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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

In recent years, there has been rising scrutiny and a greater focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations across all aspects of global fund investing. Fund managers, corporations, and investors increasingly leverage ESG factors to explore sustainable investment possibilities and more fund GPs are expected to demonstrate a developed and coherent ESG policy and to give consideration to the metrics around monitoring of these against portfolio company performance. Fried Frank provides the most effective counsel to clients leading the market on ESG developments.

We currently advise on the impact investing endeavors of numerous companies and funds, working with a growing number of fund managers who are launching investment vehicles that promise a dual focus on market-level returns combined with positive environmental, social or governmental impact. We understand the nuances of ESG and that these considerations will vary in intensity and relevance by industry. We also understand the value of a company meeting certain ESG standards as the market continues to offer incentives and rewards for those business entities that remain committed to these criteria.

Our capabilities extend to each facet of ESG, including, but not limited to:

Environmental: Renewables, water scarcity, resource depletion, climate change reduction and energy efficiency.

Social: Emergency preparedness, shareholder and stakeholder engagement, qualified opportunity zones, and employee health and well being.

Governance: Oversight and accountability, management response, cyber security, and the understanding of the inherent risk of companies not actively pursuing these initiatives.

In recent years, there has been rising scrutiny and a greater focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations across all aspects of global fund investing. Fund managers, corporations, and investors increasingly leverage ESG factors to explore sustainable investment possibilities and more fund GPs are expected to demonstrate a developed and coherent ESG policy and to give consideration to the metrics around monitoring of these against portfolio company performance. Fried Frank provides the most effective counsel to clients leading the market on ESG developments.

We currently advise on the impact investing endeavors of numerous companies and funds, working with a growing number of fund managers who are launching investment vehicles that promise a dual focus on market-level returns combined with positive environmental, social or governmental impact. We understand the nuances of ESG and that these considerations will vary in intensity and relevance by industry....