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.


  • Macquarie agrees to acquire Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group for approximately €2.4 billionJones Day is advising Macquarie Asset Management in the execution of a put option agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group, for approximately €2.4 billion.
  • Sun Communities Inc. acquires Park Leisure 2000 Ltd.Jones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. in the £186 million acquisition of Park Leisure 2000 Ltd. from Midlothian Capital Partners.
  • FLEETCOR acquires Global Reach GroupJones Day is advising FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Global Reach Group, a UK-based cross-border payments provider.
  • Berry Global Inc. completes disposal of Roto-Moulding business to Icelandic investorsJones Day advised Berry Global Inc. in the disposal of plastic rotational moulding business to Rotovia B.V., a special purpose vehicle indirectly owned by Icelandic PE funds, Freyja and Sia IV, and the current management of the business.
  • Macquarie Asset Management acquires 50% shareholding in Island Green PowerJones Day advised Macquarie Asset Management ("MAM"), via Macquarie Green Investment Group Renewable Energy Fund 2 ("MGREF2"), in its acquisition of 50% of the shares in Island Green Power Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • Ansys, Inc. acquires OnScale, Inc.Jones Day advised Ansys, Inc. in the acquisition of OnScale, Inc., a cloud simulation provider.
  • Sun Communities acquires Park Holidays UK for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. on its acquisition of Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners' portfolio company Fenzi Holdings acquires Advanced Glass Technologies business of Johnson Matthey PLCJones Day represented Arsenal Capital Partners' portfolio company, Fenzi Holdings SPV S.p.A., in the acquisition and financing of the Advanced Glass Technologies business of Johnson Matthey PLC, which manufactures advanced glass enamels, precious metal pastes and conductive inks for use in automotive glass and other industry applications.
  • Ensign-Bickford Industries acquires Cawood Scientific LimitedJones Day advised Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. on its acquisition of Cawood Scientific Limited (Cawood).
  • MassMutual partners with Low Carbon to accelerate transition to renewable energyJones Day advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) on its debt and equity investment in Low Carbon Energy Holdings Limited (“Low Carbon”), a subsidiary of Low Carbon Limited, an established pan-European renewable energy developer and fund manager.
  • Goldman Sachs acquires The Belfry Hotel & ResortJones Day advised Goldman Sachs in the acquisition and financing of The Belfry Hotel & Resort from an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners.
  • Framatome acquires Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France and ChinaJones Day advised Framatome, an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative solutions and value added technologies for the global nuclear fleet, in its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France and China.
  • Macquarie acquires Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management companyJones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 in the acquisition and financing of Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management company.
  • Avient acquires Magna ColoursJones Day advised Avient Corporation in the $48 million acquisition of Magna Colours Ltd., a market leader in sustainable, water-based inks technology for the textile screen printing industry.
  • STERIS acquires Cantel Medical for $3.6 billionJones Day advised STERIS plc in its acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers, for $3.6 billion.
  • Solvay sold Process Materials business to Composites OneJones Day advised Solvay S.A., a publicly listed chemical company based in Brussels, Belgium, in the sale of its Process Materials business, to Composites One, the leading North American supplier of composites materials and value added services.
  • Greystar acquires £291 million portfolio of UK student accommodations from Nido portfolioJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in the £291 million acquisition of five purpose-built student accommodation ("PBSA") assets from the Nido portfolio.
  • STERIS acquires Key Surgical for approximately $850 millionJones Day advised STERIS plc (NYSE: STE) in the $850 million acquisition of Key Surgical, a leading global provider of sterile processing, operating room, and endoscopy products, and a portfolio company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, LLC.
  • ZapGo sells business and assets in administration saleJones Day advised David Buchler of Buchler Phillips Ltd and Darren Edwards of Aspect Plus Limited in their capacity as joint administrators of ZapGo Ltd (in administration), in connection with the marketing and sale of the company's business and assets.
  • Joint administrators of Onwatchmultifire Limited (in administration) complete pre-pack sale of company's businesses and assetsJones Day advised Anthony Wright and Phillip Armstrong of FRP Advisory in their capacity as joint administrators of Onwatchmultifire (UK) Limited in connection with the pre-pack sale of the company's security services and fire protection businesses.
  • 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