Of Counsel

London + 44.20.7039.5321

Chris Papanicolaou practices environmental law and general commercial real estate law, with a particular focus on the waste management, industrial, building products, automotive, and mineral sectors as well as on contaminated land transactions. He regularly advises on environmental liability and real estate issues in the business restructuring context.

Chris has advised clients on: environmental permit applications and appeals; waste and water resources laws; infrastructure project issues, including compulsory purchase (CPO); WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances), and REACH (registration, evaluation, authorisation, and restriction of chemical substances) regulations; carbon reduction and climate change; renewable energy projects; health and safety issues (including HSE investigations); noise and odour nuisance; and environmental liability insurance. He also handles the structuring of brownfield contaminated land disposals and acquisitions. Chris oversees environmental due diligence in corporate and real estate transactions, and his commercial property law practice extends to advising major companies on disposals, acquisitions, lettings, and options and on general landlord and tenant matters. Chris has acted for established companies in the waste, minerals. building materials, automotive, chemicals, and renewable energy sectors as well as for property developers and investors.

Chris is a member of the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association. He is a regular contributor to the EIC Contaminated Land Working Group.


  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • Macquarie sold Condor FerriesJones Day advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the sale of Condor Ferries, an operator of lifeline freight and passenger ferry services between Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom, and the Port of St. Malo in France, to a consortium of Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) and Brittany Ferries.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries invests $46 million into Highview PowerJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., a technology leader in industrial machinery and environmental and power technologies, in its $46 million investment into Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions.
  • CBRE Global Investment Partners acquires 25% of Cityhold Office Partnership ("CHOP")Jones Day advised CBRE Global Investment Partners in its 25% acquisition of the interests in CHOP valued at approximately €625 million from TIAA-CREF (largest U.S. life insurance company) advised by Nuveen Real Estate (an independent subsidiary of TIAA-CREFF) which also provides investment management services to CHOP.
  • OmniMax to sell Euramax Coated Products to ParcomJones Day is advising OmniMax International, Inc. in the sale of its Euramax Coated Products Business, a provider of aluminum coil coating services to the architectural products, recreational vehicles, and transportation markets, to Parcom Capital.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • Delancey and APG Joint Venture acquires Earls Court for £425 millionJones Day represented Earls Court Investment Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of a joint venture between a fund advised by Delancey and APG on behalf of its pension fund clients, in connection with its £425 million acquisition of EC Group Holdings Limited from a subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties Plc.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • Oxenwood acquires Heathfield Industrial Estate in Newton AbbotJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate LLP in the acquisition of the site at the Heathfield Industrial Estate in Newton Abbot formerly occupied by British Ceramic Tile Limited.
  • International Automotive Components Group Limited leases space at Boulevard Industry Park, Speke, LiverpoolJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group Limited in connection with surrendering a lease at Boulevard Industry Park, Speke, Liverpool and taking a new lease of warehousing space for approximately 76,000 square feet at the same estate, and the regearing of a further lease at the same estate so that the regear lease and the new lease are co-terminus.
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • Pinewood Group lets part of Pinewood Studios to Walt DisneyJones Day advised Pinewood Group Limited in respect of the letting of part of Pinewood Studios to Walt Disney for an undisclosed rent.
  • British Land exchanges on disposal of £429 million of Sainsbury's superstoresJones Day advised The British Land Company PLC ("BL") on the disposal of 12 superstores held by a joint venture between BL and J Sainsbury PLC to Realty Income Corporation, an entity listed on the NYSE, for aggregate consideration of £429 million (representing a net initial yield of 5.0%).
  • Loungers completes £185 million IPO on AIMJones Day represented Loungers plc, an operator of 146 cafés, bars, and restaurants across England and Wales, in connection with its £185 million (US$239 million) initial public offering on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Oxenwood acquires two prime logistics units in Leicester and Manchester, United KingdomJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate LLP in the acquisition of two prime logistics units in Leicester and Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • ANSYS acquires Granta Design LimitedJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, in their acquisition of Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology, and Granta Design Limited has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.
  • LondonMetric sells logistics/distribution centre to Cadogan Income Properties LimitedJones Day advised LondonMetric in the sale of a logistics/distribution centre in Wakefield let to Cadogan Income Properties Limited.
  • Independent financial services firm sells One Poultry in LondonJones Day advised an independent financial services firm subsidiary in its sale of a special purpose vehicle which owns One Poultry, London.
  • NEP Group acquires Broadcast Sports International, LLCJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of Broadcast Sports International, LLC, a leading provider of radio-frequency audio-visual solutions to the live sports and broadcast television industry.
  • Huadong Medicine announces £169 million (US$222 million) takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma PlcJones Day advised Huadong Medicine Co. Ltd. ("HMC") and its subsidiary, Huadong Medicine Aesthetics Investment (HongKong) Limited ("Huadong"), on Huadong's takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma Plc with a total value of approximately £169 million (US$222 million).
  • Additional Publications

    • July 2009
      Carbon Reduction Commitment – The Arrival of Emissions Trading in the UK, reprinted in EuroWatch
    • June 2009
      Carbon Reduction Commitment – The Arrival of Emissions Trading in the UK, The Bulletin
    • 2007
      Legislative Calendar 2007/8: Check the Horizon, The EIC Guide to the UK Environmental Industry 2007, coauthor with Brian Ruddie
    • 2006
      Legal Liability Issues Associated with Contaminated Land: The Circular Facilities Case, The Land Remediation Yearbook
    • November 1995
      Criminal Liability for Damage, coauthor with Neil Turner, Estates Gazette
    • June 1993
      Contaminated Land Register RIP, Integrated Environmental Management Issue No. 20
    • 1993
      Badlands - Essential Environmental Law for Property Professionals, coauthor with Clare Deanesly and Angela Turner, Cameron & May
    • March 1992
      The Big Clean Up Begins, Post-Magazine:Risk Management Supplement
    • 1991
      Year Book of International Environmental Law Volume 2 1991, coauthor with Phillippe Sands, Reports from the International Courts and Tribunals

    Speaking Engagements

    • June 27, 2013
      Environmental Insurance Claims : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,
    • June 27, 2013
      Environmental Insurance Claims : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The ICO Conference Centre
    • October 23, 2008
      New Policy and Regulatory Challenges: Implications of the New EU Directives, Policy, Practice and Profits. A Definitive Review of the Policies and Regulations Driving Brownfield Development (Conference notes)
    • February 2008
      Measurement of Waste Industry Issues, copresented with Clare Deanesley, The Annual Summer School Environmental Law
    • May 16, 2006
      Definition of Waste and The Implications of New EU Waste Directive, Environmental Industries Commission Land Remediation Policy Briefing, ICU 2006
    • 1998
      Director's and Officer's Liability, copresented with Martin Piers, Environmental Aspects 1998 Insurance Conference
    • April 1997
      The 1997 Regulations, The Television Education Network Environmental Law Updates and Producer Responsibility, copresented with Clare Deanesly
    • 1995
      Management of Waste Industry Issues, copresented with Clare Deanesly, The Annual Summer School Environmental Law
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