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Matthew Townsend

Partner

London

Townsend Matthew
Matthew Townsend

Partner

London

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.

"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)

Leading directories note: “If I was putting together a dream team, it would have him in it.” Chambers UK 2018

“Matthew Townsend is ‘very experienced, knowledgeable, and client and business-focused’.” Chambers Europe 2018

"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

Luxembourg Case Law Briefing

Publications: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

SFDR and taxonomy regulation deadlines – What EU asset managers need to know

A number of deadlines are looming for asset managers as the next stage of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and Taxonomy Regulation begins to apply – this briefing gives a…

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Publications: 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

Great Fund Insights - New SFDR Principle Adverse Impacts (PAI) regime - key points

The most innovative and challenging aspect of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is probably the new principal adverse impacts or PAI regime.

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Publications: 08 SEPTEMBER 2021

UK Hydrogen Strategy - Top ten takeaways

The UK Government’s Hydrogen Strategy (the Strategy) finally landed on 17 August 2021. It was much-delayed and highly anticipated. When it arrived, it promised a hydrogen revolution: an integrated and…

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Publications: 04 AUGUST 2021

New SFDR principal adverse impacts (or PAI) regime – key points

The new principal adverse impacts or PAI regime is one of the most challenging elements of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). It will require relevant firms to provide…

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Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996

Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2018

Academic

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