Clean-Tech Ventures


Clean-tech start-ups and ventures are supported by wide-ranging industry and professional sectors. Our lawyers collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to provide efficient and effective counsel to clean-tech ventures around the country throughout the life cycle of their enterprises.

Our Services

The industry knowledge and professional relationships of Robinson+Cole’s Sustainability Group help clients find the necessary financing, trade expertise, and other supportive services necessary for successful clean-tech ventures. We guide our clients through the initial start-up, securing intellectual property patents, and also with later-stage mergers and acquisition transactions. Our firm assists clients in developing clean technology manufacturing facilities and clean energy projects.

Our Team

In concert with Robinson+Cole’s Litigation Group, which has broad courtroom experience in the clean-tech sector, we advocate for the interest of our clients and provide business and legal strategies to avoid litigation and minimize 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 a 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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Our Team