For more than two decades, attorneys in the Stoel Rives BioEnergy Group have been actively engaged in the growth of the biofuels and biomass industry. Our bioenergy lawyers have had significant involvement in the financing and development of more biofuels production capacity than any other law firm—including ethanol and biodiesel production projects, biomass projects and next-generation biofuels and feedstocks, such as cellulosic ethanol and algae feedstock. We have deep knowledge and experience in private and public equity and debt finance, taxation, corporate and joint venture structuring, technology, construction, real estate, land use, water, transportation, environmental and regulatory law, including transportation fuel, transmission and other energy regulations.

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The Stoel Rives bioenergy attorneys not only understand the legal issues, but also have a deep understanding of the industry and the practical business and technical aspects of our clients' projects. Together, we take an interdisciplinary approach to issues both large and small. This allows us to provide flexible, integrated and cost-effective solutions across all facets of the project life cycle, from conception through operations, including strategic counseling in transitioning biofuels companies into privately held or publicly held ownership.

BioEnergy Services

  • Entity selection and strategic business plan development and implementation
  • Feasibility study review and assessment
  • Special purpose entity and other strategic venture formation
  • Initial round equity offerings, private placements and public offerings
  • Intellectual property, patents and technology licensing agreements
  • Project mergers and acquisitions, leasing, and strategic investments
  • Site acquisition, joint development, development and control, leasing, industrial park development, zoning, land use, annexation and special districting
  • Environmental investigation, planning, compliance and remediation
  • Federal, state and local permitting and approvals
  • Facility design, engineering, licensing, procurement and construction agreements
  • Process power, water, fuel, steam host and cogeneration arrangements
  • Feedstock procurement, hedging and risk management agreements
  • Product and by-product marketing, sales and distribution agreements
  • Green tag/renewable energy credit/RIN monetization, transfer and retirement transactions
  • Rail, truck, barge and other logistic, transportation and storage agreements
  • Facility management, operations and maintenance agreements
  • Recourse and nonrecourse construction, term, and working capital financing
  • Tax abatement, tax increment and other municipal financing structures
  • Facility refurbishing and expansion arrangements
  • Labor and employment, site control, and safety policies and procedures
  • Tax (PTC/ITC) and other strategic business planning issues
  • Legislation and lobbying
  • Restructuring, insolvency and workout counseling
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
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