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Matthew Townsend



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Matthew Townsend



Matt is a Partner in, and global co-head of, the International Trade and Regulatory Group and advises extensively on a range of global trade and compliance issues including:

  • International trade law;
  • Sanctions and export controls; 
  • Anti-bribery policies, due diligence and compliance;
  • Environmental, health and safety risks;
  • Chemicals and product regulation;
  • Climate change and carbon trading;
  • Nuclear regulation;
  • Transparency and disclosure requirements;
  • Business ethics and supply chain controls;
  • Human rights. 

“Very experienced and technically superb, he is very good at what he does. He’s great to deal with and he knows his subject inside out.” Chambers Europe 2021 (Regulatory) 

"He is unique because he's an environmental lawyer and an expert in that space, but he's also a top-notch corporate lawyer so he can understand the commercial tensions." Chambers UK 2020 (Environment)

News & insights

Hedge maze

Publications: 15 OCTOBER 2021

SFDR and Taxonomy Regulation deadlines – A compliance checklist for private banks, wealth managers and advisers

A number of deadlines are looming for private banks, wealth managers and advisers as the next stage of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and Taxonomy Regulation begins to apply…

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People walking past wall

Publications: 14 OCTOBER 2021

Podcast: Annual Reports and AGMs: What’s new for the upcoming season

In our latest podcast our team of A&O experts bring you up to speed with the key issues companies secretaries and their teams need to think about when preparing for their next Annual Report and AGM.

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Climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; net zero; decarbonisation; COP26; CBD COP15

Blog Post: 08 OCTOBER 2021

International reaction to the EU's proposed CBAM

There has been something of a mixed response to the EU’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). At the seventh meeting of BRICS environment ministers in New Delhi in August, the statement…

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Windows on a modern glass and metal building

Publications: 07 OCTOBER 2021

Is sustainability really changing the M&A deal landscape?

A broad range of sustainability issues are now clearly affecting the way some investors assess potential M&A deals and allocate capital. But many are only just getting to grips with the fast-evolving…

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996

Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2018


BA (Hons), University of Birmingham, 1992

Diploma, Law, The College Of Law, York, 1993

Diploma, Legal Practice, The College Of Law, York, 1994

Published work

  • Co-editor: "REACH - Best Practice Guide to Regulation 1907/2006" (Hart/Beck)
  • Contributor: "Project Finance" by G. Vinter (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Contributor: "EPC Contracts and Major Projects" by N. Pritchard (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Matt is a regular speaker and commentator on business compliance issues.

Pro-bono experience

  • Ambassador for Hope and Homes for Children
  • Executive member of the Legal Sector Alliance