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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter – June 2020

A Note from the Editors

Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s edition includes:

  • Legal Features:
    • Investor Advisory Committee Pushes SEC to Lead on ESG Disclosures. Read here.
    • Treasury Extends Four-Year Continuity Safe Harbor to Five Years, Provides Safe Harbor for 3.5 Month Rule. Read here.
  • Client Feature: This month, we are pleased to feature East Light Partners, a renewable energy development company targeting opportunities for community- and utility-scale solar projects in the Northeast United States. Read here.
  • M&A Activity: Read the latest round of M&A activity in the energy and sustainability space. Read here.
  • Washington Updates: Read the latest energy policy updates coming out of the Capitol, including an update on the next pandemic response measure and information on the Energy Infrastructure Protection Act and ReWIND Act. Read here.
  • Event Highlights: Don’t miss this month’s exciting virtual events, including a webinar on impact investment strategies for family offices in a post-COVID-19 world hosted by attorneys from Mintz’s Boston office and the CLEANPOWER 2020: Stronger Together multi-day virtual event. Learn more here.
  • COVID-19 Insights Center: Mintz has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and our attorneys have been posting daily updates to help our clients navigate these unprecedented and challenging times. Visit our COVID-19 Insights Center to read more.

We would also like to remind our readers that you can always ask us anything at We built the MintzEdge website as a resource for entrepreneurs and investors, and hope that all of you take advantage of the site and see how it can help you.



Legal Features:

Client Feature: East Light Partners

M&A Activity

Washington Updates

Event Highlights

COVID-19 Insights Center


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Thomas R. Burton, III

Member / Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Tom Burton has helped to shape the clean energy industry by drawing on his passion for innovation. As a Mintz attorney, Tom counsels investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 100 companies. He also guides start-up organizations and accelerators to foster the next generation of energy leaders.

Sahir Surmeli

Member / Co-chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Sahir Surmeli is a Mintz business counselor who advises companies, boards, entrepreneurs, investment banks, and venture and private equity investors as they build and grow companies. He handles public offerings, 144A and private financings, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.