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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

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News: 03 MAY 2021

A&O conseille Financière Agache dans le cadre du projet de transformation de Lagardère

Allen & Overy Paris conseille Financière Agache, société holding contrôlant Christian Dior et LVMH, dans le cadre du projet de transformation et d’évolution de la gouvernance de Lagardère SCA en…

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Allen & Overy conseille CIC Private Debt sur le financement PIK dans le cadre de l’acquisition du groupe Syclef par Ardian

News: 26 APRIL 2021

Allen & Overy Paris poursuit sa croissance en cooptant 4 nouveaux counsels

Susan Ekrami (Droit Social), Paul Fortin (Contentieux), Caroline Marion (Banque et Finance) et Arthur Sauzay (Droit Public et Droit de l’Environnement) ont été promus counsels au sein du bureau…

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Allen Overy coopte 2 associes

News: 19 APRIL 2021

Allen & Overy coopte 2 associés

Allen & Overy coopte 2 associés et confirme son positionnement d’acteur majeur du droit des affaires, notamment sur les enjeux bancaires, corporates et de financement.

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News: 08 APRIL 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Société Générale sur son entrée en négociations exclusives avec Amundi pour la cession de Lyxor

Allen & Overy Paris a conseillé Société Générale sur son entrée en négociations exclusives avec Amundi en vue de la cession des activités de gestion d’actifs opérées par Lyxor, entité qui regroupe les…

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Bureau

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.