Tonkon Torp Names Ferdie Ruplin Co-Chair of Cannabis Industry Group

Tonkon Torp has appointed attorney Ferdinand (Ferdie) Ruplin as Co-Chair of its Cannabis Industry Group.

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Ruplin has significant experience working in highly regulated industries, with a focus on the cannabis industry and financial services industry. He joins Co-Chair Alex Tinker to lead the firm’s work developing and delivering legal solutions for licensed producers, distributors, processors, retailers, and ancillary businesses operating in the cannabis space.

Ruplin Ferdinand 5x7“Ferdie is a talented attorney, and we are thrilled that he has taken a leadership role in this dynamic practice area” shared Kurt Ruttum, Managing Partner at Tonkon Torp. “He brings valuable experience and insight into the ever-evolving regulatory frameworks under which our clients must operate.”

Ruplin joined Tonkon Torp in 2019 from Green Light Law Group, where he helped cannabis and hemp/CBD clients navigate corporate governance and regulatory matters. In addition to his work in the cannabis space, Ruplin’s practice is focused on working with private and nonprofit entities on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and financings, and other general corporate matters. Ruplin also assists clients with contract negotiations and equity ownership disputes. In 2022, he was selected to the “Ones to Watch” list by The Best Lawyers in America for Banking & Finance and Corporate law.

Ruplin recently joined the board of directors for NuProject, an Oregon public benefit company that is a leader in providing coaching, mentorship, and access to capital for BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses.

Tonkon Torp’s Cannabis Industry Group is a full service business practice that works with entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes and at all business life cycle stages. Attorneys in the group work to identify strategies and solutions to help clients achieve financial and structural growth while keeping a keen eye on the special risks and liability considerations inherent in a highly regulated industry.

About Tonkon Torp – Tonkon Torp LLP is a leading business and litigation law firm serving public companies, substantial private enterprises, entrepreneurial businesses, and individuals throughout the Northwest. For more information, visit