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FINANCE

Specialist legal team assisting clients with the financial aspects related to the energy transition, including regulatory frameworks, sustainability reporting standards, and environmental financing products. 

The pandemic has brought into the mainstream the legal areas of sustainable and climate finance. Thanks to a combination of increasing investor awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and regulatory intervention (e.g. via the EU Green Deal framework) this is no longer a niche area. However, since so much of the activity is currently voluntary rather than mandated by regulation, the landscape has become incredibly difficult to navigate. With multiple ESG development frameworks, multiple ESG reporting frameworks, multiple sustainability standards, multiple offsetting criteria and offset types, it has become very challenging to identify the right shade of ‘green’ to be associated with.

We support our clients through this maze as they participate in the very important process of energy transition.

For example, by assisting them to develop, negotiate and transact in environmental financing products, such as green loans, green bonds and sustainable financing arrangements (whether debt or equity) or in the development of carbon neutral commodity products.

Our experience in finance sustainability

Instructed to advise the Government of Bhutan on the structure of a US$50 million Bhutan Climate Fund to facilitate the monetisation of Bhutan’s net negative greenhouse gas emissions and carbon offsets, increase the viability of hydropower projects in Bhutan and support the Government in meeting its international climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement.

UN fund – advised on a range of public health investments relating to development of innovative HIV, TB and Malaria diagnostics and drugs, as well as advising on sustainable finance issues related to micro-levies on air fares and other consumption taxes.

Sustainable finance arm of a French bank – acted on a US$9 million long-term loan facility to fund a hazelnut project in Bhutan, and is to be disbursed in tranches based on the project achieving both environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives and commercial targets.

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