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Chris Staples

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Environment and climate change.


Chris is co-leader of Linklaters’ Commodities practice and the firm’s expert on emissions trading and climate change regulation and cleantech investment. He is one of the UK’s leading specialists in this area. Chris advises leading corporates, banks, funds and governments in relation to environment and climate change driven investments and has advised on the most significant M&A transactions in the carbon finance sector in recent years, including JP Morgan’s acquisition of ClimateCare, Barclays acquisition of Tricorona and investments in Climate Change Capital, South Pole Asset Management Ltd and Bluesource LLC. His transactional expertise includes advising in relation to ISDA, EFET and IETA based emissions trades, emission reduction projects, carbon linked bonds and structured products. Chris is a widely respected commentator on the development of new regulation in relation to emissions trading and carbon capture and storage and is an active member of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association. He has been actively participating in the development of the standard form documentation for the trading of EU allowances and CERs on the secondary markets. He is a member of both ISDA and IETA and is currently co-chair of the CMIA Post-2012 Institutional Reform Working Group.


Trainee solicitor, Simmons & Simmons 1998-2000; associate, Allen & Overy, London 2000-05; associate, Linklaters London (environmental law group) 2005; managing associate, Linklaters London (environmental law group) 2005-09; partner, Linklaters London (environmental and climate change practice) 2009 to date.


Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (1995 BA Hons in Natural Sciences); Nottingham Law School (1997 Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course).

London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives

Within: Commodities: derivatives

Linklaters LLP has a market-leading energy, natural resources and mining practice across its international office network, which leads to a steady flow of commodities work in both physical and derivatives markets. Co-head of the global commodities group Chris Staples handles both physical and derivatives trades for some of the world's largest financial institutions. He recently acted for Barclays Bank in the disposal of its commodities trading book, particularly in relation to its non-core crude oil, refined oil, petrochemicals, natural gas liquids and natural gas transactions. The deal involved a portfolio sale agreement and a total return swap covering transactions held on commodities exchanges, as well as OTC derivatives. He also handled Noble Clean Fuels Limited's sale of its physical and financial power and gas book, which included structuring and managing the sale, and a total return swap.

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Commodities: physicals

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Staples - Linklaters LLP

Within: Commodities: physicals

Linklaters LLP has a breadth of expertise across regulatory and transactional commodities matters that stems from its highly regarded energy, natural resources and mining practices. While many firms in the commodities space approach the market from a shipping and insurance perspective, the firm's understanding of underlying markets is driven by its expertise in finance and trading in specific market sectors. Its work encompasses physical precious and base metals trading and warehousing, the establishment of commodity trading platforms, and dispute resolution. The practice frequently handles complex physical commodities deals, which last year included advising a multinational finance company on a structured intermediation financing for a European refinery, and acting for the London Metals Exchange in connection with its  central electronic register for the transfer of off-warrant warehouse receipts, known as LMEshield. Chris Staples, who assisted Barclays Bank with the disposal of its commodities trading book, and Jeremy Gewirtz are co-heads of the firm's global commodities group. Noble Group, Macquarie Bank and Société Générale are among the firm's clients.

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London: Real estate


Within: Environment

The team at Linklaters LLP has expanded to three partners. Vanessa Havard-Williams, head of the global group based in London, is an expert on international soft law sustainability standards, and the drafting and negotiation of related environmental and social contracts. Havard-Williams led the team advising lenders on the project financing of the $4bn Nacala Corridor Rail and Port project in Mozambique and Malawi, the largest ever successful project financing of infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa; and advised National Grid on the application of the contaminated land regime to the real estate interests of easements and wayleaves granted by National Grid Property to third parties engaged in the provision of utilities and services. Rachel Barrett and Chris Staples also come highly recommended.

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