Thomas R. Burton III

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  • Boston College (JD, Order of the Coif, 1996)
  • Boston College (BA, 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Tom’s global practice focuses on complex corporate finance matters including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, and securities transactions. He represents high-growth and emerging businesses, including companies in the energy and clean technology, social media and software industries, as well as life science companies, from start-ups to public companies. Tom is member of the firm’s Policy Committee.

In 2004, Tom founded, and currently chairs, the firm’s Energy Technology Practice, which serves more than 250 clients. Since 2006, the firm’s Energy Technology Practice has completed more than 350 transactions in this sector totaling over $7 billion. Tom is ranked by Best Lawyers in America in the Corporate Law section, and he is recognized by The Legal 500 Unites States as “rising to the fore” in energy technology for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.

On the corporate and securities side, Tom has served as counsel in the structuring and completion of over 300 venture capital and private equity financings, representing both the funds providing the capital and the emerging growth companies seeking funding. His work in this area has raised billions of dollars. He also organizes venture capital funds and represents them in their portfolio investments.

Tom routinely counsels businesses on their growth and development, advises their boards of directors on corporate governance matters, and participates in an array of transactions, from private and public offerings to merger and acquisitions, joint ventures, and technology transfer matters. Tom also has experience in advising investment banks in private placements and underwritten public offerings of equity securities, and in their role as financial advisor in mergers and acquisitions.

He applies his background in corporate finance to counsel energy and clean technology companies through all stages of formation, financing, and exits. His energy and clean technology clients span markets such as solar and wind, smart grid and energy efficiency, energy storage, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles, and green buildings.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Aspen Aerogels in its $82.5 million Initial Public Offering
  • Represented EnerNOC , Inc. in its acquisition of Pulse Energy
  • Served as counsel to Canaccord Genuity in $32.5 and $37.4 million follow-on public offerings for Rubicon Technology
  • Represented True North Venture Partners, the investment leader in Harvest Power’s $110 million Series C financing
  • Represented First Solar, Inc. in its acquisition of TetraSun
  • Represented XL Hybrids in Windsail Capital financings
  • Served as counsel to FloDesign Sonics in its $10 million Series A financing led by Bright Capital
  • Represented GreatPoint Energy in its financing and joint venture with China-based Wanxiang Holdings ($1.25 billion); selected as Greentech Media’s Deal of the Year in 2012
  • Represented NanoSteel in its Series C Convertible Preferred Stock
  • Financing and Licensing Agreement with GM Ventures ($12 million)
  • Represented EnerNOC, Inc. in its IPO and follow-on offerings ($97 million, $108 million, and $97 million, respectively)
  • Served as counsel to Ogin (formerly FloDesign Wind Turbine) in a Series B financing ($34.5 million)
  • Televent GIT, S.A. follow-on offering ($66 million and $115 million, respectively), representing Canaccord Adams
  • Financing of Wind Power Holdings LLC, led by Rockport Capital Partners ($56 million)
  • Structuring of MTC-SEED financing program to develop clean energy cluster
  • Formation of New England Energy Innovation Collaborative (now the New England Clean Energy Council)
  • Represented Beryllium in a financing with a strategic partner
  • Represented Intelligent Business Entertainment Inc. in its sale to Intercontinental Exchange
  • Sale of Hypnion, Inc. to Eli Lilly and Company ($315 Million)
  • Represented Lehman Brothers in Siemens Medical Solutions’ acquisition of Diagnostics Products Corp. ($1.8 billion)

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law (2015)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States as “rising to the fore” in energy technology for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Securities & Corporate Finance (2004, 2010 – 2014)
  • Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy: Top 100 Lawyers in CleanTech (2013)
  • Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy: Top 10 Clean Technology and Renewables Law Firm
  • Watershed Capital Group: #2 US Clean Technology law firm
  • World Technology Award Finalist: Law (2010) (The World Technology Network awards are released in association with Time, Fortune, Technology Review, CNN, and Science)
  • Boston Business Journal: 40 Under 40 (2009)
  • Susan Grant Desmaris Award, Boston College Law School
  • Order of the Coif, Boston College Law School

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Presenter, Cleantech Open Northeast CleanWeb Prize by Mintz Levin & EnerNOC, Inc. (2014)
  • Judge, MIT Clean Energy Prize; Track Final Round (2014), Grand Prize (2012), and Energy Efficiency and Infrastructure Finals (2011)
  • Judge, Cleantech Open Northeast Regional Finals (2012-2014)
  • Presenter, Department of Energy Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (2012-2014)
  • Co-chair, Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel (2012)
  • Judge, Cleantech Open National Finals (2010, 2011)
  • Judge, MassChallenge Business Plan Competition (2010)
  • Chairman of the board of overseers & trustee, New England Aquarium
  • Advisory committee member, Flutie Spectrum Enterprises LLC
  • Board of trustees, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism (2008-2014)
  • Advisory committee member, UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production Cleantech Project: An Agenda for a Healthy Economy
  • Member, Commonwealth Workforce Development Board, Life Sciences Task Force
  • President-elect, Boston College Law School Alumni Board