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ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSACTIONS

Thompson Coburn's environmental practice also works extensively in the transactional arena. We have successfully handled the environmental components of numerous deals, including multistate stock and asset deals and real estate and Brownfield redevelopment deals where environmental concerns were central to the transaction. We routinely represent clients in environmental matters associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as in the buying, selling and developing of commercial/industrial property.

Areas of Transactional Service  

  • Coordinating and directing the performance of Phase I/Phase II investigations and reports, compliance audits, work plans, remedial investigations and remediation reports, as well as evaluating the data, conclusions and recommendations presented in such reports.
  • Identifying and assessing potential liability associated with current and past disposal facilities and other “legacy liability” concerns.
  • Identifying and assisting with potential disclosure and reporting requirements under federal and state law.
  • Negotiating and documenting allocations of liability between buyers and sellers with respect to known and unknown environmental liabilities.
  • Obtaining appropriate environmental insurance coverage for environmental liabilities, such as on-site and off-site cleanup liabilities, bodily injuries, property damage and natural resource damages.
  • Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of method of achieving compliance with applicable laws and regulations and obtaining liability protection to the extent feasible.
  • Assisting clients with pre- and post-closing investigation and remediation required under purchase and sale agreements, resolving compliance deficiencies and obtaining environmental permits and/or getting existing permits transferred.
  • Structuring transactions to obtain tax credits, Brownfield funding and other governmental incentives, where available.
  • Negotiating governmental approvals for work plans, cleanup objectives, cleanup strategies and risk assessments.
  • Drafting escrows and holdbacks and other funding arrangements to facilitate the sales and purchases of environmentally impaired properties and businesses.

Publications

New circuit split raises questions about ‘permit shield’ defense in Clean Water Act cases

EPA reveals first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under a more robust toxic substances act

Missouri Supreme Court resets the rules for collecting leaking underground storage tank cleanup costs in litigation

Do you need a Section 404 permit for your real estate development?

Former head of OSHA discusses workplace injury policies, DOJ enforcement

Missouri municipal entities must follow statutorily-required steps before executing settlement agreements

DOJ shifts enforcement of worker safety violations to Environmental Crimes Section

Chemical Safety Board investigator outlines discoveries from West Fertilizer, Charleston water incidents

Supreme Court overturns EPA’s 'Tailoring Rule,' upholds GHG BACT for 'anyway' sources

Top Region 7 attorney details EPA’s biggest enforcement, compliance priorities

Blog Posts

No-GMOs are a no-go in Oregon and Hawaii

9th Circuit sends herbicide debate back to the EPA

Can the California A.G. limit those incessant Prop 65 lawsuits?

News

Ryan Russell Kemper named to St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list

Congratulations to our 2017 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Ryan Russell Kemper to head United Way fundraising effort

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Jason Zeigler joins Thompson Coburn in Washington, D.C., as real estate partner

Eric Boyd hosts discussion with retired EPA official to kick off Clean Air Act seminar

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Real Estate Group retains a top ranking in 2014 Best of the Best Survey

St. Louis Business Journal covers Thompson Coburn’s work on unique Superfund settlement

Chemical Safety Board investigator shares insights from two high-profile environmental incidents

29 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Ryan Kemper, Thompson Coburn environmental practice featured in St. Louis Lawyer

EPA, Boys & Girls Club announce $30 million cleanup of Superfund site

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis honors Thompson Coburn for pro bono work on Superfund cleanup site

Eric E. Boyd joins Thompson Coburn's Environmental Group

Thompson Coburn attorneys to collaborate with St. Louis City Counselor’s office on problem properties

Real Estate group supports $51 million apartment complex purchase

19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year

Paul Sonderegger appointed chair of environmental law committee for St. Louis bar

Thompson Coburn wins Illinois Supreme Court victory for ExxonMobil Coal

Peter Strassner named St. Louis Environmental Lawyer of the Year

Partner
Chicago
312 580 2214

Eric represents clients in litigation, regulatory compliance, and transaction matters with respect to all of the major environmental programs.

Eric represents clients in litigation, regulatory compliance, and transacti...

Eric Boyd
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6112

Sara defends clients in a variety of environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement matters.

Sara defends clients in a variety of environmental litigation and regulator...

Sara Chamberlain
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6019

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of which involve multi-party environmental litigation.

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of ...

Ed Cohen
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6520

Lisa advocates for clients facing complex product liability and personal injury litigation.

Lisa advocates for clients facing complex product liability and personal in...

Lisa DeBord
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6166

Joe is an experienced environmental law counselor who provides actionable, common-sense advice to clients on a wide array of regulatory and litigation issues.

Joe is an experienced environmental law counselor who provides actionable, ...

Joe Kellmeyer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6321

Ryan provides in-depth advice to clients dealing with environmental issues on both the state and federal level.

Ryan provides in-depth advice to clients dealing with environmental issues ...

Ryan Russell Kemper
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6168

Crystal has almost 30 years of national environmental experience and leads the transactional area of the firm's environmental practice.

Crystal has almost 30 years of national environmental experience and leads ...

Crystal Kennedy
Sr Advisor, Environment, Health and Safety
St. Louis
314 552 6467

As Thompson Coburn's Senior Advisor, Environment, Health and Safety, Max provides technical support on remediation and groundwater contamination matters, acquisitions, re...

As Thompson Coburn's Senior Advisor, Environment, Health and Safety, Max pr...

Max McCombs
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6154

Paul is a highly effective litigator and regulatory compliance attorney who has resolved environmental and real estate/construction disputes in state and federal courts a...

Paul is a highly effective litigator and regulatory compliance attorney who...

Paul Sonderegger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6109

Peter has over 25 years of experience in environmental law and handles a wide range of environmental matters, including CERCLA cost recovery litigation, insurance coverag...

Peter has over 25 years of experience in environmental law and handles a wi...

Peter Strassner