Jean-Philippe Brisson is noted for his impressive practice advising domestic and international clients on climate change compliance and regulations. One commentator describes him as "incontestably one of the most authoritative figures in the climate change sector."Chambers USA 2018

Jean-Philippe Brisson

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

Jean-Philippe Brisson, a leading environmental lawyer, advises oil and gas, industrial, and financial institution clients on a wide range of energy and environmental matters, including carbon finance, renewable energy, and commodities.

Mr. Brisson is a partner in Latham’s Environmental, Land & Resources Department and Co-Chair of its Air Quality and Climate Change Practice. He has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on energy, commodities, and climate policy issues, and is ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his work in this area. Mr. Brisson is also recognized by Who's Who Legal, Environment. He is a recipient of a 2012 Burton Award for Legal Achievement and a registered lobbyist in California, where he represents a number of clients in proceedings before the Air Resources Board.

Mr. Brisson was previously Vice President in 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 100 environmental commodities transactions.

Mr. Brisson also has extensive experience advising clients on environmental issues arising in business transactions and on global product regulations, including those of the WEEE, RoHS, and other similar EU Directives.

Mr. Brisson's recent experience (past two years) includes advising:

Carbon Credit Transactions

  • Chevron on several US and international offset and allowance transactions
  • 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 CRT
  • A major oil and gas company on its California carbon hedging transactions using a variety of floating price mechanism
  • 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

Litigation and Enforcement

  • The industry coalition that intervened 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 large emitter on an investigation initiated by the Air Resources Board under the cap-and-trade program
  • A large energy company on the self-disclosure of violations of regulations promulgated under AB 32
  • A large emitter on information requests sent by the market monitor of the California cap-and-trade program

Advocacy and Compliance

  • 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 application of the cap-and-trade program to non-California companies and on the prohibition on resource shuffling
  • A non-CA electric utility on its compliance strategy under the California cap-and-trade program 

Renewable Fuel Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard

  • LEAP on the development of its Master Agreement for the sale and purchase of Renewable Identification Numbers under the US Renewable Fuel Standard
  • A major investment bank on the fuel pathways under the RFS and the LCFS

Commodities-Related Transactions

  • A leading US investment bank on its uranium trading documentation
  • A leading US investment bank on the negotiation of natural gas toll 
  • A number of power generating facilities on the negotiation of power purchase agreements
  • A large company on the negotiation of a hydrogen offtake agreement
  • A global commodities firm on 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, Carbon Forum North America, "Seeing the Forests for the Trees: The Vital Role of Forest Carbon Sequestration in a Post-Paris World," New York, New York, September 20, 2017
  • Panelist, Carbon Forum North America, "California Market & Growing the Club: Staying on Course Post-2020 & What to Watch," New York, New York, September 20, 2017
  • Panelist, "Financing the New Carbon Paradigm," New York, New York, September 19, 2017
  • Pre-Conference Legal Workshop, "Navigating the American Carbon World, California Cap-and-Trade Program," San Francisco, California, April 19, 2017
  • Moderator, Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit, "Lawsuits and Uncertainty with the Clean Power Plan and RFS," Napa Valley, California, October 26 - 28, 2016 
  • Panelist, "Western Systems Power Pool Operating Committee Meeting, Are You In The Know?" - Important Regulatory Changes in the Environmental and Emissions Markets, Ojai, California, October 13, 2016 
  • Panelist, "International Emissions Trading Association Conference, Innovative Trends in Climate Finance," New York, September 22, 2016
  • Panelist, "Navigating the American Carbon World, Financing Low Carbon Economy: Green Bonds," San Diego, May 6, 2016  


    • Nature - Young Seedlings
    • 06 May 2016
      Presentation by Jean-Philippe Brisson as part of the 2016 Navigating the American Carbon World conference, San Diego, CA.
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