Chadbourne's environmental attorneys assist project developers, major corporations and lending institutions with project finance transactions, permitting and compliance, corporate and real estate transactions, public-private partnership agreements and litigation covering a wide range of environmental laws.

Environmental Negotiation and Litigation

Chadbourne lawyers have the negotiating savvy and the knowledge that are needed to sort out environmental issues without resorting to litigation. While we have usually been successful in resolving environmental disputes consensually, Chadbourne can field a team of environmental lawyers and experienced litigators to handle even the most complex cases. Chadbourne has experience litigating environmental enforcement actions, toxic tort suits, cost recovery actions, and disputes among corporations about the allocation of environmental liabilities.

Project Finance and Corporate Transactions

Environmental issues are often fundamental concerns in project finance and corporate transactions in the United States and throughout the world. These issues include permitting, compliance, greenhouse gas emissions, potential impacts to the environment (including to protected plant and animal species) and liability for environmental cleanup.

Lawyers in Chadbourne's environmental practice group routinely counsel clients, supervise environmental consultants, and structure transactions to avoid or appropriately allocate environmental risks in all types of project finance, corporate and real estate matters. Our approach to environmental issues in such transactions is not just theoretical. We have prosecuted or defended millions of dollars of claims for environmental cleanup costs based on prior ownership of real property or manufacturing operations and defended environmental enforcement proceedings.

Chadbourne's experience representing lending institutions on environmental matters is also extensive. We consult with banks and other institutional lenders on their general environmental policies and on the risks involved in taking a security interest in, or acquiring title to, industrial and commercial properties. We also assist lenders in identifying and understanding the environmental permitting and compliance required of facilities and by drafting agreement language to protect investments. 

Environmental Counseling

Our extensive representation of corporations and lending institutions in connection with the financing, construction, and operation of major facilities like liquefied natural gas, coal and natural gas-fired power plants, wind farms, geothermal, and solar projects has allowed us to develop intimate familiarity with the "nuts and bolts" of environmental permitting and compliance issues. As a result, Chadbourne lawyers can bring a broad range of experience to bear in meeting individual permitting and compliance counseling needs of clients throughout the country.

Renewable Energy

Environmental issues often arise during the siting, construction and operation of renewable energy facilities, including issues related to protected species and Chadbourne's environmental attorneys possess the experience and knowledge to identify and resolve potential issues and proceed accordingly. Our attorneys represent a range of interests associated with all types of renewable energy projects, including biomass, ethanol, geothermal, hydroelectric, landfill gas, solar, and wind.

International Scope

Chadbourne lawyers have dealt with environmental issues and requirements in numerous countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America and are closely familiar with international guidelines like the Equator Principles and those published by the International Finance Corporation. As a result, we can help structure projects and transactions to help minimize the risks associated with environmental issues.

Through Chadbourne's non-U.S. offices, we have contacts with lawyers in numerous countries. As a result, we can quickly obtain information on environmental requirements in many nations and can assist clients in identifying and managing knowledgeable local counsel when needed.

Representative Experience

Wind Farm Financing
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Financing of wind farms in the eastern United States, involving advice on permits and site conditions.
Landfill Gas Site Financing
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Acquisition and financing of landfill gas sites, involving review of environmental permitting and site conditions.
Ethanol Facility Financing
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Reviews of enthanol facilities during construction, as part of financing process.
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Related Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate

Related Industries

Renewable Energy

Related Regions

Middle East and North Africa
North America

Worldwide Contact

Andrew A. Giaccia
New York
Washington, DC
+1 (212) 408-1046
or +1 (202) 974-5652

Local Office Contacts

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