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

+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

Publications & News

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December 7, 2016

WilmerHale ENsights: Obama Legacy, Trump Team Takes Shape

Welcome to the inaugural issue of WilmerHale ENsights. In this and future editions, we will share weekly energy policy analysis on President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the priorities of the new Congress.

November 29, 2016

FERC Enforcement Office Remains Focused on Market Manipulation and Compliance Programs

This month, the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its tenth Annual Report on Enforcement. The report provides FY2016 statistics on the investigative and enforcement activities conducted by OE's four divisions—Investigations, Audits and Accounting, Energy Market Oversight, and Analytics and Surveillance.

November 21, 2016

WilmerHale Attorneys Explain the Evolving Cybersecurity Environment of the Energy Sector

The Cybersecurity Law Report recently conducted a Q&A with Jonathan Cedarbaum, Jason Chipman and Nathaniel Custer about cybersecurity developments affecting the energy sector.

November 17, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy and Environmental Policy Under President Trump

Following Donald Trump's unexpected victory in last week's presidential election, President-elect Trump enters office with a unified Republican Congress behind him and the ability to shape energy and environmental policy in the coming term.

November 8, 2016

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

The recommendations are selected by JUVE based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics that assess a respective law firm's legal excellence, strategic direction, service orientation and future potential.

November 8, 2016

Regulation of Synthetic Biology Under the Nagoya Protocol

An article by Bruce Manheim, published in Nature Biotechnology, considers whether digital sequence information from genetic resources in foreign countries will be subject to the access and benefit-sharing requirements of the Nagoya Protocol and other international agreements.

November 4, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Cybersecurity Developments in the Energy Sector

Russian, Iranian, and Chinese hackers have demonstrated their capability to use cyber exploits to control and disrupt power grids, generation facilities, and sophisticated natural resource extraction operations. Responding to these kinds of threats and others, Congress and federal agencies have dramatically strengthened cybersecurity requirements and authorities in the energy sector in recent year, and additional efforts are under way.

October 27, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Antitrust and Acquisition of Partial Ownership Interests—What Energy Companies Should Know

Antitrust enforcers are increasingly scrutinizing transactions that result in partial ownership in competitors. This interest in partial acquisitions is particularly relevant in the energy sector, where the costs for developing large energy projects are high, and partial ownership can be used to spread risk and limit exposure.

October 20, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy—Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

It is still not clear what position the UK will take in negotiations on leaving the EU and what the remaining EU-27 countries will accept.

October 13, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Supreme Court Cases to Watch

The Supreme Court began its new term on Monday, October 3, with only eight justices instead of the full complement of nine. Perhaps in part as a result of its desire to avoid controversial cases, the Court has accepted fewer matters involving environmental, energy and natural resources issues.