Peter Zaman


With over 20 years’ experience as a transactional lawyer in the UK, EU and Asia, Peter has developed a multi-faceted practice spanning commodities, derivatives, structured products and climate finance. His rare combination of commodities and climate finance expertise enables him to provide a holistic view and skillset that is crucial to support businesses in the energy transition pathway.

As a partner at two very different international law firms before joining HFW, Peter genuinely understands his clients’ perspectives on both the ‘buy side’ and the ‘sell side’. He firmly applies the mantras “variety is the spice of life” and “there is no such thing as bad experience” to embrace work opportunities and to collaborate with clients to solve their problems and achieve their commercial objectives.

Peter is a global market leader in his field. He has been active in climate finance and environmental products markets since 2004. He has experienced all of the ‘ups and downs’ of carbon markets in the EU ETS, under the Kyoto Protocol, in the pilot markets in China, the voluntary markets, UERs, RECs, ROCs and now the Article 6 markets under the Paris Agreement. Most recently, Peter was invited to join the IIF Task force on scaling voluntary carbon markets initiated by Mark Carney in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance Advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for COP26.

Peter advises on all aspects of over-the-counter, exchange-traded and structured energy derivatives and commodities, including netting, collateral management and regulatory issues. His commodity product suite includes LNG and natural gas, base metals, precious metals and power.

He also advises lenders, borrowers, issuers and arrangers in the context of the derivative aspects of project finance, asset finance and capital markets products.

Peter is an active member of a number of industry groups including at ISDA, IETA and EFET.