Nancy Baynard is an associate in the firm’s Corporate, Government Affairs and Cannabis practice groups. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate law, including equity financings, acquisitions, sales, debt financings, restructurings, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters, with a particular focus on clients in the cannabis industry. In addition to her corporate practice, Nancy advises cannabis companies (from formation to operating entity) on regulatory compliance in obtaining licenses as well as other related operational, regulatory and compliance matters in the cannabis space, helping them navigate an increasingly complex business and regulatory environment through all stages of the business cycle. Prior to joining McCarter & English, Nancy practiced corporate law and advised cannabis companies on regulatory and compliance matters at a leading boutique, cannabis-focused, law firm in New York, where she advised clients on corporate transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, and in preparing cannabis license applications in highly competitive cannabis markets.
Before leaving her career in the technology industry for law school, Nancy was a Program Director for a top 10 digital agency managing several multi-million-dollar digital media campaigns from inception through development and delivery. During this period, Nancy managed multiple large-scale engagements for Fortune 100 companies, obtaining critical management, operational, and strategic skills instrumental to her corporate clients. These experiences provided her valuable insight into business operations, which she regularly uses today when advising clients. After law school, Nancy served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department and prosecuted cases in Bronx County. As a former litigator, her experience includes commercial and criminal litigation, arbitration, and appellate work in county, state, and federal courts, experiences which provided her with valuable insight into potential issues and problem areas in commercial transactions.