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China begins Environment Protection Tax collection: key takeaways

by DLA Piper on

China's Environment Protection Tax Law (EPT Law) is now in effect, and China will soon be collecting the Environment Protection Tax (EPT). The first collection is expected in April 2018....more

BlackRock Publishes Updated Proxy Voting Guidelines

by White & Case LLP on

BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock") recently published its updated "Proxy Voting Guidelines for US Securities". Consistent with BlackRock's recent communications related to its investment principles, the guidelines emphasize...more

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Initial Public Offering Checklist

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

SEC’s Mixed Guidance on Apple Environmental and Human Rights Shareholder Proposals Provides Clarification on CSR Proposals

Recent, seemingly disparate action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to two shareholder proposals may leave companies and shareholders confused as to whether companies may exclude shareholder...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In naming Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain vice chairs, Berkshire Hathaway took another big step this week in laying out LAWB (Life After Warren Buffet)....more

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

Institutional Investors Call for Increased, Standardized, Climate-Related Disclosures

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 26, 2017, 30 Canadian financial institutions representing $1.2 trillion in investment assets (the Signatories), including Desjardins and Vancity, issued a declaration (the Declaration) of commitment to advancing...more

Stanford Report Argues Clean Energy Investment Must Triple to Halt Catastrophic Global Warming

The global economy must triple its annual investment in low-emissions technology, from $750 billion per year between 2010 and 2015 to $2.3 trillion per year going forward until 2040, to keep the planet under 2 degrees Celsius...more

China Prioritises Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Overseas Investment

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Chinese government has announced a US$4 trillion investment in developing infrastructure globally under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). Under the BRI the Chinese government will spend US$750 billion on overseas...more

SFC Obtains Disqualification and Court Orders Against Hanergy’s Former Chairman and Current Directors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of First Instance’s decision has important implications for directors of listed companies when failing to act in the best interests of the company. Background - On July 15, 2015, the Securities and Futures...more

Across the Board-Episode 6, will your assets be stranded?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Rakhi Kumar, the Managing Director, Head of ESG Investing and Asset Stewardship for State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) on the firm’s recent white paper entitled, “SSGA’s Perspective On Effective...more

Investment opportunities in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector in Oman

by Dentons on

Oman's "Tanfeedh" programme has been established to promote economic diversification in the Sultanate. Tanfeedh aims to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector, focusing on five key business sectors – manufacturing,...more

Investment funds enter the North Sea oil and gas market

by DLA Piper on

As the oil and gas market is beginning to recover, new players for example from Asia, Russia or the Middle East, may enter the North Sea....more

Investors’ Climate Change Voting Records Face Scrutiny

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies who engage with their large institutional shareholders on environmental and social issues during the 2018 proxy season should keep in mind that these investors are facing pressure from other investors on their...more

Issues for investors' considerations affecting solar and thermal power projects in Nigeria

by Dentons on

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is currently experiencing critical financial and operational hurdles which significantly affect ongoing and prospective renewable and non-renewable power projects. This paper...more

SCOTUS Update: Environmental and Administrative Law Cases Decided in 2017

The 2016 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court was fairly quiet, perhaps reflecting the fact that with only eight members, the Court needed a working consensus to handle its docket. The Court handed down seventy rulings, but only a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

TCFD Report Will Shape Future Expectations for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 29, 2017, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD or Task Force) released its Final Report providing recommendations on voluntary climate-related financial disclosures. The recommendations,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here’s the other shoe for that news that all the big banks passed their Fed stress tests the other day: are the “bad old days of enormous leverage and freewheeling deals” and the risk inherent in them back, too?....more

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

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