Startups and Venture Capital Investing ENERGY AND CLEANTECH

Cleantech investment has been a hot sector in venture capital funding in recent years. Geopolitical, social and economic pressures are working together to increase demand for innovation in clean technologies, which will continue to make cleantech an attractive segment for venture capital investment. To help you develop the best financing structures for your business and negotiate the best financing terms, you need a legal advisor that understands the legal and business needs of a clean tech startup; someone who not only can help you navigate these critical first financings, but who also has an eye toward your company's future.

WilmerHale is one of the world's leading law firms representing startup companies. Early-stage cleantech companies and the venture capital firms that invest in them rely on us not only for legal advice but to also help create business advantage as they grow. Our corporate lawyers work closely with our intellectual property, tax, real estate and government regulatory groups to ensure that we are thinking about your business from all angles. While we specialize in working with startups, WilmerHale is a global firm whose capabilities will serve your business through all stages of growth.

We think our track record speaks volumes: 

  • We have helped our venture-backed clients raise in excess of $30 billion in more than 3,000 financings since 2004.
  • In 2015 alone, we served as counsel in more than 250 venture financings raising nearly $5 billion.

In recent years WilmerHale has represented some of the fastest growing cleantech startups and the most prominent venture capital (VC) firms investing in clean tech businesses. Some of these clients include:

  • Flagship Ventures – We have advised this active clean tech venture firm with investment in multiple cleantech companies.
  • 1366 Technologies – WilmerHale has represented this promising solar technology company and ARPA-E recipient on general corporate, government funding matters and in its funding from North Bridge and Polaris.
  • Greylock Management – We represented this VC firm in a proposed financing, as well as the sale of a portfolio company engaged in solar project installation.
  • Khosla Ventures – WilmerHale has advised Khosla Ventures, one of the leading clean tech investors, in connection with investments in multiple cleantech companies, including those in the materials, solar, geothermal, biofuels and smart grid industries.
  • KiOR – We have represented this biofuels company since inception and through multiple rounds of venture financing.
  • Range Fuels – WilmerHale represented this fast-growing biofuels company in multiple rounds of venture and government financing, and provide ongoing general corporate advice
  • Seeo – We represented this battery company in multiple rounds of venture financing and provide ongoing general corporate advice

Cleantech investment has been a hot sector in venture capital funding in recent years. Geopolitical, social and economic pressures are working together to increase demand for innovation in clean technologies, which will continue to make cleantech an attractive segment for venture capital investment. To help you develop the best financing structures for your business and negotiate the best financing terms, you need a legal advisor that understands the legal and business needs of a clean tech startup; someone who not only can help you navigate these critical first financings, but who also has an eye toward your company's future.

WilmerHale is one of the world's leading law firms representing startup companies. Early-stage cleantech companies and the venture capital firms that invest in them rely on us not only for legal advice but to also help create business advantage as they grow. Our corporate lawyers work closely with our intellectual property, tax, real estate and government regulatory groups to ensure that we are thinking about your business from all angles. While we specialize in working with startups, WilmerHale is a global firm whose capabilities will serve your business through all stages of growth.

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Mick Bain

Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@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

Stein, Jeff

Jeff Stein

Partner

+1 617 526 6624 (t)

jeff.stein@wilmerhale.com

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August 23, 2017

WilmerHale Reps SnapApp in Raising $10.2M Series B Funding Round

SnapApp, provider of the leading SaaS platform used by B2B marketers to create, publish, and measure interactive content, announced that it has closed $10.2 million in additional funding from its principal investor, Providence Strategic Growth.

March 1, 2017

Selected 2017 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2016, we served as counsel in approximately 250 venture financings raising nearly $3 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

February 11, 2016

Selected 2016 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2015, we served as counsel in more than 250 venture financings raising nearly $5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

March 3, 2014

Selected 2014 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2013, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising approximately $2.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

April 4, 2011

FERC Requires Market-Based Compensation for Demand Response Resources

July 23, 2010

WilmerHale Ranks Among Vault's Top 20 Law Firms in the Nation for Sixth Consecutive Year