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Sahir Surmeli

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Boston
617.348.3013



Education

  • University of Chicago (MBA)
  • University of Chicago (JD)
  • Johns Hopkins University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Languages

  • Turkish

Sahir represents emerging growth and established energy technology, information technology, life sciences and retail companies, investors and investment banks in public offerings and private financings, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Sa is listed among the Top 100 Cleantech & Renewables Lawyers by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy. He is also listed as a 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Sa serves as Co-chair of the firm's Energy Technology Practice, which serves more than 300 clients. Since 2006, the firm’s Energy Technology Practice has completed more than 300 transactions in this sector totaling over $7 billion. In 2013 the firm was listed among the “Top 10 Clean Technology Firms" by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy. The Energy Technology Practice has been ranked #2 nationally among top Energy Technology law firms, according to Watershed Capital Group, and the practice was listed as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report, both in Boston and nationally.
 
Sa has worked on a wide variety of capital-raising projects, including equity, debt, syndicated loan, strategic investment and structured finance offerings, with aggregate proceeds of more than $10.6 billion. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and securities law as well as mergers and acquisitions. Sa represents issuers, underwriters, initial purchasers, and placement agents in public and private equity offerings, debt offerings (particularly high-yield, but also investment grade), bank financings, leveraged buyouts, securitizations, and related transactions as well as private equity funds in leveraged buyouts.

Sa has an MBA in corporate finance and focuses on adding value in complex financing structures and helping younger companies navigate the challenges of the public and private markets. He handles projects in a broad range of sectors, including energy and clean technology, oil and gas, pipeline and exploration, telecommunications, information technology, satellite, biotech, aerospace, semiconductor and consumer finance. He also has extensive international experience — he previously practiced in New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong and now works from the Boston office of Mintz Levin. He has represented clients in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy: Top 100 Lawyers in CleanTech
  • Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy: Top 10 Clean Technology and Renewables Law Firm
  • Watershed Capital Group: #2 US Clean Technology law firm
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Boston's Future Leaders (2008)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Securities & Corporate Finance (2014)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Innovation Task Force of the New England Clean Energy Council
  • Member, MIT Energy Club
  • Board member, Vision Collective
  • Judge, Cleantech Open Northeast Regional Finals (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Judge and Mentor Committee member, Ignite Clean Energy: MIT Enterprise Forum Business Plan Competition (2007, 2008, 2009)