Cate Sharp

Cate Sharp

Shareholder

Cate Sharp is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the London office. She has broad experience in a wide range of environmental, health and safety-related matters, especially in the energy, chemicals and manufacturing fields. She also advises clients on regulatory matters, environmental claims, sustainability and climate change issues.

Cate offers commercial support on transactions and projects, frequently with a cross-border element, and works closely with her colleagues to support other areas of practice, including real estate, finance, litigation and disputes.

Cate is highly recommended by independent guides to the legal industry. According to the Chambers UK Guide 2017, clients describe Cate as “an absolute linchpin for us on specialist environmental matters; working with her is extremely rewarding and enlightening." They add, “she gets progress and results by keeping to what we need to do to execute our plans."

Concentrations

  • Chemicals
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Water
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Advised AB Volvo on the environmental aspects of the sale of its North American construction equipment rental business to Platinum Equity for $1.1 billion.
  • Advised AB Volvo on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of Terex Corporation’s articulated and rigid hauler business.
  • Advised AB Volvo on the environmental aspects of the sale of its Volvo Aero (aircraft engines) division to GKN Holdings plc.
  • Advised InterContinental Hotels Group PLC on carbon-related matters.
  • Advised Rentokil Initial plc on environmental aspects of the sale of its Initial Facilities business to Interserve plc for £250 million.
  • Advised Rentokil Initial PLC on the environmental elements of its acquisition of certain assets comprising the fire, water and pest services divisions of Connaught PLC (in administration).
  • Advised AkzoNobel on the environmental aspects of the sale of the adhesives and electronic materials business of ICI plc to Henkel.
  • Advised ICI plc on the environmental aspects of divestments of the Uniqema business to Croda International plc, and the U.S., Canadian and European Vinamul Polymers business to Celanese.
  • Advised Electro-Science Laboratories, Inc. on the complex environmental issues arising in respect of its acquisition by Ferro Corporation.
  • Advised a large petrochemical client on environmental matters relating to a proposed major refinery and petrochemical complex.
  • Advised a large construction company on a number of regulatory investigations into waste- and water-related matters.
  • Advised a financial institution in respect of the European Emission Trading Schemes and ERPAs with respect to a CDM Project.
  • Advised a large chemical company in respect of retaining and trading carbon credits.
°Certain of the above representations were handled by Ms. Sharp prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers UK Guide, Environment, 2003-2017
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Environmental Law, 2016
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, Real Estate – Environment, 2012-2017
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2014-2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, London Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
  • Member, European Environmental Law Association
  • Member, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Credentials

Education
  • B.Sc., with honors, University of London, 1988
Admissions
  • England and Wales