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Chris Papanicolaou practices environmental law and general commercial real estate law, with a particular focus on contaminated land transactions. He regularly advises on environmental liability and real estate issues in complex business transactions.

Chris has advised clients on environmental permit issues; waste and water resources laws; infrastructure project issues, including compulsory purchase orders (CPOs); WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances), and REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances) regulations and product compliance; carbon reduction and climate change; renewable energy projects; health and safety issues (including HSE [Health and Safety Executive] investigations); noise and odor nuisance; and environmental liability insurance. Chris also counsels clients on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters. In addition, he 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 United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.


  • British Land announces sale of its 50% Meadowhall stakeJones Day is advising The British Land Company PLC in the £360 million sale of its 50% stake in Meadowhall Shopping Centre in the UK to joint venture partner, Norges Bank Investment Management (the Norwegian Government’s pension investment fund).
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Houghton InternationalJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in the acquisition of Houghton International, a leading electromechanical services provider based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, specializing in the repair and remanufacturing of electric motors, generators, pump systems, and electric coils.
  • Lazard invests in Shawton Energy LimitedJones Day advised Lazard Asset Management in the acquisition by Lazard Global Sustainable Private Infrastructure Fund of a 50% shareholding in Shawton Energy Limited, a solar PV project developer, installer and operator with a portfolio of existing projects, and a substantial pipeline, that delivers renewable energy directly to commercial and industrial businesses.
  • Consilio acquires Lawyers on Demand and SYKEJones Day advised Consilio, Inc. in the acquisition of Lawyers On Demand (LOD), a provider of legal resourcing and SYKE, a legal technology consultancy from Bowmark Capital.
  • Geely forms joint venture with Renault Group to launch leading powertrain technology companyJones Day is advising Geely Automobile Holdings Limited and Geely Holding Group on the creation of a 50/50 joint venture with Renault Group dedicated to becoming the global leader in developing, manufacturing, and supplying best-in-class hybrid and highly efficient internal combustion engine powertrains.
  • VSE Corporation partners with The Loar Group to acquire Desser AerospaceJones Day advised VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) ("VSE") in its acquisition (the "Acquisition") of Desser Aerospace ("Desser") for a purchase price of $124 million.
  • Real Alloy sells European business to SpeiraJones Day advised Real Alloy Holding, LLC in the sale of its European aluminum and magnesium recycling operations to Speira GmbH, an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners.
  • Stellex completes buyout of David Brown Santasalo GroupJones Day advised Stellex Capital Management LLC on its buyout of DB Santasalo S.à r.l from N4 Partners.
  • FLEETCOR acquires Global Reach GroupJones Day advised FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Global Reach Group, a UK-based cross-border payments provider.
  • Macquarie agrees to acquire Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group for approximately €2.4 billionJones Day advised 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 €2.4 billion.
  • LondonMetric Property sells Tonbridge retail parkJones Day advised LondonMetric Property Plc in the £22 million sale of a 61,000 square foot retail park in Tonbridge, Kent.
  • Macquarie acquires Euston Solar FarmJones Day advised Macquarie in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Euston Solar Farm Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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

    • 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