Located in Washington, D.C., Nathalie Bougenies advises domestic and international clients on a variety of business and corporate transactions. She assists companies with a wide range of legal issues, including the sale, distribution, marketing, labeling, and importation and exportation of products, and also conducts due diligence to assure compliance with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations. Nathalie has worked on a wide variety of corporate and business transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and equity closings, and regularly counsels on general business contracts, including white label agreements, purchase & sale agreements, and licensing agreements.
Additionally, Nathalie helps clients navigate the complex regulatory landscape of cannabis and hemp products intended for human consumption, and advises on FDA enforcement and issues under the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. Nathalie frequently speaks on regulatory issues related to hemp and cannabis, and has made national media appearances, including on NPR’s “Marketplace.” She also authors a biweekly column for Above the Law discussing cannabis policy and regulation.
During law school, Nathalie served as a Fellow with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she researched complex IP issues, including counterfeiting and patent reforms, and advocated on behalf of Fortune 500 companies for stronger IP rights and global enforcement.
Nathalie was born and raised in Belgium and has lived and studied in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. She utilizes her broad international background to assist overseas clients with their foreign direct investment into the United States and offers unique and valuable insight to clients in their cross-border transactions.
Domestic & International Transactional Work Plus
Represent businesses as buyers and sellers in negotiating and drafting merger and acquisition transactional documents and managing closings.
Prepare distribution agreements between U.S. alcoholic beverage companies and foreign wholesalers.
Draft sale of goods agreements between international clients and U.S. manufacturers of finished products intended for human consumption.
Assist clients with foreign direct investment work, including compliance with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)’s regulations.
Advise clients on the regulatory framework and legality of manufacturing, selling, and marketing hemp-derived products in the U.S. and overseas.
Provide guidance to cannabis companies in reviewing their marketing tools, including websites, product labels and descriptions, and social media platforms, to ensure compliance with state laws and potential U.S. Food & Drug Administration and U.S. Federal Trade Commission compliance issues.
Assist cannabis clients with license application and regulatory compliance.
Cannabis—Ancillary Businesses Plus
Provide guidance to financial institutions offering services to cannabis-related businesses, including drafting of internal policies and procedures and that of cannabis-specific customer agreements and other related documents.
- Multnomah Bar Association, Member
- Oregon State Bar, Member
- Business Law Section
- Intellectual Property Section
- American Bar Association
- International Cannabis Bar Association
- Oregon Cannabis Law Section
- Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center, 2011-2012
- Recognized as one of the Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers by Cannabis Law Report & Cannabis Law Journal, 2021-present
- Selected for inclusion as an Oregon Super Lawyer—Rising Star, 2019-present
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Global Innovation Policy Center, Fellow, spring 2016
- 1884 Public Spirit Award, University of Oregon School of Law, 2013-2014
Outside the Office
Nathalie loves the arts and spends most of her free time in museums and movie theaters. She also enjoys long daily walks, listening to music, and cooking meals from scratch.