ESG: What Matters Most Blog

Gnarus has partnered with Strategic Impact Partners (“SIP”) to provide our clients with access to a comprehensive suite of ESG-related value creation services.  Follow What Matters Most, a blog from our colleagues at SIP.

Gnarus Partners with SIP and Blank Rome on ESG Webinar

Gnarus Advisors and its ESG collaborator Strategic Impact Partners are joining Blank Rome LLP to produce what is expected to be the first in a series of webinars providing C-suite leaders and Board directors with essential intel and insights into the range of issues involved in ESG practices for Private Markets: private companies, family-held enterprises, their trusted advisors, and their P-E and VC partners.

Join us on July 20 (12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT | 9:00–10:00 a.m. PDT) as we present a snapshot of the rapidly emerging ESG for Private Markets. Gnarus Principal Chris Warshaw and Chairman Stephen Sellick will join SIP Managing Partner Art Stewart and attorneys Yelena Barychev, Deborah Greenspan, and Stacy Louizos from Blank Rome to offer fresh insights into the convergence of legal and business strategy in ESG for Private Markets.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) factors have become increasingly popular as more investors and customers seek to align their investments with their values, and stakeholders are increasingly recognizing the critical role these elements play in driving sustainable growth and long-term value creation. As a result, ESG has transitioned from being a niche consideration to a central component of business strategy and decision-making in the private sector.

Key topics will include:

The New Terrain of Governance, Leadership, and Risk

  • New dynamics in the relationship between PE partners and legacy owners
  • The changing nature of risks and liabilities
  • Evolving fiduciary responsibilities at the governance level

ESG as Value Creation and Enhanced Exit Optionality

  • Creating new business opportunities with ESG
  • Leveraging compliance and standards conformance for competitive advantage
  • Assessing the impact of ESG on company valuation, EBITDA, margins, and profitability

Private Market ESG in Action

  • Real-world case studies in private market ESG
  • Practical advice for driving positive change and implementing ESG strategies
  • Managing the implementation process


Register for this free webinar here on Blank Rome’s web site. CLE credits are available.

Shore, Patricia

Ms. Shore is experienced in providing claim quantification and allocation services to corporate policyholders involved in liability, property, cyber events, and other insurance disputes, claims, and litigation.  She has led and managed consulting and expert witness engagements on behalf of Fortune 500 clients in the utility, railroad, chemical and petrochemical, manufacturing, mining, and other industries. Her work includes significant long-tail and claims-made third-party liability insurance claims stemming from environmental releases, explosions, fires, catastrophic weather events, and other causes. Ms. Shore also consults on first-property property damage, extra expense, and business interruption claims. Ms. Shore earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Carlson, Randi

Ms. Carlson is a chemical and environmental engineer with expertise in remediation, engineering design, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, litigation support, regulatory compliance, permitting, Phase I assessments, environmental auditing, and environmental due diligence. She has supported various industries including petroleum transportation, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, consumer products, coalbed methane, and automobile parts manufacturing.

Ms. Carlson earned Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Henthorn, Brian

Brian Henthorn specializes in the estimation of environmental liabilities, the evaluation of cost recovery issues under the National Contingency Plan and state equivalents, the allocation of costs at hazardous waste sites, and related issues faced by parties at Superfund sites.

Mr. Henthorn has more than a 15 years of experience consulting with clients in a wide variety of contexts, including cost recovery litigation, bankruptcy, insurance recovery, and financial reporting. His experience includes working on two of the largest environmental litigation matters in U.S. history, and his clients span a wide range of industries including petrochemical, mining, energy, and manufacturing.

Mr. Henthorn earned a Master of Engineering Management, a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences and Economics from Dartmouth College.

Kubota, Jason

Jason Kubota has over two decades of experience advising clients and providing expert testimony support in a variety of matters in the Environment and Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, and Product Liability sectors. His work has included damages analysis for government and private-party cost recovery and contribution actions, future liability estimation, financial modeling/forecasting, regulatory compliance evaluation, and settlement negotiation strategy.

 Mr. Kubota’s practice is focused on the evaluation of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) remediation costs and consistency of cleanup actions with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) and/or applicable state regulations. His clients have included national and multinational corporations in the manufacturing, telecommunications, mining, and waste management industries, joint defense groups at multi-defendant sites, insurance companies, electricity providers and water agencies, and individual and commercial property owners.

 Mr. Kubota earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Concentrations in Economics and Psychology from Harvey Mudd College and holds an Engineer-In-Training Certificate in the State of California.

Williams, Marcia

Marcia Williams is an expert on solid and hazardous waste. Ms. Williams’s practice focuses on regulatory expert and litigation support, environmental performance assessment and improvement, strategic environmental counseling and policy support and environmental business risk/opportunity evaluation and mitigation. She brings a wealth of government and corporate experience to Gnarus. Ms. Williams held senior management positions in multiple offices of the Environmental Protection Agency during her 18 years with the agency. Her work in the private sector has included top-level positions at several distinguished firms.

Ms. Williams played a significant role in the development, implementation and enforcement of federal and state regulatory programs. She also provided expert testimony in a wide range of litigation matters, including insurance coverage cases, contract disputes, CERCLA cost recovery actions, toxic tort cases, federal and state civil and criminal enforcement matters and NAFTA cases.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics from Dickinson College and studied math and physics at the graduate level at the University of Maryland.

Warshaw, Christopher

Christopher Warshaw helps Gnarus clients address complex environmental and consumer product compliance and management issues. He works with numerous domestic and international companies, across almost all industry sectors, to improve their compliance programs and to manage difficult regulatory matters.

With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Warshaw has conducted management and regulatory compliance reviews in 19 countries and has helped design and implement compliance management systems for companies in a variety of industries. For trade associations and private clients, Mr. Warshaw provides regulatory and legislative analysis and advocacy services and has represented clients before various regulatory authorities.

He earned a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Johnson, Stephen

Stephen Johnson serves as a testifying or consulting expert in disputes regarding contaminated sites, penalties sought in government enforcement actions, and compliance with site cleanup and hazardous waste regulations, among other services. Mr. Johnson testifies on contaminated site issues in the context of cost recovery actions under CERCLA, analogous state statutes, and insurance recovery litigation. He has testified in state court, federal court, and arbitration proceedings in the US and internationally.

Additionally, Mr. Johnson helps clients negotiate or litigate government enforcement actions by determining appropriate penalties for alleged noncompliance. He addresses both the policy-based component and the economic benefit of noncompliance. Mr. Johnson also develops defenses to noncompliance allegations.

Mr. Johnson held multiple public sector positions. He was an Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, where he was responsible for all of Arizona’s waste-related programs. Mr. Johnson worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency as a hazardous waste enforcement chief, a Superfund remedial project manager, and a Clean Water Act inspector and enforcement officer.

Mr. Johnson earned a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, both from Stanford University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.

Grant, Kerri

Kerri Grant specializes in modeling and analysis on a range of environmental, mass tort and insurance coverage issues. She supports clients by estimating environmental and mass tort liabilities, advising on, and aiding in insurance recovery, and providing litigation risk analysis and advice.  This includes the development of detailed probabilistic, environmental damage, litigation risk and insurance allocation models.

The primary focus of her work for Gnarus clients is aiding in expert testimony and settlement support in insurance recovery litigation.  This includes working with counsel and senior management to resolve insurance coverage disputes by combining her expertise in liability estimation with detailed knowledge of insurance coverage issues.  She has developed complicated quantitative models to evaluate the cost consequences of alternative insurance coverage theories, allocating liability to insurance profiles, and precisely calculating and summarizing assigned carrier liability.  Ms. Grant has participated in settlement negotiations, aided in the preparation of expert testimony and provided support for expert deposition and trial.

Her clients include many leading law firms, as well as major companies in automobile and consumer manufacturing, aerospace, insurance and electric and gas production and distribution industries.

Ms. Grant earned a Master of Science in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.