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Viridian is a Strategic and Financial Advisory Firm Dedicated to the Cannabis Industry*

Viridian Capital Advisors (“VCA”) was founded by a group of experienced Wall Street analysts and bankers to bring capital markets expertise, sophisticated market intelligence, and strategic direction to the emerging cannabis sector.

Leveraging our team’s decades of high level operating and transactional experience on Wall Street and as entrepreneurs, we provide comprehensive strategic and financial solutions that assist cannabis enterprises in realizing their full potential.

VCA provides market intelligence, investment banking, investor relations, and corporate development services to emerging growth companies in the cannabis sector.*

Network of relationships to augment management teams and boards.

Access to investors, capital, and M&A opportunities.

Insight and knowledge of the legislative process via key federal/state/local relationships.

Devise corporate structure to optimize growth and shareholder value.

Provide introductions to joint venture/partnership opportunities.

Build visibility to the investment community and the media.

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Our Team Members


Scott Greiper

Mr. Greiper is the president and founding partner of Viridian Capital Advisors. He has had a distinguished 20-year career in the technology, security, and information technology sectors as both a research analyst and investment banker. Mr. Greiper is also the president and founder of Secure Strategy Group, which provides capital, strategic advisory, and M&A services to growth companies in the technology, security, and IT markets. Previously, Mr. Greiper was a principal and senior analyst at C. E. Unterberg, Towbin, where he covered public companies in the global security industry and was consistently ranked as one of the top analysts in the sector. He has been involved in raising more than $400 million for both public and private companies and has completed a range of M&A assignments. Mr. Greiper attended the Executive MBA program at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 licenses.

Phone: (212) 333-0202

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Michael Swartz

Mr. Swartz leads all modeling and valuation work for the firm’s M&A and fund raising assignments. He served as co-portfolio manager for the Osprey Financial Group, where he analyzed publicly traded companies with market capitalizations from $50 million to $1 billion and prepared buy-side equity reports containing recommendations and original valuations derived from fundamental & technical analysis. In addition, Mr. Swartz served as the fund’s Asian economist, analyzing economic and geopolitical factors and assessing the Asia-Pacific region for attractive investment opportunities. Previously, Mr. Swartz worked as an analyst at TBG Holdings, assisting clients with researching strategic options as it relates to market opportunities, competitive positioning, and allocation of resources. Mr. Swartz holds a B.B.A. in finance and minor in criminal justice from the University of North Florida.

Phone: (212) 333-0257

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Harrison Phillips

Mr. Phillips currently assists with the firm’s M&A and fund raising assignments. His prior experience includes asset classification, database management, and spreadsheet programming at Black Diamond Performance Reporting and product research at Brower Financial Group. At University of North Florida, where Mr. Phillips received a B.B.A. in Finance, he held the position of co-manager and statistician of their student-run investment fund, Osprey Financial Group.

Phone: (212) 485-0284


Brad McGowan

Mr. McGowan has a 30-year track record of establishing buy-side relationships with leading private equity funds, venture capital groups, family offices and hedge funds.  He was a leading sales producer and investment banker with firms such as Jefferies, Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers, and heads up the PE coverage and national business development for SolomonEdwards, a professional services firm focused on strategy execution and M&A transaction advisory.  Mr. McGowan was a Senior Managing Director at The Spectrum Group and a founding partner of SPECTRUM Capital Advisors, LLC, both in Washington, D.C., where he headed business development for this M&A defense firm.  He was recently elected to the board of directors for the Association for Corporate Growth New York, an association of private equity, family offices and other professional investor groups, and is chair of its membership committee. He earned his B.S. in finance at Lehigh University (class president), his Executive MBA in Finance at NYU’s Stern Business School (class president), and attended executive education classes at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McGowan currently holds his FINRA 7 and 63 licenses at Pickwick Capital Partners, LLC.

Phone (w): (646) 299-1047
Phone (c): (201) 248-0635

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Carl Kleidman

Mr. Kleidman, as an attorney and an experienced public and private equity investor with over 30 years of investing experience, advises our clients on SEC, M&A, corporate, and legal matters. For the past 12 years, he has worked with private equity/hedge funds including BelHealth Investment Fund, Vison Capital Advisors, and ComVest, where he directed investments in micro and small cap public and private companies in privately negotiated transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Kleidman served as managing director and head of corporate finance for Commonwealth Associates, where he managed or co–managed over 75 public offerings, 24 private placement transactions, and was financial advisor in connection with over 10 M&A, strategic partnership, or restructuring transactions. Prior, he was an attorney with the law firm of Shea & Gould for approximately 10 years after becoming a partner in 1992. At Shea & Gould, he was primarily involved with representing investment banking firms, private equity firms, and private and public companies in connection with public offerings, private placements, and merger and acquisition transactions.

Phone: (917) 496-5406

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Viridian Capital Advisors

5 Bryant Park
1065 6th Avenue
10th Floor
New York, NY 10018

(212) 485-0284