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Environment, Social and Governance

Our lawyers have the breadth and depth of experience needed to guide you through the changing policy and regulatory landscape

Changes to the commercial, legal and societal landscape have meant that organisations are faced with increasingly complex and interconnected challenges, risks and opportunities. There is a growing expectation that organisations embrace sustainability and recognise and address environmental, social and governance risks to ensure their resilience and long term viability.

Whether it be addressing stewardship requirements, climate risks, human rights issues or environmental performance, our ESG team has a robust understanding of the regulatory and policy drivers of the market and experience across a wide range of sectors and contexts. 

What does ESG mean to us?  
"ESG" in the broadest sense covers environmental, social and governance issues but consensus on details of the meaning can vary and public perceptions are changing rapidly. We take a holistic approach, covering a wide range of areas - from climate change and resource efficiency, human rights and community engagement, antibribery and corruption, transparency and disclosure, product governance, and risk management more generally.

How can we help you?

Environment

Clients around the world rely on the team’s cutting-edge expertise in the law, and soft law applicable to those environmental issues that affect global trade and industrial activity. These include climate change policy, emissions abatement, product stewardship and decommissioning legacy management.

 

Our environment law team has a presence in Europe and Asia, giving it a global reach that enables us to provide comparative regulatory advice and to support transactional activity across the world. 

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Climate change

Climate change is a critical challenge for business. Its effects are already being felt and may cause significant changes to ways of doing business and consideration of financial risk. The response to climate change also presents significant opportunities with new markets and technologies developing as part of the transition towards a climate resilient, lower carbon economy.

Our specialist climate change lawyers advise businesses on a wide variety of climate change-related issues and transactions, across all major world regions.

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Social

Showing respect for human rights, and implementing robust policies and processes to identify, prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts, are increasingly relevant to investor relations, brand management, access to finance, and to minimise the risk of litigation and reputational damage. When managed successfully, these can be a significant brand and business enabler.

Our cross-border Business and Human Rights practice has been at the forefront of advising on these emerging themes, including in respect of supply chain management and customer risk profiling.

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Governance

Good governance is integral to the success of every business and an area of particular focus for institutional investors. We see it as central to our role as trusted advisers to help our clients meet the highest standards of governance and to be resilient to emerging risks.

Our multi-disciplinary risk and resilience and corporate governance teams deliver solutions to meet your commercial, regulatory and governance challenges to help you secure the long term sustainability of your organisation.

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Sustainable finance

Green and sustainability linked loans are a hot topic in the loan markets. They are a relatively recent innovation, but volumes have risen dramatically over the past few years to over US$99bn in 2018. The rise of green and sustainability linked loans signals the early stages of a fundamental shift in the wider economy.

 

We have extensive experience advising on green and sustainable loan transactions. We are also at the forefront of legal and regulatory developments on ESG across Europe, Asia and the US.

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The team is acknowledged by its clients as a "highly valued legal partner" on human rights-related matters, further commentators reporting its "strong expertise in environmental law and the extractive sector."

Chambers Global 2019, Business & Human Rights Law
Market commentators describe the firm as "a fantastic practice", noting its particular strength in Europe. They are especially appreciative of the firm's considerable size and high level of expertise.

Chambers Global 2019, Climate Change
Deservedly recognised as "a leader in the field".

Legal 500 UK 2019, Risk Advisory: Corporate Governance

Sources say: “The team is very business-oriented, passionate and practical. They find pragmatic solutions and are very dedicated to the client." A client adds: "The team was prepared, responsive and provided timely input."

Chambers UK 2019, Environment