- Climate Change & Emissions Trading
- Corporate Commercial Law
- Environmental Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions
|Contact Info||Telephone: 416.777.5769|
|University ||University of Toronto, M.Ed., 1972|
|Law School||University of Toronto, J.D., 1977|
|Admitted||1979, Ontario; 2003, New York|
Gray Taylor is co-leader of the firm's climate change and emission trading practice. His practice focuses on climate change and related corporate issues affecting businesses in Canada and abroad.
Gray acted on commercial arrangements and transactions in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere in the world for over a decade and a half before turning to climate change and environmental issues. As a result, he brings an understanding of business realities, practices and goals to his climate change and emission trading practice.
Gray focuses on emissions trading transactions involving Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements and related financing and transactional documents for a broad range of Kyoto Protocol (CDM and JI), Alberta and other Canadian regulatory deals as well as North American and international voluntary carbon deals. He also advises on corporate governance and climate change business planning issues. Gray has acted on a number of complex transactions, such as representing the largest private sector participants in the World Bank US$1-billion Umbrella Carbon Fund transaction, and creating unique structures to facilitate participation by diverse entities in emission trading markets, including Natsource's Greenhouse Gas Credit Aggregation Buyers Pool and innovative arrangements related to voluntary environmental credit creation and trading.
Gray has been part of the development of climate change transactional law from the inception. He is one of six lawyers in the world listed as a climate change Band 1 practitioner by Chambers Global 2013 with the statement that he is "active on climate change matters across Canada but also internationally, working on issues in jurisdictions as varied as China and Ecuador. Clients underscore his 'great insight and innovation' and his lengthy history in carbon transactions around the world" and that he "is universally acknowledged as the 'godfather of Canadian climate change law.'" Earlier, he was identified by that publication as "a father of the climate change industry" and as being "involved in all the major developments in Canada," with "an exceptional international practice." Gray is also Chambers Band 1 in Canada for his environmental law practice.
Gray is a past chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), a director of IETA and the co-Chair of IETA's Canadian Working Group and is recognized in Chambers Global and Lexpert. He is qualified to practice in Ontario and New York.
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