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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are at the forefront of corporate strategies, due to investor, customer and regulator expectations. The topic has been gaining momentum and is expected to accelerate in the coming years.

ESG is broadening its scope of influence to cover all economic and policy sectors now. From energy, finance and urban planning to tax – these are just a few of the areas that are being impacted.

We advise clients – from multinationals to start ups – in all sectors and areas of ESG-related law, including future mobility, climate change strategies, ESG due diligence and risk assessments, corporate digital responsibility, sustainable supply chains, whistleblowing, ESG funds and green real estate finance.

At CMS, our approach is integrated and multidisciplinary – this enables us to anticipate and understand the issues in the rapidly evolving ESG landscape which in turn allows us to develop innovative solutions for and with our clients.

Our aim is to help our clients successfully meet the demands of climate change, technological disruption, urbanisation and social concerns.


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25/01/2023
CMS Green Globe | New coun­try ad­ded!
Stay in­formed about the latest sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims trends and de­vel­op­ments CMS Green Globe is an in­ter­act­ive plat­form that al­lows busi­nesses and cli­ents to stay aware and duly in­formed about all the main rap­idly chan­ging trends and de­vel­op­ments re­lated to sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims across the world.Here you will find in­form­a­tion on reg­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ments you need to know when ad­vert­ising and mar­ket­ing your busi­ness or product by us­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims as well as our key ex­perts to sup­port you in nav­ig­at­ing the world of such claims.CMS Green Globe helps you to avoid gre­en­wash­ing your con­sumer in your jur­is­dic­tion as well as across the globe. Dis­cov­er CMS Green Globe Best ex­plored on desktop
25/01/2023
Key out­comes from COP-15
At the end of 2022, the 15th Con­fer­ence of Parties of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on Bio­lo­gic­al Di­versity cul­min­ated in a new Glob­al Biod­iversity Frame­work to 2030. Twenty three tar­gets re­quire broad...
24/01/2023
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted D-Car­bon­ize in their re­cent fun­drais­ing
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted D-Car­bon­ize, a Bel­gian cleantech start-up provid­ing car­bon foot­print man­age­ment ser­vices to SMEs and in­dus­tri­al com­pan­ies, in their re­cent fun­drais­ing.The team ad­vising D-Car­bon­ize...
09/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The Life Sci­ences sec­tor...
The open­ing of COP27 has brought an in­tense glob­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and the tower­ing de­mands needed to reach car­bon net zero and to pro­tect the en­vir­on­ment. United Na­tions Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary Ant­o­nio...
02/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The leg­al sec­tor has a key...
The United Na­tions has pledged to use its pur­chas­ing fire­power to ac­cel­er­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity along the health­care sup­ply chan­nel and called on the leg­al sec­tor to sup­port its ef­forts. Law­yers are crit­ic­al...
12/10/2022
USB-type C Stand­ard for port­able devices in the EU
On 4 Oc­to­ber 2022, the European Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted a pro­posed law that means by the end of 2024, there will be one single char­ger for all mo­bile phones, tab­lets, di­git­al cam­er­as, head­phones, head­sets...
05/09/2022
Cli­mate change: what we know, what we don’t, and what you can do about...
The cli­mate ques­tion is now ubi­quit­ous in our daily lives. The re­cent events in Bel­gi­um last year, and in France this year, have awakened many of us to the ur­gency to mit­ig­ate green­house gas emis­sions, if we want to leave an in­hab­it­able plan­et to the next gen­er­a­tions.However, many fun­da­ment­al ques­tions that un­der­pin our ac­tions re­main dif­fi­cult to an­swer for non-sci­ent­ists: How do we know that cli­mate change is due to hu­mans alone? How con­fid­ent can we be in long-term pro­jec­tions if we are already un­cer­tain about short-term weath­er fore­casts? Is cli­mate sci­ence settled? What op­tions are on the table? Can a state or an in­sti­tu­tion be sued for cli­mate in­ac­tion? What can I do at my own level?In a sem­in­ar we or­gan­ised as part of our CMS Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Month, Prof. François Mas­son­net, FNRS Re­search As­so­ci­ate and cli­mate sci­ent­ist at UC­Louv­ain, shared the latest state of know­ledge re­gard­ing these im­port­ant ques­tions, with a fo­cus on the re­cently re­leased sixth as­sess­ment re­ports of the In­ter­gov­ern­ment­al Pan­el on Cli­mate Change (IP­CC), also draw­ing con­nec­tions between law and nat­ur­al sci­ences. Watch the re­cord­ing of the present­a­tion be­low.
24/06/2022
Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
Since 5 May 2022, EU tri­logue ne­go­ti­ations have been un­der­way on the first Reg­u­la­tion to lim­it the ef­fect of sub­sidies from third coun­tries to com­pan­ies act­ive in the EU. That an agree­ment will be reached...
01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
24/05/2022
The ES­As have sub­mit­ted fur­ther SF­DR quer­ies to the Com­mis­sion
I. Back­ground While Level 1 of the Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure Reg­u­la­tion (“SF­DR”) has been ap­plic­able for over a year, the in­vest­ment funds man­agers have been fa­cing un­cer­tain­ties with re­gards...
20/05/2022
DEBRA – The new EU tax ini­ti­at­ive aim­ing at pro­mot­ing a fair and sus­tain­able...
With­in the EU a wide­spread asym­metry ex­ists between debt and equity fin­an­cing. Usu­ally, in­terest is tax de­duct­ible from the cor­por­ate in­come tax base while di­vidends do not be­ne­fit from such ad­vant­age...
11/05/2022
SF­DR con­tin­ues to evolve: more gran­u­lar dis­clos­ures to be pro­posed on in­vest­ments’...
Fin­an­cial products with ex­pos­ures in fossil gas and nuc­le­ar en­ergy are likely to have more gran­u­lar re­port­ing re­quire­ments un­der the Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure Reg­u­la­tion (“SF­DR”). The European...