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Brian Land

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Of Counsel with 30 years of experience in the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, including environmental due diligence, environmental liability and risk allocation, financings, restructurings, public offerings, and SEC environmental disclosure. Negotiates indemnities and insurance coverage for complex environmental risks. Enforces environmental indemnification rights and manages the post-sale resolution of environmental issues. Advises and counsels on remediation and cleanup matters, including under CERCLA, RCRA, and state cleanup programs. Counsels clients regarding environmental regulatory compliance matters.


The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1989 with Honors; University of Michigan; Washington University, B.S., 1983.

United States: Industry focus

Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s environmental regulatory practice handles high-stakes litigation, regulatory issues in corporate transactions and restructuring matters, and enforcement defense work and related litigation. A recent highlight saw the team representing PES Holdings in its pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring, which involved negotiating with the EPA for a settlement regarding the client’s ethanol credit obligations under the Clean Air Act and related regulations. Key figures in the Washington DC-based team include Jeanne Cohn-Connor and Brian Land.

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Environment: transactional

Within: Leading lawyers

Brian Land - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Environment: transactional

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is valued by clients for its deep bench and combination of technical and commercial skills. It is routinely involved in environmental due diligence, pre-deal counselling, environmental risk allocation and mitigation, analysis of the environmental regulatory landscape, negotiation of environmental insurance policies, and enforcement and defence of indemnity claims. The outfit has a strong presence advising clients in the energy sector, where recent highlights have included acting on behalf of Rowan Companies in its $12bn combination with Ensue, and advising Energy Future Holdings on its agreement with Sempra Energy for the acquisition via merger of 100% percent of the client’s equity by a subsidiary of Sempra. The ‘outstandingBrian Land co-leads the environmental transactional practice group from Washington DC, where he is also the East Coast practice leader. Other ‘A-players’ in the team include practice co-lead Paul Tanaka, who divides his time between San Francisco and Houston, and Washington DC-based Alexandra Farmer and associate Jennie Morawetz. Also in the Washington DC, Jonathan Kidwell is ‘among the most commercial environmental attorneys in the market’. Other key practitioners include Stefanie Gitler in San Francisco, and Sara Michaelchuck Webber, Jeanne Cohn-Connor and Toby Chun in Washington DC.

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