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Sustainability Reporting After the Paris Climate Accord

It’s fair to say that President Trump’s June 1 announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been widely reported. It’s also fair to say that the announcement triggered a host of passionate...more

The European Commission Places Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues Centre Stage

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission has recently published plans to integrate sustainability considerations into decisions made by investors within the EU. More specifically, the EU is looking to spell out in legislation, that the...more

The Financial CHOICE Act and Shareholder Engagement

by Bryan Cave on

The Financial CHOICE Act introduced in the House this spring has largely garnered attention because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank, but the bill would also significantly change the rules governing shareholder resolutions for...more

The Latest on Shareholder Climate Activity: BlackRock Begins Explaining Its Votes

We previously noted BlackRock’s recent shareholder votes in favor of increased reporting of climate risks by ExxonMobil and Occidental. Now, BlackRock has stepped it up a notch by including “vote bulletins” on its investment...more

Exxon Mobil Shareholders Push for Climate Policy Risk Disclosure

A new trend is emerging among the country’s most influential fossil fuel investors: a demand for climate change accountability and progress towards a low-carbon economy. On May 31, 2017, a vote among Exxon Mobil’s...more

Despite U.S. Retreat from Paris Agreement, Shareholders Require Climate Change Assessments

In the midst of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, shareholders are demanding greater transparency regarding climate change risks. While publicly-traded companies are often adept at disclosing...more

Shareholders at ExxonMobil Vote in Favor of Climate Change Reporting

On May 31, shareholders at Exxon Mobil Corp. (“ExxonMobil”) voted in favor of a climate change resolution asking the company to publish an annual report on the business impact of measures designed to limit global temperature...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Even as the administration is mulling over withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, Exxon Mobil’s shareholders have voted to demand a more detailed accounting of the climate change policy risks facing the company—an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

Senators Send SEC, EPA, Letter On Renewable Fuel Credit Market

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 9, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven additional Democratic Senators, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the...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

New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule...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

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

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

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

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...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

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