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Maria Christopher Bell

Senior Counsel

New York

Bell Maria Christopher
Maria Christopher Bell

Senior Counsel

New York

Maria is a member of the Firm’s Environmental Law Group. She advises U.S. and multijurisdictional clients on environmental issues in complex business transactions. She has extensive experience assessing environmental risk in transactions, managing due diligence, coordinating work by technical consultants and drafting and negotiating indemnity and cost-sharing arrangements, having worked on hundreds of major acquisitions, divestitures and projects for many of our largest clients, including GE, Carlyle and Goldman Sachs.

Maria also specialises in advising on ESG issues generally, including the incorporation of the Equator Principles into major projects. She has considerable experience in permitting and compliance issues, having assisted many large corporate clients with managing practical issues associated with sensitive permits and licenses.

News & insights

ESG litigation, pillars

Publications: 23 SEPTEMBER 2021

Our analysis on sustainability-linked loans in Turkey: the current state of play

As regulators, shareholders, investors and wider society increasingly focus their attention on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters, they have crept up the boardroom agenda of large…

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City, sun

Publications: 23 MARCH 2021

Updated Equator Principles: What You Should Know About Version 4

Updated Equator Principles with stronger standards and a broader scope came into effect in October 2020. Human rights, climate change, biodiversity and indigenous peoples are among the topics…

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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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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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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2007


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2006

A.B., Duke University, Environmental Science & Policy, 2001