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Regulating ESG – October 2021 | Issue No. 146 – ESG: Regulatory Reform on the Horizon? | Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


With ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) funds on a dramatic incline, an incline expected to continue going forward, it seems inevitable that regulatory reform is on the horizon. Europe has been leading the charge in the incorporation of ESG considerations into its regulatory framework. As we look to gauge what type of regulatory reform might be around the corner for us here in the U.S., specifically in the realm of fund finance, it is useful to look at the regulatory developments in the EU.

Regulatory Reform in the EU

The most relevant EU regulation in this space is the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), which came into effect in March of this year. The SFDR imposes mandatory ESG disclosure obligations on asset managers and other financial markets participants, and is a major milestone in the EU’s efforts to ensure a systematic and transparent approach to sustainability within financial markets, thereby preventing…

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