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Cravath’s environmental practice has broad experience advising and supporting clients across the full range of environmental matters that arise in business transactions, including gaining access to capital markets, the day‑to‑day management of their operations and dispute resolution. Environmental matters are increasingly intricate and sophisticated, both legally and scientifically, and they are at the financial and reputational core of many companies. For over a decade, the Firm has been ranked in the highest tier for its environmental work in corporate transactions by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Our environmental lawyers have extensive knowledge that draws upon their deep experience in virtually every industry, including petroleum and petrochemical refining, manufacturing, energy generation and transmission, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, mining, alternative energy, pulp and paper, shipping and other land‑based transportation, defense systems, real estate development and telecommunications. We understand the long‑term operational and strategic needs of our clients against the backdrop of industry‑wide trends and practices, and we use that knowledge to help develop practical solutions to environmental problems and to use environmental opportunities to their best advantage. Chambers USA quotes sources praising the Firm’s “top‑notch” environmental lawyers as “very commercial” in representing their clients.

Cravath has a global environmental practice that advises clients on environmental issues that arise in complex U.S. and international business transactions of every type, including secured lending and acquisition financings, initial public offerings and other equity offerings, debt offerings, acquisitions and divestitures. We are frequently engaged to assist clients in resolving significant legal challenges relating to post‑closing obligations, environmental regulatory issues, remediation matters, SEC environmental disclosure requirements and environmental‑related contractual disputes. We also advise corporate clients, financial institutions and their boards of directors about rapidly evolving, and frequently unprecedented, environmental challenges. This includes the management of significant legacy liabilities, such as mass toxic tort matters, and mandatory and voluntary disclosures relating to climate change.