Roxane Peyser

Partner

303-407-2040

rpeyser@fortislawpartners.com

Roxane is a business and commercial transactions lawyer with a wide breadth of law firm and in-house counsel experience. She has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, limited liability company and corporate formation, financing, securities and cannabis law throughout the U.S. and internationally. Roxane’s clients value her fresh approach and the skillset she brings from her experiences both as a legal advisor and a business owner who has started and sold several of her own businesses.

As a corporate lawyer, Roxane regularly helps her clients manage complex legal issues and plan for and make strategic legal decisions that add both short- and long-term value. Throughout her career, she has helped companies structure, restructure and expand their businesses, mitigate risks, and maintain regulatory compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Roxane’s merger and acquisition experience is steeped in her work on more than $20 billion of M&A transactions. She has also helped clients attract and raise capital and identify growth opportunities.

In employment law, Roxane has extensive experience overseeing the legal aspects of HR operations. She is a trusted counselor to her clients, helping them balance their business interests with potential risks while maintaining compliance in the face of rapidly evolving employment laws and regulations. Roxane has also managed complex employment litigation and built complete HR structures for clients, including creating employee handbooks, policies and procedures.

Before joining Fortis in 2022, Roxane served as Chief Legal Counsel for a multistate cannabis operator. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade running her own law firm in Denver, as well as several years helping corporate clients at law firms and working as in-house counsel in the banking and environmental sectors.

Practice Areas 

  • Mergers and Acquisition

  • Corporate and LLC formation

  • Cannabis Law

  • Employment Law

  • Securities

  • Debt and Equity Financing

  • Contract Drafting and Negotiating (including Operating Agreements, Bylaws, Asset Purchase Agreement, Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, Stock Purchase Agreements, and Shareholder Agreements)

  • DEI, ESG and CSR (planning, implementation and reporting)

  • OSHA Compliance (Emergency Action Plans and compliance)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

  • Texas

  • Alabama (inactive)

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, with honors, University of Houston Law Center

  • Master of Arts in Political Economy, summa cum laude, Georgia State University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, with honors, George Washington University

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), Mentor

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member

  • American Bar Association, International Law Section Member

  • SWCC (Women Corporate Counsel)

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Texas Bar Association

  • American Bar Association, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee

  • American Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee)

  • American Bar Association, International Law Section

  • Colorado NORML (Former Vice-Chair, Executive Board)

  • Minority Cannabis Business Association, Member

  • International Cannabis Business Association, Member

  • National Cannabis Bar Association, Member

  • High Country Conservation Center (HC3), Summit County, Colorado (Former Board Member and Chair of Compliance Committee)

  • Green Food Service Alliance (Former Board Member, Energy & Technology Committee)

  • U.S. Green Building Council, Member

  • Texas Bar Association

  • Green Chamber of the South (Former Board Member and Chair/Section Leader, Green Business Section)

  • Co-Chair on International Business Conference, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Israeli Bar Association; Moderator and Speaker (Eilat, Israel 2010-2013)

  • Sustaining Member of KUVO

Honors & Awards

  • CR Reporting Awards, 1st Runner Up for Best Overall Report and Winner of “Creativity in Communications,” CRRA Awards, Corporate Register, (Global Annual Awards for Corporate Responsibility Reporting), Mar. 2009

  • Golden Peacock Award, Coca-Cola Enterprises Corporate Responsibility Report, 2007 and 2008

  • Project Corporate Leadership, Nominated by senior managers in the banking industry for a seven-month term culminating in a leadership award.

Community Activities & Personal Interests

When not working, Roxane enjoys hikes with her dog, Harpo, music (especially jazz), cooking, cinema, dancing, skiing, horses, traveling and reading. She is also an art collector and avid hockey fan (Go Habs!)

Presentations and Publications

Roxane has created and led programming for the American Bar Association – International Law Section in DEI, ESG and CSR; cross-border employment issues; and aligning international and domestic cannabis opportunities. She has also written numerous articles and spoken globally on these topics.

An abridged list of Roxane’s papers, articles and conference presentations follows:

  • Quoted, “10 Multistate Cannabis Companies Owe Half a Billion in Federal Taxes” Green Market Report – Sept. 2022

  • 2021 Global Business of Cannabis Conference, Planning & Executive Committees; Chair, The Environmental Impact of Cannabis Cultivation: Does Legalization Make a Difference? ABA–International Law Section, Denver, CO

  • Presenter: Aligning Regulation of Cannabis Markets with International Obligations and Realities, American Bar Association–Section of International Law, Investment & Trade Conference, Mexico City, November 2018

  • Presenter: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: The Development of the Cannabis Industry, CannaTech Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 2017

  • Interview Subject: Lujan Eliminates Plaintiffs’ Standing in New Marijuana Cases, JURIST-Professional Commentary, Mar. 2015 

  • Presenter: Pioneering International Trade & Development in the Cannabis Industry, The World Jurist Association, Conference on Global Economy and the Rule of Law in a Changing World, June 2013

  • Author: CSR and Disclosing Your Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, CSR Journal, Jan. 2010

  • Author: What Is Corporate Social Responsibility and How Can I Incorporate It into My Practice? International Law News, Jan. 2010

  • Organizer, Moderator & Presenter: Meeting Your Carbon-Constrained Future: Risks, Responsibilities and Opportunities, Presented by the Georgia State University Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, Aug. 19, 2009, Atlanta, GA

  • Presenter: Corporate Responsibility & The Role of Georgia Business in Building Sustainable Communities (presented September ’08, P2AD Natural Leaders Conference, Atlanta, GA).

  • Author: CSR, Aviation, and the EU ETS, CSR Journal, Spring 2008.

  • Author: Environmental Developments in Abu Dhabi, The International Lawyer – Year in Review, 2008

  • Author: What is your Water Footprint: The Intersection of Current Legal Development, Environmental Scarcity and Corporate Reality, The International Lawyer – Year in Review 2008

  • Authored multiple other articles in a variety of legal journals about topics ranging from cross-border employment matters to jurisdictional issues.

  • Developed and led ABA-ILS panels in Europe and the Middle East about cross-border employment issues, CSR, ESG and DEI, and stakeholder engagement.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented bank and corporate clients in bank and business mergers totaling in excess of $20 billion

  • Created reverse merger strategies for clients and executed strategies resulting in listings on the Canadian Securities Exchange

  • Created funding strategies and instruments for corporate clients for Series Seed, A and B financings

  • Created and delivered critical knowledge frameworks for ethical governance, leadership, and organizational culture to ensure compliance, promote ethical leadership, and develop social and environmental responsibility

  • Created and executed sustainability programs incorporating ESG goals and standards, including metrics to measure and report on annual progress

  • Promoted the industry status of clients via strategic partnerships and complex transactions

  • Developed financing strategies for $100 million+ companies to advanced capital raises and assembled leading team of international investment lawyers and bankers to help execute

  • Created and implemented HR structures

  • Designed and implemented EAP (Emergency Action Plan) structures

  • Constructed risk mitigation frameworks

  • Led corporate strategies regarding market expansion, restructuring and strategic alliances

  • Introduced metrics for measuring legal and compliance progress.