Area of focus

Sustainable Finance & Investment

Our Global Sustainable Finance & Investment practice brings together a multidisciplinary global team and provides clients with best-in-market support in this mission-critical area. We help our clients stay ahead in this rapidly evolving sector through delivering tools, products and solutions to overcome the challenges...

We position our advice within the wider ESG landscape, identifying risks and also opportunities. Innovation is a core part of the strategy and the team meets regularly in order to create and consider innovation – the use of existing tools in different contexts and the creation of new tools and systems.

Against this backdrop, we highlight the importance of the Sustainable Development Goal #17: Partnerships for the Goals. In order to mobilise capital and create an efficient, scalable sustainable finance ecosystem, partnerships and collaboration are crucial. Our lawyers are tasked with servicing our clients but also contributing to the development of the sector. We are creating products and sustainable finance roadmaps with the 2X Challenge, GenderSmart’s JEDI, European Leveraged Finance Association, Loan Market Association, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, Global Digital Finance, among many others.

We bring sustainability to every finance transaction, create innovative solutions combining guidance, legal expertise, project management, and alignment of ESG strategy to facilitate sustainability. An important part of this is raising awareness, education and training in collaboration with and aligned with international organisations, trade associations and law and regulation; thereby allowing our clients to navigate the complex, wide-ranging set of issues when considering sustainable finance and investments. 

 

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Representative experience

A global investment management firm and an international investment bank on structuring an ESG framework for sustainability linked loans.

Financial institutions on ESG-related disclosure requirements, including the SFDR, EU Taxonomy Regulation, risks associated with greenwashing and SFDR product and entity requirements.

A syndicate of banks on the issuance of the €300 million unsecured sustainability-linked senior notes due 2028 by Rexel. This was one of the first sustainability-linked high yield bonds issued in Europe.

Clients from the financial services sector on the scope and applicability of the French Duty of Vigilance Law, and represent them in associated claims.

The Republic of Ecuador on the issuance of a Sovereign Social Bond in the international markets for US$400 million, with Goldman Sachs as underwriter and placement agent.

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