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David Wenger

(212) 729-7708  

 

dwenger@sprfllp.com

Admissions  

  • New York

 

  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Education  

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 2006 (Dean's List, Editor - Journal of Corporate/Financial Law

  • City University of New York, B.S., Business & Finance, 2002 (cum laude, Dean's List, Honors Academy Student Representative to Albany)

  • American University - M.A., International Relations (20/30 credits)

 

Judicial Internship

  • Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern  District of New York (2006)

David advises US cannabis companies, ancillary companies, and mainstream CPG companies entering the cannabis industry on regulatory, transactional, and dispute-resolution matters. He counsels institutional, family office, and HNW investors on investments in the industry. He has also assisted on cannabis license applications.

 

David wrote a seminal White Paper on the US cannabis industry, “The Green Regulatory Arbitrage: A Case for Investing in US Multi-State Vertically-Integrated Cannabis Companies,” published on New Cannabis Ventures. David has also published articles about legislative and judicial developments affecting the industry in the US and abroad, and has participated as a speaker and panelist at many industry conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia.

David is a member of the US Senate Cannabis Working Group and the US House of Representatives Cannabis Working Group. In those roles, he has the historic opportunity to engage with Congressional staff members on advancing federal cannabis legislation.

David is a Board Member at Body and Mind (CSE:BAMM) and a member of Bhang Corporation’s (CSE:BHNG) Advisory Council.  

David has more than 13 years of experience representing foreign governments and large domestic and foreign corporations in high-stakes complex cross-border transactions and disputes. He has counseled on structuring international transactions and investments, with an eye to mitigating risk and avoiding acrimony. He has also advocated for clients in US federal district and appellate courts and international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Working at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest global law firms, for nearly a decade, David has represented clients such as Petrobras, Kingdom of Thailand, Dubai ruler, Afghanistan, Pfizer, PPG, Irving Shipbuilding, Troy University, Oman, Stolt, Citizens Bank, W.P. Carey, McDonald’s, and AIG.

David graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where he was Notes & Articles editor for the Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. As a law student, David interned in the Southern District of New York for federal court judge Honorable Harold Baer Jr.

David is an avid cyclist and a private pilot.

Publications

The Green Regulatory Arbitrage: A Case for Investing in US Multi-State Vertically-Integrated Cannabis Companies, New Cannabis Ventures – Sept. 2018

 

The U.S. cannabis industry needs access to the U.S. stock markets, MarketWatch - Nov. 2019

 

How the U.S. harmonizing federal legalization with international drug treaty obligations will spark a wave of liberalization abroad, ICBC - Aug. 2019

 

Extending the SAFE Banking Act to offer protections to US exchanges listing US cannabis companies, New Cannabis Ventures - Feb. 2019 

 

The declining risk of enforcement against state-legal cannabis businesses, New Cannabis Ventures - Jan. 2019

 

A federal court case that could end cannabis prohibition, MJ News Network - Dec. 2018

 

Petition To Confirm Foreign Arbitral Award Dismissed For Forum Non Conveniens, International Law Office – Feb. 2012

 

Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You: Arbitrator Bias Based on Payment Information, Transnational Dispute Management - July 2009

 

Ensuring Collection: Maritime Attachment, Maritime Risk International - April 2007; updated and translated into German, Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (Jan. 2009)