Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)

Climate change and sustainability are set to be defining issues of this decade. CMS is committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

The shift to a sustainable energy sector and the decarbonisation of existing energy systems, a growing market for sustainable investments, increased focus on ESG criteria in urban planning, tax reforms and sustainability incentives to reach climate goals – these are just a few of the developments that are shaping the business environment.

Our teams are helping clients to navigate this rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape and advising on first-of-their-kind deals.

To find out how CMS can support you and your business with ESG click here >>

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    Executive Remuneration and ESG


    Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are top of the agenda for many companies today. While ESG seeps into all aspects of business, executive remuneration is one of the areas that is beginning to address ESG concerns. Recent research found that three in five FTSE 100 executive bonus plans now ...

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    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 UK as a world leading net zero financial centre, the Financial Services and Markets ...

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    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 also remain sources of deep and rapid innovation in financial markets. They are proving to be both investable and adoptable ...

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    1. Background In her speech given on 31 May 2022, Verena Ross – Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) – warned on the danger of greenwashing, as disclosures requirement under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (“SFDR”) are too often used as product classification for marketing purposes. She ...

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    Background HMT has confirmed that it will legislate to permit UK financial regulators to directly oversee and supervise (previously unregulated) “critical” third parties (“CTPs”) that provide services to the finance sector. Financial services firms have become increasingly reliant upon cloud and other third-party providers in recent years, coming to rely ...

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