Chris is a partner in Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group and acts as co-chair of the Financial Markets and Regulatory Group. With 20 years' experience of financial regulatory advisory practice, Chris is a recognised expert in futures and options and commodity trading.
Chris is routinely rated as a leading individual in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and other directories.
Chambers UK (2017) describes Chris as "very bright, tenacious lawyer who can be relied upon to quickly understand new and complex deals."
Legal 500 (2016) describes Chris as ‘always delivers good, strong advice’.
Chambers (2016) describes Chris as "phenomenal".
Legal 500 (2015) describes Chris as having a “depth of knowledge in the commodities regulatory space that is unrivalled by his peers”.
Chambers (2014) highlights his "great judgement and practical common sense”, describing him as “a good 'preventative' lawyer who spots issues in advance."
Chambers (2016) "The commodities team at Reed Smith is the most dynamic in the City" and “the number-one firm in commodities."
Legal 500 (2015) Reed Smith’s commodity derivatives team is “‘highly responsive” with “a great understanding of the commercial environment, as well as thorough legal knowledge” and has “a wealth of practical and industry experience on the regulatory side”.
His clients include banks, investment banks, derivatives traders and brokers, specialist commodity traders and brokers, oil majors and utilities, custodians and collateral managers, exchange-traded funds, funds and fund managers, software and market services providers, exchanges/MTFs and trade associations. Earlier in his career he spent a year on secondment at the (then) Financial Services Authority.