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Chris Staples

Corporate/M&A Partner, London

“I have a particular interest in energy, natural resources and commodities related transactions and provide sector specific advice. I combine my scientific background and legal skills as a corporate lawyer to offer clients a clear understanding of the legal and commercial issues that this sector faces, and present them with creative solutions.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Chris is a corporate partner in the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure practice, is a sector leader for Energy & Utilities and co-head of the firm’s Global Commodities group. He regularly advises leading corporates and banks, as well as funds and governments on energy and commodity market-driven investments covering a broad range of sector-specific challenges and transactions.  

Chris has many years' experience advising on trading and energy related matters including joint ventures, M&A and commercial agreements. He is particularly noted for his expertise in relation to climate change and renewable energy and its implications for clients.

Work highlights

Chris has advised on a number of the market’s most significant energy and commodity sector matters. Recent mandates include:

  • Deutsche Bank on the disposal of its European power and gas book, on the sale of its uranium trading business and on the sale of its freight trading and base metals trading books
  • a European Energy Trading Business in relation to a bid for European energy trader, Danske Commodities
  • a bid for a consumer facing UK Energy Supply Business
  • a European investment bank on a prepayment agreement for precious metals sourced from central Asia
  • SWM in relation to Spirit Energy, a JV between it and Centrica for their combined assets in the North Sea
  • Mercuria on the sale of its strategic stake in base metals warehouse company, Henry Bath & Co to CMST, which was the first deal that the Chinese logistics company had done outside China
  • In relation to the sale of a portfolio of energy derivatives held by a global investment bank
  • China Construction Bank International on its investment into a London based Category 1 member of the London Metals Exchange (LME)
  • the European Energy Exchange (EEX), part of Deutsche Börse Group, on the acquisition of the Singapore-based Cleartrade Exchange, a commodities trading platform
  • World Bank Group in relation to the Pilot Auction Facility for carbon credits and in relation to a Rainforest Bond issued to support a reduced deforestation project in Kenya

Professional experience

Chris works on a pro bono basis for the Malaria Consortium; a non-profit organisation that specialises in the prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases. In this capacity, Chris advises the organisation on all legal issues that arise, from the day to day questions on commercial contracts and disputes, to more complex strategic level issues.

Education and qualifications

Chris studied natural sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University and law at Nottingham Law School.