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London Meeting on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Reporting, the new corporate drivers

Tuesday 9 May 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills EC2A 2HS
6pm (5.30pm registration) - 7.30pm
Organised by London meeting team

Our next London meeting is on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Reporting, the new corporate drivers.

Please join us for this early evening session on the recent advances in ESG and Corporate Reporting trends that are driving renewed action on the environment, and social and governance issues within private equity funds and other financial businesses and corporates alike. The meeting will consider how increased investor pressure and a renewed requirement for transparency through both voluntary and mandatory reporting initiatives have encouraged both new initiatives to manage risk and enhance performance.

The event will be chaired by Paul Davies of Latham & Watkins LLP. Our expert speakers are:

  • Paul Bosworth of Ramboll Environ
  • Laura Spota and John Buttanshaw of Travers Smith LLP
  • Alyssa Heath of UN PRI
Alyssa will provide an introduction to the work the UNPRI has been doing on fiduciary duty and its influence on investment and regulatory processes. Paul will provide a summary of the current key reporting schemes. Laura and John will consider some of the legal and practical challenges and complexities that can arise for businesses in responding to these ESG trends, as well as the risks and opportunities that are emerging in today's increasingly transparent world.

Alyssa Heath is a Senior Manager in the PRI’s policy team, with a focus on EU and UK policy and regulation. The PRI provides tools and policy insight to policy makers and regulators to advance progress towards a regulatory environment consistent with the six Principles for Responsible Investment.

Paul Bosworth focuses on advising large listed companies on the identification and evaluation of sustainability impacts and greenhouse gas sources in alignment with best-practice standards including the GHG Protocol and GRI Guidelines. Paul has worked with clients across a range of sectors including real estate, transport and logistics, construction, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. He has provided advice and supported the delivery of tailored sustainability strategy engagements, implementation of environmental data programmes, and development of policies and procedures for multinational organisations. In addition, he has had a number of thought leadership pieces relating to sustainability and corporate transparency published on edie.net, 2degrees and Sustainable Brands.

Laura Spota is an associate in Travers Smith’s Environment and Operational Regulatory team. Laura advises on a range of environment and corporate governance mandates for companies in the banking, retail and private equity sector. Laura has also contributed to a number of published articles on environmental law developments, including as contributing author to the 2017 UK edition of Getting the Deal Through - Environment.

John Buttanshaw is also an associate in Travers Smith’s Environment and Operational Regulatory team. John advises on environmental, social and governance matters in a range of areas, including in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in particular, both in the UK and abroad. John has particular experience in advising on energy efficiency and carbon reporting regimes, and acts for various clients in establishing compliance programmes, as well as a number of regulatory defence mandates, in connection with the same.

Paul Davies is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and chair of the firm’s European Environment, Land & Resources practice. His practice focuses on advising on the environmental aspects of corporate, regulatory and contentious work (including supply chain due diligence). In relation to this, Mr. Davies advises clients on business integrity and environmental, social and governance matters affecting their business.

Tickets are £20 for UKELA members, £30 for non-members and there are limited free places for students and unwaged members. All places must be booked and your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received.

More details about the seminar via the link below.


Herbert Smith Freehills EC2A 2HS

How to get there

Herbert Smith Freehills are based at Exchange House, Primrose Street, Exchange Square, London EC2A 2HS

For directions and a map please visit https://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/where-we-work/london

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