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Valentina Keys

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, Russian, Spanish

Valentina is an Environmental law specialist at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. She has been practicing this area of law since 2008. She regularly advises clients on various aspects of the sustainability/climate change agenda and the transition to a low carbon, low waste and low water economy. 

She handles advisory, regulatory, administrative, contentious and transactional matters advising corporates in relation to contractual transfer of risk and apportionment of liability for environmental damage and contaminated land, the requirement for and the interpretation of environmental permits, licences and consents, impact of onshore and offshore renewable energy developments on environment, energy audits under the Energy Efficiency Directive, REACH, product stewardship, Eco-Design of Energy Using Products, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, climate change and cleantech, COMAH, hazardous substances (including asbestos), environmental permitting, facilities decommissioning and remediation, waste acceptance criteria and Quality Protocols, packaging waste, transfrontier shipment of waste, and the Shipping MRV Regulation.

She has a particular interest in law and policy aimed at decarbonising maritime transport.

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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  • 2005 – Law Conversion Course (London City University) and Legal Practice qualification, Law School, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
  • 2003 – LLB Modern Languages, University of Cambridge, UK
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15 April 2021
CMS Mari­time Over­view
Against the back­drop of an in­cred­ibly chal­len­ging year for the glob­al mari­time in­dustry this pub­lic­a­tion from our CMS Ship­ping team ex­am­ines a num­ber of key as­pects of the ship­ping in­dustry pushed in­to...
26 March 2021
The UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme - what’s new?
On 10 March 2021, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished up­dated guid­ance on par­ti­cip­at­ing in the UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme (“UK ETS”) which launched...
01 March 2021
The Glob­al Sul­phur Ban – One Year On
Since 1 March 2020 all mar­ine ves­sels have been sub­ject to a ban from car­ry­ing on board high sul­phur mar­ine fuel oil (“HSFO”) with sul­phur con­tent great­er than 0.50% un­less they have a ‘scrub­ber’...
20 October 2020
In­dem­nity for cost of con­tam­in­ated land
Head­line points This case con­cerned a coun­ter­claim by a land­lord for the cost in­curred by it in re­medi­at­ing its prop­erty pri­or to un­der­tak­ing a ma­jor re­devel­op­ment pro­ject which in­cluded a lar­ger par­cel...
02 July 2020
ICAO agrees to ad­just COR­SIA baseline for CO2 emis­sions for avi­ation in...
On 30 June 2020, the Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tion­al Civil Avi­ation Or­gan­iz­a­tion (ICAO) ad­op­ted a de­cision ad­just­ing the peri­od to be used as the baseline for meas­ur­ing the growth of CO2 emis­sions un­der...
18 June 2020
Gov­ern­ment Re­sponse on the fu­ture of UK car­bon trad­ing con­firms plans for...
The UK Gov­ern­ment has, on 1 June 2020, con­firmed in its con­sulta­tion re­sponse The fu­ture of UK car­bon trad­ing (the “Con­sulta­tion Re­sponse”) its in­ten­tion to es­tab­lish a UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Sys­tem...
11 June 2020
EU ad­justs COR­SIA baseline for CO2 emis­sions for avi­ation to 2019 only...
On 9th June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU (the “Coun­cil”)ad­op­ted a de­cision to amend its po­s­i­tion on the peri­od to be used as the baseline for meas­ur­ing the growth of CO2 emis­sions un­der the Car­bon Off­set­ting...
23 April 2020
COV­ID-19 Fin­an­cial sup­port for the avi­ation in­dustry and car­bon emis­sion...
Giv­en the cli­mate emer­gency de­clared by many ad­min­is­tra­tions in many parts of the world, now at a time when the avi­ation in­dustry is in crisis due to the travel re­stric­tions caused by the pan­dem­ic, ques­tions...
09 April 2020
UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Sys­tem or a car­bon tax?
The UK’s trans­ition peri­od for leav­ing the European Uni­on ends on 31 Decem­ber 2020. Un­til this date (un­less it is ex­ten­ded) the UK will re­main part of the EU emis­sions trad­ing scheme (EU ETS) and must...
29 November 2019
Dead­line next week: ES­OS Phase 2 No­ti­fic­a­tion 5th Decem­ber 2019 
The ma­jor­ity of large or­gan­isa­tions will be aware of the En­ergy Sav­ings Op­por­tun­ity Scheme (“ES­OS”), the mech­an­ism through which the UK has im­ple­men­ted the re­quire­ment to un­der­take en­ergy audits every...
19 July 2019
Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples and re­spons­ible ship fin­an­cing
On 18th June 2019, 11 banks with col­lect­ively over $100bn in as­sets and rep­res­ent­ing nearly 20% of the glob­al ship fin­ance signed a glob­al frame­work agree­ment, called the Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples. These are...
April 2019
CMS Soil and Ground­wa­ter Con­tam­in­a­tion Guide
From the 1970s on­wards, soil and ground­wa­ter con­tam­in­a­tion has be­come an in­creas­ingly im­port­ant reg­u­lat­ory is­sue. However, there are still no uni­form reg­u­la­tions. Nu­mer­ous sets of rules have been de­veloped...