ESG & Sustainability



Mindful of the significant and continuing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and opportunities for clients, regulators and legislators, William Fry offers a dedicated, cross-disciplinary ESG & Sustainability Practice Group to support clients in operationalising their sustainability goals while navigating the myriad of published and planned global, international and local ESG rules, standards and expectations.

Leveraging our deep and extensive knowledge and expertise across key practice areas, our ESG & Sustainability Practice Group advises and supports clients and other stakeholders in managing and optimising the ever-shifting and evolving ESG legal and regulatory landscape, anticipating and responding to market demand for sustainable corporate practices and ESG opportunities while managing ESG risk within their businesses.

Areas of Expertise 

  • Sustainable Finance, ESG
    investing, green bonds,
    sustainability reporting, disclosures          
  • Sustainable Construction
    & Energy Efficient
  • Sustainable Corporate
  • Strategic Data & Risk
  • Environmental Impact
    Assessment Law
  • Employment Rights
    & Obligations
  • Renewable Energy
  • Dispute Resolution
    & Litigation
  • Supply Chain Management
    & Sustainable Procurement
  • Equality &
    Human Rights Law 
  •  Financial Regulation


Responsible Business is integral to our firm's operating model and ESG considerations are at the core of our approach. Read more here


Our experience includes advising:

  • auxmoney, a digital peer-to-peer lending platform for consumer credit in Europe, in connection with the securitisation of consumer loans and the issuance of social bonds which are listed on the ESG segment of Euronext Dublin.
  • on the establishment of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards 2019-recognised alternative investment fund, investing in leading Asian companies actively tackling pollution and climate change;
  • Smurfit Kappa in connection with sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities provided by a syndicate of international lenders;
  • a wide range of market-leading international and domestic asset managers, AIFMs and UCITS management companies including Architas Multi-Managers, AXA Rosenberg, Barclays, Comgest Asset Management, Lazard Asset Management, Legal & General and Natixis Investment Managers on compliance with the requirements of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan, including all aspects of compliance with the Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR);
  • Uniphar (a publicly listed company) on sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities provided by a syndicate of Irish banks;
  • British Airways on its EETC issuance and listing on the Irish Stock Exchange to finance new generation fuel efficient, low CO2 clean aircraft;
  • EirGrid (Ireland's Transmission System Operator) on the structuring, development and financing of the proposed 700MW HVDC Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France; capital cost of circa €1bn; critical infrastructure for renewable generation;
  • European Investment Bank on its financing of the Oweninny Wind Farm in County Mayo;
  • a range of pension trustee clients, including the trustees of the Guinness Ireland Group Pension Scheme and Aviva's main Irish pension arrangements on SFDR-related matters;
  • a range of Irish unit-linked life insurance undertakings and Irish private equity/venture capital fund structures on various ESG-related matters; and
  • a broad range of international asset managers, including market-leading ETF ranges, on the development of ESG-focused/sustainable product offerings and managing all aspects of the Central Bank of Ireland approval process for these products.
  • a major retailer on energy audits by the SEAI
  • on a major environmental audit of data centres 
  • various retailers and an industry body on the application of the WEEE and RoHS Regulations, including registration requirements, labelling and funding obligations 
  • on the shipment of electronic waste 
  • on Special Areas of Conservation under the EU Habitats and Birds Directives
  • on import control requirements in relation to dual-use goods and WEEE 

ESG Risks and Opportunities: The Focus at William Fry CounselConnect Event

William Fry's mid-year CounselConnect event focused on the Environmental, Social and Governance agenda

Mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence proposal published for corporates

Mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence proposal published for corporates

Directors of Shell Face Potential Shareholder Derivative Action in UK Court

A potential Shareholder Derivative Action in the UK seeks to allege breaches of duty by the Board of Directors of Shell for failing to devise and implement a strategy aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement.

EU Sanctions: Asset Freezes and Capital Markets Access Restrictions

To date in 2022, the EU has adopted four sanctions packages in response to the developing situation in Ukraine. Each package includes one or more directly effective EU Regulations which introduce new, or amend existing (in place since 2014), EU sanctions regimes. As outlined in this article, the sanctions include several restrictive measures of relevance to funds and fund management companies.

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Key Contacts

Lorena Dunne Partner

Bryan Bourke Partner

Fergus Devine Partner

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