Jean-Philippe Brisson

  • Partner
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1316


Jean-Philippe Brisson is nationally and globally ranked and advises oil and gas, power, industrial, and financial institution clients on a wide range of energy and environmental matters, including carbon capture and sequestration and carbon neutrality. 

Mr. Brisson is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Environmental, Land & Resources Department, in which he serves as Global Co-Chair of the Environmental Regulation & Transactions Practice. As one of the most experienced lawyers in the US for climate change and carbon neutrality, he is recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, and Who’s Who Legal, and is the recipient of a 2012 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He is a registered lobbyist in California where he represents clients before the State Legislature and State Agencies. 

Mr. Brisson previously served as vice president of Goldman Sachs’ Global Commodities business where he helped establish Goldman’s US carbon trading desk and worked on a number of private equity transactions. Over his career, he has diligenced, negotiated, structured, and drafted more than 200 environmental commodities transactions and has advised clients on environmental issues in more than 150 M&A, private equity, and banking transactions. 

Mr. Brisson currently represents the Southern California Gas Company in connection with the methane leak at the Aliso Canyon underground storage field, FivePoint Holdings on the design of NetZero Newhall, the largest carbon neutral city in the world, and Occidental Petroleum on a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project in Texas.

Mr. Brisson is a frequent speaker and presenter on climate change, including at North American Climate World, and he serves as a trustee of Boys Hope Girls Hope New York.


Mr. Brisson’s recent experience includes advising:

Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Occidental Petroleum and its Low Carbon Ventures business on a CCS project with White Energy intended to qualify under the 45Q credit program and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and other matters in connection with CCS
  • A large industrial company on the development, permitting, and structuring of a CCS project in California
  • Western States Petroleum Association on regulatory requirements applicable to CCS projects, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Carbon Neutrality and Environmental Credit Transactions
  • FivePoint/Newhall Ranch on the mitigation of 15 million MT of CO2e associated with Newhall Ranch, the first carbon neutral city in North America, through a wide mix of onsite and offsite measures, including multiple environmental credit transactions involving cook stoves in Africa, forest protection in California, dairy farms in California, cool roofs in Los Angeles, energy efficiency in Los Angeles, electric vehicles charging station in Los Angeles Country, and others 
  • LEAP on the development of its standard agreement for the purchase and sale of Renewable Identification Numbers issued under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard 
  • Chevron and Phillips 66 on the establishment of their carbon acquisition business and more than 30 carbon offset transactions across multiple asset classes (including forestry and industrial gases) and transaction structures   
  • A major US airline on carbon neutrality and greenhouse gas emissions management issues
  • A real estate developer on the negotiation and structuring of an option to purchase 9 million offsets to mitigate the emissions of a large development project
  • A global oil and gas company on the purchase of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits 
  • A leading US investment bank on its standard trading documentation for California allowances 
  • A large industrial company on the negotiation of its carbon hedging agreements with a market maker 
Environmental Issues in Transactions
  • The Carlyle Power Fund and Cogentrix on several transactions, including the US$490 million purchase of the 583 MW Rhode Island State Energy Center 
  • A private equity power fund and a leading power generation company on several transactions, including the sale of a coal-fired power plant to a major electric utility in the US
  • Ares Management Corporation on Aviator Wind East, an approximately 200 MW portion of the 525 MW Aviator Wind project located in Coke County, Texas that has a renewable power purchase agreement with Facebook
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including the US$2.1 billion acquisition with the Blackstone Energy Group of four power plants from American Electric Power, the acquisition of Associated Asphalt, and on the acquisition and subsequent disposition of Leeward Renewable Energy – a portfolio of more than 19 wind projects in the US to OMERS Infrastructure Management, Inc.
  • The Chemlogics Group in its US$1.4 billion sale to Solvay USA Inc. 
  • Leonard Green & Partners on numerous transactions, including the US$2.8 billion leveraged buyout of LifeTime Fitness and the acquisition of Pro Mach 
Litigation and Enforcement
  • SoCalGas in connection with the methane leak from the Aliso Canyon underground storage field in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles
  • An industry coalition on its intervention in the California offset litigation Citizens Climate Lobby and Our Children’s Earth Foundation vs. California Air Resources Board (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-12-519554) 
  • A global oil and gas company on compliance issues arising in connection with the purchase of invalid Renewable Identification Numbers 
  • A power company on the self-disclosure of violations of regulations promulgated under AB 32 
  • A utility on information requests sent by the market monitor of the California cap-and-trade program 
  • A large number of companies on various enforcement actions by the California Air Resources Board, including with respect to auction participation, carbon emissions reporting, SF6 emissions, carbon offset invalidation, and others 
  • The Western States Petroleum Association and other companies on the negotiation of AB 398 and AB 617, that extended the California cap-and-trade program through 2030
  • Multiple companies on issues pending before or being considered by the California Legislature, the Office of the Governor, the Office of Planning and Research, the Air Resources Board, and the Department of Conservation
Commodity-Related Transactions
  • A leading US investment bank on its uranium trading documentation 
  • A leading US investment bank on the negotiation of natural gas tolls 
  • A number of power generating facilities on the negotiation of power purchase agreements 
  • A large company on the negotiation of an hydrogen offtake agreement 
  • A global commodities firm on a the acquisition of a global mining business 
  • A large oil and gas company on the sale of its solar energy business 
Carbon Funds
  • Inlandsis on strategic investment issues 
  • Restore the Earth Foundation on the creation of an Impact Fund
  • Finite Carbon on the creation of the Cascade Fund 
  • Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the creation of an international forestry fund 
  • The World Bank on the creation of more than eight carbon funds, including the Prototype Carbon Fund, and the Bio Carbon Fund  
Recent Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, “Energy Markets Forum: WCI Supply & Demand – Current Mechanisms, Proposed Rulemaking and Offset Outlook,” Independent Commodity Intelligence Services Webinar, June 26, 2020
  • Moderator, “Carbon Capture and Storage: Promising Developments on the Horizon?,” North American Carbon World Virtual Series Webinar, June 4, 2020
  • Moderator, “California’s Cap-and-Trade and Other Western States’ Programs,” Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit, Napa Valley, October 22, 2019
  • Opening Remarks, “Climate Week NYC: CALSTART Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Program,” New York, September 24, 2019
  • Panelist, “Recent Developments in the North American Carbon Market,” Carbon Forum North America, New York, September 24, 2019
  • Speaker, “State and Future of the North American Carbon Market,” North American Carbon World, Los Angeles, April 25, 2019
  • Panelist, “PT Carbon Pricing Delivering Ambition,” Carbon Forum North America, San Francisco, September 11, 2018
  • Speaker and Panelist, “What does WCI Linkage Mean for Ontario Industries and Post-2020 Rules?,” 2nd Annual Ontario Cap and Trade Forum, Toronto, April 18, 2018 
  • Panelist, “State of the North American Carbon Market,” North American Carbon World, San Francisco, April 4, 2018 
  • Speaker, “Current Legal Issues Shaping and Reshaping Carbon and Climate Policy,” North American Carbon World, Legal Workshop, San Francisco, April 4, 2018 
  • Panelist, “Seeing the Forests for the Trees: The Vital Role of Forest Carbon Sequestration in a Post-Paris World,” Carbon Forum North America, New York, September 20, 2017
  • Panelist, “California Market & Growing the Club: Staying on Course Post-2020 & What to Watch,” Carbon Forum North America, New York, September 20, 2017
  • Panelist, “Financing the New Carbon Paradigm,” New York, September 19, 2017
  • “Navigating the American Carbon World, California Cap-and-Trade Program,” Pre-Conference Legal Workshop, San Francisco, April 19, 2017

Thought Leadership

  • California to Require 100% Zero-Emission Passenger Vehicle Sales by 2035 -  September 24, 2020
  • CFTC Report: Climate Change Threatens Stability of US Financial System -  September 14, 2020
  • Future of Carbon Capture Looks Bright After Treasury Proposes Long-Awaited Regulations -  June 09, 2020
  • Proposed IRS Guidance on Carbon Capture Tax Credits -  May 29, 2020
  • Carbon Capture Updates From the COP 25 -  December 30, 2019
  • TCI Releases Framework for Draft Policy to Reduce GHG Emissions From Transportation -  December 04, 2019
  • NY Legislation Sets Bold Climate Change Goals -  November 15, 2019
  • Carbon Capture Industry Poised for Growth Following Anticipated 45Q Guidance -  June 10, 2019
  • Transportation & Climate Initiative Proposes to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Transportation in the Northeast -  June 04, 2019
  • GIS Owners in California Must Comply With SF6 Regulation -  January 11, 2019
  • Cutting-Edge Environmental Advice Profiled by the Financial Times -  December 18, 2018
  • US Climate Science Special Report Reveals Significant Findings  -  November 22, 2017
  • GAO Releases Climate Change Report -  November 02, 2017
  • Proposed Amendments to Cap-and-Trade Extension Bill Could Undermine Program -  April 25, 2017
  • Clean Energy Blog: California Proposes Draft Amendments to California Cap-and-Trade Program -  July 25, 2016
  • What Does COP-21 Mean for Business? -  February 01, 2016
  • EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program -  August 18, 2015
  • Overview: EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program -  August 18, 2015
  • Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program -  October 16, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: US Supreme Court Denied Certiorari Regarding the Constitutionality of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard  -  June 30, 2014
  • EPA Proposes Unprecedented Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program  -  June 6, 2014
  • The Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule  -  May 02, 2014
  • California’s LCFS Surviving Challenges As Major Changes Loom -  April 02, 2014
  • What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014 -  March 13, 2014
  • EPA Proposes Reducing Renewable Fuel Mandate, Citing Market Issues and Technical Constraints -  January 02, 2014
  • Court Upholds Auction of Allowances Under California Cap-and-Trade Program -  November 19, 2013
  • Pacific Coast Climate Plan: Ambitious But Prone to Issues -  November 15, 2013
  • California Air Resources Board Subpoenas Electricity Trading Information -  August 13, 2013
  • President Obama Directs EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions Under Clean Air Act -  July 01, 2013
  • California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board -  November 14, 2012


  • Green Bonds: Update and Legal Issues -  May 06, 2016
“A total rock star”
“Outstanding reputation and insight”
“Strong suits include depth of experience in carbon markets that is simply unmatched”Chambers USA 2019
Bar Qualification
  • New York
  • Quebec
  • LL.M., International Environmental Law, George Washington University Law School, 1998
    highest honors
  • B.C.L. in Civil Law, McGill University, 1996
  • LL.B. in Common Law, McGill University, 1996
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Financial Institutions
  • English
  • French
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Project Siting & Approvals