Latham & Watkins LLP

Climate Change Department

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What the team is known for Globally active US-based group with further strong presence in Europe, Africa and Asia. Advises on green bonds and emissions, as well as technological strategies for climate change mitigation, including energy storage and non-fossil fuel energy production. Maintains an impressive roster of clients from the public and private sectors, notably from the oil and gas, petrochemicals and transportation industries. Highly proficient in policy, compliance and the development of regulatory frameworks, as well as advising on cross-border transactions.

Strengths Sources highlight this "premier firm," adding: "The lawyers are very pragmatic in terms of problem solving and also in terms of identifying issues."

One client remarks: "The lawyers completely know the subject matter, they are experts in environmental and climate change-related issues and they are very commercial."

Work highlights Represented FivePoint in the negotiation and structuring of a project in Zambia and other African jurisdictions to build more than 350,000 clean-burning cookstoves, including the second phase of the project aimed at building an additional 25,000 cookstoves.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Jean-Philippe Brisson is respected by the market, with commentators describing him as a "very good lawyer with a very interesting practice." He is well positioned to advise on all manner of climate change and environmental issues, with particular notable activity concerning emissions trading, green financing, carbon markets and low carbon technology initiatives.

Paul Davies is characterised by sources as "fantastic, very responsive, always available," with another commentator stating: "He sees legal issues in a broader background and gives the most insightful advice." Based in London, he is a popular choice of counsel for climate change projects, with substantial environmental regulation knowledge.

Los Angeles-based Robert Wyman is regularly instructed by transportation, manufacturing and energy companies and associations to provide counsel on environmental regulations, as well as on the development of emissions-tackling legislation. He remains a prominent figure in the field in the US, and in California in particular.