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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter — October 2021

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:

  • Client Feature: This month, we are featuring Marubeni Corporation. Marubeni is a Japanese trading and investment company that uses its broad business networks, both within Japan and overseas, to conduct importing and exporting (including third country trading). Read here.
  • M&A Activity: Read about 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 negotiations on the budget reconciliation and infrastructure bills. Read here.
  • Legal Feature: Read about Governor Baker’s recent proposal to incentivize offshore wind development in Massachusetts. Read here.
  • ESG Update: Read about the role of a company’s board in considering and implementing vaccine mandates. Read here.
  • Spotlight on ESG Investing: Read about the importance of understanding environmental, social, and governance factors and their impact on investing. Read here.
  • Event Highlights: Don’t miss this month’s exciting virtual events. Learn more here.
  • Emerging from the Pandemic: Mintz is focused on helping businesses leverage opportunities and avoid liability as they manage back-to-office transitions and regroup to compete in a changed marketplace. Visit our Emerging from the Pandemic web page to read more.

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



Client Feature: Marubeni Corporation

M&A Activity

Washington Updates

Legal Feature: Offshore Wind Development May Get a Boost from Massachusetts

ESG Update: Corporate Boards' Role In Workplace Vaccine Mandates

Spotlight on ESG Investing: The Importance of Understanding Environmental, Social and Governance Factors and Their Impact on Investing

Event Highlights

Emerging from the Pandemic: What Do You Need to Know Now?


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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.