OAKLAND, Calif., October 26, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – Dentons, one of the world’s largest law firms, has announced that Kelly Fair has returned to the firm. She is a partner in its Health Care and Cannabis practices. Fair rejoins Dentons after more than three years working at Canopy Growth Corporation, a global cannabis company, as its first-ever U.S. General Counsel.
In her role at Dentons, Fair will serve as external U.S. General Counsel to Canopy’s newly-formed U.S.-domiciled holding company in addition to focusing on other cannabis sector policy work. She will also assist clients with lending transactions, securities offerings, and other corporate and commercial transactions, along with cannabis regulatory and policy matters. With 17 years of in-house and major law firm experience advising high-growth industry companies and boards, she has an understanding and appreciation of the broad range of legal, regulatory, operational and financial considerations involved when working with clients in the cannabis environment.
“Kelly’s time working in-house has allowed her to gain substantial experience and deeper knowledge of the cannabis industry, which will directly serve our clients,” said Eric Berlin, head of Dentons’ U.S. and global Cannabis groups. “Her experience brings a fresh and timely perspective on the challenges that companies face, well-positioning her to offer advice as they operate in the highly regulated and complicated industry.”
Fair previously managed all of Canopy’s U.S. and European legal affairs, global mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and continuous disclosure. While navigating the limitations of U.S. federal and securities laws related to cannabis, Fair helped to develop innovative deal structures that grew the company’s U.S. footprint and built a first-class U.S. business, which ultimately led to the creation of Canopy USA, LLC.