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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

China’s Securities Regulator Issues New Green Bond Guidelines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released new guidelines (the Guidelines) on the issuance of green bonds on March 2, 2017, marking an important step in the development of what is now that world’s largest...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

Indonesian feed-in tariffs – New rules may under-power the renewables sector

by DLA Piper on

Indonesia's new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy present a conundrum. Will renewables flourish or fade in the new revenue environment? Investors will not welcome the lower tariffs under the new regime, but state...more

Investing in renewable projects in Europe - January 2017

by Dentons on

The renewable energy market never stands still. Technical advances and the increased prevalence of competitive tendering mechanisms are driving down costs globally. Changes in political and economic conditions can transform...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

Financial Stability Board Task Force Issues Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Disclosures

by Bryan Cave on

In January 2016, the G20’s Financial Stability Board organized a task force, chaired by Michael Bloomberg, to come up with recommendations for a uniform framework for the disclosure of financial risks and opportunities...more

Renewable Energy Investor Group Asks FERC to Designate Certain Passive Equity Interests in Public Utilities as “Non-Voting...

On December 9, 2016, a group of investors in renewable energy projects (“Petitioners”) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that certain non-managing (i.e., passive) “tax equity” interests in public...more

Blog: Environmental Shareholder Proposals Increase In Frequency And Sophistication, But Will They Continue To Be Viable?

by Cooley LLP on

The WSJ discusses the increased frequency and sophistication of shareholder proposals regarding the environment. In particular, the piece observes that shareholder proposals focusing on environmental issues have evolved “from...more

Energy incentives and opportunities to invest in renewable technologies

by DLA Piper on

Opportunities to invest in the renewable energy sector in the United Kingdom have shifted quite dramatically since March 2015. Severe cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme and the closing of the Renewable Obligations...more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York...more

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Initial Public Offering Guide

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canada’s world leading renewable energy and clean technology sector capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages,...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

Deadline Approaching: SEC Seeks Industry Comments on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements, Including Environmental and...

On April 22, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Concept Release seeking public comments on potential revisions to Regulation S-K, the SEC’s principal rules governing disclosure requirements for...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

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

by Dentons on

Europe has seen a renewables surge in the last decade, with green power capacity doubling in the last five years alone. And this flood shows few signs of abating, with Europe1 set to welcome nearly 843 GW of additional...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - March 2016

by Stoel Rives LLP on

For those gearing up for the 2015 conflict minerals report, due June 1, 2016, note that nothing on the legal front has changed. The D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling that requiring a company to state whether its products are “DRC...more

Apple Leads the Way as Green Bonds Set to Grow in 2016

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Green bonds are fixed-income debt instruments earmarked for environmental or climate change initiatives. As companies undertake more “green” initiatives, including investing in renewable energy generation, the green bond...more

Task Force to Develop Climate-Related Financial Disclosure Standards

Government regulators, financial industry standards agencies, nongovernment organizations and activist investor groups are advocating enhanced disclosure of the potential effects of business activity on the environment, or...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Climate Change Disclosures in 2016

by WilmerHale on

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

ERISA Fiduciaries May Factor Climate Change Issues Into Economic Analysis of Investments

by Foley Hoag LLP on

New guidance from the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) clarifies the role of environmental, social and governance issues (referred to as “ESG factors”) in investment decisions by ERISA fiduciaries. ERISA Interpretive Bulletin...more

Corporate Climate Change Reporting: Recent Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As world leaders coalesced in Paris to agree an historic treaty to commit nearly 200 countries to a global greenhouse gas reduction target, a similar, renewed focus has been brought recently across borders to enhance...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: SEC Proposes New "Publish What You Pay" Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 11, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a proposed rule to implement Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Section 1504...more

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