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Felise Cooper

Senior Counsel

New York

Cooper Felise
Felise Cooper

Senior Counsel

New York

Felise advises U.S. and multinational clients on environmental issues in business transactions and counsels on best practice and compliance requirements, including compliance with global substance disclosure, control and product take-back requirements. She is ranked in Chambers USA 2020 as one of the top environmental lawyers for corporate transactions and compliance, and is named a “Next Generation Partner” for environmental law by Legal 500 U.S. in their 2020 edition. Felise leads the firm’s global Producer Responsibility and Product Compliance team, which comprises attorneys across fifteen international offices.

Felise assists business enterprises, investors and sponsors in assessing ESG risks and opportunities in their strategic projects and supply chains, including regarding international, national and local legal frameworks, voluntary standards and certifications, investing and reporting ratings and indices, and emerging challenges and trends. Felise has extensive experience advising on environmental risk in transactions, managing due diligence and coordinating work by technical consultants. Felise also routinely advises leading manufacturers on requirements for placing products on the market, negotiating with customers, distributors and suppliers, mitigating compliance risks, and interacting with government authorities around the world. Felise also regularly writes and speaks on ESG as well as producer compliance and product stewardship issues.

News & insights

Building columns

Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2021

Okpabi: Supreme Court rules that Nigerian communities can sue Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary in England

Okpabi and others (Appellants) v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another (Respondents) [2021] UKSC 3, 12 February 2021.

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Bird's eye view of a forest of evergreen trees

Publications: 07 OCTOBER 2020

Floods, fires and financial markets: the emerging lexicon of climate change risks

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee of the Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) released a report in September 2020 entitled ‘Managing Climate…

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Panoramic view of a train track looking towards the horizon

Publications: 29 JULY 2020

Updated Equator Principles: Transition to Version 4

Following an extensive consultation process, the Equator Principles Association (EP Association) adopted a fourth iteration of the Equator Principles (EP4) on 18 November 2019. Originally, EP4 was due…

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Publications: 27 JANUARY 2020

Updated Equator Principles Finalized

Updated Equator Principles with stronger standards and a broader scope were finalized in November 2019 and are set to come into effect in July 2020. 

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Office

New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2004

Academic

J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2003

B.A., magna cum laude and departmental honors, Northwestern University, 1998

Published work

  • “Supply Chain Management,” Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Business: Environmental, Social and Governance Frameworks for the 21st Century, International Bar Association Series, Volume 27 (July 2020)
  • “EU Unveils Key Elements of Its Green Deal,” Power magazine (March 31, 2020)
  • “Updated Equator Principles Finalized,” Allen & Overy e-Alert (January 27, 2020)
  • "Update: RoHS Recast Published Today", Allen & Overy e-Alert (July 1, 2011)
  • "Chemicals Regulations in the US Turn Towards REACH", Chemical Week online (May 14, 2010)
  • "Does the US Oil Pollution Act Cover LNG Spills?", Environmental Liability (published by Lawtext Publishing Limited), p. CS31 (March -- April 2010)
  • "It's Elemental: Chemicals Reform in the United States", Environmental Liability (published by Lawtext Publishing Limited), p. CS10 (January – February 2010)
  • "The REACH of Europe's Regulatory System: New Era Begins for Registration and Assessment of Chemicals", New York Law Journal, p. 9, July 14, 2008"It's Elemental: Chemicals Reform in the United States", Environmental Liability (published by Lawtext Publishing Limited), p. CS10 (January – February 2010)