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Firms To Watch: Environment: transactional

Led by New York-based Marius Griskonis and Ron Erlichman, Linklaters LLP’s energy & infrastructure team advises on a range of environmental aspects related to energy and infrastructure projects, including environmental permitting plans, environmental decommissioning plans, and environmental risks and liabilities.

Environment: transactional in United States

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s New York-based environmental practice is home to a team of experienced professionals who continue to advise a broad range of corporate clients, including Brookfield Renewables and RWE, on the full spectrum of environmental and sustainability-related transactions. These range from mergers and acquisitions to divestments, green bond financing, and ESG regulatory issues. Matthew Morreale heads the firm’s environmental team, and is noted for his deep expertise in handling environmental proceedings and investigations, as well as regularly advising on ESG-related issues such as sustainability reporting, acquisition and investment due diligence. Another key contact is ‘first-classAnnmarie Terraciano, whose broad practice spans mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and environmental litigation, most notably in the heavy manufacturing, chemical and mining sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morreale

Other key lawyers:

Annmarie Terraciano


‘The firm’s technical strength and knowledge of the law are unsurpassed. The team is willing to work under extremely tight deadlines and shows great availability.’

‘The team at Cravath Swaine & Moore is at the forefront of the transactional landscape. It is great to deal with them, they are very knowledgeable about the law and the market, and they handle transactions brilliantly.’

‘Annmarie Terraciano is absolutely first class, and it is a pleasure to deal with her. She is one of those lawyers who have an incredible ability to cut through large amounts of complex information and identify key points.’

Key clients


Brookfield Renewables

EchoStar (Special Committee)

Forward Air


Johnson & Johnson




Vista Outdoor


Work highlights

  • Advised Newcrest on the environmental law aspects of its A$28.8 billion acquisition by Newmont.
  • Advised RWE on the environmental law aspects of its $6.8 billion acquisition of the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses.
  • Advised Vista Outdoor on the environmental law aspects of its pending $1.91 billion separation and sale of its Sporting Products business to Czechoslovak Group and the separation of its Outdoor Products business, forming Revelyst.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York-based Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP maintains a leading position in the US environmental market, where it continues to provide comprehensive advice to a range of domestic and international companies in the oil and gas, energy, chemicals, and mining sectors. In addition to significant experience in managing complex corporate transactions related to climate change and sustainability, the team also provides regulatory assistance to clients in relation to ESG issues, including ESG-related financing, green bond issuances and climate-related disclosure requirements. Loyti Cheng, head of the firm’s environmental practice and an expert in environmental, toxic tort and sustainability issues, is a key contact for US and international corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms, where she handles complex mergers and acquisitions, financings and IPOs. The team also includes counsel David Zilberberg, known for his expertise in real estate and corporate transactions, where he assists on the full range of environmental and sustainability issues. Michael Comstock is another name to note for his expertise in M&A, divestitures, securities offerings and bank financings.

Practice head(s):

Loyti Cheng

Other key lawyers:

David Zilberberg; Michael Comstock

Key clients

American Cruise Lines

Baker Hughes

Bank of Montreal

BDT & MSD Partners

BDT Capital Partners


Brookfield Asset Management


Camin Cargo Control

Campbell Soup

Canaccord Genuity

CDK Global

Chase Corporation


Citizens Financial Group




Cornell Capital

Cowen and Company

Credit Agricole


Delta Air Lines



Evercore Group

Evergreen Hill Enterprise


Fenner & Smith

Ferrara Candy Company

Ferrero Group


GHK Capital

Goldman Sachs

Graham Packaging

GrowthCurve Capital

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

Hexion Holdings


Instant Brands

Iris Energy


JIC Capital

Josh Harris

Knowlton Development


Lavoro Agro

LDC Stone


Liberty Company Insurance Brokers


Marquis Energy

Mastronardi Produce

Metalmark Capital

Molded Devices

Morgan Stanley

NatWest Group

One Diversified

Onix Networking

Pactiv Evergreen

Pattern Energy

PGT Innovations

Piper Sandler

PNC Financial Services Group


Regions Bank

Reliance Industries

Relo Group

Rentokil Initial

Republic Services

REV Group

Reynolds Consumer Products

Semtech Corporation

Sibanye Stillwater

Strategic Value Partners

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Summit Materials

Sun Pharma

Tacora Resources

Tailwind Capital

T.R. Winston & Company

Ultra Clean Holdings

U.S. Bank

Ventas Realty

Venture Global LNG

Washington Football

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

With offices across the US, including Houston, New York and Washington DC, Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s environmental practice is well-equipped to advise a wide range of clients, particularly leading private equity firms and major players in the energy and infrastructure sectors, on the full range of high-value environmental transactions. In tandem with their regular advisory role in environmental due diligence matters, the team exhibits considerable strength in the transactional space, where it managed complex M&As, multinational acquisitions and divestitures, and various project financing matters. From the San Francisco office, Paul Tanaka leads the practice, routinely assisting energy and infrastructure clients with environmental due diligence assessments, liability and risk allocation issues, and transactions in the power generation, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors. Dallas-based Jonathan Kidwell leads the firm’s global environmental practice on energy and infrastructure matters, advising on environmental compliance and liability issues related to corporate M&A and divestitures, an area in which Washington DC-based Carleigh Trappe Rodriguez is also well versed. Michael Saretsky splits his time between New York and Bay Area and is an expert in environmental-related business transactions, while environmental due diligence specialist Stefanie Gitler, based between Washington DC and Houston, and Houston’s James Dolphin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tanaka

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kidwell; Carleigh Trappe Rodriguez; Michael Saretsky; Stefanie Gitler; James Dolphin; Sara Webber


‘I work with many of the partners in the environmental transactional team, which includes excellent lawyers who do very high quality work. They are detail-oriented, client-focused and commercially minded.’

‘The team is flexible and strives to achieve the best possible results for the clients.’

‘Paul Tanaka has been an excellent resource in our transactions. His responsiveness and clear communication set him apart from other environmental support partners, especially in distinguishing minor problems from life-threatening ones.’

‘Deep bench. Great talent at the top. Strong ability to cultivate future leaders.’

‘I always find Kirkland to be the best at what they do. They are the most customer-focused and rigorously control all aspects of the process to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly and efficiently.’

‘The firm has a wide and deep in-house expertise.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

ASPEQ Heating Group

BAE Systems, Inc.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.

Civitas Resources

EQT Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners

Greenbriar Equity

Hermetic Solutions Group Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

I Squared Capital LLC

Kinderhook Industries LLC

Lone Star Funds

Ovintiv Inc.

Patient Square Capital

Platinum Equity LLC

Sentinel Capital Partners

Transom Capital Group LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in its agreement with Intel to fund a $30 billion semiconductor plant.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners in its $18.4 billion project financing’s investment in RIO Grande LNG, a joint venture with TotalEnergies.
  • Advised BAE Systems in its $5.55 billion acquisition of Ball Aerospace.

Latham & Watkins

A wide range of major financial institutions, private equity firms and large corporations routinely turn to Latham & Watkins LLP for its team’s expertise in handling the full spectrum of environmental transactions, with a particular focus on the chemical, energy, and manufacturing sectors. In addition to advising on mergers and acquisitions both domestically and globally, the team is also known for assisting several blue-chip private equity clients and financial institutions on corporate and project financing matters. Environmental and natural resource issues specialist Janice M. Schneider jointly leads the practice with Washington DC-based James Barrett, a specialist in the energy, oil, and gas sectors, where he routinely advises on acquisitions and divestments of coal, gas, hydro, wind, and solar power plants. New York-based Betty Huber heads the firm’s ESG practice, regularly assisting buyers and sellers on all environmental aspects of equity transactions, assets, mergers, spin-offs and joint ventures. The New York office also includes Jean-Philippe Brisson, noted for his focus on environmental transactions related to carbon capture and sequestration and carbon neutrality, and counsel David Langer, who brings substantial transactional and regulatory experience, particularly in the air and water management sectors. Joel Mack retired in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Janice M. Schneider; James Barrett

Other key lawyers:

Betty Huber; Jean-Philippe Brisson; David Langer


‘Betty Huber is a star in the ESG world. David Langer knows his stuff.’

‘Primary contact is James Barrett, who has been an excellent collaborator on transactional work.’

‘David Langer is especially strong with respect to navigating complicated environmental matters in a transaction setting.’

‘The lawyers are experienced, practical, and commercial. They also have a solid grasp of complicated technical environmental issues and can draw from vast experience to help frame purchase agreements that are objective and mutual acceptable to both parties.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

ArcLight Capital LLC



Authentic Brands Group

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Carlyle Group





Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Divert, Inc.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

NextDecade Corporation

One Rock Capital Partners

Platinum Equity

Santander Bank

Sequa Corporation

SK Capital

Tenneco, Inc.

Venture Global

Vistra Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised US pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. on the environmental aspects of its merger with ONEOK.
  • Advised ArcLight Capital LLC on the environmental aspects of its sale of Great River Hydro, LLC to HQI US Holding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec.
  • Acted as a counsel for certain speciality areas, including environmental and antitrust, in connection with a bid by Apollo and its portfolio company, Heritage Grocers Group, to acquire Mexico Foods Parent LLC and its affiliates that operate the El Rancho Supermercado chain of supermarkets (primarily in Texas) and affiliated distribution business (La Bodega) and bakery (BakeMex Commissary).

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Beyond its proficiency in managing intricate environmental risk and due diligence affairs, especially within hazardous waste management, heavy manufacturing, chemical, and energy sectors, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s Washington DC-based environmental transactions team regularly collaborates with the firm’s broader corporate department to advise clients on a range of corporate transactions. These range from mergers and acquisitions and divestitures to real estate, financing and capital markets matters. Annemargaret Connolly leads both the firm’s regulatory and environmental transactional practices and is known for her prowess in assessing environmental liability risks in a transactional context, as well as providing comprehensive regulatory advice on sustainability, climate change and related ESG topics. Counsel Matthew Morton advises corporations, private equity sponsors and other institutional investors on a range of transactional and restructuring projects relating to environmental matters, including due diligence, environmental risks and liabilities, and ESG factors, while John O’Loughlin is an expert in environmental, health and safety regulatory matters, particularly in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Annemargaret Connoly

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Morton; John O’Loughlin


‘For such a small team, they do an extraordinary job and are known throughout the industry as the best at what they do.’

‘Matthew Morton is very experienced in business as well as being an expert in environmental law.’

‘John O’Loughlin may be the most versatile, intelligent and yet straightforward lawyer I have ever worked with. I highly recommend him.’

‘The Weil environmental team has an unmatched depth of experience across a broad array of transaction types.’

‘Annemargaret Connolly and Matthew Morton are both smart, practical and efficient lawyers who don’t lose sight of the big picture when negotiating the environmental portions of deals. It is always a pleasure to work with them because I know the deal will run smoothly with respect to environmental.’

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

AltC Acquisition Corp.

American Securities


Blue Bird Corporation

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

CIBC Capital Markets

CIIG Capital Partners, Inc.

Conair LLC

CPP Investments

CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

Ember Infrastructure Management, LP

Foundation Building Materials LLC

Genstar Capital, LLC

GHK Capital Partners LP

Glencore plc

Goldman Sachs & Co.

J.P. Morgan

The Kroger Co.

Max US Bidco Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley


PAI Partners

Paragon Medical

RBC Capital Markets

Sanofi S.A.

TD Securities

TPG Capital LP

TruArc Partners

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kroger Co on its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc in a transaction with an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6 billion.
  • Advised Glencore PLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, as the shareholders of Viterra Ltd. (Netherlands) in its approximately $18 billion business combination with Bunge Ltd, a global agribusiness and food company that buys, sells, stores, transports, and processes oilseeds and grains to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers.
  • Advised Brookfield and Brookfield Business Partners in their pending sale of Westinghouse Electric Company to a consortium of Cameco Corporation, a producer of uranium, and Brookfield Renewable Partners, in a transaction that implied a Westinghouse enterprise value of $8 billion.

A&O Shearman

A deep roster of major US corporations, government agencies and NGOs, including the US Department of Energy and the Equator Principles Association, regularly turn to New York-based A&O Shearman for its expertise in handling complex transactions in the environmental space. The environmental and ESG team also has considerable experience in the regulatory sector, where it advises clients on ESG reporting, product liability, climate change and emissions trading. The firm’s US and global environmental law groups are led by international environmental and regulatory risk and ESG expert Ken Rivlin, who is also the new chair of the New York Bar Association’s international environmental law committee. Senior counsel in the New York office, Felise Cooper chairs the firm’s global product liability and product compliance team, advising US and multinational clients on environmental issues in commercial transactions, product liability, and environmental and ESG issues in supply chain management, while Maria Christopher Bell is a key contact for drafting and negotiating environmental indemnity agreements and managing environmental issues in M&A, project finance, and real estate transactions. ESG specialist Nick Ognibene is recognized for his prowess in environmental and risks in complex cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ken Rivlin

Other key lawyers:

Felise Cooper; Maria Christopher Bell; Nick Ognibene


‘The team is diverse, deep and knowledgeable. They are at the forefront of the discussion.’

‘I have worked with Nick Ognibene, who is a remarkable standout in the practice. Very knowledgeable, willing, and able.’

Key clients

Equator Principles Association

General Electric


The Carlyle Group

US Department of Energy (DOE)

Distributed Solar Development, LLC

Advent International

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

EQT Infrastructure

Element Materials Technology Group Holdings Limited

Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC

Orsted Onshore North America, LLC


Atlas Holdings


Advantage Capital

Crayhill Capital Management

Generate Capital

InfraRed Capital


Scale Microgrid



DSD Renewables

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

In conjunction with its prowess in environment-related financing transactions, the New York-based practice at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is recognized for handling a wide range of bank lending, M&A, public debt offerings and IPOs for clients from the petroleum refining, power generation, and mining industries. Additionally, the firm consistently delves into investigating ESG issues, encompassing sustainability strategies and reporting, environmental justice, and climate change regulation. Practice head Gregory Battista, a vastly experienced name in environmental law is the key contact, and is routinely assisted by ‘talented’ senior attorney Lynn Schmidt in complex environmental, health and safety compliance and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Battista

Other key lawyers:

Lynn Schmidt


‘A strong team that knows the market and is very commercial!’

‘It is a pleasure to work with Gregory Battista and Lynn Schmidt. They are smart, hard-working and willing to get the right answers.’

‘An excellent team led by Gregory Battista. Very responsive, innovative and commercial.’

Key clients

BBVA Securities Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Deutsche Bank Securities

Work highlights

  • Represented the initial purchasers in connection with a $350 million notes offering by W.R. Grace Holdings LLC.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in connection with a $550 million offering of senior secured notes and the lead arrangers in connection with a $200 million credit facility by Calderys Financing, LLC.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in connection with a $1.1 billion notes offering by CITGO Petroleum Corporation.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

As part of the firm’s broader corporate department, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s New York-based environmental practice continues to handle high-value environmental transactions, with a particular focus on the mining, energy and natural resources sectors. Here, the team advises on complex mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and financings, while also continuing to address environmental risks and liabilities both in the US and abroad. Stuart Hammer heads the practice and regularly advises private equity firms and corporations on ESG and environmental risk issues in a range of industries, such as energy and natural resources, paper and chemicals, while ESG senior advisor Ulysses Smith serves as a point of contact for major multinationals, NGOs and government institutions in a range of sustainability and governance issues. The team also includes Harry Zirlin, who focuses on the environmental aspects of bankruptcy matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Hammer

Other key lawyers:

Ulysses Smith; Harry Zirlin

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cornerstone Building Brands

CPP Investment Board

Domtar Corporation

Elliott Management

HCA Healthcare

International Paper Company

Johnson & Johnson

JP Morgan Asset Management

Kelso & Company


Morgan Stanley

Pernod Ricard

Pactiv Evergreen

Rank Group


The Southern Cross Group

The Carlyle Group


Work highlights

  • Advised the Southern Cross Group in its sale of Esmax, a fuels and lubricants retailer, to Aramco.
  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition, together with Greenbriar Equity Group, of Paradigm Precision and Whitcraft Group and the merger of the two companies.
  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a majority stake in the industrial businesses of Roper Technologies in a transaction resulting in approximately $2.6 billion of upfront cash proceeds to Roper.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP‘s environmental and natural resources practice represents clients in a variety of environmental transactions, including complex infrastructure projects, before all major environmental review agencies at the state and federal level, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. The team is also active in advising on environmental litigation and regulatory proceedings. Practice head John Rousakis is the go-to choice for a number of private equity firms, financial institutions, commercial and industrial bodies, and regularly advises on their strategic investments as well as on litigation and regulatory matters. From the New York office, Eric Rothenberg focuses on environmental diligence and documentation of transactions, financings, restructuring, and reorganizations related to industrial and commercial properties, while John Renneisen, based in Washington DC, is known for his expertise in the context of mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and compliance, where he advises on hazardous waste management, site remediation, water and air pollution, and toxic substance regulation. The team also includes Kelly McTigue from Los Angeles, an expert in water, air, climate change and greenhouse gas regulation.

Practice head(s):

John Rousakis; Eric Rothenberg

Other key lawyers:

John Renneisen; Kelly McTigue

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

JFK Millennium Partners, LLC

Avports LLC

TTM Technologies

California High Speed Rail Authority

State of Hawaii

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Global Management on environmental, health, and safety and ESG matters in connection with its US$8.1 billion purchase of chemicals distributor Univar Solutions.
  • Represented a consortium consisting of Vantage Airport Group, JetBlue, American Triple I, and RXR Realty in an agreement to build, finance, and operate a new US$4.2 billion passenger terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
  • Assisted Avports LLC, who recently came to an agreement with the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority on terms to embark on a public-private-partnership encompassing the long-term operation and major upgrade of Tweed New Haven Airport in New Haven, Connecticut.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s New York-based  environmental practice is known for its focus on sustainability, greenhouse gas issues, and ESG issues. In this context, the team regularly provides counsel to a diverse clientele, including public and private companies, asset managers, financial services firms, covering the entire spectrum of ESG-related concerns. This spans ESG reporting, risk and compliance matters, and structuring of ESG-related credit facilities. The practice is jointly led by William J. O’Brien, noted for his expertise in restructuring, financings, M&A, and securities offerings, and Julia Quigley, who routinely advises clients in the healthcare, energy, and infrastructure sectors on complex M&A, litigation, and restructuring transactions.

Practice head(s):

William O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Julia Quigley

Key clients

Carrier Global Corporation

Chevron Corporation

Crestview Partners

Douglaston Development

General Electric

KPS Capital Partners

Lehigh Hanson

Resolute Forest Products


Safe Fleet

Talen Energy

Westemoreland Mining

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP  advises on a variety of environment-related transactions. This encompasses environmental risk assessment, regulatory advice on sustainability and climate change, as well as involvement in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and lending matters, for which practice co-head Mike Isby in New York is a key contact, routinely advising private equity clients and portfolio companies on complex environmental transactions and environmental regulatory compliance. The team also includes Toby Chun, co-head of the practice from the Washington DC office, who routinely assists clients with the full range of environmental aspects of complex and often cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Isby; Toby Chun

Key clients


Bank of America

Blackstone Inc.

BofA Securities, Inc.

BNP Paribas Securities Corp.

Centerbridge Partners

Chile’s Sudamericana, Agencias Aéreas y Marítimas S.A.


Dell Technologies Inc.

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Global Infrastructure Partners

Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.

HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.

IFM Investors

ITC Holdings Corp.

Johnson Controls International

J.P. Morgan

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.


KSL Capital Partners

Mars, Incorporated

Mattress Firm Group

MB Aerospace

Melrose Industries PLC

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

New Mountain Capital, LLC

Stone Point Capital LLC

Vivint Smart Home, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Assisted underwriters, led by BofA Securities, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, with a registered offering of $31 billion in Notes by Pfizer, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Pfizer Investment Enterprises Pte. Ltd.
  • Advised a consortium led by Blackstone Inc. in a transaction in which private equity funds managed by Blackstone acquired a majority stake in Emerson Electric Co.’s Climate Technologies business, in a transaction valuing Climate Technologies at $14 billion.
  • Assisted DigitalBridge Group, Inc. and IFM Investors in their approximately $11 billion acquisition of Switch, Inc.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong environmental and climate change practice that continues to assist clients in a range of environmental transactions. The team is also known for its expertise in regulatory compliance, climate change, and sustainability, advising on renewable energy and other projects related to energy transition and decarbonization. In the New York office, co-head Seth Kerschner advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of environmental transactions, which include mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, securities offerings, bankruptcies, and real estate transactions. In Boston, fellow co-head Taylor Pullins also heads the firm’s global ESG and sustainability interest group and is known for his expertise in the energy sector, where he advises on ESG and energy transition issues. The team also includes New York’s Hayden Baker, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, energy and infrastructure projects, and Los Angeles-based Laura Mulry, who advises clients on renewable energy certificates, carbon offsets and carbon credits, including in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Seth Kerschner; Taylor Pullins

Other key lawyers:

Hayden Baker; Laura Mulry

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

EnCap Investments L.P.


Hess Corporation


I Squared Capital

Kelsian Group Limited

Mill Rock Capital


Quad-C Management

Kingdom of Bhutan

Syrah Resources


Work highlights

  • Acted as environmental counsel to Aramco in connection with its purchase of Valvoline Inc.’s global products business for US$2.65 billion.
  • Advised EnCap Investments L.P on its agreement to sell the battery storage business of Houston-based Broad Reach Power from EnCap Energy Transition Fund I, and its co-investment partners Yorktown Partners, Mercuria Energy and Apollo Infrastructure Funds (the “Apollo Funds”), to French multinational utility company, ENGIE, for a total equity value in excess of US$1 billion.
  • Advised Orbia on its entry into a joint venture framework agreement with Solvay for the production of suspension-grade polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), creating the largest capacity in North America and supplying critical materials to the battery market.

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP advises on the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory environmental issues throughout the United States, with particular strength in the energy sector. Matters range from energy infrastructure development projects and climate change regulation to major accidents and law enforcement actions. The team has significant experience in the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors, where it routinely advises on complex joint ventures, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and investments. The firm’s environmental, lands, and natural resources group is led by Austin-based Timothy Wilkins, who specializes in environmental litigation, energy transition, climate change, and ESG, and Washington DC-based Jason Hutt, known for representing clients in administrative, civil, and criminal actions related to federal and state agencies that regulate energy and environmental issues, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The team also includes natural resources expert Kevin Ewing, based in Washington DC, who represents leading companies in offshore wind, LNG and natural gas pipelines projects, and Austin’s Matt Paulson, whose focus is on the oil and gas, power and chemical manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Timothy Wilkins

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Ewing; Matt Paulson

Key clients

Equinor Wind

Phillips 66

Chesapeake Energy

Par Pacific

Gulf Coast Sequestration

Sixth Street Partners

Talos Low Carbon Solutions LLC

King Ranch, Inc.

Sable Offshore Corp.

Pioneer Natural Resources

Titus Oil & Gas Production, LLC

Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.

PPL Corporation

Cactus, Inc.

Ryan LLC

Driftwood Energy Operating, LLC

Synovus Financial Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted as chief counsel to Equinor Wind concerning its offshore wind business in the United States, and advising on all environmental considerations concerning the flagship Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects.
  • Advised Republic Services, Inc. in connection with all environmental aspects of the acquisition of U.S. Ecology.
  • Advised King Ranch Inc. in connection with a 106,000-acre lease in Kleberg County, Texas, to oil giant Occidental to support a direct air capture project dedicated to carbon dioxide sequestration.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Led by San Francisco-based litigator George Gigounas and regulatory expert Gwen Keyes Fleming, based between Washington DC and Atlanta, DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to advise a range of clients in heavily regulated industries on a variety of environmental issues related to corporate, financial and real estate transactions. Jeff Salinger, based in New York, is a key contact and routinely advises on ESG issues, climate change disclosure, and brownfield redevelopment. In Washington DC, regulatory compliance expert Paul Wierenga is known for advising oil industry clients on energy and environmental issues, including those related to renewable fuels, air quality standards, US policy on oil imports and renewable fuels, and climate change legislation and regulations.

Practice head(s):

George Gigounas; Gwen Keyes Fleming; Jeff Salinger

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wierenga


‘I have worked with Jeff Salinger from DLA on regulatory and environmental issues. He is the best in the business. He knows the legal aspects perfectly and has a very good business point of view.’

‘Jeff Salinger is fast and can review documents quickly. Other lawyers are good at legal or transactional, Jeff is equally good at both.’

Key clients

BASF Corporation


BioMed Realty




Green Court Capital

Keystone Capital

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP regularly advises developers, investors, and lenders on the full range of environmentally-related real estate and corporate transactions, including environmental due diligence and negotiating environmental terms in transaction documents. Miami-based Kerri Barsh, who co-heads the firm’s environmental practice with Tampa-based David Weinstein, is a key contact, advising on a range of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters, including transactional support and due diligence, energy and infrastructure projects, climate change issues and hazardous materials’ contamination. From Denver, fellow co-head Christopher Neumann is known for his extensive transactional experience in the oil and gas, mining, and hazardous waste sectors. Steven Russo chairs the firm’s environmental practice in New York, and is an expert in environmental law and litigation, environmental permitting, land use and real estate law. Philadelphia’s Paul McIntyre and Houston’s Christopher L Bell are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Weinstein; Christopher Neumann; Kerri Barsh; Steven Russo

Other key lawyers:

Paul McIntyre; Christopher L. Bell


‘The best legal team I have ever worked with. Smart and efficient.’

‘They just seem to know more than anyone else.’ 

Key clients

National Grid

Atlantic Shores

Miami Freedom Park and Inter Miami CF Owners

Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Investment Trust

Constellation Energy

Arcadian Fiberoptic Project

Xcel Energy


Work highlights

  • Represented Miami Freedom Park, the new home for InterMiami CF, in securing approval of the site rehabilitation plan for the Stadium complex for the Major League Soccer team owned by soccer legend David Beckham and Miami entrepreneurs Jorge and Jose Mas.
  • Represented Atlantic Shores in connection with a potential offshore wind project and with in regard to potential permitting and environmental review issues with regard to offshore wind projects.
  • Assisted Native American Tribal matters to Xcel Energy on two major proposed projects: Colorado’s Power Pathway, and the Unaweep Canyon Pumped-Storage Hydropower (PSH) Project.

King & Spalding LLP

Alongside its expertise in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, projects, and financing in the environmental sector, King & Spalding LLP‘s environmental team is known for advising private equity and energy companies on the full spectrum of their green transition objectives. Practice head Granta Nakayama has considerable knowledge of the energy sector, regularly advising companies on a range of regulatory and enforcement issues. The team also includes Cynthia Stroman, a specialist in the energy, renewables and environmental sectors, Joseph Eisert, an expert in transactional, enforcement and incident response matters, and Chicago-based Karl Heisler, who chairs the firm’s environmental, health and safety’s practice in the Midwest. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Stroman; Joseph Eisert; Karl Heisler

Key clients

Mubadala Investment Company

Atlas Holdings

Axium Infrastructure

Instar Asset Management

Sun Coast Resources, Inc.

Mesquite Generation Holdings LLC

Baker Hughes Incorporated

Lotus Infrastructrue Partners


Antares Holdings, LP and Antares Capital

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC)

Home Depot

Hahn & Co.

SK Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Instar Asset Management in its business combination of Oilfield Water Logistics.
  • Advised The Home Depot, Inc., through its subsidiary, HD Supply, Inc, on entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Redi-Carpet, Inc. and 23 of its affiliated entities from the Caress family.
  • Advised the shareholders of Sun Coast Resources, Inc. on EHS issues in their agreement to sell Sun Coast to RelaDyne LLC, a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners. Key EHS issues included Toxics Release Inventory issues and FIFRA compliance.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s environmental practice advises a range of clients, most notably from the manufacturing, energy, chemical, and pharmaceutical sectors, on a variety of environmental issues, including transactions, litigation, and regulatory proceedings. In the transactional space, the team is noted for its expertise in handling mergers, joint ventures, financings and offerings. Further core workflows of the practice include defending and asserting environmental claims based on contracts and business bets, as well as advising on environmental liabilities and risk, environmental compliance and operational issues. From the Washington DC office, practice head Elizabeth Malone handles complex environmentally-related corporate transactions, while also advising clients on environmental liabilities and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Malone

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s environment and natural resources group is led by Washington DC-based Ron Tenpas and advises on a diverse array of regulatory and transactional matters in the environmental domain, spanning from asset acquisitions and sales to project development, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, the team regularly manages crucial permits for development projects, addressing contested air, water, and wetlands permits for power plants, alongside overseeing water supply and wastewater discharge permits. Houston’s Matthew Dobbins is a key contact for permitting issues related to carbon capture and sequestration projects, negative emissions projects, and renewable fuels and credits, while, from the New York office, Corinne Snow assists in drafting and negotiating environmental terms in purchase and sales contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dobbins; Corinne Snow

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

Genera PR LLC

NFEnergia, LLC


Tortoise Capital Partners

Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation II

Elliot Management Corp.

Wells Fargo

LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

World Energy Holdings

Southwest Airlines

Global Infrastructure Partners

Denbury Inc.

Goldman Sachs


Akin‘s environment and natural resources team counsels clients on the full spectrum of environmental matters, encompassing the evaluation of risks tied to environmental requirements and negotiating related terms. The firm is also actively engaged in mergers, divestments, and financial restructuring endeavors. Known for routinely assisting lenders, sellers and buyers on the full gamut of environmental liabilities in transactions, Washington DC-based David Quigley heads the team, which includes ESG expert Stacey Mitchell and environmental law, climate change and sustainability expert Kenneth Markowitz.

Practice head(s):

David Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Stacey Mitchell; Kenneth Markowitz

Key clients

Princeton Equity Group

Hannon Armstrong

York Capital Management

Greystone Servicing Company

Argentic Services Company


Kinderhook Industries, LLC

Veritex Bank

Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP provides counsel on a diverse array of environmental regulatory matters and transactions, spanning mergers and acquisitions, environmental permitting and litigation, defense against agency enforcement actions, and addressing wetlands issues. In New Orleans, the firm’s environmental practice group is jointly led by Meghan Smith, who routinely assists oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturers, and engineering firms, in state and federal litigation and private arbitrations, and Robert Holden, whose extensive practice encompasses regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, responses to spills and other industrial accidents, and involvement in commercial litigation. Another key contact is Lafayette’s Alex Prochaska, who regularly assists buyers and sellers of industrial facilities and commercial properties with environmental due diligence, pre- and post-closing remediation activities, and drafting and negotiating indemnities, releases and warranties in purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Holden; Meghan Smith

Other key lawyers:

Alex Prochaska

Key clients

Denka Performance Elastomer

Garry Lewis Properties


Jefferson Parish Government

Omega Protein

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

K&L Gates

Alongside its expertise in regulatory matters and environmental litigation, K&L Gates advises on several environmentally related corporate and real estate transactions. Both based in Harrisburg, Craig Wilson is noted for routinely handling business transactions and litigation matters involving environmental rights or liabilities, and for advising on environmental permits and zoning, while Timothy Weston’s practice focuses on environmental counselling and litigation. The team also includes Chicago-based David Rieser, whose broad practice spans regulatory advice and corporate, commercial, and real estate transactions, and Seattle’s Ankur Tohan, an expert of energy infrastructure and natural resource development. Newark’s Brian Montag is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan; Brian Montag


Other key lawyers:

Timothy Weston; David Rieser

Key clients

Pennsylvania-American Water Company

SPX Technologies

Rediehs Real Estate


Cone Mills Acquisition Group

Virgil M. Price II

FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation

National Beef Producer.

E-Group, PS, LLC

Kemira Chemicals, Inc.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP continues to be actively involved in a variety of environmental matters, ranging from site remediation and closure to environmental litigation and due diligence for commercial, energy and real estate transactions. Co-head David Franchina in Charlotte is regularly assisted by fellow co-head Makram Jaber in Washington DC, an expert on the Clean Air Act. Richmond-based counsel Heather Nixon Stevenson is known advising on environmental permitting and compliance matters, as well as business transactions. Atlanta’s Adam Sowatzka recently joined the team from King & Spalding LLP, bringing new expertise in investigations of catastrophic accidents and environmental crisis management matters.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Makram Jaber; Adam Sowatzka

Other key lawyers:

Heather Nixon Stevenson

Key clients

Crescent Communities

Work highlights

  • Advised commercial real estate developer in the southeast United States Crescent Communities in redevelopment of land with commercial and residential development in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, with development costs exceeding $1.8 billion).

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

A range of clients from the petroleum and natural gas, renewable fuels, wastewater, and construction sectors routinely turn to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for its team’s expertise in the full spectrum of environmental matters, spanning business and real estate transactions, legal and regulatory compliance, project development and finance. Global environmental practice head Mark Elliott notably focuses on hazardous materials, soil, water, and air quality regulation and litigation, while San Francisco’s environmental group leader Margaret Rosegay is a key contact for regulation matters related to oil and gas exploration. The firm’s Washington DC office is led by Jeffrey Knight, who is well-versed in environmental risk management, compliance, and renewable energy development and acquisitions. The team also includes co-leader of the hydrogen practice and leader of the firm’s climate change and sustainability practice Sheila McCafferty Harvey, based in Washington DC. Houston managing partner Amanda Halter and Los Angeles’ Michael McDonough are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Elliott; Jeffrey Knight; Margaret Rosegay; Amanda Halter; Michael McDonough

Other key lawyers:

Sheila McCafferty Harvey


‘The partners at this firm are very attentive and make you feel like you are their only client.’

‘Everyone we have dealt with at the Pillsbury Winthrop firm has been professional and absolutely up to date on what is happening at the government (US and state) level.’

‘Excellent law firm.’

‘Sheila Harvey was very punctual and extremely knowledgeable about all our needs.’

Key clients

Constellation Energy

Freepoint Eco-Systems


Bridge to Renewables

Merichem Company, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Chevron New Energies in the formation of a joint venture with Sweden-based investment firm Baseload Capital to develop geothermal projects in the U.S.
  • Represented Bridge to Renewables Inc., a leading marketer of renewable electricity in the sale of renewable electricity and environmental attributes, including Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to several household-name vehicle manufacturers.
  • Represented Freepoint Eco-Systems in developing, constructing and financing a multi-billion dollar series of low-carbon, advanced recycling facilities that will take waste plastic and use pyrolysis to convert the plastic waste to a hydrocarbon product that can be used to produce plastic.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s environmental team is based in New York and offers comprehensive assistance to clients in the chemical, industrial, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical sectors. The team excels in various facets of environmental law, covering enforcement, compliance, and transactional advice. Their expertise extends to managing intricate merger and acquisition transactions, as well as handling capital market deals, underwritings, and financings. The team is led by Aliza Cinamon, noted for her knowledge of environmental issues related to complex corporate, real estate, financing, and bankruptcy transactions, and is actively involved in ESG, sustainability and climate change, as well as in environmental compliance and enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Aliza Cinamon

Key clients


Dansons US, LLC

Morgan Stanley


48-18 Van Dam Holdings LLC

AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Represented Arkema in the acquisition of the performance adhesives unit of Ashland Global Holdings Inc., in a multi-national transaction valued at approximately $1.65 billion.
  • Advised Dansons US, LLC in the sale of its business to W.C. Bradley Co. Environmental counsel for this transaction included evaluating the scope of potential environmental liabilities and drafting complex provisions in the equity purchase agreement and renegotiated leases to properly allocate those risks among the parties.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley in a highly successful restructuring of von Drehle Corporation, a North Carolina-based paper tissue and paper towel manufacturer, handling all the environmental aspects of these transactions.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP‘s climate change team continues to assist clients with a range of environmentally related transactions, spanning M&A, restructuring and corporate deals. The practice is jointly led by Houston’s Ben Patton, San Francisco-based and ESG specialist Todd Maiden, environmental litigation and regulatory matters expert Megan Haines, who divides her time between Houston and Pittsburgh, and newly promoted sustainability partner Jennifer Smokelin from the Pittsburgh office, who stands out for her expertise in representing clients on complex environmental and energy issues and greenhouse gas legislation. Peter Trimarchi, from the New York office, advises on complex financing and renewable energy project development.

Practice head(s):

Ben Patton; Todd Maiden; Megan Haines; Jennifer Smokelin

Other key lawyers:

Peter Trimarchi

Work highlights

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

In the environmental sector, Sullivan & Worcester LLP is known for handling a range of due diligence and regulatory work in REIT transactions, where the team is actively involved in land use, zoning and environmental permitting issues. Based in Washington DC, Jeffrey Karp heads the firm’s environmental practice, routinely advising on regulatory compliance issues and the negotiation of environmental, energy, sustainability, and climate conditions in transactional agreements. From the Boston office, Victor Baltera also advises on regulatory compliance and permitting matters related to environmental law and land use. Boston-based Gregory Sampson recently joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson, bringing new expertise in the development of contaminated properties and renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Karp

Other key lawyers:

Victor Baltera; Gregory Sampson

Key clients

FoxRock Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented FoxRock Properties concerning environmental issues related to its pursuit to redevelop a 2.3-acre parcel formerly owned by the City of Quincy into a three-building campus featuring a life sciences/medical office building, hotel, and housing component.

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Pepper assists several US and international companies, trade associations, and non-profit environmental organizations on a range of environmental transactions in the energy sector, including advice on power generation facilities, renewable energy projects and other infrastructure and real estate development, such as permitting, site acquisition and development, greenhouse gas regulation, and climate change. In Richmond, the team is led by water law expert Andrea Wortzel, and includes New York-based Andrew Perel, noted for his expertise in development projects, remediation of contaminated properties, and environmental compliance and due diligence for real estate transactions. In Atlanta, risk management and mitigation of environmental issues specialist Buck Dixon is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Wortzel

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Perel; Buck Dixon

Key clients

Square Mile Capital Management LLC

LMF Commercial

Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Urban Edge Properties

ACORE Capital

Kiewit Corporation

Portman Industrial, LLC and Portman Holdings, LLC

Woodfield Investment Company

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advises clients, including developers and financiers, on a spectrum of environmental law issues. This encompasses transactions in M&A and real estate developments. The team is also adept at providing guidance on regulatory developments, environmental compliance, and reporting. Washington DC-based William Thomas heads the practice and is recognized for his expertise in international environmental law, as well as for advising on environmental litigation and compliance.

Practice head(s):

William Thomas


‘The firm’s transactional practice is innovative, timely, relevant and cutting-edge. They respond to the firm’s bets and get the job done. I have a very good opinion of them, as I am also part of a competing transactional law firm.’

‘William Thomas is a global leader in this practice. He is truly innovative, calm under pressure and a true client leader.’

‘William Thomas is in many ways the heart and soul of this practice group. He is collaborative and a true friend to other competing firms, does not hesitate to point out work, and is honest about the scope and capabilities of his firm. He is a real star.’

‘Very intelligent and qualified. Great to work with.’

Key clients


Atlas Holdings and Olympus Partners

Avista Capital Partners

Balcones Distilling

Benefit Resource, LLC (BRI)

Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Capstreet Group



EG Acquisition Corp.

Essent Group Ltd.

Flagstone Foods

Fresh Express Incorporated

Hub Promotional Group (HPG)

iCON Infrastructure Partners VI, L.P.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

Marcal Paper

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. (MSI)

Odinsa S.A.

Platinum Equity

Second Nature Brands

Tenex Capital Management

Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Xerox Holdings Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented CapVest Partners LLP in the acquisition of Recochem, a leading global manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of aftermarket transportation and household fluids, from H.I.G Capital.
  • Represented Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, in its definitive agreements to sell its business lines to ALDI and Fresco Retail Group, LLC.
  • Represented Haddington Ventures in connection with the sale of its majority stake in ACES Delta, LLC, the developer of what will be the world’s largest green hydrogen production and storage facility, to Chevron USA Inc.