Prominent Partner Joins Latham & Watkins’ Environment, Land & Resources Department in New York

Addition of practitioner with significant experience in environmental commodities transactions adds further depth to Latham’s environmental, climate change and financial institutions practices.

November 06, 2012

New York… Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce Jean-Philippe “JP” Brisson has joined the firm’s New York office as partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department and Vice Chair of the firm’s Air Quality & Climate Change Practice Group. Brisson has broad expertise advising both oil and gas companies and financial services firms on a wide range of environmental matters including carbon finance, renewable energy and commodities.

Brisson has particularly deep experience in advising clients on carbon credit transactions. He is a leading environmental attorney who has both law firm and financial institution experience. Brisson was previously Vice President in Goldman Sachs’ Global Commodities business where he helped Goldman establish its US carbon desk. He is the current Co-Chair of the US Carbon Contract Drafting Committee of the International Emissions Trading Association and has advised another trade association, Leadership for Energy Automated Processing, on its Renewable Identification Numbers Master Contract.

Jimmy Brandt, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York, said: “JP is among a small group of preeminent practitioners in the US with many years of experience advising on sophisticated environmental matters. His background strongly complements both our environmental practice and our financial institutions capability and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

Bob Wyman, Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, added: “Brisson is widely recognized as the foremost expert in carbon credit transactions in the US. He is regularly called upon to advise industry groups and develop rules for the markets. His comprehensive knowledge of the myriad legal, business and regulatory structures for carbon emissions, as well as aspects of the CFTC regulatory regime, will be invaluable to clients.”

Brisson said: “I am pleased to be joining the dynamic team of practitioners at Latham & Watkins. The firm’s global reach and substantial depth of talent, will help me grow my practice. I look forward to joining my new colleagues.” Brisson joins the firm from Linklaters LLP, where he was head of the US environmental and climate change practice. He received his LL.M. from George Washington University Law School in 1998, with highest honors, and his B.C.L and LL.B. from McGill University Faculty of Law in 1996. He has been recognized as a “leading lawyer” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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Notes to Editor

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


James E. Brandt, Office Managing Partner, New York, +1.212.906.1278

Robert A. Wyman, Jr., Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, +1.213.891.8346

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