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Matthew Townsend

Partner

London

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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

News: 30 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Wren House sur sa prise de participation majoritaire dans Almaviva Santé

Allen & Overy a conseillé Wren House, fonds mondial d'investissements spécialisé dans le financement d’infrastructures, dans le cadre de son entrée en négociations exclusives avec Antin Infrastructure…

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News: 23 JULY 2021

Une croissance exceptionnelle de la valeur des opérations de fusions-acquisitions au premier semestre 2021

La période particulière qu’a constitué la première moitié de 2020 explique en partie la forte augmentation de 131 % en valeur des transactions M&A dans le monde, observée en comparaison depuis le…

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News: 09 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Bpifrance dans le cadre de son investissement dans le futur leader européen indépendant du conseil et du courtage d’assurances

Allen & Overy Paris a conseillé Bpifrance dans le cadre de son investissement envisagé à hauteur de 10% dans le capital du futur leader européen indépendant du conseil et du courtage d’assurances,…

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News: 07 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Weinberg Capital Partners sur son entrée au capital du Groupe Bourdoncle

Allen & Overy Paris a conseillé Weinberg Capital Partners dans le cadre de l’acquisition de la participation de Perceva au capital du groupe de restauration Bourdoncle, leader de la bistronomie…

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London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professionnelles

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996

Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2018

Académiques

BA (Hons), University of Birmingham, 1992

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

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

Pro-bono experience

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

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.