Douglas H. Leighton
Doug is co-founder and a principal partner of Dutchess Capital, a Boston-headquartered global hedge fund, which has managed an investment portfolio of over $2 billion in transactional. Doug oversees due diligence, investment selection and fund’s risk management and facilitates all of the fund’s trading on worldwide exchanges. Doug manages deal origination in North America, Europe and Australia and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Douglas has founded several companies and has mentored several startup and growth management teams. He has over two decades of experience in investment banking, asset management and the skill set to offer advice to startups and growth companies alike.
While the funds are industry agnostic, Doug has been largely focused on the legal marijuana market since 2012, initially as an observer while he conducted due diligence for several deals, and now as an active investor and board member for several companies. He sits on the Company Selection Committee of ArcView, the cannabis angel network and is a member of the NCIA. Doug also sits on the board of the Association of Responsible Public Cannabis Companies.
Through the Fund and personally, Doug has made numerous investments in ancillary businesses to the cannabis industry, in addition to touching the plant. He is often asked to speak at conferences regarding the business side of the marijuana business. Doug has held seats on various boards of public and private companies, in addition to serving on the boards of several non-profits.