Sustainable finance

Our lawyers help you identify risks and opportunities in the area of sustainable finance

Back to ESG – Environmental, social and governance

Sustainable finance is no longer just a niche. Investors and lenders are increasingly considering companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials when making investment decisions.

They favour transactions, projects and initiatives that support economic growth while also protecting the environment and treating people with dignity and respect.

Examples of sustainable economic development include building on brownfield sites to reduce environmental impact, creating sustainable supply chains and developing zero-waste, low-carbon ‘circular economy’ products.

We have deep expertise in banking, insurance, asset management, pension funds, regulatory, capital markets and derivatives. Combined with our global specialists in regulatory, finance, corporate and energy, we guide clients through the maze of sustainable finance and responsible investment.

As a sustainable finance law firm, our clients include banks, insurers, trustees, investment or fund managers, advisers, brokers and fintech founders, all of whom benefit from our multidisciplinary approach.

Please contact any of our International Sustainable finance lawyers to find out how we can help you.

Doing business responsibly

At CMS, we are committed to running our business ethically and sustainably. We are diverse, supportive and inclusive, creating a culture of sustainability in which all our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

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Laura Houët
Financial Services & Regulation
London
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Dr. Joachim Kaetzler
Banking & Finance
Frankfurt
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Rita Lowe
Banking & Finance
London
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Marc-Etienne Sébire
Capital Markets
Paris
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Sus­tain­able In­vest­ment
SF­DR – Are you ready?

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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
05/04/2022
Back to Ba­sics brief­ings
CMS Funds Group Back to Ba­sics brief­ings in­tend to provide high level in­sights re­gard­ing funds fun­da­ment­als, funds vehicles and op­er­a­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions New brief­ings are pub­lished on a reg­u­lar basis, cov­er­ing a spe­cif­ic jur­is­dic­tion or top­ic, and provid­ing ba­sic es­sen­tial tech­nic­al ex­plan­a­tions.
02/02/2022
ESG Reg­u­la­tion – 2021 and bey­ond – How in­vest­ment banks can ad­vise their...
2021 marked the end of the pre­vi­ous, primar­ily vol­un­tary, re­gime for ESG mat­ters and the start of reg­u­la­tion for is­suers, spon­sors and nomads. This note de­tails key reg­u­la­tions com­ing in­to force this...
07/12/2021
Spot­light on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity II Decem­ber 2021 - Con­sumer Products News­let­ter
Wel­come to the Decem­ber 2021 edi­tion of the CMS Con­sumer Products News­let­ter!
14/10/2021
Im­pact of AI & Tech­no­logy on the Funds sec­tor
AI & Tech­no­logy are dis­rupt­ing the in­vest­ment funds sec­tor, and laws and reg­u­la­tions are be­ing amended to move to­wards a more di­git­al en­vir­on­ment for fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions, as­set man­agers and in­vestors...
30/06/2021
CMS Funds Mar­ket Study 2021
Peri­od­ic­ally, CMS takes sound­ings on the state of the mar­ket from our funds-re­lated cli­ents. Giv­en the un­pre­ced­en­ted nature of the last 12 months we thought this was an op­por­tune time to look back over the last few years. This study ana­lyses the key mar­ket trends in fund doc­u­ment­a­tion of over 300 funds es­tab­lished in Europe, Asia, USA and off­shore jur­is­dic­tions ad­vised on by CMS of­fices through­out 2017 to 2020. We have also con­duc­ted cli­ent in­ter­views, which are high­lighted in this re­port, and con­duc­ted a se­lect­ive sur­vey of our in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ent base.We trust this CMS Funds Mar­ket Study will be a use­ful guide for both man­agers and in­vestors this year. The size of our deal sample and the range of coun­tries in­volved means that the study should be a uniquely valu­able and rich re­source for man­agers and in­vestors. Our re­search in­dic­ates that funds in­dustry play­ers are clear on how to move for­ward and that, while strategies may have shif­ted, there are reas­ons for op­tim­ism and bullish­ness, un­like the gloom that des­cen­ded after the glob­al fin­an­cial crisis in 2008.Look­ing for­ward we see an act­ive funds mar­ket, with Lux­em­bourg be­ing the jur­is­dic­tion of choice for European funds. ESG is now a key fo­cus for in­vestors. This mar­ket im­petus and reg­u­lat­ory drivers are mov­ing sus­tain­able in­vest­ment from a niche fo­cus in­to the main­stream for in­vestors and man­agers alike. We also see man­agers in­creas­ingly look­ing at the be­ne­fits and im­pact of AI and tech­no­logy with the token­isa­tion of as­sets and the use of block­chain. We see this pace of change ac­cel­er­at­ing.If you have any feed­back or ques­tions, we would love to hear from you.
30/06/2021
Plastics and pack­aging laws in per­spect­ive
Plastics and pack­aging have at­trac­ted sig­ni­fic­ant con­sumer, me­dia and le­gis­lat­ive in­terest over re­cent years with an ar­ray of laws be­ing pro­posed to in­centiv­ise be­ha­vi­our­al and design change. Sig­ni­fic­ant...
26/05/2021
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve and of­fer op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nesses. But it is not without con­tro­versy in areas such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al debt.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it. This series of re­ports ana­lyses sen­ti­ment around the world, con­siders what BRI means for each re­gion, shines a spot­light on dif­fer­ent na­tions and high­lights leg­al con­sid­er­a­tions.  You can ac­cess the full series of re­gion­al re­ports be­low.16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um 
12/05/2021
Spot­light on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity I May 2021 - Con­sumer Products News­let­ter
Wel­come to May 2021 edi­tion of the CMS Con­sumer Products News­let­ter!
21/04/2021
BRI - View from LatAm
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is where some of the key is­sues of our time in­ter­sect, in­clud­ing glob­al­isa­tion, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, the mod­ern­isa­tion of in­fra­struc­ture, new tech­no­logy and health­care. But it also marks the con­ver­gence of some ser­i­ous con­cerns, such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion, in­ter­na­tion­al debt, the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic and, in­creas­ingly, geo­pol­it­ic­al ten­sions between the US and China.Our new re­port shows that sen­ti­ment to­wards BRI in Lat­in Amer­ica re­mains re­l­at­ively pos­it­ive, des­pite such head­winds. From the in­volve­ment of Chinese busi­nesses in Panama Canal ports to Chinese in­vest­ments in lith­i­um min­ing and re­new­able en­ergy, trans-Pa­cific con­nec­tions between Lat­in Amer­ic­an eco­nom­ies and China’s Asi­an power­house con­tin­ue to grow.China’s am­bi­tions to ad­vance Belt and Road co­oper­a­tion high­light the po­ten­tial for BRI to help na­tions in Lat­in Amer­ica bridge the re­gion’s massive in­fra­struc­ture gap and re­cov­er from the ter­rible dam­age of the pan­dem­ic, as well as of­fer­ing many new op­por­tun­it­ies for re­gion­al busi­nesses and in­vestors. 
17/03/2021
The Mo­bile Cen­tury: The Fu­ture Re­ima­gined
A pub­lic­a­tion of the Glob­al Tele­com Wo­men’s Net­work
29/01/2021
Cli­mate Change and the In­sur­ance Sec­tor monthly news - Janu­ary 2021
In this edi­tion we ex­plore the find­ings of The UN En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­gramme’s Glob­al Cli­mate Lit­ig­a­tion Re­port; losses from nat­ur­al dis­asters; and the PRA’s 2021 in­sur­ance su­per­vi­sion pri­or­it­ies; amongst...