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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: 22 JUNE 2020

Beyond Covid-19: Conduct risk and the regulatory reckoning awaiting the UK’s financial institutions

The economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis is resonating across the UK’s financial institutions and their employees. It has already resulted in dramatic changes to the financial risk profiles of banks…

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Publications: 04 JUNE 2020

Environmental priorities at the heart of Europe’s Covid-19 coronavirus Recovery Plan

Last week, the European Commission unveiled a EUR750 billion plan to help the European Union recover from the Covid-19 pandemic (the Recovery Plan)1.  Touted as “Europe’s moment”, the Commission has…

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Publications: 03 JUNE 2020

Amendments to Japan’s foreign investment regulations

Amendments to Japan’s foreign investment regulations under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act came into effect on 8 May 2020 and will be fully implemented on 7 June 2020.

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Publications: 20 MAY 2020

How will the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic affect the European ESG agenda?

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus the immediate economic priorities for governments and businesses. Where does this leave the environmental, social and governance (ESG)…

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Recognition

Global REACH legal services

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.