Key Takeaways | Going Green: Environmental and Sustainability Risks and Opportunities for Alcohol Companies

In a recent webinar, Alva MatherJacob HollingerCarl Fleming and Parker Lee guided attendees through the unique energy-related challenges and opportunities for alcoholic beverages companies presented by current megatrends relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG), carbon and sustainability.

Some of the significant topics discussed included:

  1. Sustainability Trends
  2. Related Trapdoor Risks
  3. Sustainability Opportunities Across the Alcohol and Other Industries
  4. New Tax Opportunities Under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2023
  5. Case Study: Beam Suntory’s Renewable Energy-Powered Jim Beam Expansion

Access the webinar and key takeaways.

Alva C. Mather
Alva Mather is the global head of McDermott’s Regulatory Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, and heads the Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Practice. As a nationally recognized go-to lawyer for alcohol beverage regulatory, commercial and M&A matters, clients say that Alva “comes to the situation with clear leadership and strong knowledge of the food and beverage industry.” She combines her extensive knowledge of the commercial and legal landscape as well as deep understanding of the beverage industry to help clients mitigate risk, respond to challenges, and capture and pursue new business opportunities. Read Alva Mather's full bio.


Jacob Hollinger
Jacob Hollinger is a commercial litigator and environmental lawyer in McDermott’s Energy and Project Finance practice group. He represents energy and manufacturing clients in commercial and environmental disputes and provides counseling on climate change, carbon finance, environmental compliance and environmental risk management. Prior to joining McDermott, Jacob was an environmental enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State, with a particular focus on Clean Air Act matters, and a commercial litigator for a highly regarded AmLaw 100 firm. At McDermott, he combines his commercial litigation and environmental enforcement experience to help clients understand, address and resolve their often interlinked commercial and environmental challenges. His energy-related matters have involved engines, fuels, power plants, refineries, solar installations, landfills, waste-to-energy projects, wind farms, storage facilities, tax equity investments and multiple types of carbon-related regulatory credits. His industrial matters have involved chemicals, steel, aluminum, minerals, and many other types of manufacturing activities. He has handled a broad range of commercial, compliance and contamination-related disputes and advised a diverse set of energy, finance and manufacturing entities concerning environmental permitting, compliance and risk management issues, carbon offsets, carbon credits and ESG-related issues. Read Jacob Hollinger's full bio.


Carl Fleming
Carl J. Fleming is a transactional lawyer whose principal areas of practice are renewable energy and private equity. He leads transactions throughout the US and worldwide for a number of the renewable industry’s leading developers, global private equity funds and Fortune 500 companies. He provides legal, commercial and strategic advice on the development, purchase and sale and financing of renewable energy projects in wind, solar, energy storage, electric vehicles and other low carbon solutions. A partner in our Washington, DC office, he also advises on a number of energy and climate change policy issues. Read Carl J. Fleming's full bio.


Parker Lee
Parker A. Lee advises companies and investors in evaluating and executing transactions and commercial contracts in the energy and infrastructure industries. He represents clients in various domestic and international oil & gas, renewable fuels, power, water, petrochemical and infrastructure M&A, project development and joint venture transactions. Read Parker A. Lee's full bio.

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