Clean-tech Ventures

Clean-tech startups and ventures are supported by a wide range of different industry and professional sectors. Our lawyers collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to provide clean-tech ventures around the country efficient and effective counsel throughout the life cycle of their enterprises. R+C's Sustainability Group industry knowledge and professional relationships help clients find financing, trade expertise, and other supportive services necessary for successful clean-tech ventures. We guide clients through initial startup, securing intellectual property patents, as well as later stage mergers and acquisition transactions. Our firm assists clients in developing clean technology manufacturing facilities and clean energy projects. Our Litigation Group has broad courtroom experience in the clean-tech sector to advocate for client interests and provide business and legal strategies for avoiding litigation and minimizing the risks inherent in cutting edge technological fields.

    • Experience
      • Assist buyers, suppliers, developers, and financing parties in the commercial and intellectual property aspects of renewable and alternative energy technology transactions and investments in, among others, the wind, biomass and gas-to-liquids fields.

      • Represented a multi-industry company whose principal activities are to design and manufacture nickel-zinc rechargeable batteries, with respect to an exchange offer made to holders of Series A and Series B Preferred Stock.

      • Represented the industry leader in the commercialization of carbonate fuel cell products for stationary power, in its acquisition of a leading developer of solid oxide fuel cell technology, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $80 million. Also represented client in connection with $240 million and $60 million follow-on public offerings of the company’s common stock.

      • Represent Nasdaq-listed developer and manufacturer of high-efficiency distributed electric power generation.

      • Counseled manufacturers of fuel cell and energy systems regarding product labeling issues.

      • Litigation counsel to a wind energy developer for a wind turbine in a newly created subdivision in Rhode Island.

      • Counsel to a manufacturer of low environmental impact cleaners, oils, and fuels, with respect to brand management matters, including trademark protection and packaging compliance counseling.

      • Represent manufacturer and installer of solar modules and mounting and balancing systems in New England in drafting and negotiating customer-facing form documents for power purchase agreements, providing corporate advice and assistance in acquiring necessary regulatory permits/approvals for siting, construction, and installation of projects.

      • Successfully modified legislation for environmentally preferable products and improved future communications in matter involving the legislative committee of cognizance and the state agency of cognizance.

      • Representation in a $241 million public offering of common stock of a major fuel cell developer and manufacturer. The offering was underwritten by Merrill Lynch & Co.

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Using Urban Agriculture to Grow Southern New England," published in Connecticut Planning, co-authored by Sorell E. Negro and Professor Laurie Beyranevand, Professor Sara Bronin, and Marie Mercurio, AICP (SNEAK 2015 Special Edition)
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