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Nathalie Bougenies

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Nathalie Bougenies
Nathalie Bougenies

About Nathalie

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 and licensing agreements.

Additionally, Nathalie helps clients navigate the complex landscape of highly regulated industries, including maritime, cannabis, and hemp. She assists maritime clients with their transactional needs, such as contract drafting and negotiation, regulatory compliance, and towing agreements. 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.

Representative Experience

  • 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.

    • 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.



  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2016
    • Executive Editor, Oregon Law Review, 2015-2016
    • Associate Editor, Oregon Law Review, 2014-2015
    • Moot Court Board Member, 2014-2015
  • B.A., Saint Martin’s University, summa cum laude, political science and international relations, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2016


  • French
  • Spanish


Professional Plus
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Member
    • International Law Section 
      • Executive Committee, Member, 2023-present
    • Business Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Section
  • American Bar Association
  • International Cannabis Bar Association
    • Oregon Cannabis Law Section
Civic Plus
  • 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

Insights from Nathalie

  • “Delta-8 and other Cannabinoids, Regulated or Not?,” myLawCLE (Apr. 2022)
  • “Opportunities at the Intersection of Hemp and Marijuana,” CWCBExpo (Nov. 2021)
  • “CBD and Social Media: Using Brand Protection PR™ to Avoid Pitfalls,” Move the Stairs, podcast (Oct. 2021)
  • “Law Panel: Our Future: The Legal Landscape of the CBD Industry,” USA CBD Expo (June 2021)
  • “Distributor Requirements for Hemp and Dietary Supplements: Pitfalls to Avoid,” Asa Waldstein, Regulatory Education Series (June 2021)
  • “California Cannabis and Hemp Business Considerations,” The Seminar Group (Apr. 2021)
  • “CBD Considerations in the Pacific Northwest,” The Seminar Group (Mar. 2021)
  • “2nd Annual Food Label Claims: Risk Management & Substantiation Conference,” Q1 Productions (Dec. 2020)
  • “Hemp & CBD Track: The Regulatory Framework of Hemp CBD Products: Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Marijuana Law Conference (Nov. 2020)
  • “Cannabis E-Commerce: Legal and Regulatory Problems and Solutions for Online Marketing and Sales,” Lawline (Nov. 2020)
  • “Hemp + CBD Q&A,” CBDx Retail Virtual Event (Oct. 2020)
  • “FDCA and the FDA’s Position on CBD,” The Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Symposium (Sept. 2020)
  • “How to Navigate the Marketing Landscape of Hemp-Derived CBD Foods and Dietary Supplements,” Q1 Productions (Aug. 2020)
  • “How to Market & Sell CBD Products Online,” ASD Market Week (June 2020)
  • “Regulation of non-THC Cannabinoids,” JD Supra: The Cannabis Law Sessions (June 2020)
  • “Year End Spectacular Double Episode—Part One,” Lancaster Farming Podcast (Dec. 2019)
  • “The Business of Marijuana in Oregon,” The Seminar Group (May 2019)
  • “Cities and States Are Confused About Whether CBD Products Are Legal,” Marketplace, podcast appearance (Mar. 2019)
  • “Industrial Hemp Podcast: Episode 9,” Lancaster Farming Podcast (Oct. 2018)

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.

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