Mintz Levin Energy and Clean Tech Co-Chairs Thomas R. Burton, III and Sahir Surmeli to Participate in MIT Sloan CFO Summit and MIT Venture Capital Conference

11.17.2010 - Boston, MA

Thomas R. Burton, III and Sahir Surmeli, co-chairs of Mintz Levin’s Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group, are featured speakers at affiliated MIT conferences on November 18 and November 19 in Greater Boston. Mr. Burton will serve as a panelist at the 2010 MIT Sloan CFO Summit on November 18 at the Marriott Newton. Mr. Surmeli will moderate a panel at the 13th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference on November 19 at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge.

Mr. Burton will join more than 500 CFOs and senior financial executives, and MIT Sloan School of Management faculty as a featured panelist at the 2010 MIT Sloan CFO Summit. The theme for this year’s Summit is getting “Back to Growth.” Mr. Burton will be speaking on a panel entitled "It's the Clean Green Lean Profit-making Machine..."

As founder and co-chair of one of the largest energy and clean technology law practices in the nation, Mr. Burton focuses on emerging growth, energy, clean technology and life sciences issues. He counsels clients on their growth and development and advises their boards of directors in all types of transactions including the formation, financing and sales of energy and clean technology companies. These transactions have taken place in markets such as renewables, smart grid projects, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles and green building, among others. Mr. Burton’s corporate finance experience includes the completion of over 150 venture capital and private equity financings on behalf of energy and clean tech clients, which have raised well over $1 billion. He represents both the funds providing the capital and the emerging growth companies seeking funding.

Mr. Surmeli will be moderating a panel at the MIT Venture Capital Conference that will address how venture-backed clean technology companies are adjusting their business models to deal with the post-recession economic environment and the challenges in addressing the massive existing infrastructure dedicated to traditional energy sources and systems. The panel will bring together established energy venture capitalists, startup CEOs, and experts in law, regulation, and policy.

Other speakers at the conference include Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution; Bill Aulet, Managing Director of MIT Entrepreneurship Center; Tom Pincince, CEO of Digital Lumens; Tom Zarrella, CEO of SustainX; Jim Kim of Khosla Ventures; and many others representatives of venture capital firms and venture-backed companies.

Mr. Surmeli is a member in the firm's Corporate practice and Co-Chair of the firm's Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group. He represents emerging growth and established energy and clean technology, information technology and life sciences companies in public offerings, private financings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Surmeli, who represents clients across a number of industries, has worked on a wide variety of capital-raising projects, including equity, debt, syndicated loan, and structured finance offerings, with aggregate proceeds of more than $9.4 billion. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and securities law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Surmeli focuses on adding value in complex financing structures and helping younger companies navigate the challenges of the public and private markets.

Since 2006, Mintz Levin's Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group has completed more than 140 transactions and has closed more than $2.2 billion in deals. The Energy and Clean Technology Practice group includes more than 40 attorneys and professionals from across the firm's offices dedicated to offering clients a blend of comprehensive legal and government relations expertise, and practical business counseling. With over 200 energy and clean technology clients, attorneys in the Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group, working with professionals from the firm's consulting affiliate, ML Strategies, represent leading clean technology companies and innovative pioneers.

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