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International law firm Brown Rudnick LLP is partnering with GreenBackers on their climate technologies pitch programme “26 for COP26,” the United Nations Climate Summit being held in Glasgow in November. GreenBackers and their partners, including Brown Rudnick, will host a series of preliminary pitch rounds to choose the final 26 ventures. The 26 chosen companies, from all over the world, will then present to leading investors in environmental technologies, who will meet, review, and determine their suitability for funding.

Brown Rudnick is sponsoring the preliminary pitch programmes and the Showcase event, the “Climate Innovation SuperPitch,” at COP26. The event will be livestreamed to a global investor audience.

Neil Foster, Brown Rudnick Partner and Chair of the Firm’s Technology Group, commented, “COP26 is the largest and most important global climate summit in many years. We are excited to be part of these sustainability initiatives that promote and celebrate cleantech innovators. We have one of the most active legal practices in cleantech and energy transition in the UK and US, closing around a dozen financings and partnership deals for our clients each year in this sector alone. We are very excited that COP26 is in the UK and that GreenBackers have asked us to work with them on the Climate Innovation SuperPitch.”

William R. Baldiga, Brown Rudnick’s CEO said, “The climate crisis ranks as one of the crucial issues of our time. Innovation is key and Brown Rudnick’s clients are actively involved in searching for new technologies that will enable the transition towards a net-zero world. We are very proud to be involved with the Climate Innovation SuperPitch events and we look forward to introducing the 26 chosen companies to the global audience.”

The COP26 sponsorship comes on the heels of Brown Rudnick’s Fourth Annual Clean Technology Pitch Event. Neil Foster hosted the March 2021 event, which was held in conjunction with cleantech consulting firm NovAzure. The online pitch event showcased the cleantech industry’s most exciting companies presenting their businesses. Neil Foster chaired a discussion with an online panel of a dozen VCs and corporate VCs from the UK, US, France, and Japan. The Brown Rudnick pitch event audience included funders and founders of emerging companies in the energytech, cleantech, mobility, renewables, and environmental technology sectors.

Brown Rudnick’s Technology Group has advised on hundreds of transactions worth billions of dollars in over 50 countries. The Group acts for companies in the technology space on a range of legal issues, including advising on transactions involving cleantech, environmental technology, corporate venturing, impact investing, fintech, blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, health care, and digital health.