Simmons & Simmons LLP

Commodities Department

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What the team is known for Go-to derivatives and energy trading practice, particularly well regarded for regulatory expertise in the commodities market. Represents large global clients including banks, hedge funds, trading houses and brokers in high-profile international matters. Offers particular expertise in metals-related derivatives.

Strengths One interviewee says: “They deliver a very good service that is commercial. They help us find solutions and respond very promptly”

Another source comments: “The team are practical and pragmatic in their advice. Their subject matter knowledge is good and they are up to date with developments," adding: "They are a very good client service provider.”

Work highlights Advised De Beers on the purchase and export of diamonds in West Africa from artisanal miners.

Notable practitioners

Darren Fox
advises hedge fund managers, asset managers and private equity clients on UK and EU regulation and derivatives. He is recognised for his work on insider dealing and market abuse prevention, among other matters.
"He is very strong technically, pragmatic, responsive and quickly assimilates issues."

Jonathan Melrose
is a noted leader in the energy trading and derivatives market who has eminent regulatory expertise in the domestic and international financial services sectors. He is sought after by major banks, trading houses and commodity fund clients.
"Jonathan is an excellent lawyer, his knowledge of the industry is incredible and he is always on top of regulatory developments in the US and the EU." "He's very measured, pragmatic and available - he's very impressive."

Rosali Pretorius
has extensive experience in energy and commodity derivatives. She advises on futures and options trading and clearing matters, regularly representing trading houses and banks.