Looking ahead to COP28
16 November 2023
The 28th Conference of the Parties is taking place from 30 November in Dubai. Our international panel – David Evans, Nigel Howorth, Daud Khan, Roger Leese, Angela McEwan and Deborah Zandstra – provided insights on what COP can achieve against a complex geopolitical backdrop. Our speakers also covered major themes including renewable energy, financing and the role of private capital, and carbon markets, and contextualised what’s on the agenda.
Antitrust challenges for industry climate alliances and co-operation on environmental sustainability
27 June 2023
Firms are increasingly looking for ways to work together to promote environmental sustainability. While competition authorities in the UK, EU and Australia have supported co-ordination, some authorities in the US have taken a more critical approach. In this webinar, our international panel of experts – Steve Nickelsburg, Peter Mucchetti, Elizabeth Richmond, Daniel Schwarz and Katharine Missenden – discussed what this scrutiny means for private sector co-ordination on environmental sustainability and participation in industry climate alliances such as the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero.
Class actions – global trends
22 June 2023
The industries, products and focus of class actions is expanding and changing with the rise of ESG and a rapidly evolving regulatory and legal framework. Corporate accountability is increasingly demanded by society and Courts are responding to new and novel claims. The risk of class action claims, therefore, is only going to increase and businesses must be alive to the changing international landscape. In this webinar, our international panel of experts featuring John Friel, Naomi Griffin, Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer, Maxine Mossman and Jason Epstein discussed these global trends and the implications for businesses across all sectors.
Energy in transition – the role of decommissioning
13 June 2023
Decommissioning is an integral part of the energy transition journey. The move by oil and gas majors to decarbonise their operations often leads to a transfer of the ageing assets to new, and often under-resourced, players. This can create opportunities but is also fraught with complexities and challenges for both outgoing and incoming operators. In this webinar, Clifford Chance experts David Evans, Spencer Flay, Leonhard Rudolph, Pat Saraceni and Kirsty Souter discussed the key risks arising in decommissioning operations, offered suggestions on how to mitigate and manage those risks and key factors for any robust decommissioning strategy.
What you need to know about the industrial policy revolution
23 May 2023
Driven by the green transition, national security concerns, and commitments to support domestic production, countries are increasingly taking measures to develop green economies and energy systems, and to stimulate the production of green technologies at home. New legislation in the US, especially the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, and EU responses (including the proposed Green Deal Industrial Plan for the Net-Zero Age) are creating new challenges and opportunities for clients. In this webinar, our global team featuring David Evans, Epistimi Oikonomopoulou, James Pay, Janet Whittaker and Michelle Williams examined these latest developments and likely future trends, and what all of this means for business.
Betting on Batteries
21 March 2023
With increasing global demand for batteries to power the clean energy transition (including in automobiles), the opportunities and risks are multiplying. In this webinar, our international team featuring Michelle Williams, Thomas Voland, Rae Lindsay, James Pay, Vicky Ma and Peter Hughes surveyed the issues arising from new technology, new markets, and new deals, including those associated with mineral extraction (human rights and supply chain), regulatory changes and the race to find funding.
European Perspectives | ESG Series: Gender Balance on Corporate Boards: Targets for Equal Representation across Europe
20 March 2023
Clifford Chance and PWN Global (Professional Women's Network Global) hosted 'Gender Balance on Corporate Boards: Targets for Equal Representation across Europe' on Monday, 20 March 2023.
Ethics Series: Can culture survive in times of turmoil?
9 February 2023
In this session, organised in conjunction with the Canary Wharf G30 Conduct and Culture Group and Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy, our panellists explored the tensions between the duties an individual owes to an organisation versus themselves and those around them, pressures around speaking up and following up, and a look at corporate and individual behaviours in a period of sustained economic and political turmoil.
Energy transition – what is the impact of rising energy prices?
21 June 2022
As rising energy prices and the shifting political landscape bring greater uncertainty, our international speaker panel featuring Russell Wells, Anna Thwaites, David Evans, Philip Sealey and Felicity Ward, discussed how this will impact the speed of the wider energy transition. Our experts also looked at some of the innovations and developments that we are seeing as corporates and governments take on the challenge of reaching net zero.
China's sustainable finance outlook – 2022 and beyond
14 June 2022
As sustainable finance, carbon trading and other areas of green financing continue to evolve and expand in China, Clifford Chance partners Maggie Zhao, Paget Dare Bryan, Terry Yang, Vicky Ma, David Tsai and Kimi Liu (He Ping Law Firm), discussed the themes and issues for the China market and where it is heading.
The EU Taxonomy Regulation – is it sustainable?
7 June 2022
As the EU sustainable finance taxonomy develops, Clifford Chance speakers David Adams, Caroline Dawson, Paul Ellison, Keith Hauck, Kirsty Souter and Thomas Voland looked at what’s sustainable and what’s not, what new obligations the Taxonomy Regulation introduces and whether we might see other jurisdictions developing their own taxonomies.
Greenwashing – a story for our times
18 May 2022
In this webinar, Clifford Chance speakers David Adams, Caroline Dawson, Paul Ellison, Kate Norgett, Luke Tolaini, Christian Vogel and Thomas Voland considered the burgeoning temptations for businesses to highlight their green credentials including the increasing regulatory imperatives in the US and Europe, how to be vigilant in avoiding the bear traps and some cautionary tales of those found guilty of greenwashing.
European Perspectives | ESG Series | Session 7 - The EU Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence Proposal: Managing Adverse Environmental Impacts
31 May 2022
In this webinar, a multi-jurisdictional panel of speakers with ESG and environmental expertise from Clifford Chance's offices in Australia, Germany and the UK discussed the the Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence directive.
ESG regulation around the planet
4 May 2022
ESG now sits firmly on the Boardroom table across the globe with awareness maturity in different markets varying greatly.
Explore the effects of legal & regulatory developments in US structured transactions
27 April 2022
Recent proposed changes to US fund regulation, regulatory activity regarding consumer credit, and the ability to use Cayman Islands SPEs for US sponsored transactions (stemming from EU law) are among the legal and regulatory changes impacting new structured finance transactions.
360 View: Private funds secondaries market trends
13 April 2022
As capital allocations to the secondaries market increase and GPs and LPs seek more creative ways to achieve liquidity and optionality, secondaries trading has shifted from LP led sales to coordinated GP led processes.
Dismantling the stigma of disability: Delivering equal career opportunities for all
29 March 2022
On Tuesday 29 March 2022 a pan-European panel consisting of Tiernan Brady (Global Director of Inclusion), Martin Clemm (General Counsel, Software AG), Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter (Professor of Sustainable Management) and Sara Schermerhorn (Senior Advisor, Employment) considered how to tackle the stigma faced by people with disabilities in society and in the workplace.
Clifford Chance APAC ESG Perspectives Series | Portfolio Acquisition and Management
25 March 2022
Over the course of this webinar series, we discuss the ways that ESG considerations may impact an Asian-based fund during its life cycle (regardless of fund strategy). We focus on the practical implications for managers at each stage and how they can prepare themselves to effectively navigate these issues.
European Perspectives | ESG Series | Session 6 - The EU sustainable corporate due diligence proposal: What it means for business
8 March 2022
In this webinar, in cooperation with GBI, a multi-jurisdictional panel of speakers will discuss the EU Sustainable Corporate Due Diligence Proposal on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 at 16:00 - 17:30 CET | 15:00 - 16:30 GMT.
European Perspectives | ESG Series | Session 5 The Rise of ESG Litigation: Understanding the Risks
22 February 2022
In this webinar on Tuesday, 22 February 2022 at 14:00 - 15:00 CET | 13:00 - 14:00 GMT a multi-jurisdictional panel of speakers with ESG and litigation expertise from Clifford Chance's offices in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK will discuss the rise of ESG litigation and help you to understand the risks.
Human Rights in Focus: COP26, Just Transitions and the Financial Sector
9 December 2021
Clifford Chance, the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the CDC Group hosted an event on the afternoon of Thursday 9 December 2021 to celebrate Human Rights Day and to mark the launch of our "Just Transactions" White Paper exploring the relevance and implications of the just transition for the banking sector.