O’Melveny helps clients maximize the value of every deal by limiting and allocating environmental risks. With an international, interdisciplinary team skilled in transactions, litigation and regulation, we have extensive experience advising on environmental, health, and safety issues associated with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and financings. Our clients include buyers, sellers, and investors in virtually every industrial, commercial, and real estate sector.

For large-scale, complex global transactions, we work with a network of environmental consultants, toxicologists, local law specialists, insurance advisors, and actuaries, among others. On behalf of private equity giant Apollo Global Management, for example, we have provided diligence and documentation services in dozens of M&A transactions spanning five continents. 

And when companies are charged with violation of, or liability under, EHS laws, our renowned litigators are skilled at crafting creative and effective defense strategies, often taking into consideration claims in multiple jurisdictions

  • Environmental Issues
    • Water quality and supply
    • Air quality including climate change and greenhouse gas regulation
    • Reporting obligations
    • Permitting issues
    • Regulation and remediation of hazardous substances
  • Public Hearings
    • US Environmental Protection Agency
    • US Departments of Agriculture, Labor,  Energy, Interior, and Homeland Security
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Cal-EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control
    • Department of Health Services
    • Air Resources Board and local air districts
    • State Water Resources Control Board and regional boards
    • California Energy Commission
    • California Coastal Commission, and other states' counterpart agencies

Bloom Energy Corporation

O’Melveny represented Bloom Energy in its equity financing by Exelon Corporation of a portfolio of base load fuel cell electricity generators with 21 megawatts of capacity to be located at 75 commercial facilities in the states of California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Read

Building Energy

O’Melveny has advised Building Energy in its development of several renewable energy (including solar and wind) projects and concurrent construction and tax equity financing related thereto. Read

The Carlyle Group

O’Melveny represented Carlyle in environmental diligence and documentation related to its acquisition of a majority stake in the Traxys Group. Read
    • Agrium/Nu-West 
    • Apollo Global Management 
    • Avenue Capital Group 
    • The Carlyle Group 
    • Chemtura Corporation 
    • CI Capital Partners 
    • Edison Mission Energy 
    • Exxon Mobil Corporation 
    • LGT 
    • IFM Investors 
    • JP Morgan 
    • King Street Capital
    • Lennar 
    • Macquarie Infrastructure Company 
    • MHR Fund Management 
    • Momentive Specialty Chemicals 
    • Nations Petroleum (California) LLC 
    • Noranda 
    • Norwegian Cruise Lines 
    • Oaktree
    • Passaic Joint Defense Group 
    • Port of Oakland 
    • POSCO Energy 
    • Quality Distribution, Inc. 
    • Republic Services, Inc./Allied Waste/BFI 
    • Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. 
    • Sithe Global Power 
    • SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners 
    • Trian Partners