DescriptionSidley Austin LLP has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. More than 150 years after the founding of the firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world. The strategic establishment of Sidley’s offices in the key commercial, financial, and regulatory centers of the world enables the firm to harness its knowledge to represent a broad range of clients across many industries including banking and financial services, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, energy, technology, and transportation.Approach
Sustainable finance has become a significant area of focus for many of our clients. Throughout the investment value chain, from issuers to asset owners, and through asset managers, sustainability factors are now recognised both as a financial risk and financial opportunity. Firms are also increasingly considering the non-financial impacts of sustainability factors and assessing how they can position themselves to achieve positive outcomes across a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
Sidley lawyers are advising on sustainable finance issues across a range of practice areas. Our transactional work includes financing green bonds, social bonds, Sustainability-Linked Bonds, Sustainability-Linked Loans, and transition bonds. Our financial services regulatory team advises asset managers, asset owners and issuers on their obligations to make sustainability related disclosures in offering materials and public reporting documents, as well as the structure of and strategy for ‘light green’ and ‘dark green’ products.
We help our clients make sense of this rapidly changing area and the opportunities and challenges that can arise. Our team counsels boards, management teams and investors about ESG and related risks. We facilitate strategic decision-making focused on sustainable long-term value creation for shareholders and other stakeholders, and help craft communications and engagement strategies that resonate when reviewed through an ESG lens.
Sidley’s sustainable finance team includes lawyers based in key financial centres including London, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles. Our breadth of knowledge and experience provide us with a keen insight into market trends in a variety of industries.