Sustainability & Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Advisory

Weil is at the forefront of environmental, social and sustainability issues, employing a cross-disciplinary and global approach to advising our clients to proactively address and balance the call for greater transparency on ESG matters with regulatory, legal and reputational risk. We counsel public and private corporations, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, boards of directors, C-suite executives, financial institutions and other financial sponsors on all aspects of ESG and sustainability matters.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

The ESG Landscape

Driven by a variety of societal, political, regulatory and market trends, the global focus on sustainability and environmental, social and governance issues has become increasingly acute. Business risks and opportunities involving the impact of climate change, sustainability and human capital matters continue to significantly affect the marketplace and the flow of capital. Public and private companies and private equity sponsors alike are proactively assessing and addressing ESG and sustainability issues across their businesses and investments and looking critically at their impact on the communities in which they operate. More than ever before, businesses are taking into consideration the interests of diverse stakeholders. Moreover, companies are seeking ways to lower their cost of capital by accessing “green” and “sustainability-linked” financings.

Industry, regulatory and investor guidance on ESG and sustainability issues can be complex and inconsistent despite clear momentum and intense pressure for businesses and investors to incorporate ESG and sustainability considerations into companies’ operations. The regulatory landscape is rapidly advancing.

We take an integrated and holistic approach partnering with our clients to evaluate their business goals, assess risks and opportunities and provide sound business judgment and guidance on compliance with applicable regulations, market trends and investor expectations. Our ESG Advisory group comprises lawyers across the full spectrum of practice areas.

Our Capabilities

Corporate Governance and Best Practices

Crisis Management

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Environmental, Health and Safety Matters

Disclosure and Reporting; ESG Ratings

Diversity and Human Capital Management

Impact Investing and ESG Funds, and Sustainability-Linked Financing

Litigation, Investigations and Regulatory Reviews

Shareholders and Investor Engagement

Transactional Support and Due Diligence

Shortcut Links

Ranked Band 1 for Environment: Mainly Transactional in D.C.

Chambers USA 2022

Ranked Tier 1 for Environment: Transactional

Legal 500 US 2023

Annemargaret Connolly Ranked Band 1 for Environment: Mainly Transactional in D.C.

Chambers USA 2023

Clients note that the Firm is “top-notch”

Chambers USA

Named National Tier 1 Environmental Law Practice

U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Survey 2022*

* Best Lawyers (in America) is by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

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