Khiron Announces European Expansion With Key Executive Appointments

Published: August 13, 2019

Khiron Announces European Expansion With Key Executive Appointments

Khiron Life Sciences Corp., an integrated cannabis company with core operations in Latin America, announced the appointment of Tejinder Virk as President of Khiron Europe, and Franziska Katterbach as Chief Legal Officer of Khiron Europe.

As the Company expands its global reach, Khiron is pursuing a focused regional growth strategy in Europe, with the aim of entering and capturing market share in the region’s estimated €115.7 Billion medical cannabis industry. The appointment of a strong management team in the region executes this stated strategy by deploying knowledgeable, experienced local leaders to identify opportunities and accelerate market entry, while building and scaling operations.

These activities position Khiron to capitalize on opportunities in the European market as legislation continues to evolve throughout the region. Khiron’s ability to expand into the region is strengthened through the recently signed EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement, a key treaty that enables the Company to leverage its Uruguayan assets to support its European infrastructure.

Tejinder Virk – President, Khiron Europe
Tejinder is a proven leader with over 15 years of executive-level experience in the capital markets and cannabis industry. Tejinder previously served as Deputy Managing Director, Europe, for Canopy Growth Corporation, where he was responsible for driving the multinational expansion of Canopy’s European operations. He was also formerly Managing Director of Global Equity Products for BMO Capital Markets, a role which saw him developing and managing major client relationships across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Leveraging his exceptional knowledge of the European cannabis market as well as his deep connections to European institutions and family offices, Tejinder will lead Khiron’s capital markets activities in the region, working to increase the Company’s visibility among institutional investors. His appointment is also expected to enhance the Company’s management expertise in corporate development, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Franziska Katterbach – Chief Legal Officer, Khiron Europe
Franziska Katterbach is an accomplished business executive and legal expert who brings extensive experience working within Europe’s emerging cannabis industry. After completing her legal studies at Universität Leipzig and Landgericht Darmstadt, Franziska joined corporate law firm Dentons, where she was involved high-profile deals in the cannabis sector across multiple jurisdictions. Franziska later served as Director of Legal for Canopy’s European operations, prior to joining Khiron.

In keeping with Khiron’s core competency of regulatory and legal affairs, Franziska will apply her deep regulatory expertise to lead the Company’s corporate legal function in Europe. She will work closely with relevant European authorities to understand local legislation, identify strategic opportunities within each country’s policy framework, and fast-track market entry while ensuring rigorous regulatory compliance.

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