Our People

Experience That Matters

Career Professionals Serving PE and Strategic Buyers

Aeterra was formed by a group of talented and experienced environmental professionals who have a record of representing private equity investors (PE) and strategic buyers in complex M&A transaction and restructurings.

Our senior management team has more than 60 years of combined environmental management and transaction advisory experience, including for thousands of asset transfers, acquisitions and divestitures.

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    Philip G. Newton

    President & CEO

    Phil Newton founded environmental consulting and engineering firm GaiaTech, Inc. in 1993 with the goal of providing a pragmatic business approach to transaction due diligence with respect to environmental risk and management. Newton built the company to be a nationally recognized firm specializing in environmental due diligence for financial and strategic buyers and sellers. During his 30-year career, Newton has represented numerous private equity firms, strategic buyers, and other transaction-oriented clients.

    Newton sold a majority stake in GaiaTech to private equity investor MSouth Equity Partners in 2007, then guided the company through the “Great Recession.” MSouth subsequently sold the business to RPS Group, a UK-based global and publicly traded company. Newton maintains close relationships within the private equity community and serves as an advisor and board member for several portfolio companies.

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    Kristen Magee

    Senior Vice President

    Kristen Magee has spent more than 15 years as an environmental and ESG due diligence professional, specializing in M&A, regulatory compliance and ESG support services. She has specialist expertise in representing US-based and international financial advisory and strategic buyers, lenders, attorneys, and other parties involved in transactions. 
    Magee has completed and overseen thousands of buy and sell-side environmental diligence projects, including hundreds of international projects. She appreciates that ESG factors can have direct financial, operational, and reputational impact on active or prospective investments. Magee also assists clients in integrating ESG in ways that make sense for their firm and its portfolio companies, which can include ESG due diligence, ESG policy development, KPI tracking, EMS system implementation, or sustainability projects such as process optimization and waste minimization. 
    Magee also founded a multidisciplinary office in a new geography for her prior company, growing its staff to more than 10 people in less than two years.
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    Alan Rogney

    Senior Vice President

    Alan Rogney has more than 15 years in the environmental consulting industry, formerly working for Nova Group, GaiaTech, and RPS Group. At the latter, he was a Senior Vice President and member of the executive leadership team; he managed the transaction advisory and due diligence group in North America, which included approximately 55 employees. 
    Rogney specializes in due diligence advisory services, particularly for buy and sell-side M&A transactions. Representative clients have included numerous private equity firms and other financial investors, attorneys, banks, lenders, and real estate parties. Rogney objectively evaluates all aspects of environmental liabilities for his clients in the context of their current deal and throughout the life of the investment. 
    He has completed or overseen thousands of environmental projects with scopes including Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, remediation, regulatory compliance, health and safety, ESG, and legacy liability evaluations.

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