Nathalie Bougenies assists cannabis and hemp businesses in a variety of corporate transactions and regulatory compliance issues. She 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 also assists domestic and international clients on the sale, distribution, marketing, labeling, and importation of these products. 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 weekly column for Above the Law discussing cannabis policy and regulation.
During law school, she 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.
Cannabis — Regulatory Plus
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.
Corporate Transactions Plus
Structure, negotiate, and draft a wide range of transactional documents, such as governance documents, purchase and sale agreements, white label agreements, and licensing agreements.
Represent businesses as buyers and sellers in negotiating and drafting merger and acquisition transactional documents and managing closings.
- 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, 2021-2022
- 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.