Sukhvir Basran 

Partner – London
T.+44 (0) 20 7170 8620
100 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AG
United Kingdom V-CARD

Sukhvir Basran is a partner in Cadwalader's Financial Services Group. Combining her substantial experience as a banking and finance lawyer, Sukhvir advises and works with financial institutions on incorporating innovative financing and impact investment structures anchored in rigorous impact outcomes into mainstream transactions. She advises clients on ESG strategies, policies, disclosure and reporting, ESG-related transactions and products as well as integration of ESG into investment processes and systems.

Sukhvir plays an active role in developing the sustainable finance sector through the creation of strong partnerships and collaborations. Her work extends beyond purely legal including enabling her clients to engage with their customers and clients to create sustainable investment business models. The Sustainability Linked Loans (SLL) Lender Toolkit and Corporates and Sponsors’ Sustainable Roadmap have been shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards (2022) and Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards (2021).

Sukhvir believes that legal advice needs to be provided in the context of the wider ESG landscape, mainstream and impact investing, and she works closely with trade associations and industry bodies, standard setters, and data providers to deliver an end-to-end service for clients. She is involved with several organizations and financial institutions in the Gender Lens and diversity investing space to develop products and deepen engagement to promote gender equality outcomes. She is a member of the LMA’s ESG committee, is Independent Chair of the 2X Global’s inaugural board, is on the Steering Committee of GenderSmart JEDI, is a member of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers’ Board and is working on a UN-led Taskforce on the creation of an ESG Board Certification. Sukhvir also launched “Aurora: The Gender Lens Project” with the 2X Collaborative and GenderSmart. 

  • Advising an international bank on its internal frameworks and policies in respect of sustainability-linked loans, green loans and social loans.
  • Advising a UK government organization in respect of corporate user guides relating to the legal structure of and key issues arising from social impact bonds and development impact bonds.
  • Advising a global investment management firm on structuring an ESG framework for sustainability-linked loans.
  • Launching Aurora: The Gender Lens Project with the 2X Challenge, aimed at increasing genderlens awareness/engagement through a playbook of terms, precedents and shared principles for transactions.
  • Advising a real estate private equity fund on SFDR disclosure regulation and advising them in respect of its CSR and ESG investment policy.
  • Advising UBS Optimus Foundation on various amendments and advice regarding its Education Development Bond in India.
  • Advising Schiphol Airport on its sustainability-linked €400 million syndicated multicurrency revolving credit facility incorporating a swingline facility.



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Sukhvir Basran 


  • Nottingham Law School
  • University of Cambridge
    Master of Law
  • Wolverhampton University
    Bachelor of Laws