Corporate Group. Most recently with GVM Law in Napa Valley, where he headed the firm’s Cannabis Law Department, he will serve as co-vice chair of Reed Smith’s Cannabis Law Team. Hauser brings significant experience representing business and investor interests in all aspects of the rapidly-growing international cannabis and hemp industries.

With more than 20 years of legal experience, including 15 years as in-house deal counsel to Chicago-based investor, Sam Zell, Hauser spent a portion of his early legal career at Sachnoff & Weaver in Chicago, which later combined with Reed Smith. After leaving Sachnoff, Hauser continued to maintain close relationships with a number of Reed Smith’s lawyers, including Matt Petersen, co-head of the firm’s Global Corporate Group.

“I’ve known Marc for nearly two decades, and I’m thrilled that he has joined Reed Smith,” Petersen said. “Marc is a corporate attorney who has structured and advised on all types of complex transactions, bringing a practical approach to business and risk issues that impact all businesses and investors. His dual perspective, coming from both in-house and in private practice, is a great addition to our strong transactional practice.”

Claudia Springer, Chair of Reed Smith’s Cannabis Law Team adds that “Marc’s depth of experience in this relatively new area of law will dramatically enhance our capabilities as well as expand our growing client base.”

Hauser represents business and investors throughout the cannabis and hemp industries, where he does most of his legal work advising on transactions and risk, including public and private companies, MSO (multi state operators) and startups, as well as advising companies in other industries and disciplines working in CBD (cannabidiol) and cannabis. He has extensive relationships in the United States and Canada with industry players, capital sources, and service providers. Hauser’s legal practice includes deal structuring, acquisitions and dispositions, private equity and venture financings, capital markets financings, strategy and risk management, corporate governance, real estate transactions, and complex tax structuring.