Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Commodities Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Specialist energy commodities team, experienced in general and structured energy trading. Also possesses additional expertise in portfolio transfers and regulatory matters. Recent work includes advising on the application of MiFID and FCA rules. Clients include major financial institutions and commodities traders.

Strengths One client comments: “They are extremely commercial and flexible with an approachable feel. They make clients feel valued and work collaboratively to meet clients’ needs.”

Another says: "Orrick offers an impressive full service and their depth of expertise has been in evidence on multiple occasions which, coupled with their speed of reactivity, makes them a go-to."

Sources note: “The firm is excellent. The team are fantastic, very attentive and have really good knowledge of the industry.”

Work highlights Advised ENGIE Global Markets on the disposal of its entire LNG trading book to Total as part of ENGIE’s wider disposal of its LNG business unit.

Notable practitioners


Edward Humphries
is well regarded in the market for his wealth of experience in energy trading and finance. His commodities practice includes advising clients on contractual agreements, regulatory matters and M&A.
“Edward is a fantastic lawyer and has excellent knowledge of the energy sector.” “He is pragmatic, practical and very dedicated. He understands the concerns of market participants.”

Global head of the firm's oil and gas practice
James Atkin
is noted for his expertise in energy trading matters. He acts for an impressive roster of clients in the oil and gas sector and frequently advises on trading agreements.
"James is very down to earth and user-friendly. He understands relationship building and is willing to go the extra mile to help his clients." "He's very knowledgeable of the industry, very easy to work with and very efficient."