Sara Mattern

Associate - Boston

Sara Mattern
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Sara Mattern advises both emerging companies and renewable energy companies on financings and all aspects of strategic development, including formation, intellectual property and industry-specific regulatory and policy matters.

Sara works with emerging company clients developing innovative technologies and business approaches to address a broad spectrum of issues. She works with emerging companies on early-stage formation and structuring matters, venture financings, strategic alliances and acquisitions. Sara also works with incubators and accelerators to support the development of their member companies.

Sara is an active member of the firm’s Energy Project Finance and Development practice. Sara works with sponsors, investors and developers on all aspects of renewable energy project development, tax equity, sponsor equity and debt financings, acquisitions, tax credits and state incentives, with a particular focus on distributed generation solar projects.

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Education:

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., cum laude, 2008

Languages:

Spanish

Representative Experience

Renewable Energy Project Finance

  • Represented AEGON USA Realty Advisors (an affiliate of Transamerica) in connection with tax equity investments in North Carolina solar portfolios totaling 100MW and 30MW, respectively
  • Advised a sponsor equity investor in its investment in a portfolio of over 30MW of wind and solar PV
  • Advised solar developers and investment managers in multiple acquisitions of solar project portfolios
  • Represented Soltage, LLC in equity financings to leverage state and federal tax credits for renewable energy development
  • Represented Soltage, LLC in a $70M equity capital partnership with Basalt Infrastructure Partners
  • Represented Greenwood Energy, a division of a diversified family-owned business, in US solar financing activities, including hybrid construction and permanent lending facilities, tax equity financings and back leverage lending facilities
  • Advised GoldenSet Capital Partners in connection with $50 million sponsor equity and tax equity investments for a portfolio of Massachusetts solar projects
  • Advise sponsors and developers in back leverage debt financings of solar assets

Venture Financings

  • Represented Tank Utility, Inc. in multiple equity financings
  • Advised Energetic Insurance, Inc. in multiple debt and equity financings
  • Represented Recorded Future, Inc. in multiple venture financings, including $25 million Series E round
  • Counseled a leading residential energy efficiency provider in multiple equity financings
  • Represented Altaeros Energies, Inc. in a Series A financing led by Softbank Corp.
  • Advised CutisPharma, Inc. in a $20 million equity financing
  • Represented early stage cleantech, technology and life sciences companies in equity and debt venture financings

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented Recorded Future, Inc. in its sale of a controlling interest in the company to Insight Partners at a valuation of $780 million
  • Represented Sun Catalytix in sale to Lockheed Martin
  • Advised Alere Inc. in its $600 million sale of Alere Health, LLC to Optum
  • Advised multiple public companies in acquisitions of venture-backed technology companies
  • Represented Quantia, Inc. in its sale to Physicians Interactive, Inc.
  • Advised a U.S. based developer of gas-to-liquid projects in their sale of the company to Velocys plc
  • Note, “Municipal Energy Benchmarking Legislation for Commercial Buildings: You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure,” 40 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 487 (2013)
  • Comment, “FYI to the FAA on FLL: Approval of a Runway Extension in City of Dania Beach” 39 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review E. Supp. 69 (2012)

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Honors

  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Leadership Program: 2018-2019 
  • Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Executive Articles Editor

Involvement

  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • New England Women in Energy and the Environment, member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Foley Hoag Foundation, Grant Proposal Reviewer
  • Cleantech Open, Judge
  • Women’s Energy Network, Member, Boston chapter
  • Speaker, “Legal Challenges for a Cleantech Startup,” Cleantech Open East Coast Academy (June 12, 2018)
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  • Massachusetts