Global head of climate change and carbon finance
Anthony Hobley is a banking lawyer based in London. He specialises in climate change and clean energy law as well as UK, EU and international environmental law.
Anthony has played a key role in helping to design the UKs pilot emissions trading scheme and in developing key aspects of the EU ETS. He recently played a role in the advocacy around the Australian Clean Energy package and is currently working for a developing country Government on scoping out options for their climate and clean energy legislation. He spent time at the boutique investment bank Climate Change Capital as General Counsel to the Carbon Funds and Director of Legal Policy.Whilst there he helped CCC to establish its key investment procedures and documentation. Anthony has spent 14 years with major law firms specialising in UK and EU environmental law and more recently playing a key role in helping one of them to develop and build their leading climate change and clean energy practice group.
Anthony has been described as a leader in his field in recent editions of the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession in the UK.
Anthony has also played a key role in developing the market and conceptualised and created several organisations: (a) the Climate Markets and Investment Association where he was its first Chairman, (b) the Businesses for a Clean Economy umbrella group in Australia; and (c) Green & Tonic a London based network for sustainability professionals.
Anthony currently sits on the boards of the CMIA, The Verified Carbon Standards Association and on the Advisory Board to the Climate Bonds Initiative.
Anthony has lectured and written widely on all subjects of environmental law, particularly in relation to contaminated land, renewable energy and emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol and EU Emissions Trading Scheme. He was recently invited to speak in New Delhi by the European Commission on the investment in CDM in India and in Budapest at the British Embassy where he chaired the session jointly with Prince Andrew; in Tokyo by the Japanese power industry on both the UK and EU ETSs; in Ottawa at the annual meeting of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and many other events. He has also appeared on UK television and radio speaking on climate change and has been quoted in the Economist, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Anthony has contributed to a great number of publications, including “Transposition of the Emissions Trading Scheme Directive into Law and Associated Issues” by Anthony Hobley & Chris Rowe in the “Journal For European Environmental & Planning Law” (Vol 1, Number 1, Jul 04); “International Emissions Trading : A Legal Context” by Anthony Hobley and Anna McCann in “A Guide to Emissions Trading” (Jul 04); “The EU emission allowance trading scheme : a prototype for global GHG emissions allowance trading?” by Anthony Hobley and Peter Hawkes in “Environmental Liability” (Vol 11 Issue 5, Oct 03); and a chapter written for “Legal Aspects of Implementing the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms” in “Making Kyoto Work” edited by David Freestone and Charlotte Streck (Feb 05).
Anthony qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in 1994. He has a first class honours degree in Chemistry and Physics and recently completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Law. Prior to joining the practice, Anthony was General Counsel to the Climate Change Capital Carbon Fund and Director of Legal Policy for Climate Change Capital which he joined in September 2005. Anthony recently spent nearly two years on secondment in our Sydney office where he was heavily involved in the development of the emerging carbon and clean energy markets in Australia and Asia.