Cleantech Investment Briefing (Sacramento)


Clean Technology, Corporate, Emerging Companies + Venture Capital, Environmental Permitting + Regulation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Interferences, IP Due Diligence, Land Use + Development, Technology Transactions, and Patent Litigation

Sacramento, CA

Michael R. Ward and Susan H. Mac Cormac

Susan H. Mac Cormac and Michael R. Ward




Investment in the Cleantech sector is moving fast. In 2007, Cleantech firms received $5.18 billion in venture capital across the United States and Europe. Investors in the first two quarters of 2008 have deployed $3.1 billion already. Many investment banks are committing staff expertise and investment to Cleantech. Despite current economic challenges, Cleantech investing remains strong across quarterly fluctuations.

Morrison & Foerster LLP invites you to a panel of Cleantech investors, industry experts and legal practitioners - including the Corporate, Energy, Land Use and Intellectual Property / Patent practice groups. Together these leaders in the field will address the opportunities for Cleantech investment.

Discussion Topics

The discussion will focus on five of the fastest-moving Cleantech investment­ areas–carbon sequestration, cellulosic and algae-based biofuels, solar (photovoltaic and concentrating solar power), water and energy efficiency/energy intelligence. Specific topics will include:

•Investment trends for 2008 and 2009
•Market segment growth and change
•Leveraging current and emerging regulations and incentives for maximizing return on Cleantech investments
•Protecting and managing intellectual property
• Facilitating strategic financial transactions and relationships


•Ingrid Rosten, Executive Director, CleanStart (moderator)
•Barbara Grant, Managing Director, American River Ventures
• Suz Mac Cormac (Corporate), Morrison & Foerster
•Peter Hanschen (Energy), Morrison & Foerster
•Michael Ward (Intellectual Property), Morrison & Foerster
•Bill Sloan (Land Use/Environmental Law), Morrison & Foerster
•Chuck Farman, Morrison & Foerster (moderator)

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