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Laura Houët

Co-Head of ESG

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, Dutch, French

Laura Houët is a partner in CMS’ Financial Services and Products team and CMS’ Co-Head of ESG. Laura has over 14 years’ experience advising the asset management industry. She is a regulated funds specialist with particular expertise on the product side across all types of asset class.

Laura is a sustainability expert advising a wide range of international fund houses on sustainable investment strategies, on the implementation of sustainability related regulation and reporting, including SFDR, TCFD and the EU Taxonomy, and on strategic governance and internal preparation for climate transition. Her practice in this area spans the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. 

Laura also sits on the CMS sustainability board committee and the FMLC ESG scoping forum. She is a frequently invited speaker on sustainable investment issues. 

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“Laura is an expert in her field... she is respected by all areas of the business from legal and compliance to fund managers and the board. She operates as an extension of her client teams and is considered as such”

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“She is extremely commercial and has provided accurate and efficient counsel to us over a number of years on complex matters.”

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Relevant experience

  • A number of asset managers on the impact of the FCA’s asset management market study, including the wholescale review and amendment of fund ranges.
  • A number of houses (in relation to both regulated and unregulated fund ranges) on the impact of responsible investment strategies for both funds and investors.
  • Significant asset management houses on the reconstruction of their life company assets into their OEIC ranges.
  • Structuring and establishment of a large number of PAIFs, as well as ongoing governance and product advice.
  • Establishment and continuing advice on a number of ACSs (real estate and equity).
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2004 – LPC, BPP Law School, London

2002 – LL.M – Georgetown University, Washington D.C

2001 – LL.B (Hons), University of Glasgow, Glasgow

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ESG and fin­ance
Sus­tain­able fin­ance and re­spons­ible in­vest­ment is an is­sue of glob­al im­port­ance which is front and centre of polit­ic­al, leg­al and mar­ket pri­or­it­ies.  
New code of con­duct for ESG rat­ings and data pro­viders
The ap­pet­ite for en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) fo­cused fin­an­cial products and ser­vices gath­ers pace. At the same time, fin­an­cial ser­vices firms are un­der in­creas­ing scru­tiny for "gre­en­wash­ing"...
ESG: A sum­mary of the FCA’s Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Dis­clos­ure Re­quire­ments (SDR)...
The FCA’s long-awaited Con­sulta­tion Pa­per set­ting out its pro­pos­als for the UK’s sus­tain­ab­il­ity dis­clos­ure re­gime (CP22/20) was pub­lished on 25 Oc­to­ber 2022.
Ten things to watch for at COP27
COP26 ended a year ago with the Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact, in which the sig­nat­or­ies of the Par­is Agree­ment re­af­firmed their aim of lim­it­ing glob­al warm­ing to well be­low 2°C, with the goal of re­strict­ing it to 1.5°C.
Car­bon trad­ing: LSE in­tro­duces vol­un­tary car­bon ex­change plat­form
On 10 Oc­to­ber 2022 the Lon­don Stock Ex­change (LSE) launched its Vol­un­tary Car­bon Mar­ket (VCM), in line with its aim to de­vel­op a new mar­ket of­fer­ing to sup­port pub­licly traded car­bon funds fo­cused on...
The ES­As pro­pos­al on dis­clos­ures re­lated to fossil gas and nuc­le­ar en­ergy...
I. Con­text Since 1 Janu­ary 2022, the European funds in­dustry is ad­apt­ing to the EU Tax­onomy, a clas­si­fic­a­tion tool to identi­fy and qual­i­fy sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic activ­it­ies and in­vest­ments. Un­der the Tax­onomy...
Does the Fin­an­cial Ser­vices and Mar­kets Bill 2022 se­cure the UK’s green...
The UK was de­scribed as “the best place in the world for green fin­ance” by Rishi Sunak, the former UK Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer, in his Man­sion House speech last year.  In help­ing to se­cure the...
New FCA rules to open up mar­ket­ing LTAFs to more in­vestors
The FCA has pub­lished a con­sulta­tion pa­per (CP22/14) on broad­en­ing ac­cess to the long-term as­set fund (“LTAF”) re­gime by re­tail in­vestors and defined con­tri­bu­tion pen­sion schemes. The pro­pos­als re­flect...
Crypto and ESG - 11 things you need to know…
Cryptoassets are in the spot­light for many reas­ons. The use of crypto­cur­ren­cies as an al­tern­at­ive to fi­at cur­ren­cies is be­ing ex­plored and tested fur­ther by glob­al events. Cryptoassets and block­chain...
FCA Re­sponse and Policy State­ment on the use of side pock­ets for re­tail...
The FCA has pub­lished their re­sponse (the “Re­sponse”) in the form of a policy state­ment (the “Policy State­ment”) on rules to al­low Au­thor­ised Fund Man­agers (“AFMs”) to cre­ate sep­ar­ate unit...
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...
Cli­mate Trans­ition Plans: UK call for evid­ence launched
Un­til 13 Ju­ly 2022 com­ments are sought on the ap­proach to be ad­op­ted for cli­mate trans­ition plans for UK com­pan­ies and fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions. Launched by the Trans­ition Plan Taskforce (‘TPT’), man­dated...