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Environmental

At a time when environmental concerns can have a “make or break” impact on virtually every type of transaction, our Environmental group provides advice and counsel to clients in connection with a wide variety of transactions. In addition to providing counsel to clients in connection with environmental and regulatory matters, the Environmental group also assists with Land Use, Real Estate, Corporate, and Bankruptcy transactions and the litigations that can arise from them.

The Environmental group is known for its ability to navigate the complicated regulatory environment that changes both in character and substance with each new administration. We maintain excellent relationships with the various federal, state, and local agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York City's Department of Environmental Protection and Department of City Planning.

We draw on these relationships to solve all manner of complex problems for our clients. When bankruptcy and restructuring negotiations hinge—as they frequently do—on the disposition of environmental matters involving properties in question, clients rely on us for pragmatic, cost-effective solutions. Similarly, when the environmental components of M&A transactions present possible obstacles to a successful deal, we become vital contributors to the due diligence, routinely evaluating environmental reports and negotiating environmental provisions of various agreements. We also conduct environmental reviews associated with major development projects and guide clients through the redevelopment of contaminated sites known as brownfields.

Our services include:

  • Counseling in project development, with an emphasis on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), New York State's Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and New York City's Environmental Quality Review
  • Litigation arising under federal and state environmental laws on behalf of property owners and operators, developers, lenders, and insurance companies
  • Due diligence evaluations and negotiation of merger, acquisition and other agreements
  • Regulatory compliance counseling of air, water, solid and hazardous waste, lead, asbestos and wetlands issues, as well as workplace health and safety concerns
  • Environmental permitting processes
  • Counseling regarding environmental issues in bankruptcy proceedings and workouts

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GreenEsq. Blog

GreenEsq. is an interdepartmental effort of Kramer Levin's Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practices. This blog is a resource for news and commentary on the latest environmental law and sustainability developments, including "green" building and renewable energy initiatives. Learn More