[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Cannabis Banking and Insurance: A Practical Perspective - June 3rd, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

MERITAS - Law Firms Worldwide

MERITAS - Law Firms Worldwide

June 3rd, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Meritas is excited to present a panel discussion about the practical challenges of cannabis banking and insurance. The panel will include professionals from the insurance, banking, and compliance, fields who focus specifically on the cannabis sector. The program will be presented in a Q&A format, exploring the practicalities of obtaining insurance and banking services for direct and indirect cannabis businesses, as well as insight into the regulatory and compliance challenges those banks face in providing those services. The program is appropriate for and open to both Meritas attorneys advising direct and indirect cannabis businesses, and clients in those sectors.

The panel will try to address any questions received before the webinar. Those questions should be sent to Krystle Dahl and Alex Malyshev by May 29, 2020. There may be an opportunity to ask follow up questions during the presentations, time permitting.


Alexander Malyshev
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

New York, NY, USA

Alex is a Partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, and co-chair of its Cannabis, Hemp & CBD Industry Group. He advises businesses, investors, and other stakeholders in the quickly evolving state-legal cannabis and federally legal hemp (and CBD) industries on how to deal with the unique challenges the industry poses in a practical manner.

Alex is also chair of the Meritas Young Lawyers’ Advisory Board.

About the Panelists

Holly DeLorenzo
Business Development
Cannabis Division

Hardenbergh Insurance

Holly started the Cannabis Division of Hardenbergh Insurance Group in 2017. She has formed relationships with other carriers so Hardenbergh can write cannabis coverage for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan based businesses. She has been on the front lines helping cannabis companies properly manage their risk and create strategies to keep employees, customers, and assets protected. With her extensive carrier resources and the ability to navigate state regulations she is able to secure the right insurance for a stand-alone dispensary all the way up to a multi-state operator.

Angela Lucas, CCBP
Chief Risk Officer
Integrated Compliance
Solutions, LLC

As a former Federal bank regulator and seasoned consultant, Angela’s knowledge of regulatory compliance, risk management and investment advisory services has established her reputation as a leading resource within the financial consulting industry, spanning consumer protection and anti-money laundering statutes, fraud and cannabis banking issues.

Frank Smith
VP of Operations
Republic Bank of

Frank started his career in community banking that led him to a position developing policies and procedures for all aspects of retail operations and compliance for a couple of new banks. He worked for a few financial institutions serving in several different capacities such as: BSA/AML Officer, Security Officer, ERM Officer and VP of Operations. Recently he was recruited to start a Marijuana Banking program that, as of December 2019, was processing over $15MM in monthly cash deposits with over 30 different licenses in AZ and NV under the OCC’s supervision. At the beginning of 2020 he moved to Republic Bank of Arizona to start another MRB program and to run their operations department.

Peter Su
VP – Private Banking
BNB Bank

Peter has been in banking for over 20 years with stops at HSBC, Signature Bank and now BNB Bank. His focus has mostly been in banking SMBs and its principals. He has extensive experience working with clients in the financial sectors – Prime brokerages, hedge funds, PE/VC’s, family offices, etc. Currently, he is a Vice President with BNB’s Private Bank and runs their cannabis banking program. Prior to embarking on his banking career he served with the US Army and the National Guard as a turbine engine specialist.


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