Our environmental attorneys counsel clients in managing a wide array of environmental challenges, including helping them achieve compliance with environmental laws and regulations and identifying and minimizing environmental risks in the context of business and real estate transactions. This work includes:

  • Coordinating environmental site assessments, including asbestos and mold assessments
  • Compliance audits
  • Drafting and negotiating the environmental provisions of transaction documents, including with respect to real estate acquisitions or divestitures, collateralized loans and leases

Shearman & Sterling's environmental lawyers are actively involved with green building and sustainable development initiatives, including LEED, and regularly advise clients on risks and opportunities presented by climate change and sustainable development.

Clients benefit from our environmental team's experience in:

  • Site remediation, including brownfields programs and related tax incentives
  • Environmental claims
  • Counseling issuers and underwriters regarding environmental and climate change disclosure requirements and trends
  • Advising financial institutions in connection with liability risks associated with environmentally-challenged borrowers
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