Maruf Raza, CPA, CA, is the National Director of MNP's Public Companies practice and an Assurance Partner in the Toronto office. Maruf serves as an advisor to public companies, and private companies planning on going public through direct initial public offerings or reverse mergers. Regarded as a thought leader on International Financial Accounting Standards (IFRS) and cannabis, Maruf has conducted technical research on IFRS and U.S. accounting standards, including being part of the CPA Canada's IFRS Discussion Group and various committees at the Ontario Securities Commission. He has worked in many countries around the globe and specializes in helping finance these companies in Canada, either through public or private transactions. Maruf also has extensive experience working with clients in the cannabis sector.