Meeting global needs and challenges

Shifts in the regulatory and legislative landscape can impact businesses and commercial imperatives significantly. In particular, the areas of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) have been identified by governments, businesses and investors as an important way of determining a company’s sustainability and value creation in the long term. As ESG gains momentum and matures to accelerate market transformation, regulators and industry bodies have, in recent years, moved to implement new frameworks and/or enact policy changes to keep their economies relevant and encourage continued investments.

Our ESG & Public Policy Practice understands intimately the legal ramifications and challenges that follow these paradigms shift. We are well-placed to advise clients on the changing ESG drivers, policy frameworks, legislation and regulation through our experience and legal knowledge across multiple practice areas. We take a holistic approach in our advice to clients in identifying ESG and public policy risks on the horizon, and how to manage such risks to stay competitive and be recognised as responsible corporate citizens. 

Multi-disciplinary approach

ESG and public policy issues are multi-faceted. As such, we adopt a multi-disciplinary approach in working across the various practices within our Firm and regional network to advance the interests of our clients.

Network and experience

Even as public policies, ESG standards and structures continue to develop locally, much of the applicable frameworks stem from international regimes. Therefore, through our association with Allen & Gledhill and its strong regional network of offices in Singapore, Myanmar and Vietnam; and alliance firm, Soemadipradja & Taher in Indonesia, we are well-placed to support clients whose policy objectives could transcend jurisdictions and extend throughout South-east Asia, providing them with an integrated and seamless service.

Our experience includes sustainable and green finance (such as ASEAN Green Bonds/Sukuk, SRI Sukuk and sustainability-linked financings), investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and projects advisory in the renewable energy sector; green energy and low carbon/carbon trading projects; environmental due diligence; investigations into complaints or disputes over ESG wrongdoing, business compliance supply chain management; advising on corporate governance issues; managing ESG litigation risks; carbon credits; ESG reporting and disclosure standards and frameworks; legislative process and drafting; public policy gap analyses; strategy and advocacy; and public consultations and policy papers.