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

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January 26, 2017

DOI Releases Scoping Report on Coal Leasing Reforms

On January 11, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management within the Department of the Interior released a scoping report analyzing a wide range of proposed reforms to the federal coal leasing program, administered by the BLM.

January 25, 2017

Agencies Chart the Future of US Offshore Wind Development

In this article published by Pratt's Energy Law Report, Mark Kalpin, Michael Hazel, Bonnie Heiple and Raya Treiser discuss a national strategy recently announced by the US Departments of Energy and the Interior to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States.

January 25, 2017

Beware the Tolling Agreement, It May Toll for Thee: New Gun-Jumping Action Targets Certain Tolling Agreements

Late last week, with only hours left for the Obama Administration, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice released one of the most remarkable gun-jumping enforcement actions in the more than 40-year history of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

January 11, 2017

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.    

December 15, 2016

WilmerHale ENsights: With Energy-Related Cabinet Nearly Filled, Nominations Foreshadow New Direction

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees to lead his energy, environment and natural resources teams are proving the old adage “Personnel is policy” true.

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.