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June 4, 2009Press Release

Four Michael Best Attorneys Chosen to Present at One of the World’s Largest Ethanol Conferences


Madison, WI – Michael Best is proud to announce that four of our attorneys have been chosen to speak at the upcoming 25th Anniversary International Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) and Expo, which will take place June 15-18, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. These attorneys were chosen to present based on a competitive abstract review process. Below is a list of our attorneys who will be presenting, the presentation topic and a summary bio.

  • Gregory J. Lynch will be presenting on the topic of Eliminating the Burden of Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting.

    Mr. Lynch is co-chair of the Renewable Energy Practice Group and Managing Partner of the Madison office of Michael Best. His principal experience includes assisting renewable energy companies in obtaining equity and debt financing; representing renewable energy technology in in-licensing and out-licensing of intellectual property; public and private placement of securities; mergers and acquisitions; and general corporate law, including corporate governance and 1934 Act compliance. Mr. Lynch has represented biofuels clients in a variety of corporate transactions, including public offerings, private placements, corporate financing, venture capital financing and corporate governance.

  • Geoffrey R. Morgan will be presenting on the topic of Emerging Practices: Potential Climate Legislation May Affect Disclosure Requirements for SEC.

    Mr. Morgan is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Group. He is active in the financing and transactional areas of renewable energy projects. His practice is concentrated in the securities, finance and general corporate law, representing a number of publicly held and private businesses. He provides strategic counsel to issuers and underwriters in underwritten public offerings of securities and lenders, management groups, companies and sellers in acquisitions, management and leveraged buyouts.

  • David A. Crass will be presenting on the topic of Climate Change Legislation and Cap and Trade Proposals: What May Lie Ahead

    Mr. Crass is a partner with Michael Best where he is chair of their Agribusiness Group and a leader in their Renewable Energy Group. His practice focuses on environmental/regulatory, agricultural/food industries and renewable energy project development. He has assisted clients in all phases of project development from feasibility analysis, entity structure, counseling, equity fundraising, debt financing, state and local land use and environmental permitting and approvals, and contracting associated with biofuel project development including ethanol and biodiesel facilities.

  • Porter J. Martin will be presenting on the topic of Ethanol Cooperatives: Is a Cooperative The Right Structure for an Ethanol Producer Today

    Mr. Martin is a partner with Michael Best and is also founding member of the firm's Renewable Energy Group and represents a number of companies in the renewable energy industry. His practice encompasses acquisitions and divestitures, project development and construction, corporate restructuring, equity and debt financing, project contracts, input and output agreements. Prior to joining Michael Best, Mr. Martin was a commodity merchandiser with Archer Daniels Midland Company, the largest ethanol producer in the United States.
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