Jean-Pierre (JP) Douglas-Henry is a heavyweight regulatory, compliance and disputes partner with over 30 years' experience advising clients in more than 45 countries around the world. He is the Managing Director for Sustainability & Resilience, sitting on the Executive Committee of the international firm, with responsibility for ESG, Innovation and Resilience.

JP has extensive experience advising on sustainability and ESG issues; his strong belief that lawyers need to do more than just provide traditional legal counsel – they need to innovate and think “outside the box” providing solutions to problems and leveraging opportunities; and his conviction that good governance is the foundation of resilience in a fast moving and ever-changing commercial, political and social context.

JP has decades of experience advising clients on governance, regulatory and compliance issues; representing them in high stakes disputes; and advising on risk management and strategic issues. He has acted for a number of banks, energy and natural resources companies, and a wide range of governments and SOEs, and specialises in the Financial Services and Energy & Natural Resources Sectors. He has particular expertise in complex cross-border matters and class actions or collective redress representation. JP co-chaired DLA Piper’s Litigation & Regulatory Group for 5 five years, overseeing one of the world’s largest compliance, regulatory and disputes practices. JP’s current role as the Managing Director responsible for Sustainability & Resilience reflects the evolution of his practice to include a focus on Sustainability & ESG and oversight of the Firm’s award-winning Radical Change programme which is focused on providing innovative legal and non-legal products and solutions for clients.

Over the years, JP has acted for a number of governments, often in a post-conflict zone context or following civil society engagement to bring about change to assist with their reform, recovery and reconstruction programmes. This includes the recovery of assets misappropriated by the Pinochet regime; the Government of the Maldives following the 2004 public uprising to recover misappropriated state assets and development bank loans; the Central Bank of Libya in relation to asset recovery and preservation issues following the Gaddafi revolution in 2011 pending free and democratic elections; and more recently the Afghan Government with regard to rule of law reform by the Ghani/Abdullah administration to provide a more stable foreign investment environment to facilitate the rebuilding of the Afghan economy after decades of civil war and revolution.

JP co-led the team which provided pro bono support to the UK Government as President of COP in DLA Piper’s capacity as Legal Provider to COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 and is actively engaged in supporting the objectives of COP27.