Andrew Derickson

Vice President & General Counsel

Andy Derickson is responsible for managing the review and conduct of due diligence activities related to the business development of EnviroFinance Group, LLC (EFG) and its portfolio. He has spent the past twelve years as a practicing attorney in the real estate and financial industries.

Career Highlights:

  • Sr. Corporate Counsel to a private commercial real estate lender
  • General Counsel to a private factoring and escrow company
  • General Counsel to an international high-tech ceramic manufacturing company

Other Experience:

  • Participated in the review and origination of hundreds of financial transactions
  • Responsible for dozens of mergers, acquisitions and partnerships
  • Proficient in contract drafting and negotiation, secured transactions, entity formation, commercial leasing, and the conduct of extensive document review in litigation

Chris Miller

Vice President - Environmental Management

Mr. Miller manages the environmental remediation and construction components of brownfield projects. With twenty plus years of program, project/construction management, design, and application of engineering technologies in structural, geotechnical, and environmental disciplines, he brings a wealth of field experience and expertise in construction, constructability, project scheduling and cost control. His practical approach to environmental engineering management, design, and technology application, helps him develop exit strategies that are cost effective and consistent with current regulatory frameworks.

As an expert in environmental remediation, construction, and constructability, he has managed multiple remediation projects in New Jersey, including projects under the NJDEP LSRP program. Mr. Miller has managed and is currently managing remediation projects in excess of $25M. Mr. Miller has developed, and supervised the implementation of remediation plans for many chlorinated solvent sites, using various in-situ and ex-situ remediation techniques. He is considered a constructability expert, and was instrumental in the development of in-situ permeable reactive barrier technology. He has managed the demolition of over 1.25M square feet of manufacturing facilities, and the remediation of refineries, chemical plants, tanneries, mines, power and MGP sites, DOD and DOE facilities, fuel stations, and Superfund sites.

Mr. Miller is a Civil Engineer from Lehigh University, and has served as a principal, director, and licensed contractor for two top-ten environmental engineering and consulting firms and as corporate environmental manager for two Fortune 500 companies.

Markus Niebanck

Vice President of Environmental Management

Markus Niebanck has served private and public sector clients as a strategic environmental consultant since 1986, focusing primarily on Brownfield transaction and redevelopment projects since 2001. As a Vice President of Environmental Management, Mr. Niebanck provides environmental due diligence and risk management expertise to a variety of EFG Brownfield projects across the United States.

Previously in his capacity as a founder and principal of two specialized environmental services companies, Markus served a specialty niche of urban and conservation-oriented Brownfield projects, including an assignment as primary strategic environmental manager for the landmark Los Angeles Cornfield Rail Yard to Urban State Park acquisition, remediation and conveyance project led by The Trust for Public Land. Prior to joining EFG, his private practice included strategic environmental analysis in support of a variety of transactional and litigation-related undertakings. Mr. Niebanck is a geologist by academic training, and is licensed as a Professional Geologist in California and as a Certified Environmental Manager in the state of Nevada.

He serves on the Board of Directors for City Slicker Farms, an urban agriculture non-profit in West Oakland, as well as on the BOD of the West Oakland Commerce Association. Markus serves the Brownfield Redevelopment Advisory Group for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control as its chair since 2009. He has also led environmental task forces for the California State Water Resources Control Board, and was instrumental in drafting important changes to California regulatory practices for the mitigation of petroleum releases from California storage tanks. He has authored numerous articles on the Brownfield practice and is a regular speaker on due diligence and redevelopment at trade conferences.