Matthew Ahrens is partner in the New York office of Milbank. He is in charge of the Environmental Practice Area in the firm’s Corporate Group.
Primary Focus & Experience
Mr. Ahrens advises clients on a wide range of environmental matters, with an emphasis on identifying and resolving environmental issues and liability in complex global and domestic transactions, including financing, project development, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, securities offerings and corporate restructuring. He has experience in transactions involving many industries, especially with respect to the oil and gas E&P, refining, pipeline and shipping, renewable energy, power, mining, infrastructure, chemical, forestry, paper, waste disposal, hospitality, automotive and pharmaceutical industries.
Mr. Ahrens regularly negotiates critical environmental provisions of transaction agreements, helps structure corporate transactions to minimize and allocate environmental risks and drafts environmental disclosures for SEC filings. He has helped clients comply with the Equator Principles and the IFC Environmental and Social Guidelines on international project finance matters. He has submitted and defended environmental indemnity claims. Mr. Ahrens has also defended and negotiated settlement of Superfund liability, private party claims, civil and criminal complaints and notices of violation. He has broad experience in remediation, air permits, climate change, wastewater, asbestos, wetlands, endangered species, environmental insurance, the treatment of environmental liabilities under bankruptcy law and environmental due diligence.
Recognition & Accomplishments
Mr. Ahrens has frequently published articles and client alerts and spoken at conferences, including with respect to the Equator Principles, hydraulic fracturing, coal mining, the impact of wind farms on avian wildlife, environmental due diligence, climate change and lender liability. He has served on the Environmental Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Ahrens has been recognized since 2009 by Chambers and Partners for his environmental transactional work as a notable practitioner, and is described as a “growing force in the environmental market” and an “extremely hard-working and serious lawyer,” following “enthusiastic feedback from market observers.”
- Vanderbilt Law School, J.D.
- Dartmouth College, A.B.
- New York