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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.


  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries to acquire InvertekJones Day is advising Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AURELIUS to sell Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day is advising 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.
  • British Land exchanges on disposal of £429 million (US$555 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 (US$555 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).
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Sanofi sells Holmes Chapel manufacturing site to RecipharmJones Day advised Sanofi on the sale to Recipharm of its contract manufacturing business located in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom.
  • Greystar recapitalizes Chapter student accommodation portfolio in Central LondonJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in a recapitalization of its and PSP’s Chapter portfolio of student accommodation properties, one of the largest in Central London, by consolidating the portfolio under a new joint venture in which Allianz acquired an interest.
  • Hansteen Holdings and associated group entities acquire 34 properties from St Modwen Properties Plc and associated group companiesJones Day represented Hansteen Holdings Plc and group entities on its £53.7 million ($68.2 million) acquisition of 34 properties from St Modwen Properties Plc and associated group companies.
  • Oxenwood sells portfolio of prime logistics properties in UK to Ascendas ReitJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate, in a joint venture with Catalina Holdings, on the sale of a portfolio of prime logistics properties in the UK to Ascendas Reit for £207 million ($264.6 million).
  • LondonMetric acquires portfolio of 10 single-let properties from The ACT FoundationJones Day advised LondonMetric Property Plc in connection with its £55 million acquisition of a portfolio of 10 single-let properties consisting of 9 urban logistics assets and a retail store from The ACT Foundation.
  • Hercules Unit Trust forms joint venture with M&G Real EstateJones Day advised Hercules Unit Trust in its simultaneous acquisition of the Fort Kinnaird retail park in Edinburgh by a new joint venture formed between Hercules Unit Trust (HUT) and M&G Real Estate and sale of the Gallagher retail park in Cheltenham to The Crown Estate.
  • Riverside simultaneously acquires four businesses to create Netwatch Global GroupJones Day advised The Riverside Company on the simultaneous acquisition of four businesses resulting in the formation of the Netwatch Global Group.
  • 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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