Mitch Baruchowitz, Merida Capital

Merida Capital

Mitch Baruchowitz

Mitchell has 20 years of entrepreneurial, legal, regulatory and financial experience in highly regulated industries and nine years of cannabis investment experience.  He is the founder and Managing Partner of cannabis-focused private equity fund Merida Capital Partners, which is currently on its second fund with ~$100MM AUM and is the largest outside investor in leading cannabis public companies KushCo(KSHB), GrowGeneration (GRWG), Freedom Leaf (FRLF) and leading private companies New Frontier Data, MainStem, Emerald Scientific, Steep Hill Labs and Vireo Health.

Mitchell is an expert in the regulatory component of cannabis limited licensing and multi-state cultivation operations and has architected top cultivation licensing scores in Connecticut and Minnesota. In 2013, Mitchell co-founded Theraplant, one of four Connecticut-based cultivators; Leafline Labs, one of two Minnesota cultivators; Grow West MD, one of 17 Maryland cultivation licensees, and Laurel Harvest Labs, a Pennsylvania-based vertical applicant in its pre-operational stage.  Mitchell is a frequent speaker and author on cannabis investment strategy and diligence.  Mitchell previously served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of publicly-traded MarketAxess and General Counsel of Pali Capital before leading investment banking operations for ACGM and Cavu Securities.

Mitchell sits on the Board of New Frontier Data, Steep Hill Labs, Simplifya and Mainstem. He  holds a B.A. in History from Brandeis University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He also holds FINRA 7, 24, 63, 79 licenses.

 


Leon Benrimon, Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions’ Director of Modern and Contemporary Art for its New York office, Leon Benrimon has spent his entire life in the art business. His parents both own art galleries, and three siblings, all of whom are also currently working in the art world.

Prior to joining Heritage, Benrimon owned Benrimon Contemporary in New York, where he sold blue chip artworks on the secondary market in association with historical exhibitions, while dedicating himself to representing and supporting emerging, established and mid-career Contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums.

He received his Master’s Degree at Christie’s Education in New York and worked at family owned galleries on Fifth and Madison Avenues at David Benrimon Fine Art.  His specialty is working with new collectors and post-war artists – such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Prince, Basquiat, Longo, Kusama Haring, Murakami and Hirst, among others.


Javier Benson, RealtyShares

RealtyShares

Javier Benson is the VP of Business Development at RealtyShares. Javier’s responsibilities include developing programmatic capital partnerships, corporate partnerships, and new sponsor relationships, as well as capital markets strategy and analytics. He was formerly a Director of Investments at the firm, where he helped to source and underwrite real estate transactions for the RealtyShares platform.

Javier graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and after, applied his analytical training as a management consultant, while at Accenture and DiamondCluster (now PwC Diamond Advisory Services). He then attended the Wharton School for an MBA with concentrations in real estate and finance. Post-MBA, Javier advised on M&A, IPO and debt transactions within the Investment Banking Division at Barclays. He then followed up his investment banking experience as VP of Acquisitions at 643 Capital Management, a San Francisco-based real estate private equity firm, where he focused on investment strategies including for-sale and for-rent multifamily acquisitions, land development, real estate credit and the formation of single-family residential REIT.


Stuart Birdt

Interlacken Management

stuart birdt photoStuart Birdt is a senior finance and investment leader with more than three decades of

global experience in wealth management, family office, equity research and investment

banking. Mr. Birdt has deep expertise in global asset allocation, manager due diligence

and selection, investment analysis and valuation, manager selection, as well as the

management of global financial services organizations.

Mr. Birdt is currently the Investment Officer at a single family office based in New York

where he develops and implements asset allocation, portfolio strategy, manager

selection and risk management policies across all public and private asset classes.

He started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York in 1983

before transferring to their London office in 1991 and to equity research where he

covered the European telecom services sector. In this capacity, he was the senior

equity research analyst on the largest and most high profile European telecom IPOs

including Deutsche Telekom, which remains the second largest European IPO of all

time.

Mr. Birdt subsequently moved to Bear Stearns in London in 1997 where he founded and

managed their European equity research department in addition to leading their

European telecom research team. Prior to returning to New York in 2007 with Bear

Stearns to head their Latin American telecom and media research team, he was the

head of European telecom teams at Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. Following the

sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan in 2008, he joined an India-focused private equity

and real estate fund based in New York as their Chief Operating Officer and

subsequently assumed the role of Acting CFO.

Stuart Birdt received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard

University with Highest Distinction (Baker Scholar) in 1987 and his Bachelor of Arts,

magna cum laude, in Economics from Dartmouth College in 1983. He is a CFA

Charterholder and a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council of

the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He is an avid marathon runner, hiker

and skier. He has dual US/UK citizenship and currently resides in New York City.

 


Oleg Bogomolniy

InfoHedge Technologies

ob_infohedgeOleg Bogomolniy is the Chief Security Officer at InfoHedge Technologies, LLC, and is in charge of the strategic vision and implementation of InfoHedge Cybersecurity Program designed to solidify cybersecurity-aware culture of InfoHedge. In this role, he also leads the Virtual Chief Security Officer initiative to promote the cybersecurity awareness and compliance to InfoHedge customers. Mr. Bogomolniy brings over 25 years of IT expertise, working for enterprises in healthcare, technology, and financial, sectors. His extensive security background and certifications in security leadership, awareness training, forming and training incident response teams, and digital forensics, make him a distinguished speaker at the security conferences and other events.