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Marc Hauser, Partner


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Areas of Practice

  • Business and Corporate Law – focus on Cannabis and Wine industries

    • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments

    • Debt Financing

    • Strategy and Risk Management

    • Corporate Governance

  • Real Estate Transactions and Financing

Marc, a Partner and head of GVM’s Cannabis Law department, as well as a member of the Business and Wine Law departments, has over two decades of experience advising clients and colleagues on many billions of dollars of business transactions, both working in-house and at law firms. 

After starting out practicing corporate law, securities law, and capital markets finance, Marc joined Equity Group Investments, a private investment company founded by Sam Zell, a Forbes-listed multi-billionaire and active corporate and real estate investor. As the deal lawyer at EGI for over 15 years, Marc advised Mr. Zell and his team on billions of dollars of complex investment and acquisition transactions across industries and asset classes, including the $8.2bn take-private acquisition of Tribune Company in 2007. Working alongside investment, tax, and accounting professionals, Marc developed a practical, business-oriented approach to thinking about risk and leverage. 

Marc’s transactional experience covers a broad range of corporate and real estate matters, including private equity and venture financings, acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation and governance, restructurings and workouts, debt financings, real estate transactions (including acquisitions, financings, and leasing), and complex tax structuring.

In addition, Marc’s deep, national network of professionals and investors across industries gives him access to an extensive knowledge and skill base to benefit transactions and businesses.  This allows him to generate a macro perspective on deals and industries, and advise growth companies on strategy and positioning.


  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois – B.A., History and Jewish Studies, 1995, Dean’s List

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois – J.D., 1998, Cum Laude

Honors & Awards

  • Northwestern University Law Review – Note & Comment Editor, 1996-1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Napa Valley Cannabis Association – Board Member

  • Napa Valley Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Illinois – 1998

  • California - 2018

Joined the Firm

  • 2017