Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Monday, September 28,
“The Evolving Legality of CBD in the U.S.“
Anita Famili Sabine is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office and leads the firm’s real estate transactions and finance practice and the cannabis and CBD practice. She represents owners, operators, lenders, developers, investors and others in a range of financing, development, leasing and investment-related transactions.
Anita guides real estate investment trusts, national retail grocers, public utilities, and other commercial developers and owners/users in acquiring, entitling, developing, leasing, building, financing, deleveraging and joint-venturing property throughout the United States.
Anita is a leader in the cannabis and CBD legal space, having represented professional cannabis businesses for seven years on corporate structuring; joint venture formations; strategic partnership agreements; celebrity licensing deals; financings and equity raises; farm and dispensary acquisitions; development and land use matters; leasing; service agreements; Internet, media, advertising and FDA advisement; and licensing matters.
As part of that, Anita manages Manatt’s cannabis and CBD practice, composed of about 45 attorneys whose traditional practices include real estate, financial services, land use, corporate, tax, entertainment, advertising, intellectual property, litigation, digital media and government. Anita’s clients in the cannabis and CBD industries range from public to private companies. Anita sits on the Legal Advisory Committee of UC Irvine’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, working with university professors and researchers to identify best practices and legally permissible pathways for cannabis research. She has been a guest lecturer at the UC Irvine School of Law Cannabis and the Law class.
In addition to her legal practice, Anita serves on both the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Cannabis Section and the Legal Advisory Committee for the UC Irvine Center for the Study of Cannabis. She also serves on USC Real Estate and Business Law Forum’s Program and Planning Committees, and as a member of Law360’s Cannabis Editorial Advisory Board.