Jonathan Bench

Jonathan is co-chair of Harris Bricken’s corporate practice group, where he focuses on international and domestic business transactions. He discovered his love of foreign locales, people, and languages in his early adult years after moving from “small town” Wisconsin, to Hong Kong and then to Sichuan, China. Jonathan is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and consistently works to enhance his language and business expertise so he can best assist our clients with their varied international and domestic projects. Jonathan co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic developments in locales around the world to decipher global trends in law and business with the help from international guests.

Jonathan studied international business and international law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earning both JD and MBA degrees. He describes himself as a businessperson who went to law school rather than a lawyer who studied business. Jonathan’s business clients value his ability to think like a business owner as he provides sound legal guidance while maintaining key business issues at the forefront of the discussion.

Jonathan has presented to many groups of business owners on legal issues for companies and business owners, including entity formation, partnership agreements, corporate governance, equity and debt financing, business contracts, commercial real estate, intellectual property, M&A, executive compensation, and business succession planning. Jonathan is admitted to practice in Utah and Maine.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young family, enjoying the outdoors, playing any sport involving a ball, learning guitar, and working on his Spanish.

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Recently the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final amendments to expand the definition of an accredited investor, something that has not happened in nearly 40 years. This is a big deal for cannabis companies (and all other companies) that are in fundraising mode because many of these companies rely on Rules 506(b) and 506(c) […]

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If you have spent much time around the world of private capital raising, then you know that there are only two avenues for a company that wants to bring on investors. Either you register your capital offering (equity, debt, or some hybrid) or you find a state or federal filing exemption that you can qualify […]

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In prior blog posts (see here, here, and here), I described how we field regular inquiries regarding international cannabis, both from companies inside the U.S. looking internationally and from international companies looking to the U.S. market. This post deals with geography issues for international companies seeking to enter the U.S. market. Where to locate your […]

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In prior blog posts (see here, here, and here), I described how we have been fielding regular inquiries regarding international cannabis, both from companies inside the U.S. looking internationally and from international companies looking to the U.S. market. This post deals with state governance and geography issues for international companies seeking to enter the U.S. […]

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In prior blog posts (see here and here), I described how we have been fielding regular inquiries regarding international cannabis, both from companies inside the U.S. looking internationally and from international companies looking to the U.S. market. This post deals with taxation issues for international companies seeking to enter the U.S. market. Tax Treaties. The […]

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As I mentioned in a prior post (see here), we have been fielding regular inquiries from international cannabis companies that want to engage with the U.S. market by selling raw hemp or cannabis, distillates (including cannabinoids), and products, including products that have been proven in their home markets. This post is addressed to companies considering […]

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  In Washington’s closed cannabis marketplace, we see plenty of license purchases and sales, with deals structured in many creative ways, always to maximize the likelihood of regulatory approval from the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. Washington’s cannabis regulations are among the most stringent, consistent with Washington’s Department of Revenue’s application of Washington’s taxation statutes. […]

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Although COVID-19 is causing much of the world to slow down, business deals in many industries continue. Companies continue to seek strategic acquisitions, partnerships, and investments as they enter new international markets or seek to relocate a portion of their business or supply chain from higher-risk markets, such as China, to lower-risk markets in Southeast […]

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