Mike is SVP Global Affairs at Plena Global Holdings Inc., working with large scale cultivators to provide raw materials and cannabis derived active pharmaceutical ingredients to global manufacturing partners. Mike is an experienced international business development executive and commercial lawyer with over a decade of providing trusted and pragmatic commercial, strategic and legal advice to rapidly scaling companies around the world.
Prior to joining Plena Global, Mike was VP Legal & International Business Affairs at Canada’s first and only ISO 9001, ICH-GMP and EU-GMP certified cannabis producer MedReleaf Corp through a variety of industry pioneering milestones both operationally and in the capital markets through to its acquisition by Aurora Cannabis for C$3.2 Billion, the largest cannabis industry exit to date.
Mike played leading roles in sourcing and executing on global partnerships including working with partners and regulators on receiving EU GMP certification and exporting non-irradiated cannabis flower to Germany, receiving the full suite of operating licenses from Australia’s Office of Drug Control, a variety of South American license acquisitions and the first ANVISA authorized export of cannabis oil to Brazil.
An intellectual property lawyer by training, Mike also managed the creation of one of the leading IP portfolios in the industry including a variety of patent and plant breeders rights applications and some of the first and most expansive global trademark registrations granted to cannabis products and operations to date and is well-known to regulators, influencers and industry leaders globally.