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Climate Change & ESG - Why CMS?

Legal opportunities and insight

From an ethical, reputational, commercial and legal standpoint, your approach to climate action and sustainability has never been more important. In a world shifting rapidly towards a more sustainable future, we can help you identify risks and spot opportunities. Our market-leading lawyers proactively advise clients on the legal, regulatory, commercial and disputes issues arising from climate change and ESG.
Penelope Warne, The Senior Partner, London

Securing a sustainable future

The firm’s international scope, sectoral focus and client base allows us to deliver a unique combination of legal and commercial insight on the complex issues arising from climate change and the increasing importance of environment, social and governance on the financial and reputational future of your business. While our insight helps you audit climate change risk, it also helps you focus on new opportunities and markets in this area while securing a more sustainable future for us all.

Dedicated Energy & Climate Change practice

With more than 450 lawyers in 75 offices across the globe our Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind. It was founded on ground-breaking work designing and implementing modern energy markets and is now at the forefront of developments on energy transition, renewables and the various responses to the climate crisis. From advising on climate change strategy, new technologies, risk and disputes, to environmental regulation, Power Purchase Agreements, and real estate and infrastructure projects, we advise your business operationally and strategically.

Sustainable finance across asset classes

Sustainable finance gives market participants a choice to act in a responsible way and to support positive change in day-to-day business. We have led the way in advising financial institutions on ESG impacts, ethical and impact lending, as well as helping them shape lending and investment products. Our specialists in this area cover the spectrum of debt, lending and investment across all major asset classes.

Regulatory horizons

A cross-practice team of regulatory specialists monitors key guidance, consultations and regulations across multiple jurisdictions to ensure an organisation is anticipating, not just responding to the legislative landscape around climate change and sustainability. The timeline on the following page highlights at a top level a few of the key developments organisations need to be aware of and ready for.

Committed to climate action

CMS UK and its international offices have set ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 backed by Science Based Targets which will ensure independent, scientific verification and align the firm with UN goals to limit a global temperature rise to 1.5˚C. This is a central priority for the firm, our people and our clients. We are future-proofing our business and working with our own supply chain which in turn helps us support clients to meet their own carbon emission ambitions.

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