Sustainable Finance

Back to ESG – Environmental, social and governance

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are integral parts of sustainable economic development and play an increasingly important role in financing transactions. For example, investing in brownfield sites with the aim of reducing environmental impacts.

More and more, the investment and lending community, including financial institutions such as banks, are considering ESG factors when making investment decisions. The aim is to support economic growth while reducing pressures on the environment and taking social and governance aspects into account.

At CMS, our global, multidisciplinary team can support you in all issues relating to sustainable finance and responsible investment.

Our financial institutions expertise extends across banking, insurance, asset management, pension funds, regulatory, capital markets and derivatives. Whether you are a bank, insurer, trustee, investment or fund manager, adviser, broker or fintech founder, we can help you navigate the sustainability agenda. 

At CMS, we have developed a cross-disciplinary approach which spans regulatory, finance, corporate and energy specialists. Our holistic approach to ESG and climate action draws on specialists from across the firm to advise you.

Please contact any of our ESG lawyers to explore solutions to your needs.

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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
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.
03/06/2021
The im­pact of a re­volu­tion­ary Dutch Cli­mate Change Judg­ment on com­pan­ies...
In­tro­duc­tion: re­volu­tion­ary judg­ment for mul­tina­tion­als in all sec­torsLast week a re­volu­tion­ary cli­mate change judg­ment was rendered with po­ten­tially great im­pact on com­pan­ies world­wide, es­pe­cially on...
08/04/2021
CMS Green Guid­ance - Help! The cli­mate is threat­en­ing my loan
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity and fin­an­cial ser­vices is a sec­tor in which ex­perts in fin­ance, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, com­pli­ance and law work to­geth­er. CMS Green Guid­ance is pub­lished monthly and keeps you abreast of the most...
11/03/2021
CMS Green Guid­ance - Real Es­tate picks up its pace in be­com­ing green
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity and fin­an­cial ser­vices is be­com­ing a sec­tor on its own. A sec­tor in which ex­perts in fin­ance, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, com­pli­ance and leg­al work to­geth­er. CMS Green Guid­ance is pub­lished monthly...
04/02/2021
CMS Green Guid­ance - Sus­tain­ab­il­ity is no longer a show­case
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity and fin­an­cial ser­vices is be­com­ing a sec­tor on its own. A sec­tor in which ex­perts in fin­ance, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, com­pli­ance and leg­al work to­geth­er. CMS Green Guid­ance is pub­lished monthly...