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Leonard Griffiths

Leonard Griffiths is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in environmental law. Through his broad-based environmental practice, Len assists clients with corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions and financings, environmental management systems and litigation. He represents clients before administrative tribunals and defends clients charged with environmental offenses.

Len counsels clients on matters regarding air, water, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, occupational health and safety, and a wide range of other regulatory issues.

He assists clients domestically and internationally to develop and undertake major projects and transactions. He also conducts environmental assessments and compliance audits and has been involved in the decommissioning and remediation of many facilities and properties (brownfields).

Len is past vice-chair of the Environmental Specialist Committee for the Law Society of Upper Canada, past chair of the Environmental sections of the Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association, and a founder of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.

Len is the editor and a contributing author of Contaminated Property in Canada and Sustainable Development in Canada: Into the Next Millennium (2000), and is the chief editor of The Environmental Law Journal. He composed a chapter in Directors’ Duties in Canada, 4th Edition, published in Canada by CCH Canadian Limited in 2009. Len presents at conferences in Canada and the United States on a variety of environmental, health and safety issues.

Len is an Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Law School (Natural Resources and Energy; Sustainability).

Energy Law Practice:

Whether evaluating the environmental risk associated with an operating company, a proposed merger or acquisition, purchasing, developing, managing or selling real estate, seeking environmental approvals for an existing or new project, or managing litigation stemming from contamination, companies turn to us for environmental advice. With a client base spanning the range of manufacturing, automotive, steel, real estate, food processing, chemicals, petrochemical, energy, natural resources, utilities, transportation and waste management, to name a few, our environmental group assists clients to identify and resolve issues locally, nationally and internationally.

We focus on finding practical solutions in the most efficient manner possible.

We have built strong relationships with businesses, consultants, lawyers, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations around the world, which allows us to provide timely, efficient solutions to the various legal, technical and public policy issues facing our clients.

The core of our practice involves compliance matters, including the management of environmental risks, as well as the advancement of sustainability (which include compliance and “beyond compliance” elements). Our practice covers many different areas, including the development of environmental/sustainability policies and implementation practices and procedures; relevant and practical proactive (and where necessary reactive) compliance advice; the management of litigation risks; assisting with the purchase, sale and management of properties and businesses; the management and development of contaminated properties, including site investigations, remediation work and brownfield initiatives; conducting environmental assessments for projects, including in the energy sector; assisting with insolvency matters, including with respect to environmental liabilities related to an insolvent or bankrupt company; and obtaining approvals for projects and facilities. We appear in court and before various tribunals and boards to represent clients on liability and enforcement proceedings arising out of contaminated sites, and prosecutions under federal and provincial statutes, as well as municipal by-laws.

We advise buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, borrowers, property managers, underwriters and financial advisors about the various environmental risks related to business and transactions, including the identification of liabilities and the proper management and allocation of these liabilities. This can also include advising on various insurance products that may be available for environmental matters.

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Jerry Lucas Marrero

Jerry Lucas Marrero is a member in the Corporate Department. He joined O’Neill & Borges in 1998. From 1993 to 1998, he held the Environmental Law Officer position at two major military installations as a Judge Advocate. Also, from 2001 to 2011, Jerry worked at another major law firm in Puerto Rico, where he acted as Vice Chair of their Environmental, Energy and Land Use Practice Group. Jerry rejoined O’Neill & Borges in 2011.

Jerry has vast experience in the areas of environmental law and land use as well as their related administrative and judicial litigation. Jerry represents clients before local and federal agencies with jurisdiction over environmental, energy and land use matters including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Planning Board, Permits Management Office, Electric Power Authority and the various autonomous municipalities in Puerto Rico, with issues associated with, among others, petroleum refining, storage/distribution terminals and retail stations, OPA, CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, Ocean Dumping, Ocean Dredging, Part B, Title V, NPDES, land use approvals, the environmental impact review process (NEPA), renewal and alternative energy path and connection of project to the only existing power distribution system in Puerto Rico.

Jerry is ranked and recognized as “Band 1” attorney by the renowned international publication Chambers & Partners in its Latin America Guide – as one of Puerto Rico’s Leading Attorneys in the Environmental field.

Jerry provides counseling to clients on the environmental and land use implications of business transactions, which includes participation in the acquisition, and/or financing of hotels, resorts, pharmaceutical, retail, petroleum facilities (mid-stream and down-stream) and other industrial facilities. Jerry was closely involved with the environmental impact review and permitting processes of four major hotel/resort projects and the acquisition of a petroleum refining facility in Puerto Rico.

Jerry also represents clients in adverse proceedings before local and federal administrative agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, courts in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States. He has acted as main counsel in a myriad of environmental cases involving; the petroleum industry, including toxic torts and the MTBE multi-district litigation; renewable and alternate energy projects; enforcement actions initiated by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and local cases where environmental groups or citizens have sought different types of remedies against development of renewable and alternate energy projects in Puerto Rico, among others.

Jerry has been a lecturer and speaker to the construction industry and other audiences on issues such as coastal zone development, the maritime-terrestrial zone in Puerto Rico general environmental law and environmental civil and criminal liability.

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Roberto Cordero

Mr. Cordero is head of Pacheco Coto/Enlace Environmental Law Division, considered the foremost environmental law experts in the Central American region, counseling corporate clients, public institutions and non-governmental organizations at the local and international level on the environmental and regulatory framework, providing comprehensive legal counsel, technological services and effective preventive advice on environmental compliance, law enforcement, and sustainable use of natural resources to local and international companies in Costa Rica, Central and South America ( including Argentina, and Ecuador).

Pacheco Coto:

Founded in 1939, Pacheco Coto is an international law firm acknowledged for its preeminent trajectory, forward thinking and innovation based on the highest ethical and professional standards. The firm has offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, as well as international offices in Spain, Switzerland and New Zealand. Pacheco Coto is the exclusive law firm representative of World Services Group in Costa Rica.
Consistent with its vision of growth and expertise, as of 1972 Pacheco Coto developed a structure of international offices through which the firm provides comprehensive legal solutions in foreign jurisdictions to an important roster of prestigious multinational clients —including numerous Fortune 500 companies— that grant it “the gold standard for high-end transactional work”.

The foremost law directories list the firm in the highest rankings throughout Central America. Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence designated Pacheco Coto as Law Firm of the year – Costa Rica in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and granted it the Client Service Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Also in 2013, Pacheco Coto’s Senior Partner, Humberto Pacheco A., MCL., was bestowed the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for an outstanding professional career. Pacheco Coto is also recognized by Latin Lawyer, IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500 as a preeminent firm throughout Central America.

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Stephen Shergold

Stephen Shergold is the legacy head of the Environment and Safety team in London and is a partner in Denton’s Energy Practice. Specializing in environment and health and safety law, Stephen advises clients on incident response, day-to-day compliance matters and liability risk management. These issues are relevant to clients on an operational level and also in the context of projects and transactions, reflecting this, Stephen’s practice is an even balance between both. He regularly advises on pollution liability regimes, process authorizations and environmental permitting, waste law, renewable energy law, international climate change mechanisms, resource efficiency mechanisms, nuisance and negligence, habitat protection, health and safety law and product liability. Stephen’s practice has a particular focus on the waste, oil and gas (upstream and downstream), mining, land remediation, clean-tech, insurance, and power sectors. In addition to advising private companies, Stephen has specific expertise in drafting regulatory frameworks and statutory instruments in both the EU and emerging markets.

Dentons:

Dentons is a global firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. We were formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.

Dentons is built on the solid foundations of three highly regarded law firms. Each built its outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Now clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Caucasus, the UK and the US who are committed to challenging the status quo to offer creative business and legal solutions.

With exceptional global practices in Energy, Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Insurance, Dentons provides access to top tier legal talents with experience in 24 sectors and 36 practices, including:

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Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz

Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz is a local partner in the Warsaw office of Dentons. She is a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Team and legacy head of the environmental protection and natural resources practice in the Warsaw office.

She specialises in environmental protection law, natural resources and the regulatory aspects of corporate activity. Her practice covers all aspects of business operations from the angle of environmental protection law, climate change regulations and the regulations governing geological and mining activities. Ewa advises Polish and foreign companies and public bodies on issues regarding Polish and EU environmental protection law as well as geological and mining aspects of mineral exploration and exploitation, including conventional and unconventional gas, such as shale gas and tight gas.

Dentons:

Dentons is a global firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. We were formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.

Dentons is built on the solid foundations of three highly regarded law firms. Each built its outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Now clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Caucasus, the UK and the US who are committed to challenging the status quo to offer creative business and legal solutions.

With exceptional global practices in Energy, Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Insurance, Dentons provides access to top tier legal talents with experience in 24 sectors and 36 practices,

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Toomas Pikamäe

Partner Toomas Pikamäe manages the Law Office’s team specialising in public law and environmental law, as well as in economic offences. He is also widely experienced in matters related to data protection.

Toomas advises clients in a large number of issues concerning environmental law: from compliance issues up to environmental management systems, and has particular experience in waste handling issues.

Moreover, Toomas has accumulated extensive experience in the field of economic offences, e.g. offences concerning taxation matters, competition and other business related offences, and provides clients advice with a view to preventing such offences, as well as in proceedings connected with the same.

Toomas has extensive knowledge in the Estonian tax law, and he advises clients in a wide range of tax related issues, i.a. double taxation, corporate income tax, VAT, tax planning, transfer pricing, taxation of permanent establishments, and taxation of private individuals.

Toomas has successfully represented clients in several cases, which have been ultimately referred to the Supreme Court. Toomas’s competence in resolving disputes has been recognised by the international publication Chamber Europe. Furthermore, he is a well appreciated lecturer at seminars dealing with administrative law.

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Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms. Committed locally, but connected globally, with offices based in the world’s major economic centres, with a proven track record of delivering consistently high quality legal services across jurisdictions.

The firm has developed organically over the past decade working for corporate organisations of all shapes and sizes in countries where they want to do business. Lawyers in all locations share the same values, ways of working and understanding of what clients really want. The past year has seen further international expansion for the firm. In the Middle East, the firm has become the first international player to establish offices in Iraq and is now one of the largest international players on the ground, with local lawyers based in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh.

As a modern, progressive law firm, Eversheds sets itself apart through its people, culture and its attitude to change. Quality is a matter of personal pride to everyone and staff of the highest calibre are recruited and retained by the firm. Collaborative working and innovative thinking is encouraged and supported at all levels, meaning that clients enjoy an offering that is constantly evolving and improving to meet their changing needs. This has led to pioneering approaches to the law such as genuine project management and measurement of results that leads to cost predictability and control. In particular, the firm is noted for effectively delivering complex, multi-national legal services through one point of contact.

Relationships with clients are deep and genuine. An understanding of the sector and business culture which each client operates in, is a given. Collaboration is seen as a way of providing the most effective advice. Trust and accountability are the bedrock of all the firm’s client relationships.

Every year, Eversheds breaks new ground and is a firm that offers a clear alternative to those who want more from their lawyers.

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Jan Bouckaert

Jan is the head of our planning & environment practice group in Brussels, primarily concentrating on environmental protection law.

Jan’s core practice centres on European and international environmental law, Belgian environmental law, zoning and planning, nuclear law and expropriation. Furthermore, he deals with cases concerning human rights (ECHR), constitutional and administrative law. Jan has experience in drafting laws and regulatory texts for public authorities in Belgium.

Jan is member of the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Omgevingsrecht, the Belgische Vereniging voor Agrarisch Recht, the Genootschap voor Publiekrechtelijke Advocaten and the Milieuforum (Environmental forum) and the Member of the executive board of the VVOR (Flemish Association of Environmental Law).

Furthermore, Jan is a member of the editorial staff of the journal C.D.P.K. Chroniques de Droit Public and the TROS (Tijdschrift voor Ruimtelijke Ordening en Stedenbouw).

Jan has a master in European law from the University of Brussels (ULB) (1990).
Languages: Dutch, French, English, German
Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 1990
Partner since: 2000

Stibbe:

From our main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with our branch offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London and New York, we handle our clients’ legal challenges both locally and cross-border.

As a specialist firm, our lawyers work in multidisciplinary teams with an aim to deliver pragmatic advice. We build close business relationships with our clients that range from local and multinational corporations to state organisations and public authorities. We realise that understanding their commercial objectives, their position in the market and their sector or industry, allows us to render suitable and effective advice.

In addition to our own international presence, we collaborate closely with other top-tier firms for cross-border matters outside our home jurisdictions. These relations are non-exclusive and enable us to assemble a tailor-made, integrated team of lawyers with the best expertise and contacts for each specific matter. This guarantees efficient coordination on cross-border transactions throughout a multitude of legal areas, whatever their complexity and nature.

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Per Molander

Per Molander is responsible for the business group Environmental Law in Stockholm and works almost exclusively with environmental law and real estate law. His clients are mainly large and medium-sized industrial enterprises whose plants have environmental audits at regular intervals.

In addition to environmental trials, Per Molander much with the management of various environmental risks associated with commercial transactions, such as purchases or sales of companies or properties, IPo5, etc. This applies to quickly identify and evaluate the environmental risks and then assist the client in business negotiations as in allocating risks in a client advantageous way.

Environmental Law Practice:

Mannheimer Swartling’s environmental law specialists offer comprehensive environmental legal advice to industrial and energy production clients, as well as local and national authorities.

lV’Iannheimer Swartling’s Environment practice provide environmental risk assessments in commercial transactions and are often involved in major infrastructure projects, working alongside colleagues specialised in construction, procurement and financing law.

The EU regulatory framework has given environmental law an additional dimension. By continuously monitoring legal developments within the EU, we offer our clients an insightful View of current proposals and decisions and their potential consequences.

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Martijn Wilder

Martijn Wilder is head of the Firm’s Global Environmental Markets practice. He focuses on climate law and finance, federal and international environmental law, environmental and clean energy infrastructure projects and agribusiness.

He is regarded as a legal pioneer in the development of legal mechanisms and regulations underpinning the emergence of international carbon and broader environmental markets. He is ranked as a Star Individual (the highest ranking available) by Chambers Global, is listed among the best lawyers in his field by Best Lawyers Australia 2009-2013 and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2009-2013. He is also listed for Australia, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Best Lawyers International 2013.

Martijn is chairman of Low Carbon Australia, a board member of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, chair of the NSW Climate Change Council, on the governing board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, and a director and governor of WWF. He is also a committee member of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Martijn is a professor of climate change law at the Australian National University and an affiliate, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research Department of Land Economy University of Cambridge.

In 2012, Martijn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for “service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community”. In 2013, he was awarded the Lawyer’s Weekly Law Firm Partner of the Year award.

Practice Focus

Martijn focuses on four main areas. He advises on:

Climate law and finance, including the development of law and policy, its implementation and application and commercial transactions, projects and investments within or driven by such regulatory frameworks.

International, federal and state environmental law, including the development of law and policy, and advises on complex and contentious issues around environmental protection most recently in relation to fisheries, biodiversity and world heritage matters.

Environmental infrastructure, including energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy projects, he has a specific focus on the development of the Australia sustainable aviation biofuels and public-private green growth project partnerships.

Agribusiness, particularly on clients acquire Australian agribusiness assets, managing such projects and energy crops.

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