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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.

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Windmill on a windfarm

News: 25 FEBRUARY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Glennmont on landmark EUR1.3 billion green synthetic securitisation

Allen & Overy has advised Glennmont Partners, one of Europe’s largest fund managers focusing on alternative energy investments, on the first green synthetic securitisation ever done in Italy.

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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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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