Jean-Philippe Brisson

Co-Chair, Air Quality & Climate Change Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP

Jean-Philippe Brisson

Jean-Philippe Brisson

Co-Chair, Air Quality & Climate Change Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP

Biography

Jean-Philippe Brisson, a leading environmental lawyer, advises oil and gas, industrial and financial institution clients on a wide range of energy and environmental matters, including carbon finance, renewable energy and commodities.

Mr. Brisson is a partner in Latham’s Environmental, Land and Resources Department and Co-chair of its Air Quality and Climate Change Practice. He has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on energy, commodities and climate policy issues, and is ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his work in this area. Mr. Brisson is also recognized by Who's Who Legal, Environment. He is a recipient of a 2012 Burton Award for Legal Achievement and a registered lobbyist in California, where he represents a number of clients in proceeding before the Air Resources Board.

Mr. Brisson was previously Vice President in Goldman Sachs’ Global Commodities business where he helped establish Goldman’s US carbon trading desk and worked on a number of private equity transactions. Over his career, he has diligenced, negotiated, structured and drafted more than 100 environmental commodities transactions.

Mr. Brisson also has extensive experience advising clients on environmental issues arising in business transactions and on global product regulations, including those of the WEEE, RoHS and other similar EU Directives.

Mr. Brisson's recent experience (past two years) includes advising:

Carbon Credit Transactions

Chevron on several US and international offset and allowance transactions
A leading US investment bank on its standard trading documentation for California allowances
A leading European investment bank on the restructuring of a long-term off-take agreements for CRT
A major oil and gas company on its California carbon hedging transactions using a variety of floating price mechanism
A European pension fund on the establishment of a carbon fund for international forestry projects
A large industrial company on the negotiation of its carbon hedging agreements with a market maker

Litigation and Enforcement

The industry coalition that intervened in the California offset litigation Citizens Climate Lobby and Our Children’s Earth Foundation vs. California Air Resources Board (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-12-519554)
A large emitter on an investigation initiated by the Air Resources Board under the cap-and-trade program
A large energy company on the self-disclosure of violations of regulations promulgated under AB 32
A large emitter on information requests sent by the market monitor of the California cap-and-trade program

Advocacy and Compliance

Chevron on various cap-and-trade rulemakings initiated by the California Air Resources Board in 2011, 2012 and 2013
A number of power marketers and power importers on the application of the cap-and-trade program to non-California companies and on the prohibition on resource shuffling
A non-CA electric utility on its compliance strategy under the California cap-and-trade program

Renewable Fuel Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard

LEAP on the development of its Master Agreement for the sale and purchase of Renewable Identification Numbers under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard
A major investment bank on the fuel pathways under the RFS and the LCFS for new

Commodities-Related Transactions

A leading US investment bank on its uranium trading documentation
A leading US investment bank on the negotiation of natural gas toll
A number of power generating facilities on the negotiation of power purchase agreements
A large company on the negotiation of an hydrogen offtake agreement
A global commodities firm on a the acquisition of a global mining business
A large oil and gas company on the sale of its solar energy business

Recent Speaking Engagements

Environmental Markets Association, AB 32 Regional Thought Leader Round Table, AB 32 Auction Results and Reactions from Thought Leaders Panel, Los Angeles, March 14, 2013
Law Seminars International, California's Cap-and-Trade Program, Key Developments in AB 32 Implementation and the Carbon Market, Webinar, February 28, 2013
VerdeXchange: "Carbon Pricing and Trading", Panelist, Los Angeles, February 4, 2013
Edison Electric Institute, Open Issues and Challenges to California's Cap and Trade Market, Webinar, January 15, 2013

Publications

Bureau of National Affairs, World Climate Change Report, California’s Cap-and-Trade Regulations: Design Elements and Outstanding IssuesBNA., Vol. 2011, No. 24 (Dec. 20, 2011) (with Sanford Renas and Daniel Firger) http://www.bna.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Press/California_Cap-and-Trade_Regulations_Design_Elements.pdf

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Jean-Philippe Brisson
Co-Chair, Air Quality & Climate Change Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP
Education
LLM in International Environmental Law with Highest Honors
Class of 1998

Since enrolling its first class in 1865, The George Washington University Law School has produced some of the finest minds across the spectrum of legal scholarship. That tradition continues today, as GW Law graduates use the knowledge and skills they gain here to influence the critical legal conversations of our times.

Career History
Co-Chair, Air Quality & Climate Change Practice
Current

Latham & Watkins LLP is a full-service law firm. The firm offers services in the areas of finance, litigation, tax, banking, life sciences, private equity, real estate, government relations, employment law, and outsourcing. The firm practices in a spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Latham & Watkins was established in 1934 and is based in New York, New York.

Senior Counsel
Prior

Linklaters LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1838 and is a member of the Magic Circle of leading British law firms. It currently employs around 2,600 lawyers and has 29 offices across 20 countries.

Vice President, Global Commodities Business
Prior

Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS&Co.), a limited partnership registered as a U.S. broker-dealer and futures commission merchant, together with its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, the firm), is an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Group Inc.), a Delaware corporation. The firm is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.

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Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, Omers Infrastructure Management, Inc. purchase Leeward Renewable Energy LLC from ArcLight Capital Holdings, LLC

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ArcLight Capital Holdings, LLC, Lightstone Generation LLC purchase American Electric Power Co., Inc. /Four Midwest Power Plants from American Electric Power Co., Inc.

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Anthem, Inc. purchases CareMore Medical Group, Inc. from CCMP Capital Advisors LLC

Awards & Honors
2012
Burton Award for Legal Achievement
Admitted to the New York Bar
Registered Lobbyist
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Jean-Philippe Brisson is affiliated with Latham & Watkins LLP, Linklaters LLP, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

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