Overview

Sara Webber is a partner in the Firm's Environmental Transactional Practice Group. In her practice, Sara counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental issues, primarily in the context of mergers and acquisitions (private equity and public company), divestitures, securities offerings, financing transactions, bankruptcies and real estate investments in the U.S. and around the world.

Sara has managed the environmental aspects of hundreds of transactions involving all types of businesses and operations. She helps buyers, sellers, lenders, underwriters and investors to identify and evaluate environmental liabilities and offers practical solutions to allocate, mitigate and/or manage identified environmental risks in transactions. Sara’s business-minded support spans the entire course of the transaction and includes pre-deal counseling, creating and executing a strategic environmental due diligence plan, developing an approach to address identified environmental risks, drafting and negotiating environmental provisions in purchase agreements, financing agreements and lease agreements, negotiating environmental insurance coverage, and pursuing post-closing resolution of identified environmental compliance and liability issues.

Sara also advises corporations, investment banks and underwriters on compliance with SEC requirements governing the disclosure of environmental liabilities. Sara drafts environmental disclosures for SEC filings including for IPOs, debt and equity offerings, and quarterly and annual reports of public companies.

Sara was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Legal 500 notes that the practice provides “an exceptional service” and the lawyers’ “excellent negotiation skills always help clients achieve their goal.” Sara is mentioned with regard to her work with Questar Corporation in its multibillion-dollar agreement to combine with Dominion Resources and Corning on the strategic realignment of its interest in Dow Corning.

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Recognition

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional, 2017–2019.

Kirkland's environmental group was named "Environmental Law Group of the Year" in 2010, 2011 and 2013 by Law360.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2012–2017.

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Maryland
  • 2004New Jersey
  • 2005District of Columbia

Education

  • The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2004
    Member, The Environmental Lawyer
  • Cornell UniversityB.S.with Honors 2001