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Matt Winter, Phoenix-Scottsdale Business Attorney




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Matt Winter on Money Radio 1510

Cannabis Business. On August 29, 2019, Matt Winter was interviewed by Money Radio 1510 host Bryan Detwiler regarding business and legal issues in the cannabis industry.


Matthew F. Winter

A native Arizonan, Matt Winter has nearly 30 years of experience in counseling the owners of a wide range of closely held companies, financial institutions and not-for-profit entities.

“I work hard to move complex deals to a successful conclusion, often on a short fuse for closing. ‘Deal killer’ is not in my job description, and I believe that protecting my clients’ legal interests and helping them achieve their business goals are compatible objectives.”

Matt’s clients in complex business and financial transactions benefit from his litigation experience, which helps him detect contract terms and provisions that, if left uncorrected, could fuel future legal action.

Since 2015, Matt’s closed transactions total approximately $71 million in business acquisitions and sales, $54 million in real estate transactions, and $49 million in loan transactions, including:

  • $9.2 million purchase of 12 retail franchises

  • $17.7 million stock sale of an Arizona community bank to a national bank holding company

  • $12.6 million loan package – comprised of secured loans and revolving and non-revolving lines of credit for operations and equipment – to a group of obligors consisting of a primary borrower and its 14 affiliates

  • $7.75 million purchase of a downtown Scottsdale office building and adjacent surface lot

  • Asset purchases of two Phoenix-area restaurants for $980,000

  • $7.6 million stock sale of a communications company in a strategic acquisition financed by a call fund

Matt was the 2015-2016 chair of the Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl board of directors and is a past chair of Ryan House, which provides respite and palliative care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.

Matt, his wife and their two sons live in central Phoenix. He is a college sports fanatic and an avid reader of Civil War history.

Practice Areas

Equity and Debt Finance

Banking Law

Business and Corporate Law: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Offerings, Entity Formation, Licensing and Distribution Agreements, Not-for-Profit Entity Formation and Governance, Commercial Transactions, Financing Transactions

Marijuana Business Law

Healthcare Law

Real Estate Law: Acquisition and Divestitures, Commercial Landlord/Tenant Agreements

Employment Law: Employment Agreements

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Arizona

Maricopa County Bar Association

Exit Planning Institute, Arizona Chapter


“Cannabis and Financial Services: Current Situation,” Mesa Financial Network, June 28, 2019

“The Future of Banking Marijuana in Arizona,” Arizona Bankers Association Annual Meeting and Conference, June 7, 2019


New LLC Act Creates Urgency in Operating Agreement Review” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, October 2019

Marijuana Legalization Trends Provide New Business Opportunities for Banks,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, June 2019

“Crowdfunding Signals a New Era in Equity Investment,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, February 2014

Court Admissions

Arizona, 1991

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1991

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1991

Community Leadership

Folds of Honor, Arizona Chapter: Board of Directors

Luke Air Force Base: Honorary Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Range Management Office

Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl: Chair, Board of Directors, 2015-2016

Ryan House: Chair, 2012-2015; Board of Directors, 2010-2017


Arizona State University, J.D., 1991

University of Arizona, B.S., Business Administration, 1988