Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Cadwalader’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practice, focusing on all aspects of climate change and sustainability, social impact and associated governance issues, helps clients proactively address some of the most significant forces shaping the corporate and financial services landscapes. Our multi-disciplinary team advises on the full range of potential ESG impacts, including:

  • Compliance with regulatory and market developments involving ESG standards;
  • Institutional and activist investor engagement and responses to shareholder proxy proposals;
  • Best practices for directors and board committees in monitoring and reporting on climate change and social impact matters, including proactively assessing enterprise-wide risks and opportunities associates with climate transition;
  • Director diversity, expertise and other board composition issues;
  • ESG- and sustainability-linked financings;
  • ESG-related investment programs;
  • ESG-linked executive compensation approaches;
  • Public issuer disclosure and avoidance of “greenwashing” claims, quantitative and qualitative assessment of carbon emissions, developments in sustainability taxonomies, and navigating the multitude of ESG ratings providers;
  • Diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) goals and practices;
  • Workplace and human capital culture and management;
  • Community outreach;
  • Assistance with compliance, design and implementation of climate change mitigation and “green” commodity projects;
  • Regulatory support with compliance and voluntary carbon reduction schemes in the U.S. and globally;
  • Documentation, regulatory and policy support for financing projects involving ESG projects including net-zero commitments as well as products designed to mitigate climate change (g., carbon credits and offsets, RECs, SRECs, RINs, LCFS).   

We have deep experience representing clients in litigation or government investigations arising out of these matters, and related crisis management and media coordination. We work across our practice areas to offer clients a holistic approach to achieving their ESG goals and keep abreast of the near-constant market and regulatory developments in this these areas.

We also are committed to keeping our clients aware of the latest legislative, regulatory, caselaw or industry developments affecting ESG issues. Members of our team are actively involved in the development of ESG disclosure standards with leading industry organizations, including the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and the Structured Finance Association (SFA), and our attorneys regularly draft amicus briefs for industry associations, author articles in prominent publications, speak at leading industry events, and teach law school classes in the areas of climate change and sustainability, social impact and governance. In these ways, we attempt to help shape the evolving regulatory and litigation landscape in an appropriate and responsible way that can also benefit our clients.

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22 Attorneys

Beach, Joseph W. Partner Charlotte
T. +1 704 348 5171
Bussiere, Sara Associate New York
T. +1 212 504 6255
Grieve, Duncan Special Counsel London
T. +44 (0) 20 7170 8579
Halper, Jason M. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6300
Hogan, Erica Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6645
Holloman, Ellen V. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6200
Jubin, Gregg Partner Washington
T. +1 202 862 2485
Malyshev, Peter Y. Partner Washington
T. +1 202 862 2474
McCormack, Michael A. Special Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6569
Mills, William P. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6436
Misson, Wesley A. Partner Charlotte
T. +1 704 348 5355
Moore, Elizabeth Associate New York
T. +1 212 504 6441
Neuman, Bonnie A. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 5625
Newell, Michael Partner London
T. +44 (0) 20 7170 8540
Quirolo, David Partner London
T. +44 (0) 20 7170 8635
Dublin
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Robertson, Matthew Partner Charlotte
T. +1 704 348 5257
Ruder, Michael J. Special Counsel Charlotte
T. +1 704 348 5303
Schacter, Ira J. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6035
Sholem, Michael Partner London
T. +44 (0) 20 7170 8545
Shriver, Timbre Associate New York
T. +1 212 504 6377
Spanheimer, Nathan Partner Charlotte
T. +1 704 348 5195
Valentine, Joanna Partner London
T. +44 (0) 20 7170 8640