About Us

CannaFi Group Ltd ‘CFP’ is a registered limited company based in Gibraltar and operates as the Investment Director to the Gibraltar based CannaFi Fund PCC Ltd. The principal activity of the Fund is to develop, build, own and operate cannabis assets in the pharmaceutical, health and wellness sectors. The global legal cannabis industry is still relatively nascent and continues to grow at an attractive pace. As further legalisation and regulation is introduced, the Fund is tasked with identifying high quality opportunities, both new and established, to generate an intelligent presence at all stages of the cannabis supply chain – from seed to shelf.

The company has positioned itself to activate the fund in line with the proposed legislative changes in Gibraltar. Gibraltar is in the process of amending its legislation in respect of legal cannabis investments. The amendments will rectify the proceeds of crime hurdle that currently exists in most jurisdictions irrespective of the fact that the underlying cannabis investment is legal. On the assumption that the Fund’s underlying investments in cannabis are legal where the activity is undertaken, the Fund will not face any proceeds of crime issues in Gibraltar. The change in legislation is due to be passed into law by the end of June 2021.

Meet the Team

The company employs a small team of highly motivated professionals with over 50 years of experience in the sector.

Executive Board

Paul Hesketh

Paul is an experienced corporate executive and serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of operational and finance experience within both the commercial and private sectors. Areas of expertise include: Mergers and acquisitions, Operating leases & long-term funding, corporate governance, and financial administration. Has acted as trustee and adviser to several financial institutions and commercial companies.

Angel investor in numerous company start-ups including: Internet Service Providers, Electric EV vehicles, Grid Response Battery Storage and Vertical Axis wind-turbines.

Involved in the legal cannabis industry since 2018, when he privately launched his own range of CBD infused alcoholic beverages. Strangeways Beers & Spirits Ltd are Gold winners of the Canex 2020 CBD beverages awards.
Paul has a Diploma in Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering

Robert Jappie

Chief Legal Adviser
Robert is a Partner at international law firm Ince, specialising in Cannabis Law and Regulation. Robert has become the leading legal expert within Europe’s fast-growing cannabis industries. With the legalisation of medicinal cannabis and CBD supplements rolling out across Europe, Robert has become the authority on the developing regulatory environment both here in the UK and in Europe. As Chief Legal Officer he will have oversight of the fund’s regulatory compliance.

Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller spent twenty years in the UK financial services industry, as an analyst and as a fund manager, focused within the Financials sector. As an analyst he led the number one-rated UK small and mid-cap Financials team, and as a fund manager ran the largest listed Financials fund in London. He moved offshore in 2007, working in Moscow and Singapore before moving to Guernsey, from where he built GLI Finance into a leading investor in the alternative finance sector, making investors a 15x return under his leadership. Leaving at the end of 2015, he is now a Director, Adviser, Mentor and Investor to a range of emerging growth businesses. He has been involved in the cannabis investment space for three years.

David Stevenson

David Stevenson is an experienced investment commentator, having written the Adventurous Investor column for the Financial Times for the last 13 years (on alternatives) as well as regular columns for MoneyWeek and Citywire. David is also an experienced media entrepreneur, having set up publishing businesses in the Fintech space (www.altfi.com, one of the world's leading fintech websites) and asset management (www.etfstream.com). Before that David set up and sold on one of the biggest corporate comms businesses The Rocket Science Group. He is also a non-executive director on three established listed investment funds including Gresham House Energy storage - the UKs largest player in grid-scale batteries - the Aurora Investment trust and the Secured Income Fund. Last but by no means least he is also very knowledgeable about the wider CBD and psychedelics space, having hosted numerous events in this space over the last few years.

Markus Hoffmann, LL.M

A lawyer by training, Markus has a background in the venture capital and private equity sector and has been active in the medical cannabis industry for over five years. Markus currently oversees the cannabis portfolio of a London based single family office and acts as a consultant to a number of investors and businesses in the space. Previously, he was on the founding team of Jacana, a vertically integrated manufacturer of medical cannabis products and led the only outside investment in the renowned Dutch manufacturer Bedrocan International by a group of family offices.

Markus has built a global network of executives, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders in the medical cannabis industry, sits on a number of advisory boards and is a frequent speaker at cannabis conferences around the world. Through his various positions he has access to significant deal flow and often sees early stage or special situation opportunities that are not widely available to investors.

Markus holds a degree in corporate law from the London School of Economics and Political.

EIF Directors

Aaron Payas

Aaron is a partner with Hassans law Firm in Gibraltar and is a strong proponent and committed contributor to the development of Gibraltar as a jurisdiction for funds business, having co-authored the crypto funds code of conduct published by the Gibraltar Funds and Investments Association. He also led the team at the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission working on the transposition of the AIFM Directive.
Aaron has a strong background in Mathematics and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. His practice spans funds, crypto funds, tokenised funds, sports law, fintech, distributed ledger technology (DLT), blockchain, initial coin offerings (ICOs), security token offerings (STOs), tokenisation of assets, and crypto-currencies.

Benjy Cuby: CEO Finsbury Trust Ltd, Gibraltar

Benjy joined Finsbury Trust in 2012 to head business development, and was apponited as Director in 2018 and CEO of the group in 2020. Prior to joining, Benjy spent a decade working as an investment banker with UBS and Credit Suisse in New York, London and Tel Aviv. During his time in banking, Benjy specialized in originating and executing cross-border M&A and corporate finance mandates, including IPOs, private placements, loan and bond financings across a range of industries.

Prior to his time in investment banking, Benjy was a business consultant at Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Division in London where he completed financial and business consultancy engagements specializing in areas of strategic planning, business development and valuation.

Benjy received his BSc in Economics, specializing in Accounting & Finance, from the London School of Economics and his MBA specializing in Finance from Columbia Business School. Benjy is also a licensed professional company director and an authorised Experienced Investor Fund Director in Gibraltar. Benjy serves on the board of the Gibraltar Funds & Investments Association (GFIA) and is Chairman of GFIA’s Fund Administrators Committee.

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620 World Trade Center, 
6 Bayside Road, Gibraltar, 
GX11 1AA



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