Paul A. Davies

  • Partner
  • Epaul.davies@lw.com
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.4664
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Profile

Paul Davies is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Africa Practice. He advises on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions in addition to a wide variety of other work, including the management of contaminated land, the insurance of environmental risk, climate change, health and safety, asbestos, and waste management issues.

Mr. Davies has experience in the following areas:

  • Environmental health and safety  
  • Mergers and acquisitions  
  • Real estate  
  • Project finance  
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

Mr. Davies is recognized as a Thought Leader for Environment by Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017 and 2018, and was the only European lawyer named for the distinction from 2011 to 2017. He is described by clients in Chambers Global 2018 as “a well-respected practitioner,” and in Chambers UK 2015 as “the most commercial and deal-focused environmental lawyer in London.”

Who’s Who Legal 2017 notes that “with significant expertise in Chinese environmental law and policy,” Mr. Davies “is a go-to lawyer for transactions in the region.” Clients in Chambers UK 2018 say Mr. Davies “has a deep sector specialism and a truly global mindset” and “is often at the forefront of new trends.”

 

Experience

Mr. Davies’ representative transactions include advising:

  • Trafigura Limited and Trafigura Beheer B.V. on the high profile personal injury claim by over 30,000 claimants from the Ivory Coast – one of the largest pieces of environmental litigation ever brought before a UK court* 
  • Puma in relation to environmental issues associated with transport and storage arrangements on a pan-African project*
  • A commodity trader in relation to ship-to-ship transfer arrangements in Nigeria*
  • A petrochemicals group on the potential acquisition of downstream marketing and distribution business in West Africa*
  • A joint venture involving a coastal petroleum storage business in West Africa*
  • Consortium involving Shell, Greenergy, and Vopak in relation to the acquisition of a refinery and redevelopment into a terminal*
  • SABIC on the acquisition of Huntsman’s UK petrochemicals business and providing support to SABIC in relation to pipeline arrangements* 
  • Companhia Siderurgica Nacional on the implications of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme* 
  • A global petrochemicals group in respect of soil and groundwater issues at one of the largest refinery complexes in France* 
  • A major bank and sovereign wealth fund in connection with various environmental complaints under the OECD Guidelines* 
  • On a substantial case involving the alleged pollution of the water supply on an island in the Indian Ocean* 
  • A large US chemical company in connection with a major water pollution incident in South London and threatened group proceedings, and liaison with both the local health and safety bodies and national authorities regarding potential investigations*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • ESG Matters Incorporated Into UK Stewardship Code  -  14 March 2019
  • How China’s New Chemical Regulation Framework Will Impact Businesses  -  07 March 2019
  • China Issues Draft of Comprehensive Chemical Substances Regulation  -  14 February 2019
  • Bond Holders Become Focus of ESG and Climate Risk Advocacy  -  05 February 2019
  • Climate Litigation Targets the French Government -  09 January 2019
  • Environment Agency Data Shows Spike in Enforcement Undertakings in England and Wales  -  06 December 2018
  • European Parliament Looks to Broaden Plastics Ban -  31 October 2018
  • China Announces Establishment of Hazardous Chemicals Department  -  28 September 2018
  • China’s Global Supergrid to Enable Free Flow of Electricity Internationally  -  14 September 2018
  • China Reinforces Renewable Energy Commitment With Significant European Wind Investments  -  11 September 2018
  • ESG Investing Rarely Underperforms the Market, Study Finds -  03 September 2018
  • European General Court Accepts Landmark Climate Change Litigation -  21 August 2018
  • China Targets Company Polluters and Officials Who Fall Short of Their Duties  -  20 August 2018
  • China’s “War Against Pollution” Intensifies in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region  -  20 August 2018
  • China Announces Control Standard for Soil Contamination  -  07 August 2018
  • Green Finance Institute to Launch in London  -  02 August 2018
  • UK Government to Abolish CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme -  31 July 2018
  • The Chinese Government Announced Measures to Assist With ETS Implementation -  31 July 2018
  • China Releases 2020 Air Pollution Action Plan -  30 July 2018
  • Chinese Authorities Crack Down on Yangtze River Environmental Offenders -  30 July 2018
  • Circular Economy Finance Guidelines Issued by Dutch Banks -  18 July 2018
  • Green Bond Principles Stay the Course -  10 July 2018
  • EU Aims to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Europe’s Buildings with New Directive  -  10 July 2018
  • EU Increases Renewable Energy Target in Preparation for Renewable Energy Directive -  09 July 2018
  • The EU Adopts Four Directives to Solidify Europe’s Leading Position in Waste Management -  06 July 2018
  • Investing in the Environment — European Commission Announces Innovation Fund -  18 June 2018
  • Can China Meet Its Paris Agreement Targets? -  18 June 2018
  • Overview and Notable Features of the European Commission’s Proposed Sustainable Finance Regulations  -  13 June 2018
  • China Faces Serious Water Supply Problems -  06 June 2018
  • Conseil d’Etat Issues Advisory Opinion on Environmental Permits Challenged Before Administrative Courts  -  05 June 2018
  • EC Refers Member States to ECJ Over Failure to Control Air Pollution -  05 June 2018
  • IMO Strategy to Halve Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Shipping By 2050 -  21 May 2018
  • France Takes Steps to Address Climate Change Through Constitutional Reform -  17 May 2018
  • EU Council Decision to Streamline Green Reporting and Reduce Administrative Burden on Member States  -  17 May 2018
  • European Parliament Adopts Circular Economy Package -  30 April 2018
  • France Unveils Circular Economy Roadmap -  27 April 2018
  • Carbon Markets Must Balance Stability and Adaptability When Implementing Emissions Trading Systems -  18 April 2018
  • English Supreme Court Rules Employees Can Claim Damages For a Symptomless Condition -  16 April 2018
  • The Success of China’s Efforts to Decrease Harmful Pollution Levels  -  12 April 2018
  • The European Commission Reviews Free Allocation Rules in EU Emissions Trading System  -  06 April 2018
  • Green Finance Taskforce Publishes First Report to Boost UK’s Green Economy  -  06 April 2018
  • New Green Loan Principles Apply Bond-Like Approach to Nascent Green Loan Market -  29 March 2018
  • China to Expand Environmental Regulatory Authority  -  19 March 2018
  • China Plans New Energy Ministry to Replace the National Energy Administration  -  16 March 2018
  • EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Highlights Opportunities for Financing New Economy -  08 February 2018
  • France’s Prime Minister Further Advances New Regulation Simplification Policy -  07 February 2018
  • China’s Ban on Waste Imports Upending Global Recycling Market  -  06 February 2018
  • China Mandates ESG Disclosures for Listed Companies and Bond Issuers  -  06 February 2018
  • European Commission Releases a New Plastics Strategy  -  19 January 2018
  • France Bans Research and Exploitation of Fossil Fuels -  19 January 2018
  • UK Government Launches 25-Year Environment Plan  -  15 January 2018
  • Strategic Issues – European Union -  05 January 2018
  • China Launches Ambitious National Emissions Trading System -  19 December 2017
  • Does China’s Overseas Investment Require More Legally Binding Standards?  -  15 December 2017
  • EU Urged to Tighten Regulation of Pharmaceutical Pollution -  06 December 2017
  • European Commission Emphasizes Environmental Issues in 2018 Work Programme -  28 November 2017
  • Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms -  22 November 2017
  • Revising the Equator Principles: A New Chapter for Risk Management?  -  21 November 2017
  • China Strengthens Regulation of Pesticides and Creates Centralized Pesticide Bureau -  08 November 2017
  • European Parliament Calls for Tougher Environmental Liability Rules -  06 November 2017
  • China Prioritizes Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Overseas Investment -  02 November 2017
  • Green Bonds Offer a Solution for China’s Green Finance Challenges  -  02 November 2017
  • New Environmental Bureau to Regulate China’s Natural Resources  -  01 November 2017
  • French HOP Complaint May Test Whether Planned Obsolescence Is a Misdemeanour  -  30 October 2017
  • Factories Shut Down Across China in Unprecedented Environmental Crackdown -  27 October 2017
  • Portuguese Children Crowdfund Climate Change Suit Against 47 Countries -  04 October 2017
  • First Subsidy-Free Solar Farm Opens in UK  -  04 October 2017
  • China’s War on Pollution: Measuring the Economic Impact  -  02 October 2017
  • UK Launches Taskforce to Encourage Growth of Green Finance  -  02 October 2017
  • China Unveils Plan to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles -  19 September 2017
  • China Dominates Global Investments in Renewable Energy  -  18 September 2017
  • China’s Pilot Programs Welcome Announced Launch of Emissions Trading System -  09 August 2017
  • PRI’s Private Equity Terms Guidance Focuses on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factors  -  25 July 2017
  • Proposed Draft Legislation Clamps Down on Soil Pollution in China -  21 July 2017
  • A New European Standard for “Green Finance”  -  20 July 2017
  • G20 Advances Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth  -  18 July 2017
  • Responsibility for German Nuclear Waste Shifts With Creation of State-owned Fund -  18 July 2017
  • Will Tougher Environmental Laws Mean Measurable Change for Pollution in China?  -  13 July 2017
  • Will TCFD Final Recommendations Change the Landscape of Climate-related Financial Disclosure?  -  12 July 2017
  • New EC Guidelines to Improve Non-Financial Information Reporting  -  10 July 2017
  • Green Bonds – Financing a Sustainable Future -  01 July 2017
  • Bank of England’s Response to Financial Risks Arising from Climate Change -  29 June 2017
  • The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) Flags Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA)  -  29 June 2017
  • Pharmaceuticals in The Environment: What will EU Environment Roadmap Mean for Pharmaceuticals? -  27 June 2017
  • US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Creates an Opening for China to Lead  -  22 June 2017
  • The European Commission Places Environmental, Social and Governance Issues Center Stage -  20 June 2017
  • “Spain United for Climate”: The Proposed New Climate Change and Energy Transition Law  -  08 June 2017
  • Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Public Trust Doctrine: What Can We Expect?  -  06 June 2017
  • Belt and Road Forum Positions China as Leading Proponent of Global Trade -  30 May 2017
  • Sustainable Loans – Breaking the Mould for Sustainable Investment  -  30 May 2017
  • Another Key Decision on Corporate Separateness – High Court Finds That There is No Arguable Case for Unilever to be Held Liable for the Acts and Omissions of Kenyan Subsidiary -  30 May 2017
  • The OECD’s View on Integration of ESG Issues into Investments – What Next? -  14 May 2017
  • Conservation Finance: An Increasingly Attractive Concept for Investors? -  14 May 2017
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection Steps-up “War on Pollution” -  09 May 2017
  • The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What are the Key Takeaway Points? -  29 April 2017
  • Modern Slavery – An Update -  25 April 2017
  • Trouble Ahead? Lobbying Underway to Prevent the Extension to the Industrial Emissions Directive -  25 April 2017
  • France Adopts a New Law Requiring Companies to Diligence their Supply Chains in Relation to Human Rights, Environmental, and Health and Safety Issues -  24 April 2017
  • China’s Securities Regulator Issues New Green Bond Guidelines -  06 April 2017
  • Environment: The Concept of Legal Personality – From Companies to Natural Entities? -  05 April 2017
  • Blockchain – A New Era for the Energy Market?  -  23 March 2017
  • The Erosion of Cost Caps – at the Expense of Bona Fide Environmental Challenges?  -  10 March 2017
  • Wind Power Overtakes Coal in Europe -  20 February 2017
  • China Will Issue “Green Certificates” for Renewable Energy  -  18 February 2017
  • Modern Industrial Strategy: Will the Environment Get Left Behind? -  09 February 2017
  • Will China Become the Global Leader on Climate Change?  -  28 January 2017
  • Key Decision on Corporate Separateness  -  26 January 2017
  • Environment: The Year Ahead  -  19 January 2017
  • China Focuses on Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws -  13 January 2017
  • State Council Announces Plan for a Pollution Discharge Permit System -  06 January 2017
  • Sustainability: The Road to a Circular Economy -  31 December 2016
  • Sustainable Investment and ESG Compliance ─ Emerging Litigation -  28 December 2016
  • Green Finance Growth Set to Continue -  19 December 2016
  • Potential Liability for Ignoring Non-Financial Factors in Investment Starts With Climate Change -  14 December 2016
  • EU Workplace Pensions Now Required to Incorporate ESG Issues  -  07 December 2016
  • Autumn Statement – Greening Public Finance -  30 November 2016
  • Court Judgment Demands More from the UK Government to Tackle Air Pollution -  29 November 2016
  • Swift Ratification of Paris Climate Agreement  -  04 November 2016
  • Environmental Transparency Becomes Obligatory in 2017 as EU Directive 2014/95 Comes into Effect -  21 September 2016
  • New Foreign Investment Control of UK Critical Infrastructure Projects -  16 September 2016
  • China Policy for Lender Liability in Green Finance Guidelines -  15 September 2016
  • China to Promote Green Finance at G20  -  01 September 2016
  • China Continues to Lead Global Investment in Solar and Wind Projects But Curtailment Remains an Issue -  31 August 2016
  • Prioritising Environmental Obligations in Future Trade Agreements  -  25 August 2016
  • Green Bonds: Green Striping to Fuel China’s Green Economy? -  16 August 2016
  • Managing Environment Risk in Trade Agreements Post-Brexit: What Can We Expect?  -  10 August 2016
  • New Oil and Gas Decommissioning Strategy Published by UK Oil and Gas Authority  -  04 August 2016
  • How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law? -  21 July 2016
  • China Releases Ambitious Plan to Address Soil Pollution -  12 July 2016
  • Earlier Peak Emissions in China’s Most Developed Cities  -  11 July 2016
  • Chemicals Legislation Faces New Reforms in the UK, Europe and US post Brexit  -  03 July 2016
  • Shanghai Set to Improve Air Quality Ahead of G20 Summit -  23 June 2016
  • Higher Fines Imposed for Environmental Offences -  23 June 2016
  • Global Energy and Climate Update -  22 June 2016
  • London Blog: European Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps -  16 June 2016
  • London Blog: China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum  -  15 June 2016
  • London Blog: France’s Energy Mix Remains Uncertain with Nuclear Decommissioning Expected -  13 June 2016
  • London Blog: China Ramps Up Renewables -  01 June 2016
  • London Blog: Shanghai Issues Draft of Revised Environmental Protection Regulations for Public Comment  -  19 May 2016
  • London Blog: China Cuts Down on Carbon as Coal Falls Out of Favour  -  13 May 2016
  • China and Carbon Trading -  04 May 2016
  • London Blog: China One of First Countries to Sign Paris Agreement -  22 April 2016
  • PE Views: Private Equity Goes Green -  20 April 2016
  • London Blog: New Chinese Soil Pollution Law Planned for 2017 Could Be Accelerated -  20 April 2016
  • London Blog: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy  -  14 April 2016
  • London Blog: China Gives Green Light for Green Bonds  -  07 April 2016
  • London Blog: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme & Climate Change Levy -  16 March 2016
  • London Blog: Consultation on Corporate Social Responsibility -  16 February 2016
  • London Blog: China’s NDRC Issues New Carbon Trading Guidance -  04 February 2016
  • What Does COP-21 Mean for Business? -  01 February 2016
  • London Blog: European Commission Adopts New Circular Economy Package -  01 February 2016
  • London Blog: China's Environmental Progress and Accountability -  26 January 2016
  • Rapidly Transforming Energy Sector: Risks and Opportunities in the US, China and Europe -  16 December 2015
  • The Role of Environmental Compliance in Global Supply Chains, Cross-Border Transactions, and the Need for Due Diligence -  22 September 2015
  • Long road ahead for conflict minerals regulation -  17 August 2015
  • Japanese Knotweed - Closing the Legislative Gap -  13 September 2014
  • Time for the Courts to go Green  -  12 September 2014

Paul Davies is recognized as a Star Individual, with clients noting “he is incredibly hard-working, intellectually strong, and driven. He is very commercially minded and understands the business implications of deals, so it feels more like a business conversation.”

Chambers UK 2019
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
Education
  • M.Phil., University of Wales, Cardiff, 1994
    Journal of Law and Society Scholarship
  • LL.B. (Hons), University of Wales, Cardiff, 1992
Industries
  • Cleantech
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Mining & Metals
  • Industrials & Manufacturing
Languages
  • English
Practices
  • Environment, Land & Resources