Sept 13th Clean Tech Event
Not since the electric utility industry was fathered by Edison one hundred plus years ago, have investors—and our society at large—shown the great enthusiasm for all things energy-related that has been manifest during the past five years. Investors are pouring billions of dollars into clean energy; the general public is demanding cleaner energy alternatives—the interest is widespread and worldwide. As Charlie Rose recently remarked, “energy is becoming the defining issue of our times.”
Come hear what thought-leaders in the energy industry have to say about the trends, opportunities, and drivers shaping the clean energy markets. We are planning a series of presentations to cover investments and new markets opportunities in this fast growing industry.
We are honored to Alfredo Cahuas, Director of Renewable Energy Finance at Evolution Markets Financial Services, and Wes Miller, Vice President of Greenhouse Gas Origination at Evolution Markets, Inc. speak about the state of the clean energy sector, the total investments made year-to-date by VC firms and other institutional investors, and the carbon markets. In addition, Sergio Garcia, Partner at Fenwick & West, will highlight the special legal aspects unique to cleantech companies.
6:30-7:30 pm Networking
7:30-9:00 pm Event
Overview of Clean Energy Investments
Alfredo Cahaus, Director, Renewable Energy Finance
Evolution Markets Financial Services, San Francisco
Introduction to Carbon Credit Trading
Wes Miller, Vice President, GHG Origination
Evolution Markets, San Francisco
Legal Aspects for Cleantech Companies
Sergio Garcia, Partner
Fenwick & West, San Francisco
Alfredo Cahuas is a Director in the Merchant Banking group of Evolution Markets, a leading financial services firm in the environmental & energy markets. Mr. Cahuas is primarily focused on structuring and placing equity and debt securities for, and rendering mergers and acquisitions advisory to, private companies in the renewable energy sector. Mr. Cahuas joined Evolution in 2006 with nearly twenty years of experience finding solutions to our energy challenges.
Prior to Evolution, Mr. Cahuas was Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. subsidiary of a leading European wind energy company where he helped the company capitalize its portfolio of wind projects and establish its footprint in the U.S. Previously, he was a Vice President in the Latin America Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions group at J.P. Morgan & Co. and in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions group at Salomon Smith Barney in New York. Mr. Cahuas began his career as an electrical engineer in the power sector implementing technology solutions across a wide range of applications.
Mr. Cahuas earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he graduated with honors, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College.
Wes Miller is Vice President, Greenhouse Gas Origination for Evolution Markets, Inc. Mr. Miller works out of the San Francisco office, identifying and bringing to market carbon offset projects based in the United States and throughout the Americas.
Mr. Miller works with project developers to create greenhouse gas reduction projects, structure and monetize the resulting carbon offsets, and facilitate trades of emissions offsets amongst Evolution Markets’ global base of clients. In addition, he assists the development of carbon offset projects through innovative carbon finance solutions involving carbon credits, back-to-back transactions, complex carbon option structures, carbon barter trades, credit enhancement sales, project-backed early crediting, and other innovative requirements.
Prior to Evolution, Mr. Miller co-founded two successful SO2 trading companies, Emissions Exchange and Emissions Trading LLC in the early days of the US SO2 markets. While President of Emissions Exchange, Mr. Miller was recognized as a leading authority on industry trading and pricing practices. He also was one of five founding board members of the EMA. He also published the first and most widely used price references for sales of sulfur dioxide emission allowances. As Senior Partner in the Concord Group, Mr. Miller evaluated, structured, monitored and managed investments in startups, acquisitions and turnarounds arising from the Concord Group’s $100 million annual cash flow.
Mr. Miller holds an MBA from Stanford University.
Sergio Garcia is a partner in the Corporate Group and Intellectual Property Group, and is co-chair of the Life Sciences Group of Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm specializing in high technology and life sciences matters. Mr. Garcia’s practice focuses on the representation of life sciences and high technology companies at various stages of development – from early start-up through venture funding and entry into the public marketplace. He advises clients on a variety of business and legal issues, with an emphasis on structuring and negotiating international and domestic strategic partnering agreements and joint ventures, and other transactions involving sponsored research, distribution, supply and manufacturing arrangements. His practice also includes corporate and securities matters, including advice concerning public disclosure issues and SEC reporting and compliance. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Garcia was Vice President, Legal and General Counsel of PDL BioPharma, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and marketing of novel therapies, focused on the acute care, hospital setting. At PDL BioPharma, Mr. Garcia was responsible for negotiating strategic alliances, collaborations, strategic partnering and technology licensing transactions with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Roche, Genentech, Medimmune, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott and Seattle Genetics. He also was responsible for SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance, insider trading compliance, public and private company acquisitions, and follow-on and convertible note offerings.
Prior to moving in-house, Mr. Garcia was a partner in the San Francisco office of HellerEhrman, where he practiced for 10 years.
Mr. Garcia was a Fulbright Professor and Scholar, teaching in the areas of comparative corporations law, intellectual property and antitrust law.
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