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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter — December 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:

  • Legal Feature: Read our article regarding the increased focus on ESG in M&A transactions, “What to Watch: ESG in Mergers and Acquisitions.”
  • Client Feature: This month, we are thrilled to feature Gradiant, a leading global end-to-end cleantech water treatment solutions provider and project developer that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. 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 a summary of the Build Back Better Act and other efforts aimed at achieving President Biden’s climate goals. Read here.
  • Event Highlights: Don’t miss this month’s exciting virtual events, including "Innovation in Offshore Wind: Corporate Outlook & Startup Engagement," a reverse pitch event designed to give corporate offshore wind energy stakeholders an opportunity to present their opportunities and challenges to startups and innovators. 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.



Legal Feature: What to Watch: ESG in Mergers and Acquisitions

Client Feature: Gradiant

M&A Activity

Washington Updates

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.