‘A time of significant transition' – The Global Legal Post launches international guide to ESG laws and regulations

Practical tool for businesses and their advisers is edited by Debevoise’s Ulysses Smith and features contributions from array of top firms
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The Global Legal Post today launches an online comparative jurisdictional guide to ESG laws and regulations. 

The first edition of the Law Over Borders Environmental, Social & Governance guide provides an up-to-date jurisdictional comparison of the latest legal and regulatory developments, enforcement and litigation trends, and policy and non-legal drivers of the major ESG developments impacting businesses around the world.

It is edited by Ulysses Smith, ESG senior adviser at Debevoise & Plimpton, and features contributions from a number of Debevoise lawyers, including partners Geoffrey Burgess, Patricia Volhard, Andrew M. Levine and Caroline Swett, alongside chapters by ESG specialists from an array of top law firms across the globe.

The easy-to-use digital format allows readers to quickly assess the ESG regimes of different jurisdictions by comparing contributing authors’ answers to a series of carefully framed questions.  

“The GLP guide comes at a time of significant transition in the world of ESG,” said Smith, who joined Debevoise in 2021 as its first senior ESG adviser. “Even as ESG becomes increasingly a matter of hard law and regulation, political and policy objectives, voluntary frameworks, and the expectations of shareholders and investors all continue to drive developments. The guide aims to be a practical tool for businesses and their advisers to understand the many facets of ESG in key jurisdictions around the world.” 

Contributing firms include: Bruchou & Funes de Rioja (Argentina), McKinney Bancroft & Hughes (Bahamas), Pinheiro Neto Advogados (Brazil), Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos (Chile), Zhong Lun Law Firm (China), Hannes Snellman Attorneys (Finland), Legance (Italy), City-Yuwa Partners (Japan), Von Wobeser y Sierra (Mexico), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Netherlands), Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano (Peru), Kim & Chang (South Korea), Hannes Snellman Attorneys (Sweden), MME Legal (Switzerland) and Herbert Smith Freehills (UK). Debevoise contributed the US and EU chapters.

The print version of the guide will be available in April and officially launched at Luxury Law Summit London, which takes place at the British Museum on 13 June.

The guide is the sixth in the Law Over Border series, following the launches of Private Client, Artificial Intelligence, Luxury Law, Fashion Law and Anti-counterfeiting guides. Forthcoming additions to the series include Family Asset Protection, Global Trade, Arbitration, and Commercial Litigation. 

Click here to read the guides online or here to purchase print or pdf versions and to pre-order the ESG guide. 

For further information about the Global Legal Post Law Over Border guides email associate publisher [email protected].

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