Brent has over 20 years of finance, legal and executive-level management experience at numerous small and mid-sized growth companies, law firms and investment firms.
Brent Johnson has managed and executed over $2 billion in capital raising, private equity, venture capital, and M&A transactions. He has managed multiple investment funds up to $65 million in assets under management. He routinely advises investors, fund managers and companies regarding capital raising, structure, finance, and operations. Brent is also an advisor and mentor to Canopy Boulder and serves as an advisor to various companies and investment funds in the cannabis industry.
In his legal practice, Brent specializes in the representation of closely-held entities and emerging growth companies through the whole business life cycle, including entity selection, formation, equity and debt financing transactions, acquisitions and the eventual transfer or sale of the business. In addition, Brent advises on capital raising transactions working extensively with companies looking for capital as well as venture capital and private equity funds. Brent also serves as outside general counsel to clients in support of operations, capital raising, corporate governance, commercial transactions, contract drafting and negotiation, intellectual property and general business matters.
In addition, Brent serves on the executive team of Mazakali, a leading capital advisory firm in the cannabis industry. Brent previously served as EVP, Managing Director and General Counsel of First Capital Ventures, a leading management services provider, accelerator and fund management firm. Prior to that, he was EVP, CFO & General Counsel for Atrium Capital Management Group, where he was responsible for strategic planning, executive management and compliance across multiple business units, including oversight of the firm’s $65 million investment fund. Brent was previously Associate General Counsel for Quiznos during its aggressive growth phase where he managed corporate legal matters, including debt and equity financing transactions, franchise matters, acquisitions, intellectual property, corporate governance, and commercial transactions.
Brent Johnson began his legal practice at the Silicon Valley office of law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison where he worked with venture capital firms and emerging growth and technology companies focusing on capital raising transactions, mergers & acquisitions, securities, public offerings, and general corporate matters. He then joined Denver-based Brownstein Hyatt & Farber where he represented public and private companies as well as venture capital and private equity firms.
Brent is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served on active duty in the Air Force for five years, rising to the rank of Captain. He also holds a JD from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.
Brent and his wife live in Evergreen and have two boys. For fun, Brent plays keyboards in the local band Open Space and enjoys time with his family as well as skiing, mountain biking, trail running, boot camp class, camping, and riding ATVs.