Krishnan Varier, Principal

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Krishnan joined Arcadian in 2018 to help lead our principal investing activities, including deal sourcing, due diligence and negotiations, bringing more than 15 years of financial services and Wall Street deal-making experience and knowledge. For much of his career, Krishnan served as a healthcare investment banker in relationship coverage roles with Cowen, BofA-Merrill Lynch and Morgan Keegan and has completed more than $6 billion in closed capital raising and M&A transactions.


Krishnan began independently working with companies in the cannabis industry in 2016 in varying capacities as a private investor, mentor, advisor and consultant.


Krishnan completed his undergraduate studies in 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Business Administration. He initially gained experience as a wealth manager for AXA Advisors, and later with the Austin-based brokerage firm Eltekon Financial. He then joined Bank of America’s Global Corporate Bank in Charlotte, NC, as part of its Treasury Solutions Group inside sales team covering large-cap industrial corporate clients. Krishnan also holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a double-focus in Finance and Investment Management.