Ascend Wellness, MedMen Resolve M&A Lawsuit With $88-Million Deal

Ascend Wellness, MedMen Resolve M&A Lawsuit With -Million Deal
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<![CDATA[A monthslong legal battle between a pair of multistate cannabis operators over a definitive acquisition agreement is on its way to being resolved. New York-based Ascend Wellness Holdings Inc. (AWH) announced May 11 that it signed a term sheet to settle a lawsuit against Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises Inc. and acquire 99.99% controlling interest in subsidiary MedMen New York Inc. (MMNY) for $88 million—$15 million more than originally considered. The filings in the lawsuit stemmed from an earlier $73-million definitive investment agreement between the two companies on Feb. 25, 2021. One of New York’s 10 licenses to distribute medical cannabis was on the table in that agreement. But MedMen officials backed out of the deal, announcing Jan. 3, 2022, their decision to terminate the investment agreement just weeks after the two companies received final approval from the New York Cannabis Control Board and the state’s Office of Cannabis Management for the acquisition, sparking legal claims. RELATED: Ascend Wellness Files Amended Complaint Against MedMen To settle the dispute, Ascend officials announced Wednesday that they will increase the transaction consideration by $15 million, $4 million of which is contingent on the start of adult-use sales at an MMNY dispensary. “We are thrilled to put this dispute behind us and look forward to the imminent closing of this transaction,” Ascend founder and CEO Abner Kurtin said in a public statement. “We continue to build scale in some of the most sought-after locations in premier, limited license markets in the country, and with this investment, we will bring our high-quality products and exceptional retail experiences to our seventh state. While we always seek accretive deals, this transaction is particularly attractive given a recent comparable acquisition valued at $247 million.” As part of the settlement, according to Ascend, MedMen will withdraw its counterclaims against Ascend. After Ascend filed a suit…

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