Webinar: Navigating the Corporate and Regulatory Challenges for Cleantech Companies

September 14, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, EDT

In this webinar, an interdisciplinary team of attorneys from Pierce Atwood will discuss how companies and entrepreneurs can integrate IP, regulatory, and corporate strategies to navigate a path, and possibly gain competitive advantage, in the evolving market for cleantech products.

Many entrepreneurs may not realize that even one misstep in establishing their corporate, IP, or regulatory business plan could wreak havoc on their ability to recognize a profit or ultimately become viable. Hear about best practices related to:

  • Developing a strategy for dealing with regulated industries, whether you, your customers, or your customers' customers are regulated.
  • Integrating IP and regulatory strategies to maximize your competitive advantage.
  • Common missteps that cleantech startups make in the formation and funding of the company.

The three attorneys presenting this webinar will share their experiences working in the cleantech industry, discuss the lessons learned guiding clients through many of the typical steps of emerging and early stage companies, from IP and fundraising to revenue earnings, as well as IPOs and mergers and acquisitions, and provide takeaways for future opportunities.

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Andrew Kaplan, Partner

Andrew focuses his practice on providers of energy storage, demand response, ancillary services, and electricity and gas transmission and supply, both in the wholesale and retail markets. With more than 20 years of energy law experience, Andrew acts as a strategic advisor to public and private companies, including start-ups, helping them maximize their financing opportunities and their revenues. He also helps facilitate the approval process for federal, state, and local permits, assuring compliance with state siting and grid interconnection requirements.

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Andrew was a member of the Energy, Utilities & Environmental practice group at Brown Rudnick LLP, where he led that firm's FERC practice. Before that he was general counsel and chief of staff of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (now the Department of Public Utilities).

Daniel Lev, Associate

Dan Lev focuses his practice on IP prosecution and counseling, patent litigation, and IP and technology transactions. Dan works with pharmaceutical, biotech, cleantech, and high tech clients to develop U.S. and international patent portfolios. He counsels pharmaceutical and biotech companies regarding issues at the intersection of regulatory law and patent law. Dan regularly conducts IP due diligence and prepares non-infringement and invalidity opinions for pharmaceutical and biotech clients.

Before joining Pierce Atwood, Dan was IP Counsel at FastCAP Systems Corporation, an energy storage start-up founded out of MIT after receiving initial funding from ARPA-E. At FastCAP, he was responsible for creating and executing the company's IP strategy, managing and prosecuting its IP portfolio, and various other corporate counsel roles. Previously, Dan was associated with Finnegan, Henderson Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP.

Jack Steele, Partner

Jack is a partner in the firm's Business Group where he focuses on assisting clients with the formation, acquisition, financing and operation of companies in the technology, clean tech, internet/media, telecommunications, manufacturing, life sciences, financial services, healthcare, real estate and services industries, with primary expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity and venture capital financings.

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Jack was a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and McDermott will & Emery LLP. He also served as Foreign Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Privatization of the Czech Republic.

About Pierce Atwood LLP

Pierce Atwood LLP, is a leading New England-based law firm, with 145 attorneys who serve regional, national, and international clients from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Stockholm, Sweden; and Washington, DC. The firm’s practice areas include energy, construction, employment, environmental, tax, litigation, intellectual property, data privacy, business, banking and financial services, education, government relations, real estate, immigration, trusts & estates, and more.