The State of the Cleantech Market: Challenges and Opportunities
Susan H. Mac Cormac
Partner, Corporate Group
Co-chair, Venture Capital/Emerging Companies and Cleantech Groups
Morrison & Foerster
With stresses in the global economy compounded by the repercussions from climate change, scarcity of commodities and concerns about energy independence, today’s “clean industrial revolution” holds great promise by driving innovation in sectors ranging from energy, transportation, building and advanced materials to agriculture, water and recycling. At this intersection of business, science and the environment, the key is developing clear road maps to accelerate market adoption of viable solutions.
Join us to hear one of the leading experts in cleantech share her perspective on the sector’s greatest challenges and opportunities to contribute to sustainable economic growth.
Susan Mac Cormac is a partner in the Corporate Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco law office. She serves as a co-chair of the Venture Capital/Emerging Companies Group and the Cleantech Group for the firm worldwide. She also is a co-chair of the Green Technology & Climate Change Committee for the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.
Mac Cormac has extensive experience representing start-up to late-stage private companies primarily in the cleantech and sustainable sectors. She provides corporate and finance advice in connection with mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, reorganizations, joint ventures, and equity and debt financings.
Mac Cormac’s cleantech clients include Altra Biofuels, Agile Waves, Arcadia, Biosignal, Carbonetworks, driptech, ElectraTherm, Photon Energy Systems, MicroMidas and Veristeel. Her sustainable and social enterprise clients include MicroEnergy Credit Corporation, Resdida, Revolution Foods, and Small Potatoes Urban Delivery. Her venture fund clients include Darwin Venture Fund-of-Funds, Pacific Community Ventures and RSF Social Finance. Mac Cormac also represents nonprofits involved with sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
She regularly advises boards, committees and CEOs on corporate governance and social responsibility issues. She is a faculty member and teaches on issues of sustainability and corporate governance at both the Stanford Director’s College and the Northwestern Corporate Counsel Institute.
After working in New York for three years, Mac Cormac joined the Morrison & Foerster as an associate in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. Mac Cormac received her undergraduate degree in political economy from Williams College and earned her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke University School of Law.
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