Cleantech Investment Briefing

Palo Alto Presentation


Palo Alto, CA

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 quarter of 2008 have deployed $1.25 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 v. 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


  • Marianne Wu, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Chris McCabe, Co-Head of Clean Technology and Renewables and Technology Equity Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray
  • Chris Carr, Partner (Land Use and Environmental Law), Morrison & Foerster
  • Peter Hanschen, Senior Counsel (Energy), Morrison & Foerster
  • Charles Holland, Partner (Intellectual Property), Morrison & Foerster
  • David Riley, Associate (Corporate), Morrison & Foerster

This seminar will also be held in the following locations:

San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA




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