Peter Zaman

Peter Zaman



  • College of Law, 2007, Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London, 1996, Bar Vocational Course
  • University of London, 1995, LL.B., Hons

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • New York
  • Dhaka

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court - England and Wales
  • Supreme Court - Bangladesh (Dhaka Bar, Bangladesh)

Peter is a transactional lawyer who practices in commodity derivatives, derivatives and structured products and carbon finance. With more than 13 years of experience in the commodities markets, Peter has used his experience to build a market leading reputation as consistently recognized by Chambers and Partners UK and Global (2009 to 2015), in the London Super Lawyers List for Energy and Natural Resources (2014-15), as a Leading individual for Commodities (General) by Legal 500 UK (2014-15), by PLC’s WhichLawyer (2011) and is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Environment 2015. He acts for commodity merchants, miners, utilities, investment banks, multilateral development institutions, corporates and fund managers.

Peter advises on all aspects of over-the-counter, exchange-traded and structured energy derivatives and commodities, including collateral structures in commodity transactions and standby letters of credit. Peter’s commodity product suite includes LNG, base metals, gas, electricity and coal.

Peter is also recognised as a market leader in climate change, carbon trading and finance. His carbon specialization extends to all aspects of carbon finance (Green Climate Fund, CDM, JI, Green Investment Schemes etc.), green bonds, emissions trading and sustainable commodity funds. He is a recognised and established authority on legal issues relating to emissions trading and has been involved in the area since the inception of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2005.

Peter’s financial derivatives and structured products experience arises from his involvement in advising lenders, borrowers, issuers and arrangers in the context of the derivative aspects of project finance, real estate finance and capital markets products. He has been an active participant at ISDA and also advises on GMRAs, GMLSAs, prime brokerage arrangements and other structured derivative products.

Peter joined the firm in May 2012.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Reed Smith
  • 2008 - Clifford Chance LLP
    • Partner
  • 2000 - Clifford Chance LLP
    • Associate/Senior Associate
  • 1999 - Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • Associate
  • 1998 - Chambers of Michael Parry QC, Temple London
    • Door Tenant and Pupil Barrister

Professional Affiliations

Peter is highly involved with the International Emissions Trading Association and chairs its Legal Working Group; he is also an active participant of ISDA’s Emissions Trading Working Group and the Commodity Derivatives Working Group.


Peter is a keen amateur photographer. He also enjoys travelling and is an avid Formula 1 fan