New cannabis-focused PE firm Sugar Leaf launches

Cannabis industry consultant Canna Group has launched Sugar Leaf. Based in California and Chicago, Sugar Leaf is a new private equity firm focused on backing emerging growth companies in the cannabis sector.


PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Canna Group, Inc., leading consultants to the cannabis industry, today announced the formation of Sugar Leaf Capital Fund I LLC (“Sugar Leaf”), a private equity firm formed to invest in emerging growth companies within the cannabis sector. Sugar Leaf will have offices in California and Chicago, Illinois.

Sugar Leaf’s investments will typically be in the form of equity and it may participate in or create a number of debt or debt-like investments as appropriate. Sugar Leaf’s primary investment focus will be early stage businesses enabling the cannabis industry, but which are generally ancillary to the production or processing of the plant and not subject to state regulations. Key areas of interest include: Financial, Payments & Banking; Grow Systems, Agriculture & Operations; Software, Digital & Internet; Chemistry, Science & Genetics; and Business Services.

The Fund will be a committed capital fund and will only be available to accredited investors and qualified purchasers. The Fund’s objective is to achieve long-term capital appreciation by investing in early-stage companies servicing the cannabis industry.

Canna Group, Inc. and its team, Grant Rollin (Partner), Aaron Silverman (Partner) and Chris Macaluso (Industry Advisor) will be active with the Fund in addition to Michael Gruber (Partner), Amy Boyet (Principal), Michael Guerra (Principal), Achint Prabhat (Principal), and Glen Anderson (Industry Advisor).

The Fund has partnered with Rainmaker Securities LLC, a licensed general securities Broker/Dealer and a FINRA/SIPC member firm.

“We are proud of the Fund’s launch,” said Grant Rollin, Canna Group, Inc.’s Chairman. “The team assembled brings a deep combination of investment and cannabis sector expertise to nurture and develop high growth businesses. Sugar Leaf has the unique opportunity to attract high quality deals, and execute quickly in the rapidly expanding legal cannabis industry.”

About CannaGroup, Inc.
Canna Group, Inc. is a Delaware corporation that consults in the development of sound strategy, writes business plans, provides expert consultation in enterprise value grow facilities producing the highest quality cannabis available, prepares licensing applications, provides advice on management of dispensaries, offers in-depth educational courses, creates brands and licensing opportunities and offers proprietary industry-related software, invests in cannabis businesses, and generally mentors companies in the industry.

About Rainmaker Securities LLC
Rainmaker provides a variety of services to issuers of private securities and investors satisfying the needs of two primary constituencies; emerging growth issuers; and emerging growth private companies looking to engage new markets, raise expansion capital, or find M&A partners. Rainmaker provides expertise on the proper structure, pricing, and distribution strategy necessary to successfully place equity, debt, and/or hybrid securities, with Rainmaker’s extensive network of institutional and private investors.