Providing support across multiple disciplines, we develop strategies that help you make the cut, ensuring your business is on a strong foundation; technically primed and strategically competitive, while supporting your vision with experienced operators and tactics.


    Electrum Partners’ unrivaled macro-vision and micro-understanding will help you make the difficult decisions that materialize into success. We know what good looks like and offer strategic guidance to accelerate your expansion.


    Be prepared for volatility and armed with proven strategies to successfully navigate the complex challenges that can threaten the value of your enterprise. Our full suite of dynamic tactics for issues management and crisis communications provides advanced protection and critical services in real-time.




Our reputation is earned from real-world experience and industry knowledge which enable our unique ability to see what comes next.  We bring clarity and focus to an industry notorious for uncertainty and a competitive edge to those looking to lift their business to a higher standard.

  • Marijuana Industry Bullish on State Success, Trump...
    "There's going to be so much job creation as a result of the legal cannabis industry, it's going to eclipse any other industry in the United States in the years to come that I can see," said Leslie Bocskor,... READ MORE
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    No, Las Vegas Is Not Embracing Legal Weed with Open Arms
    "It's obviously the fastest growing industry in the United States, and Nevada could really use the jobs it's going to create," says Leslie Bocskor, president of Electrum Partners, a firm that advises investors in the... READ MORE
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    Leslie Bocskor

    Most folks in the cannabis industry for any length of time know Bocskor by face, name and for his exuberant laugh and immaculate three-piece suits. But don’t be fooled by his formidable frame. This Transylvanian-descended Renaissance man does not intimidate, he leads by example by embracing an open source collaborative model unrestricted by time zones and geographies. Bocskor’s boldness enables him to assume a leadership role, mentor, and share the spotlight with other leaders, and fuel the industry’s ascent to a global financial and social phenomenon.
    Bocskor’s insights, expertise, and global stature make him the man who policy makers, investors, and entrepreneurs seek out for future planning and immediate fixing. He is the undisputed choice as the voice on cannabis issues and business, from state-of-the-art technology and best practices, to policy, industry financing and expansion.  Committed to a culture of compassion at Electrum Partners and throughout the industry, he takes pride in ushering in changes that rewrite history, whether it’s the empathic opening of patient access, or the invention of a national innovation funding reset button.
    His far-reaching banking and entrepreneurial experience and inimitable style are bolstered with his knowledge of any cannabis vertical — from domestic and international policy to finding your niche investing opportunity, from supercritical extraction to ERP solutions, from seed-to-sale to the entourage effect of strategic business integration. Bocskor has become one of the most influential people in the cannabis space, guiding policy and reform.

  • James DeRose
    Managing Director

    As Managing Director, James DeRose serves as commander on the front lines at Electrum Partners, driving the team to achieve long-term success within the legal cannabis ecosystem. He draws upon 20 years of experience in strategic problem solving, operations, alliance building, business technologies and executive level management. DeRose has led his teams to victory in disruptive industries during times of tumultuous change and growth. Drawing from the technology and business knowledge gleaned during the birth of the internet and ecommerce era, as well as his experiences working within the regulated industries of travel and casino management, he understands the importance of properly managing the complexities of regulatory compliance, and on the business side, how to take advantage of incremental revenue opportunities that only exist when markets are developing.

    Throughout his career, DeRose has helped to build successful organizations that had steep learning curves, plenty of growing pains and heated competition. As vice president of Vegas.com, he was instrumental in growing the company from 19 employees to more than 400, while increasing gross bookings from $3.5 Million to over $400 Million in less than five years. At EarthLink, where he transitioned from technology to business, the team he anchored grew from four to 40 employees, with revenue increasing from $60,000 to over $45 Million annually in about 30 months.  

    It is quite possible that he has finished process engineering your business challenge before you've finished your sentence. DeRose tries to envision every idea and concept in terms of business sustainability and applies a distinct perspective to intricate problems from the inside out. He looks into the future for each business model that crosses his path, simulating the inevitable hurdles and pivotal changes that will be required to make it a success. In short, DeRose is battle tested. His in the trenches experience allows Electrum Partners to guide cannabis companies during their most difficult business decisions and hyper-growth challenges.

    DeRose earned his B.S. in Environmental Design with an emphasis on Urban Planning from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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    Pamela Johnston
    Senior Vice President Strategy & Special Projects

    Pamela Johnston, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Special Projects at Electrum Partners, is a respected thought leader and entrepreneur with a history of business bullseyes that have been in line with her mission to help organizations uncover their potential and harness change. An instinctive problem solver popular for her signature intuition and way of distilling the complex down to the manageable, at Electrum Partners she spearheads global strategic planning, value creation initiatives, and business protection services, while also leading branding, communications and reputation for company interests, partners and investments.

    As the woman known to ‘influence the influencers’ for over 25 years, Johnston’s career has been characterized by high-speed entrepreneurism and innovation. Her ability to draw pioneers into high impact teams and think tanks speaks to her dynamism – what’s been described by partners as a gravitational pull that aligns the realms of invention and progress. Through consumer engagement, business innovation, and savvy issues and crisis management, her unconventional approaches and astute methodologies have impacted a wide range of industries.

    “Someone who cuts through complexities, who sees things that others don’t,” “one of those rare people you meet that just ‘gets it,’ who routinely takes on and triumphs over ‘herculean challenges’” — partners and collaborators have always valued her super-human perception. Johnston has been honored as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds In Sales & Marketing, and featured in a multitude of notable media including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Forbes, Good Morning America, The TODAY Show and every major network on Television. Having been lauded by Investor’s Business Daily as a “Secret to Success,” she is consistently sought after by governments, industries, individuals as well as private and public companies to navigate change and manage the seemingly “impossible.”

    She holds a B.A from Tufts University and speaks Spanish, French, English and conversational Italian.

  • Gordon Katz, Esq.
    General Counsel

    Mr. Katz has 23 years of experience as a practicing attorney. His practice has included representation and counsel to a variety of individuals and businesses in diverse industries including the cannabis industry, the financial industry and the securities industry. He has counseled on corporate and securities law, civil and criminal litigation. He has advised businesses in such areas as regulatory compliance, licensing, finance and strategic planning. He is the former General Counsel to Legend Securities, an investment bank and securities brokerage in New York City. At Legend Securities, Mr. Katz provided counsel on a variety of securities law transactions and issues, including regulatory and compliance issues.

    He is the former outside General Counsel to the ArcView Investor Network, an established Investor Network in the Cannabis Industry. While with ArcView, Mr. Katz provided counsel on a variety of business, financial, and cannabis-related legal issues. He is a Founding Board Member of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association and currently continues in that capacity. Mr. Katz has also been a co-founder of several privately held companies, which he helped to build into successful enterprises.

    Mr. Katz holds a BA from New York University in Psychology and received his Juris Doctor from The American University Law School in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to the New York, Pennsylvania State and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations.


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    Adam Cohen
    Senior Vice President, Business Development
    Adam Cohen is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Electrum Partners. Mr. Cohen is responsible for new opportunity analysis, client onboarding, account management and business process relating to sales and deal flow in the business advisory services practice. Additionally, Mr. Cohen helps lead Investor relations for the Electrum Fund and its New Member Onboarding. Since the inception of Electrum Partners in 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as advisor and consultant, helping to evaluate and run due diligence on hundreds of potential cannabis investments and the teams behind them. 
    Prior to joining Electrum Partners, Mr. Cohen was instrumental in growing sales, marketing and and business development at globally recognized firms including Microsoft, Adobe, Webtrends, GoodData and Merant (now Serana). With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Cohen has overseen relationship development and business growth with brands such as Hewlett Packard, Disney, Intuit, Caesars Entertainment, Nike, National Football League, CBS/cNet, Alaska Airlines, P&G, FedEx and The New York Times, among many others. 
    Mr. Cohen brings deep expertise in web analytics and optimization, digital customer management, engagement and conversion, social and mobile customer programs, conversion, monetization, and big data driven marketing and interaction across the full gamut of Omni-channel customer touch. He joins Electrum Partners to reunite with Leslie Bocskor, with whom he started his career at Lehman Brothers over 30 years ago in the Retail Brokerage business unit, where they together received early exposure to the equities markets and capital formation. 
    Mr. Cohen graduated with a BS from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and three children and is avid volunteer for Boy Scouts of America with his sons. 



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    December 15, 2016
    New York, NY

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