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Third Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable

April 13, 2012, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM PDT

The Third Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable will explore the Legal Issues Facing Cleantech Startups, with three panels to explore issues involving corporate structure, financing, regulatory issues, and defending intellectual property.


The UC Hastings College of the Law
Alumni Reception Center
200 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA


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Panel 1: Startup 101: Legal Issues in Launching a Cleantech Startup

This panel will explore the numerous important legal issues facing cleantech startups. These topics will include: the key considerations in selecting a corporate structure, including the benefits and key terms of an LLC agreement; the unique financial needs of a cleantech venture and how to structure early stage financing; how to structure equity, including the number, classification, and division of founder’s shares; and how to manage intellectual property, including IP protection.

Panel 2: Making the Desert Bloom: Key Issues in Developing Renewable Energy Projects

This panel will address the unique legal challenges involved in developing a utility-scale renewable energy project. This panel will discuss: the governmental programs to incentivize renewable energy development; the unique risks inherent in renewable energy projects; how those risks are allocated in the key project contracts; negotiating the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA); and structuring financing for renewable energy projects.

Panel 3: The Legal Minefield: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Cleantech Industry

This panel will address the current trend toward consolidation in the cleantech industry and how the parties can navigate what has been called a legal minefield of requirements on the way to successfully closing a deal. The topics will include: an update on recent M&A activity in the cleantech industry; an overview of the steps in the M&A process; common M&A deal structures; recent examples of successful cleantech transactions and how the parties evaluated the business case for the deal; negotiating the key terms of the M&A agreements; and legal requirements for public companies, including legal duties of corporate directors and compliance with federal securities laws.

Additional Details

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - Dean's Welcome
9:15-10:30 am - Panel 1
10:45-12:00 pm - Panel 2
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00-2:15 pm - Panel 3
2:15 pm - Networking reception


Morrison and Foerster Cleantech Group