As General Counsel at MAZAKALI, Brent Johnson oversees all legal aspects of the firm and assists with legal diligence on investments as well as banking clients. Brent oversees the firm’s Denver office and brings over 20 years of finance, legal and executive-level management experience at numerous law firms and investment firms.
Brent also serves as CEO of the Hoban Law Group, the nation’s leading full-service “cannabusiness” law firm. Brent previously served as EVP, Managing Director and General Counsel of First Capital Ventures; EVP, CFO & General Counsel for Atrium Capital Management Group; and Associate General Counsel for Quiznos.
Brent has managed and executed over $2 billion in capital raising, private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions and has managed multiple investment funds up to $65 million in AUM. He routinely advises investors, fund managers and companies regarding capital raising, structure, finance and operations. Brent is also an advisor and mentor to Canopy Boulder and serves as an advisor to various companies and investment funds in the cannabis industry.
Brent advises clients on capital raising transactions and has worked extensively with companies looking for capital as well as with venture capital and private equity funds. Brent also served as outside general counsel to clients in support of operations, capital raises, corporate governance, commercial transactions, contract drafting, negotiation, intellectual property and general business matters.
Brent began his legal practice at the Silicon Valley office of law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison where he worked with venture capital firms and emerging growth and technology companies focusing on capital raising transactions, mergers & acquisitions, securities, public offerings and general corporate matters. He then joined Denver-based Brownstein Hyatt & Farber where he represented public and private companies as well as venture capital and private equity firms.
Brent is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served on active duty in the Air Force for five years, rising to the rank of Captain. He also holds a JD from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.