Energy and Cleantech INDUSTRIES

The world’s focus has turned to developing and implementing clean, renewable and efficient energy technologies. Investors, entrepreneurs and long-established companies are rushing to be at the forefront of these clean technology solutions. And as quickly as the cleantech industry is evolving, so are the opportunities and the challenges. You need a law firm that keeps up with these changes and has the expertise to help your company navigate the complex—and critical—aspects of bringing your cleantech idea to market.

While technology waves of the past have followed a pattern of venture capital funding to public offerings to perhaps an acquisition, cleantech companies will likely face a much more complicated path. What’s so different? Just a few new challenges cleantech companies face include:

  • Funding requirements that are beyond the scope of traditional venture capital investments: Whether funding comes in the form of strategic collaborations, project finance or government funding, we have the expertise to help you fund your enterprise. We can help you tap into available government funding to support your enterprise.
  • Keeping up with constantly evolving government regulations: Our nationally recognized regulatory and government affairs lawyers know how government works and can counsel you on complex regulatory issues including climate change, carbon regulation and trading, and other environment and energy-related matters.
  • Increasing importance of university or federal laboratory support of innovation: With our vast expertise in negotiating licensing agreements, including agreements with some of the country’s top universities, we can help simplify the process of going from idea to development, while protecting your stake in your IP.
  • Ensuring that you are taking advantage of complex and changing tax credits and incentives: Many companies, from startup to Fortune 500, can benefit from these tax laws. Let WilmerHale’s nationally recognized tax practitioners help you take advantage of all the available tax incentives.

WilmerHale’s Energy and Cleantech lawyers have decades of experience in the traditional energy, renewable energy and emerging technology industries. Whether you are a startup or public company, seeking assistance in obtaining venture capital investment or government funding, building your first commercial plant, or seeking guidance on complying with energy and environmental regulations, WilmerHale’s lawyers can assist you every step of the way.

The world’s focus has turned to developing and implementing clean, renewable and efficient energy technologies. Investors, entrepreneurs and long-established companies are rushing to be at the forefront of these clean technology solutions. And as quickly as the cleantech industry is evolving, so are the opportunities and the challenges. You need a law firm that keeps up with these changes and has the expertise to help your company navigate the complex—and critical—aspects of bringing your cleantech idea to market.

While technology waves of the past have followed a pattern of venture capital funding to public offerings to perhaps an acquisition, cleantech companies will likely face a much more complicated path. What’s so different? Just a few new challenges cleantech companies face include:

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Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Kalpin, Mark C.

Mark C. Kalpin

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

+1 617 526 6176 (t)

mark.kalpin@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

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July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years. 

July 1, 2016

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” 

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 3, 2016

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it reviewed a record 147 notices in 2014, a 52% increase from 2013.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 4, 2016

Technical and Scientific Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields.    

February 11, 2016

Selected 2016 M&A Transactions

In 2015, we advised clients throughout the United States and Europe on more than 75 M&A transactions providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax. Since 2004, we have participated in more than 1,200 mergers and acquisitions with a total value in excess of $500 billion, ranging from sales of VC-backed companies to multibillion-dollar global mergers.

February 11, 2016

Selected 2016 Public Offerings and Rule 144A Placements

In 2015, we handled nearly 50 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $20 billion, for leading companies in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and other industries.

November 23, 2015

BIA Finalizes Reforms for Obtaining Rights of Way on Indian Lands

On November 19, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a final rule that makes sweeping changes to the process for obtaining rights of way for proposed oil and gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, railroads, roads and other infrastructure projects on Indian lands. This is the first update of BIA’s right-of-way regulations in more than 30 years. The revised rule aims to expedite and clarify the BIA right-of-way process for project developers, as well as to support the interests of Tribes and individual Indian landowners. The rule update was announced earlier this month at the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The rule is scheduled to go into effect on December 21, 2015.

November 18, 2015

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, a prominent legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in several practice areas.