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Chemicals

We advise on the environmental and health and safety impacts of bulk and specialty chemicals in various uses and applications and the potential regulatory and liability issues associated with them.

Our multi-jurisdictional chemicals practice group has a strong record of advising a number of leading multinational chemicals companies, as well as downstream users of chemicals across different sectors on sensitive issues surrounding the regulatory/liability risks arising from their products and services.

We have worked extensively on Europe’s REACH regime. This has included advice on:

  • registration obligations in complex supply chains
  • disclosure of information to regulators and third parties
  • analysis of trading operations to determine REACH obligations
  • the authorisation powers (and the inclusion of substances on the candidate list) including related legal challenges
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • REACH audits by regulators
  • supply chain terms

We provide advice on developments under the CLP Regulation and track and advise on the development of equivalent global requirements.

News & insights

Publications: 02 AUGUST 2021

New SFDR principal adverse impacts (or PAI) regime – key points

The new principle adverse impacts or PAI regime is one of the most challenging elements of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). It will require relevant firms to provide…

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Publications: 22 JANUARY 2021

Towards the “greenest” Batteries in the world?

New mandatory requirements on sustainability, safety and labelling are on their way for batteries manufacturers and other operators throughout the supply chain. 

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close up of lab petri dishes

Publications: 09 DECEMBER 2020

The European Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability – Towards a Toxic-Free Environment

The European Commission published its new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability – Towards a Toxic-Free Environment on 14 October 2020.

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Publications: 07 OCTOBER 2020

Debt finance remains on tap for buyers of Covid-19-robust businesses

The Covid-19 pandemic may have changed the dynamics of debt markets, but financing remains readily available for companies in sectors that have proven resilient throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

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Recognition

Global REACH legal services

Global reach legal services, green abstract

REACH: How can Allen & Overy assist you?

REACH is one of the most ambitious pieces of legislation to come out of Europe to date and has already had far-reaching and costly implications for all players in the chemical supply chain.