Holland & Knight has a national practice assisting real estate developers, corporations and municipalities in transforming contaminated lands into economically productive, environmentally safe projects that help communities grow. We utilize skilled teams of attorneys knowledgeable in every aspect of brownfields redevelopment in order to provide you with an extensive network of contacts, up-to-the-minute analysis of changing federal and state voluntary cleanup requirements, and regulatory and risk management tools to quantify environmental risks and structure transactions in ways that minimize potential environmental liabilities.
We have substantial experience negotiating pollution legal liability, remediation cost cap, blended finite risk and secured creditor policies to facilitate these deals. In addition, we have been leaders in developing policies and practices that govern the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of institutional controls (aka land use restrictions) on contaminated sites. We also have extensive experience bringing federal, state and local financial incentives to the table to facilitate these deals.
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Our environmental lawyers have substantial experience performing due diligence inquiries in connection with domestic and international business transactions. Holland & Knight's National Environmental Team works closely with the corporate and real estate groups on mergers and acquisitions, financings and real estate transactions where the environmental condition of property and assets is relevant.
We have substantial experience in assisting you in obtaining environmental insurance policies to facilitate real estate and corporate acquisitions. These products include pollution legal liability, remediation cost cap, blended finite risk and secured creditor policies. Our environmental attorneys work closely with the leading environmental insurance brokers and carriers and remain up-to-date on the latest insurance pricing and trends. Additionally, we have substantial experience with the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of institutional controls (aka land use restrictions) on contaminated sites.
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We are experienced in handling insurance coverage issues involving contaminated properties ─ both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Our experience includes handling insurance coverage issues arising with respect to contamination of property owned by the insured or by third parties, including insurance coverage for cleanup costs at hazardous waste disposal sites. We also have substantial experience in assisting clients in obtaining environmental insurance policies to facilitate real estate and corporate acquisitions. These products include pollution legal liability, remediation cost cap, blended finite risk and secured creditor policies.
This includes negotiating dozens of pollution legal liability (PLL) and “cost cap” environmental insurance policies with all of the primary carriers to facilitate real estate and corporate transfers.
We assist you in conducting environmental compliance audits, including preparing the audit survey for completion by each audited facility, interviewing plant personnel and drafting the audit report. Such audits are prepared in accordance with both federal and state audit laws to ensure that, if the findings are disclosed to federal or state agencies, you can obtain mitigation of the penalties for any violations discovered.
In addition, we have extensive experience with environmental disclosure obligations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the establishment of internal disclosure controls. We have assisted clients in implementing environmental management systems under ISO 14000 as adopted by the International Organization for Standardization. Holland & Knight also has capabilities working with correspondent law firms in Europe, Mexico, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim to counsel domestic corporations on environmental compliance and liability issues in virtually any country in the world.
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