World in transition: Four themes

We focus on four themes of change and how they are affecting companies and markets around the world.
In this way, we hope to contribute to a greater understanding of where the world is headed at a time of historic transitions.

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The Global ESG Regulatory Framework toughens up

A look at three key regulatory developments in the EU and US - proposed EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and Reporting Directives and US SEC Climate Change Disclosure Rules

Energy transition, funding African infrastructure and sustainable finance
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Energy transition, funding African infrastructure and sustainable finance

A conversation with White & Case partner Sibusiso Zungu

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A bright future: Smart cities in Latin America

Smart city initiatives in Latin America have too often been overshadowed by high-profile projects in North America. But the tide is changing, and smart city projects throughout the region are gaining traction like never before.

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Environmental, social and governance factors enter the mainstream
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ESG pressures fuel dealmaking

Companies across the globe are turning to M&A to fulfill their ESG ambitions while investors seek the steep returns on offer

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Dismissal of judicial review highlights the challenges in pursuing climate change-related claims in the UK
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Mining & metals 2022: ESG and energy transition – the sector's biggest opportunity

Against a backdrop of record commodity prices and the pressure for miners to boost their ESG credentials, the sector is seeking to position itself as a trusted partner in fighting climate change.

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Lenders zero in on the fine print as ESG issuance surges

The rise in sustainability-linked debt issuance observed in 2021 has shown little sign of slowing down as borrowers continue to focus on improving ESG performance in response to investor demand.

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Climate Change Litigation
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Climate change litigation in Africa: Current status and future developments

Climate change litigation is increasing steadily worldwide, but few cases have been filed yet in Africa

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact - ESG
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A Win for Environmental and Social Shareholder Proponents? Corp Fin Issues SLB 14L, Rescinding Prior SLBs on Economic Relevance and Ordinary Business Exclusions
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Energy Transition & Industry Impact - Climate Change
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Sustainable finance in Latin America

GSS bonds and other forms of sustainable finance have become a mainstream feature of Latin American debt capital markets

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How Islamic finance can accommodate ESG as an additional element
Intersection
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US infrastructure 2021 – 22: The path to growth

Our survey shows investment in infrastructure assets looks set to accelerate with an anticipated boost from the US infrastructure bill and a growing focus on sustainability and technology

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How sustainability-linked formats can be adapted to securitisation and covered bonds
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ESG and CLOs: The next chapter
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More than compliance: Why ESG disclosure is essential to a successful IPO and beyond
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Sustainability-linked bonds, including an issuer’s perspective: H&M’s debut
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Mining & metals 2021: Forces of transition and influencers of change

The mining & metals industry is critical to the success of the world's transition towards net zero, both in reducing its own carbon footprint and providing the materials that will deliver a cleaner and more sustainable future

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The rise and rise of ESG-linked debt issuance

ESG-linked financing issuance swelled in 2021, with issuers responding to the rapid growth in investor demand for environmental and socially-linked debt issuance

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The Supreme Court's NCAA Decision and Its Implications for Antitrust Law
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US trade: The rise of benefit corporations and stakeholder - capitalism businesses

Companies focused on broader public benefits and ESG principles face unique issues in international trade disputes.

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A more sustainable approach to debt financing
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How changing attitudes toward data sharing could accelerate smart city adoption

The pandemic seems to have prompted people to rethink their attitudes toward sharing personal data, particularly when it is used to manage public health and provide essential services. Can this shift serve as a catalyst for smart city adoption?

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Reshaping Climate Change Law

The German Federal Constitutional Court Orders the German Legislator to Set Clear CO2 Emission Reduction Goals Beyond 2030

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Transformation in the construction industry: Keeping pace with change

Three pillars are at the heart of global efforts to boost sustainability and make our built environment cleaner, greener and more socially responsible: construction, energy and technology.

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The green edge of steel: Cutting through carbon

Steel is essential to every aspect of modern life, yet its future finds itself centre stage in the climate change debate. Can advances in green steel technologies, fuelled by innovative investments from miners and steel producers, become an age-defining development in the energy transition?

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Biden Orders Assessment of Climate- Related Financial Risk
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Merging companies: Consider social factors in US antitrust clearance

The benefits of highlighting ESG, jobs and other positive deal impacts 

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ESG Derivatives
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Ensuring sustainable exits from African mining

The development of mine decommissioning and closure laws

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Pressure mounts on EU regulator to deliver on Mandatory Human Rights, Environmental and Governance Due Diligence
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Environmental law after Brexit
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Asia-Pacific Infrastructure 2021: Strong foundations in a changing world

Although the world has been in the grip of a pandemic, our survey shows that the Asia-Pacific infrastructure market is set for considerable growth in the next few years with technology and ESG considerations at the heart of that expansion

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Shareholder activists poised for a resurgence in 2021

As the dust begins to settle, shareholder activists are making a comeback

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ESG is everywhere (even in leveraged loans) and everyone’s an expert – here are three talking points to make you look like one

European Leveraged Finance Client Alert Series: February 2021

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The long-term view in a short-term world

There is more agreement about the damage short-termism is doing than about how to defeat it

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Climate change disputes: Sustainability demands fuelling legal risk

Businesses must be prepared for legal challenges to their activities and proactively take steps to limit their exposure to climate change-related claims