Highlighted as a “total rock star” and praised for his “outstanding reputation and insight” whose “strong suits include depth of experience in carbon markets that is simply unmatched.”Chambers USA 2019

Jean-Philippe Brisson

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Jean-Philippe Brisson is an environmental lawyer ranked globally who advises oil and gas, power, industrial, and financial institution clients on a wide range of energy and environmental matters.

Mr. Brisson is a partner in Latham’s Environmental, Land & Resources Department where he advises clients on energy, commodities, and climate policy issues. Mr. Brisson currently serves as the Global Co-Chair of the Environmental Regulations & Transactions Practice. He is one of the most experienced attorneys in the US in the climate change and carbon neutrality areas. Mr. Brisson is recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US, and Who's Who Legal and is 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.

Previously, Mr. Brisson served as Vice President for 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 and FivePoint Holdings on the design of NetZero Newhall, the largest carbon neutral city west of Masdar.

Mr. Brisson is a Trustee of Boys Hope Girls Hope New York and a coach of Westfield’s Ajax soccer team.

Mr. Brisson's recent experience includes advising:

Environmental Issues in Transactions

  • The Carlyle Power Fund and Cogentrix on several transactions, including the sale of Cedar bay to FPL and the US$490 million purchase of the 583 MW Rhode Island State Energy Center
  • 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 the acquisition and subsequent disposition of Leeward Renewable Energy – a portfolio of more than 18 wind projects in the US
  • 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 large utility on an investigation initiated by the Air Resources Board under the cap-and-trade program
  • A power company on the self-disclosure of violations of regulations promulgated under AB 32
  • A large oil and gas company on an offset invalidation proceeding initiated by the Air Resources Board
  • A utility on information requests sent by the market monitor of the California cap-and-trade program

Advocacy and Compliance

  • 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
  • Chevron on various cap-and-trade rulemakings initiated by the California Air Resources Board in 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • A number of power marketers and power importers on the prohibition on resource shuffling
  • A non-CA electric utility on its compliance strategy under the California cap-and-trade program

Environmental Credit Transactions

  • Newhall Ranch on a number of 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 County, and others
  • A large company on the development of a portfolio of dairy farm digester projects
  • 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 on several US and international offset and allowance transactions
  • 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 leading European investment bank on the restructuring of a long-term off-take agreements for CRTs
  • A major oil and gas company on its California carbon hedging transactions using a variety of floating price mechanisms
  • A European pension fund on the establishment of a carbon fund for international forestry projects
  • A large industrial company on the negotiation of its carbon hedging agreements with a market maker

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

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 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
  • Pre-Conference Legal Workshop, "Navigating the American Carbon World, California Cap-and-Trade Program," San Francisco, April 19, 2017
  • Moderator, "Lawsuits and Uncertainty with the Clean Power Plan and RFS," Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit, Napa Valley, October 26-28, 2016 
  • Panelist, "Are You In The Know? - Important Regulatory Changes in the Environmental and Emissions Markets," Western Systems Power Pool Operating Committee Meeting, Ojai, October 13, 2016 
  • Panelist,  “Innovative Trends in Climate Finance," International Emissions Trading Association Conference, New York, September 22, 2016
  • Panelist, "Financing Low Carbon Economy: Green Bonds," Navigating the American Carbon World, San Diego, May 6, 2016
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    • May 06, 2016
      Presentation by Jean-Philippe Brisson as part of the 2016 Navigating the American Carbon World conference, San Diego, CA.
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