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ESG & Sustainability

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