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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So what happens when traders attempt to manipulate the index that’s meant to measure fear in the stock market itself? Well, we might just be finding out. Two UT Austin researchers think that we’re seeing efforts to mess with...more

First Issuance of Green Bonds by the French State

by Jones Day on

On 24 January 2017, France issued its first sovereign green bonds for an amount of €7 billion, with a maturity of 22 years and a yield at issue of 1.741 percent. The French sovereign issuance was fully allocated with total...more

Brazilian Green Bonds: Fibria Celulose S.A.

by White & Case LLP on

It is now widely acknowledged that there is an enormous need for 'green' infrastructure, be it urban transport, renewable power or water services. The Better Growth, Better Climate 2016 report by the New Climate Economy...more

Conservation Finance: An Increasingly Attractive Concept for Investors?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Broadly defined, conservation finance is the raising of capital to support the conservation of land, water and resources. This concept started with “debt for nature” swaps during the 1980s and 1990s whereby developing...more

Green Bonds – An Introduction

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing...more

Green e Social Bond. Le modifiche al Regolamento ExtraMOT della Borsa Italiana

LE MODIFICHE - In data 13 marzo 2017 sono entrate in vigore alcune modifiche al Regolamento ExtraMOT pubblicate da Borsa Italiana S.p.A. (“Borsa Italiana”). Tali modifiche sono state introdotte al fine di prevedere...more

Non-compliance with carbon market rules could result in substantial penalties

by Dentons on

Ontario’s cap and trade program, which launched in January 2017, includes a number of rules regarding participation in the carbon market where emission allowances and offset credits are bought and sold. The stated purpose of...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

The Fall of Section 1504: Congress Votes to Repeal the Revenue Transparency Rule

Congress passed a joint resolution this week expressing its disapproval of the revenue transparency rule issued last June by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rule, issued pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The headline a few days ago was the arrest of VW exec Oliver Schmidt during an ill-advised trip to Miami last week. But the DOJ also indicted five other top executives over their role in VW’s emissions cheating scandal. No...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Some early signs of the focus of SoftBank’s “hugely ambitious” $100 billion investment fund are beginning to emerge, and at first blush, it appears a majority of the cash will land in private and public markets rather than...more

Green Finance Growth Set to Continue

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Jonathan Taylor called for “a renewed effort from the world’s financial institutions to make the Paris Agreement a reality” at the COP 22 Conference, held last month in...more

Legal update on the renewable energy sector in Norway

by DLA Piper on

The Norwegian power industry is rapidly changing as the market transits from a reliance on fossil fuel to renewable energy projects. Although energy prices currently are low compared to earlier years, there is heavy demand...more

Blog: Climate Change Tops The List Of Issues In Comments On Reg S-K Concept Release

by Cooley LLP on

According to BNA, at a recent conference, Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins reported that the highest proportions of comments so far received on the Reg S-K Concept Release related to better environmental and social...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Green Bond Assessments

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

Proposed SEC Rules Modernize Mining Disclosures Using Canadian Rules as the Gold Standard

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a set of comprehensive mining disclosure rules with the stated intent of “aligning such rules with current industry and global regulatory practices and...more

Brexit: What are the likely effects of the Referendum decision on planning?

by Dentons on

What are the likely effects of the Referendum decision on planning? The real answer is that nobody knows but planning partner Stephen Ashworth gives his views...more

PROMESA—Energy in Puerto Rico amidst the Debt Crisis

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Renewable energy industry participants are hungrily eyeing the tiny U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, trying to determine whether the island’s debt crisis-driven troubles – which recently put a halt on development activities...more

China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Green bonds, which tie the proceeds of the issuance to investments that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, are a rapidly growing asset class. Recent figures have corroborated the narrative of growth...more

Moody’s Finalizes Green Bonds Assessment Methodology

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The municipal green bond market has taken another modest step towards solidifying recognized "green" standards in the market. Moody's previously published a proposed Green Bonds Assessment (GBA) methodology—a forward-looking...more

Navigating the Green Bonds markets in China

by Reed Smith on

China’s climate change objectives under the Paris Agreement will require it to invest a massive amount of capital into growing its domestic renewable energy generation, as well as invest in other emissions-reducing efforts....more

Investment trends in renewable energy in Australia

by DLA Piper on

Australia's ability to achieve its renewable energy target has been hampered in recent years by excess supply and falling demand in the wholesale electricity market and political uncertainty regarding incentives for renewable...more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

by PretiFlaherty on

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....more

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