Climate Change

Clients rely on Latham & Watkins for assistance with issues involving renewable energy project development, advanced fossil fuel power generation projects, carbon capture and sequestration projects, and clean technology.

Why Latham

Latham & Watkins’ Climate Change lawyers counsel clients regarding global climate change policies and the major implications they have on businesses operating worldwide. The firm’s practice is experienced advising clients regarding the impact of such policies, including:

  • The 2005 ratification of the Kyoto Protocol
  • The associated development of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the global carbon dioxide trading market
  • The United States’ recent steps toward regulation of greenhouse gases
  • Greenhouse gas permitting requirements and emerging carbon intensity performance standards, impacting companies and projects both locally and globally

Greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change-related issues also affect cross-border investments in the project finance field, as investors become attuned to increased risks associated with some types of projects.

At the same time energy efficient projects, low-carbon fuel and power generation, energy storage and other greenhouse gas reduction and mitigation projects present increased opportunities. In order to take advantage of these opportunities as well as navigate the changing regulatory landscape, clients from around the world rely on Latham’s Climate Change Practice.

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham assists clients from the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East in analyzing the critical risks and opportunities related to global greenhouse gas regulation, as it evolves. The firm’s unique cross-disciplinary Climate Change Practice integrates expertise across environmental regulation, litigation, tax, corporate and financial disciplines, handling climate change-related matters including:

  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Clean technology and renewable energy
  • Climate change adaptation and litigation
  • Climate change assessment and mitigation in project development
  • Corporate disclosure issues
  • Global and regional carbon markets
  • US and EU climate change regulations and legislation
Clean Energy Law Report Blog

To keep its clients and others informed of significant developments and trends in the field, Latham created the Clean Energy Law Report, a blog updated regularly by members of the practice.


Awards & Rankings

  • Four Partners Receive 2017 MVP Recognition From Law360 - December 10, 2017
  • Two Partners Named “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers” - June 08, 2016
  • Three Partners Named “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers” - May 05, 2015
  • Four Latham Partners Among 2014 "Top 100 Lawyers in California" - September 09, 2014
  • Environmental Practice Praised for Litigation, Regulatory and Transactional Expertise - June 30, 2014

“Given their expertise, knowledge and connections, I am always confident in their analysis and also trust their judgment.” 

- Chambers USA 2017


EPA’s GHG Rule: Overview and Implications

Media Coverage

Going for the Win-WinNew Ozone Rule Poses Additional Compliance ChallengesRising Star: Latham's Natasha Gianvecchio


Brussels Office Hosts EU Policy Brief with Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and EnergyFour Partners Receive 2017 MVP Recognition From Law360Five Former Senior US Government Officials to Join Latham & Watkins

Thought Leadership

EU Commissioner on Opportunities for Financing New EconomyGerman Coalition Talks Hint at German Environmental Policy Massachusetts Unveils Three Offshore Wind Farm Proposals

Webcasts & Podcasts

The Amended Toxic Substances Control Act: Understanding EPA’s New Implementation RulesOutlook for Oil and Gas Law and Regulation in the Trump AdministrationOutlook for Natural Resources Law and Regulation in the Trump Administration