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The ESG regulatory landscape continues to evolve. Whilst the EU's SFDR and Taxonomy Regulation have been the main focus of attention, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority recently published a consultation paper on its proposed sustainability disclosure regime. The consultation sets out a package of measures aimed at tackling greenwashing. The measures include sustainable investment labels, disclosure requirements and restrictions on the use of sustainability-related terms in product naming and marketing.
The scope of the FCA's regime
The various rules being proposed
How the proposed rules compare and differ to the SFDR
How global managers should deal with the differing ESG regulatory regimes
Eve Ellis: Partner in Ropes & Gray's asset management group specialising in financial services regulation.
Eve provides advice across a broad range of regulatory matters with a particular focus on fund regulation and has done so for over 15 years. In the latest edition of The Legal 500, clients describe Eve as "excellent," "personable, accessible, very knowledgeable and commercially-focused." Peers comment they are "impressed by her knowledge and commitment." Eve also has an in-depth understanding of fund formation matters, allowing her to provide complex regulatory advice in context.
Tom Alabaster: Parter at Ropes & Gray
Tom is a partner in the asset management group and head of the firm's funds practice in EMEA. He is a specialist in the international structuring, marketing and operation of private funds and private fund managers across a broad range of strategies and jurisdictions. He is also highly experienced in the structuring of sponsor-to-sponsor M&A, joint ventures, structured secondaries, separate managed accounts and co-investments.
Tom is consistently recognised as a leading investment management lawyer by clients and peers, and in industry publications such as The Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Clients refer to Tom in the legal directories as "absolutely awesome," "the best funds legal adviser in London," and "at the forefront of funds lawyers in the UK." His clients are further quoted in Chambers, where he is described as "extremely responsive," "commercial" with "a good command of the details." He has been identified by IFLR 1000 as a "highly regarded" and by PEI's Private Fund Manager as one of the global private fund industry's top 30 under 40.
Tom is a member of the legal and accounting committee of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA), having previously served on the regulatory committees of the BVCA and Invest Europe. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Tom served as an investment funds partner at other global law firms in London and New York, and also as an in-house funds lawyer and Europe and Africa CCO at The Carlyle Group.