International Sustainable finance law firm

Our law firm helps 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
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Dr. Joachim Kaetzler
Banking & Finance
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Rita Lowe
Banking & Finance
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Marc-Etienne Sébire
Capital Markets
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SFDR – Are you ready?


Back to Basics briefings - New briefing added!
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.
CMS Funds Group AI & Tech interviews
This series of interviews focuses on the meaning of digitalisation, digital services and tokenisation within the funds sector, leveraging off the experience of various players in the ecosystem.
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.
Sustainability KPIs in finance transactions
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked financing is still in its infancy, but it is already an integral part of today's financing landscape and looks set to remain into the future. Plenty of data and information exists, particularly on the KPIs of sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked financings, but it is scattered. In this guide we have compiled, analysed and commented on all aspects of sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked financing to give you access to everything you need to know.
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
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...
Spotlight on Sustainability II December 2021 - Consumer Products Newsletter
Welcome to the December 2021 edition of the CMS Consumer Products Newsletter!
CMS Expert Guide to climate change tax reforms and incentives
There is strong evidence that the climate is warming.  The Paris Agreements on Climate Change puts the responsibility on governments to limit global warming and they are expected to undertake significant...
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.
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...
Spotlight on Sustainability I May 2021 - Consumer Products Newsletter
Welcome to May 2021 edition of the CMS Consumer Products Newsletter!
The Mobile Century: The Future Reimagined
A publication of the Global Telecom Women’s Network