Michael Green is a counsel and member of Latham’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Practice and Environment, Land & Resources Practice. He advises clients on a range of ESG and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) matters, in the context of transactional work, the management of risks and opportunities, and litigation matters.

Mr. Green is consistently recognized by Chambers UK and clients say "'that Michael is an incredibly able and consistently very focused lawyer' who 'brings attention to detail and real intellectual rigour to the process'" with another noting “I trust his judgement hugely.” Mr. Green is named a Recommended Global Leader for Environment by Who’s Who Legal 2019. He is also described by clients as their “go-to lawyer” who stands out for his “excellent practical advice” and “impeccable level of service.”

Mr. Green’s representative transactions include advising:

  • Large global private equity funds on all aspects of their ESG requirements, including the incorporation of ESG guidelines, the development of ESG processes in respect of diligence on all potential acquisitions and ESG reviews of newly acquired companies
  • Global financial institutions on a range of ESG issues, including in connection with energy transition regulatory developments (such as CCS, renewable energy, green hydrogen, and similar), complaints made under the OECD Multinational Guidelines, issues under the Basel and Marpol Conventions, and lender liability concerns
  • Global companies in relation to ESG reporting, strategy and governance, including the application of human rights laws and principles and other ESG-related laws and principles
  • Global manufacturers and investors in connection with a review of a company’s value chain and business models (including reporting to queries from regulators and international organizations)
  • Global organizations on ground-breaking and complex ESG and climate change litigation matters, including an energy major in a climate change litigation including in judicial review proceedings
  • On the development of significant innovations in and adjacent to the legal market, including: (i) the development of a desktop soil and groundwater report that is now standard across all UK leading law firms; (ii) the development of a liability buy-out solution in conjunction with a major environmental consultancy; and (iii) the development of RiskHorizon, an ESG risk-screening tool
  • OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, on the ESG matters relating to Northvolt’s US$2.75 billion funding round
  • Onex Corporation on the EHS aspects of its €3.75 billion acquisition of SIG Combibloc Group AG, the second largest provider of aseptic carton packaging globally
  • The Carlyle Group on the environmental aspects of the €10.1 billion acquisition of AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business 
  • Sponsors of a large scale green steel plant in Sweden including an on-site integrated green hydrogen facility, on the EU-law environmental regulatory aspects of the project
  • SABIC on the acquisition of Huntsman’s UK petrochemicals business and providing ongoing support to SABIC across a range of EHS issues
  • A leading chemical company on its complex infrastructure and energy contractual arrangements, including devising a litigation strategy to exit those arrangements
  • Global manufacturers in relation to the mitigation of potential fines under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme as a result of under-reporting allowances and the allocation of allowances on site closure
  • A consortium, including Royal Vopak, Shell, and Greenergy, in relation to its joint venture and acquisition of the former Coryton refinery*
  • Trafigura Limited and Trafigura Beheer B.V. on the high-profile personal injury claim by more than 30,000 claimants from the Ivory Coast – one of the largest pieces of environmental litigation ever brought before a UK court* 
  • GE on its contribution to the consortium that acquired London City Airport, working closely with the GE risk teams to satisfy their internal requirements and the risks for the consortium*  

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2003
  • BA (Law), University of Oxford, 2002