Stuart Hammer

Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Stuart Hammer

Stuart Hammer

Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Stuart Hammer, a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Environmental Practice Group, represents U.S. and international companies, financial institutions and other entities on environmental matters in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, securities offerings and other corporate transactions. He helps clients assess and allocate environmental risks associated with their corporate and real estate transactions and advises them on environmental liability issues. He frequently represents buyers, sellers, lenders and investors involved in corporate transactions in the United States and overseas. He also advises companies on issues associated with global climate change, including initiatives aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Mr. Hammer routinely handles the environmental aspects of noteworthy transactions in a broad range of industries. His recent representations of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies, and International Paper in its sale of three containerboard mills demonstrate the sophistication of his practice. Mr. Hammer is consistently ranked as a leader in environmental law. In Chambers USA (2013), sources comment that “he’s great to work with, very quick and very responsive.” In Chambers USA (2012) he is lauded by sources for being “incredibly responsive to our queries with timely, concise and practical advice. He enthusiastically assists on all matters, no matter how small or outside his specialty.” Chambers USA (2010) described him as “such an easy guy to work with – he is practical and well-rounded in his approach, with a great grasp of detail,” and in Chambers USA (2009) clients mention his “clear and effective organization of the team and relaxed, personable style ensur[ing] that transactions are concluded swiftly and efficiently.” In Chambers USA (2007) clients praise how he “communicate[s] to business people in a straightforward manner, which helps [them] assess risks and choose the right path.” Peers cite Mr. Hammer’s “knowledge of the material and good manner [which make] him easy to work with.” According to Chambers USA (2013), clients comment that he is “great to work with, very quick and very responsive." In addition, PLC Which Lawyer? (2011) recommends Mr. Hammer as a leading lawyer, and the 2008 edition notes his “solid reputation for his work advising clients on the environmental aspects of complex business transactions.” He is also recognized as a leading practitioner in PLC Cross-Border Environment Handbook 2011/2012.

Mr. Hammer has authored and co-authored numerous articles on environmental and climate change issues, including “How Companies Can Manage Environmental Reputational Risk,” Business Ethics (April 9, 2014); “Climate Change Disclosure,” NACD Directorship (July 26, 2011); “Climate Change Disclosure Obligations for Insurers,” Insurance Law360 (February 11, 2011); “Effects of EPA Clean Air Initiatives,” Environmental Law360 (December 2, 2010); “What To Know in the Absence of A Climate Change Law,” Environmental Law360 (August 11, 2010); “The NAIC Produces Revised Climate Change Risk Disclosure Survey,” Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report (June 2010); “Climate Change Issues are Turning Up the Heat on Businesses in the U.S.,” Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report (Winter 2010) (reprinted in Private Equity Manager (April 2010)); “A New Tool for Combating Climate Change? Getting Sued for Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” North American Clean Energy (November 2009); “Insurance Companies Confront Climate Change Disclosure Obligations,” The Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report (November 2009); “The Climate Change and Clean Energy Bill," Law360 (July 14, 2009); “Potential New Markets for Renewable Energy Credits and Carbon Credits,” The Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report (Spring/Summer 2009); “House Draft Bill: Climate Change, Clean Energy,” Law 360 (April 15, 2009); “Tackling Climate Change During Economic Turmoil,” Law 360 (January 27, 2009); “Climate Change Issues Are Turning Up the Heat on Businesses in the U.S.,” The Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report (Spring 2008) (reprinted in Bloomberg Law Reports: Environmental Law (Winter 2008)); “Principled Energy Investing: Wall Street Gets Bearish on Carbon, Financial Institutions Voice Their Concerns About Climate Change,” The Deal (March 31, 2008); “Analyzing and Allocating Environmental Risk in Acquisitions,” Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Annual Meeting (February 2008); “The Heat Is On: Pressure Is Mounting on Corporations to Disclose Climate Change Risks,” Corporate Counsel (January 2008); “Cleanup Quandary: New Due Diligence Standard under CERCLA Raises the Bar,” GC New York (May 15, 2006); “No Look Provisions are Opening Eyes,” The M&A Lawyer (June 2005); “Anticipation: Strategic Buyers are Increasingly Reluctant to Assume Environmental Risks,” The Deal (July 26, 2004); “Emerging Indoor Environmental Issues,” New Solutions to Environmental Problems in Business & Real Estate Deals 2004, Practising Law Institute (2004); “Modern Architecture May Have Ruined the Air We Breathe,” Practising Law Institute, All-Star Briefing, Volume 2, Issue 3 (January 2004 e-publication); “Environmental Risk: Protecting the Buyer,” The M&A Lawyer (December 1999/January 2000); and “Welcome News on the Environmental Front,” Directors & Boards (Fall 1998).

Mr. Hammer joined Debevoise in 1992. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yeshiva University in 1988 and his J.D. from Cardozo Law School in 1992.

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JD
Class of 1992

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo Law offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture. Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo Law takes its academic mission seriously. The school's faculty members are known for being widely-published legal scholars, accomplished lawyers, and accessible teachers. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.

BA, magna cum laude
Class of 1988

Yeshiva University has been transforming lives for more than a century. Nowhere but here can students have a personal, small college experience while benefitting from the academic rigor of a top ranked research university. Since its inception YU has been dedicated to melding the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life with the heritage of Western civilization, and each year we celebrate as future leaders make YU their home. More than 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at our four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. Our three undergraduate schools—Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and Syms School of Business—offer a unique dual curriculum comprising Jewish studies and liberal arts and sciences courses. Students also have the option to study in Israel in their first year. Our graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Gradaute School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

Career History
Counsel
1992 - Current

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Brookfield Business Partners purchases Brand Industrial Services, Inc. from Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

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One Rock Capital Partners LLC purchases Actuant Corp. /Engineered Components & Systems Business from Actuant Corp.

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Manna Pro Products LLC, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (Private Equity) purchase Hero Pet Brands LLC from NCH Corp.

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Admitted to the New York Bar
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