Acknowledged authority on assessing environmental issues in business transactions, including merger and acquisitions, restructurings, bank financings, and securities offerings
Counsel clients on potential environmental liabilities when buying, selling, or operating a business or property and in connection with loan agreements
Advise on reporting environmental liabilities in securities offerings and SEC filings
Negotiate environmental insurance policies and environmental services contracts
Weil’s Environmental Transactions lawyers are an integral part of the firm’s Corporate practice, possessing significant experience analyzing the environmental aspects of acquisitions, divestitures, financings, restructurings, and securities offerings in a broad spectrum of business sectors throughout the world. We represent buyers, sellers, lenders, investment banks, and investors, including private equity firms, financial institutions, and investment banks, as well as other businesses in all phases of corporate transactions. Our clients value Weil’s environmental transactional advice, client service, and sound judgment calls and count on Weil’s experience to address environmental risks to prevent environmental issues from unnecessarily derailing transactions.
We offer a full range of transactional services, including conducting or coordinating due diligence investigations of potential environmental liabilities; quantifying those liabilities in the context of the client’s overall business strategy; and advising on and negotiating contract provisions, agreements, and disclosures. We also evaluate the effect of transaction-triggered environmental laws and permit transfer obligations and requirements, negotiate loan documents, and assist in our clients’ participation and syndication efforts.
Our Environmental Transactional lawyers look beyond risk mitigation to seek environmental solutions that can increase efficiency and result in cost savings and more profitable operations. Often our team negotiates environmental insurance policies to address known or perceived risks. On occasion, we have counseled clients to forego business opportunities when our diligence has revealed substantial environmental risk or potential negative publicity. After a transaction closes, we assist our clients in addressing issues raised during the due diligence investigation or implementing proactive compliance programs.
Our lawyers also assist clients on reporting environmental risks or liabilities in connection with securities offerings, SEC filings and general regulatory compliance, including evaluating the adequacy of disclosure in public filings, vital concerns in the wake of Sarbanes-Oxley and growing stakeholder calls for greater transparency. We continuously monitor the potential implications of new regulatory requirements for potential implications for transactions, including monitoring climate control legislation and regulation and disclosure obligations related to greenhouse gas emissions.