When the goal is to get a transaction done, environmental issues can, and often do, have a profound impact on the trajectory of the deal, particularly if it involves a major industrial facility. Liskow counsels clients on either side of the undertaking, providing guidance for both acquisitions and divestitures on negotiating any of the seemingly endless environmental complexities involved, all with the goal of helping make the vision of a transaction into a reality. We, in other words, help clients get deals done by handling the environmental issues.
The foundation of our capabilities in this realm is our unmatched subject-matter expertise. Our firm has earned a reputation as hands-on environmental lawyers who work daily with the real-world legal and regulatory challenges our clients contend with. When clients are assembling transactions, we bring this experience, knowledge, and judgment to bear. We know what and where the solutions are because we’ve put them into practice. Whether it’s mitigating liability, sorting out the challenges of indemnification, or handling the practicality of solving real world problems, we know what course to take. We have practiced every aspect of environmental law for over eight decades. We know what to do because we’ve done it.
We’ve seen it before
Our clients span the gamut of individuals, entities, and companies. We’re represented investors, sellers, buyers, banks, landowners, private equity funds. There’s little we haven’t seen. In transacting business, our clients will sometimes come up against totally novel (to them) situations. Usually, it’s something we’ve encountered dozens of times.
Providing understanding, providing tools
We define victory as a transaction that proceeds smoothly, and a client who’s both provided with a clear understanding of their environmental liabilities and provided with the tools they need to manage them. While we are often able to go from a “no” to a “yes,” we are equally comfortable recognizing when, and why, a deal should not happen, and telling our clients. We have no problem killing a deal that deserves it.
Seeing around transactional corners
And this includes keeping clients ready for what’s next. While the role we play in transactions remains unchanged, the general environmental enforcement climate is now stricter. Liabilities are magnified. Costs are higher. Environmental issues are more important to stakeholders, shareholders, the public. Companies want to be greener, which may mean divesting “dirtier” business units in favor of something different. We help with all of this.
Our role in counseling acquisition and divestiture clients is to enable our clients to make the best possible business decisions, with as much information and as many options as possible. That’s how deals get done. That how we maximize opportunity and minimize risk. And that’s how we help our clients do what they do best – business.