Overview

Excellent team-player, very strong intellect. Paul is fantastic with clients. - The Legal 500

Paul is a partner in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Firm’s ESG & Impact Practice Group, which advises some of the world’s most sophisticated private equity firms, corporations, and project sponsors and lenders on complex and evolving legal issues relating to ESG and climate-related regulatory requirements, investor demands, strategic opportunities, voluntary reporting frameworks and coalitions, risk-based due diligence, and litigation risk.

Paul’s practice focuses on counselling clients in the US and worldwide on ESG risks and opportunities, particularly in relation to climate change and energy transition finance and policy. He works closely with colleagues in the Firm’s Hong Kong and London offices on cross-border issues involving Asian and/or European jurisdictions.

On climate change, Paul advises in respect of climate-related physical, transition and litigation risk. Paul also advises on climate finance and carbon pricing. He has deep knowledge of the multitude of legal frameworks and dispute resolution forums, including under public international law, domestic laws, and special regimes.

In respect of sustainable finance, Paul advises on the global network of frameworks, standards, and regulations, including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), EU Taxonomy Regulation, and EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

Paul is particularly well placed to advise on ESG litigation risk. In this regard, he draws on his extensive cross-border, multi-jurisdictional experience acting as counsel and advocate for corporates and sovereigns in commercial, investment, and finance disputes before courts and international tribunals in Europe, Asia, and the US. Prior to joining the Firm, Paul practiced as a barrister from a prominent London chambers. He was ranked as a leading barrister for international law and international arbitration by The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, which describes Paul as “an exceptionally gifted and skilled lawyer.”

In the business and human rights field, Paul advises clients on risk-based due diligence, establishing effective corporate governance and monitoring, and litigation risk.

Paul regularly speaks on climate change, ESG investing, the net zero energy transition, and international investment. Paul is a research fellow at Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution and has lectured at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.

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Thought Leadership

Representative Publications and Speaking Engagements

Author, “Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: State Provision to Promote Local Employment in Decarbonization Policies”, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, 2021

Author, “Sustainable Investment, Deep Decarbonization, and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: The Failure to Align The Investment Treaty System With Climate Change Law & Policy?”, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School, May 10, 2021

Panelist, “Business, Human Rights, and the Environment,” Business and Human Rights Practitioners Network, London, October 2021

Panelist, “Climate Change and International Disputes,” Public International Law Webinar Series, London/Singapore/Sydney, October 2021

Speaker, “Climate Change, the Net Zero Energy Transition, and International Investment Law,” 2021/22 Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator Training, ICSID (World Bank), Hong Kong, October 2021

Panelist, “Net Zero Lawyers Alliance: Converting Net Zero Ambitions into Net Zero Obligations”, London Climate Action Week: Road to COP26/Glasgow, London, July 2021

Recognition

UK Bar, Public International Law, The Legal 500

UK Bar, Who’s Who Legal

Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal

Memberships & Affiliations

Research Fellow, Gould Center, Stanford Law School

Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Center for International Law, Cambridge University

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • California
  • New York
  • Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, Middle Temple

Education

  • Columbia Law SchoolLL.M.
    James Kent Scholar
  • Emmanuel College, University of CambridgeB.A., Law