Arun Kurichety


Irvine, CA

General Counsel

Arun is a seasoned leader, corporate executive, and attorney with an entrepreneurial mindset. He possesses more than fifteen years of corporate transactional/restructuring experience with a focus on the cannabis/cbd industry.  As a cannabis industry “veteran,” he has advised numerous cannabis companies, from start-ups to publicly traded companies, in an ever-shifting regulatory landscape. He is highly regarded for his capital markets and debt restructuring knowledge, while regularly advising on corporate governance, compliance and regulatory matters.

Currently, Arun serves as COO/General Counsel to Petalfast Inc., the first-of-its-kind full spectrum sales and marketing agency for the cannabis industry. As the former legal leader of KushCo Holdings, Arun oversaw and managed the legal, compliance, corporate governance, and business affairs functions. He served as a trusted advisor on the executive team and executed several industry-first transactions, including the Company’s $50 million asset-based credit facility. His focus on compliance resulted in implementing a “best-in-class” compliance program. He also designed business strategies that resulted in tripling top-line revenue from $52M to $150M FY19.

With more than fifteen years of corporate transactional experience with two top international law firms, Arun has guided and advised companies in various growth stages, from start-ups to businesses seeking to restructure or exit. He led or participated in more than 15 complex large U.S. and foreign debt restructurings totaling $12+ billion in funded debt. He implemented novel and successful strategies on behalf of companies and sophisticated creditors in and out of court during the “great recession” of 2008-2011.

Arun has been intimately involved in the creation of the legal, regulated cannabis market in California and throughout the country. He continues to offer his time and expertise to organizations that push legalization forward for a safe and responsible cannabis industry. He is an invited member of the National Cannabis Industry Association's Policy Council, which shapes nationwide cannabis policy through education and lobbying. He is a regular speaker on cannabis industry panels and has been profiled by several publications for his insights on the industry.

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts, Government

Cum Laude

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Doctor of Law

Cum Laude

KushCo Holdings, Inc.

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

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