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Green Loan Principles to Guide Environmental and Sustainability Finance

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With banks playing an integral role in real estate and infrastructure finance, the imperative to guide them into lending for environmental and sustainable purposes is categorical, and a set of green lending guidelines could...more

Developments in Sustainable Finance: EU Commission Action Plan For Financing Sustainable Growth

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On 8 March 2018, the EU Commission proposed a suite of far-reaching near-term reforms aimed at the promotion and regulation of “sustainable finance” in all its forms across the entire investment chain within the European...more

Companies Must Carefully Consider ESG Disclosures Under UK Non-Financial Reporting Directive

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Companies should conduct thorough due diligence in light of closer scrutiny from stakeholders and governmental and non-governmental bodies. Companies are facing increasing pressure to report on environmental, social, and...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Outlook for mining in Africa - Demand for commodities is strengthening, but challenges persist.

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Resource-rich Africa has long been targeted by international investors and perhaps no more so than today. New technologies linked to the development of electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries have increasingly turned the...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Green finance in Africa

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Achieving sustainability objectives through innovative funding of climate-change projects. The first green bond was issued only ten years ago, but since then the market's depth and volume has increased exponentially. Green...more

Vietnam's New Solar PPA: Strong Developer Interest Despite Bankability Concerns

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The Situation: Vietnam's draft model power purchase agreement ("Model PPA") for solar power projects issued in April 2017 departed from international market practice and fell short on bankability. The Action: Vietnam has...more

Climate Change and Trends in Global Finance

On December 12, French President Emmanuel Macron, joined by President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, hosted the One Planet Summit highlighting public...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #2

Virginia Agency Takes Unexpected Step that Could Delay Gas Pipeline Project - "The State Water Control Board approved permits for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is backed by Dominion Energy, but took the...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 62, Sentencing of VW Employee Oliver Schmidt

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As many of you all know, Matt Kelly can rant with the best of them, right up there with Howard Sklar. I was quite intrigued when I read Matt’s December 11, 2017 blog post entitled, “At What Cost Dishonesty? For VW Exec, Seven...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

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The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

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President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...more

Green finance: Legal frameworks and international practice

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Green finance has been defined as “financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development”. As the number of “green finance” transactions is increasing...more

2017: The year for sovereign green bonds?

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Green bonds allow sovereign issuers to tap into new pools of capital and meet their international environmental obligations. However, there have been only two sovereign green bond issuances to date. It's been almost 10...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 27 | July 2017

by Jones Day on

On June 7, 2017, Japan signed the "Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty-Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" ("MLI"). The MLI is a part of the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit-shifting...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The DOJ is dismissing charges against former JPMorgan employees allegedly mixed up in the London Whale trading scandal that cost JPM more than $6 billion....more

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment

On June 1, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin America,...more

China Updates New Industry Catalogue - PRC reduces regulatory procedures for foreign investments following its 2016 reforms

On June 28, 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (China) promulgated the 7th updated version of the Catalogue of Industries for...more

What’s New in Washington - July 2017

On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

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The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

Call for Tenders: Algeria's Renewable Energy Program Seeks 4,050 MW

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The Algerian Program for the Development of New Renewable Energies ("Program") aims to produce 22,000 MW for the needs of the national market over a period extending from 2015 to 2035-2040. More than 4,000 MW are intended to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

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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

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