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Water

Our water and wastewater experience spans the globe. We work with local, national and multinational clients, wherever our services are needed.

Sutherland helps water and wastewater companies, investors and governments negotiate deals, and navigate legal, environmental and regulatory issues.

As the pressure intensifies to address global water and wastewater management requirements, Sutherland advises leading water and wastewater companies, investors and governmental entities in addressing challenges unique to their industry, particularly with respect to the acquisition and disposition of assets, project financing, private equity investment, construction, operation and maintenance of water-related infrastructure and the development and licensing of new technologies. We help clients understand and take advantage of today’s global water and wastewater market by resolving environmental issues and managing infrastructure and procurement needs, including issues arising in such rapidly developing areas as hydraulic fracking.

Our attorneys are backed by colleagues across the firm who provide experience in diverse legal matters impacting the water industry, including corporate; securities; finance; arbitration and litigation; construction; international; intellectual property; employment; federal, state, local and international tax; Native American water rights and resources; riparian rights; and water sourcing and sales.

Sutherland plays an integral role in helping entities develop today’s water and wastewater industry. Our industry knowledge and legal skills enable us to provide timely, relevant legal advice delivered in clear business language.

Why Sutherland

Deal experience. Our team has been involved in significant acquisitions and dispositions of water and wastewater enterprises, and in projects involving all parts of the water and wastewater cycle, including fracking. We effectively structure and close complex transactions, with an unrelenting focus on getting deals done.

Regulatory experience. Our highly experienced team includes many lawyers with regulatory experience, such as a former general counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. We give clients unique insight into environmental matters arising under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Remediation, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and other state and federal statutes.

Courtroom savvy. We always strive for efficient and prompt resolution of disputes. But when that is not feasible, we are veteran litigators, and have taken substantial water and wastewater-related issues into courts and before domestic and international arbitrators.

Global reach. We understand the difficult legal systems our multinational clients face, and the mandates they must abide by. We regularly counsel clients on export controls, legal structures and international business practices, and we advise on privatization and concession programs in both common and civil law jurisdictions.

IP knowledge. Sutherland's intellectual property attorneys routinely work with evolving water and wastewater technologies. We craft licensing agreements and resolve complex disputes and can address all our clients’ other IP issues and needs.

Government work. Our clients hold major contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal, state and local government agencies. We have helped clients successfully complete privatizations in the United States, Africa and Latin and South America.

Broad client base. We represent a range of industry participants, such as private companies, utilities, manufacturers, homebuilders, independent power producers, Native American tribes, investors and lenders.

Nuts and Bolts

Sutherland’s Water and Wastewater team guides clients through all the legal and strategic issues they face, including:

  • Antitrust
  • Compliance
  • Corporate
  • Creditors’ rights
  • Employee benefits
  • Environmental
  • Federal, state and local government contracts
  • Infrastructure and construction
  • Intellectual property
  • International and cross-border transactions
  • Joint ventures and corporate structuring
  • Litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Native American water rights and resources
  • Private equity investment
  • Privatization and concession agreements
  • Project finance and development
  • Public and tax-exempt financing
  • Regulatory
  • Riparian rights, water sourcing and sales
  • Tax

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Industry knowledge and legal skills enable Sutherland to provide timely, relevant legal advice in clear business language to clients looking to succeed in the water and wastewater industry.

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Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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