Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are at the forefront of corporate strategies, due to investor, customer and regulator expectations. The topic has been gaining momentum and is expected to accelerate in the coming years.
ESG is broadening its scope of influence to cover all economic and policy sectors now. From energy, finance and urban planning to tax – these are just a few of the areas that are being impacted.
We advise clients – from multinationals to start ups – in all sectors and areas of ESG-related law, including future mobility, climate change strategies (decarbonisation, renewables, energy efficiency), ESG due diligence and risk assessments, corporate digital responsibility, sustainable supply chains, whistleblowing, waste management, ESG funds and green infrastructure and real estate finance.
Our approach is integrated and multidisciplinary – this enables us to anticipate and understand the issues in the rapidly evolving ESG landscape which in turn allows us to develop innovative solutions for and with our clients.
With their in-depth expertise in these areas, our teams of lawyers around the world identify risks and threats while seizing opportunities arising from the increasing focus on ESG for our clients.
Our aim is to help our clients successfully meet the demands of climate change, technological disruption, urbanisation and social concerns.
We have extensive experience in supporting international investment projects for renewables in Russia.
Our firm provides a full range of legal and tax services to the Russian renewable energy market, including:
- comprehensive advice on project structuring and Russian market entry, including localisation issues;
- joint venture and other corporate assistance;
- legal support in cooperation with state authorities;
- tax optimisation and other tax related advice;
- drafting and negotiating investment agreements, delivery, installation and service agreements for generating equipment, construction agreements and EPC contracts;
- comprehensive legal support throughout project implementation.
Wind power in Russia
We are member of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI), an independent organisation uniting all the major market players and cultivating the wind energy market.
We have extensive expertise in providing legal advice to wind power industry. For example, we have advised Vestas, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, on cooperation with Rusnano and Fortum in implementing a construction project for Russia’s largest wind park in the Ulyanovsk Region.
Hydrogen in Russia
Russia is witnessing a growing interest at governmental and industry sector levels in the development of the hydrogen industry. In October 2020, Russia adopted and published the Plan of Action “Development of Hydrogen Energy in the Russian Federation to 2024”, which has become the first official document on the development of hydrogen energy in the country.
We have a dedicated team of lawyers advising on the emerging regulation in the hydrogen industry. Please see below our recent contributions to the development of the hydrogen industry and regulation in Russia.
Waste management in Russia
Since 2019, Russia has been implementing a “waste reform” programme to radically change its municipal waste management system across the country. Many of the scheduled preparation and organisational arrangements have already been implemented or are in the pipeline. Our experts are monitoring the reform and reporting on the challenges and opportunities of this reform for investors. Please see our latest articles below.
Please contact any of our ESG lawyers to explore solutions to your needs.