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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).

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Commodities disputes

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Chris Staples - Linklaters LLP

Within: Commodities disputes

At Linklaters LLP, the commodities practice spans the firm's global network and handles regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. The firm's standing in the energy market stems from its highly regarded energy, natural resource and mining practices, which bring together expertise in London, New York and Singapore, as well as in other key financial centres such as Beijing, Dubai, Germany, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. From London, the focus is on commodity trading and related disputes in energy, precious and base metals. Practice co-heads Jeremy Gewirtz, who counts Essar Oil and Mercuria among his clients, and Chris Staples, who advises corporates, banks, funds and governments on strategic commodity matters, are the main contacts.

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