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Sustainable Finance as a trend and financing option has grown exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down. In this series of short podcasts, our ESG Debt & Equity experts discuss key tips and things you should you when considering raising sustainable finance, including the ever-evolving legal and regulatory requirements across regions.

EU Green Bond Standard

London senior associate, James Tanner, discusses the EU Green Bond Standard and where it is now on its journey from first being proposed to coming into full force and effect. James also co-authored an article in this theme which was published in IFLR and can be accessed here.

Climate-related Financial Reporting Requirements in the UK

Laura Fisher, Of Counsel in London’s Corporate Group, takes a look at the key climate-related reporting requirements in the UK, as well as the key developments you should be aware of in this ever-changing landscape.

The Evolving Market of Social Bonds

Maxim Khrapov, senior associate from our London office, takes a look at how the social bond market has involved and what the market may expect to see in the coming years.

Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)

Pieter-Jan Denys, senior associate from our Brussels office, discusses the new and upcoming European directive, and the need to develop the CSRD from the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) currently in place.

ESG Debt in Latin America

Lima partners, Pablo Berckholtz and Luis Ernesto Marin, discuss the trends contributing to the growing ESG debt market throughout Latin America, including what we can expect to see over the next few years in this space.

Green and Sustainability-Linked Loans: Under the Microscope

Paris partner, Michael Foundethakis, discusses sustainability-linked loans – what they are and key features, including a feature on the Turkish market.

The Seismic Shift – A Background to the Huge Growth in the Sustainable Finance Market

This podcast edition, delivered by Vienna partner Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac, focuses on the political, legal and regulatory dynamic of the ever-evolving sustainable finance market over the last five years.

Dramatis Personae in ESG Finance – 2nd Review Opinions, Auditor Certifications, KPIs

London’s James Tanner delivers our next in series ESG Debt & Equity podcast, with a focus on some of the parties that become involved with ESG finance transactions.

ESG Debt in the EMEA Emerging Markets

This podcast edition, from London partner Megan Schellinger, focuses on the trends within, and growth of, ESG debt activity within EMEA’s emerging markets, including case studies on some of our recent experience.

Top 10 Tips for ESG Debt Financing

Rob Mathews and Samantha Greer share helpful tips and insights for those considering undertaking ESG-related bonds and loans.

Green Bonds – Growth and Challenges in the 144A Market

Ben Bierwirth discusses the growth of the green bond market, the 144A liability concerns associated with these and buy-side incentivization.

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Adam Farlow heads the Firm's Capital Markets practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a New York and English qualified partner based in London. He has extensive experience in US securities laws and transaction management. He has been elected as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the Council of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

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Andrew Sagor is the Co-Chair of the Leveraged Finance Practice in North America and a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group based in New York. Andrew mainly focuses his practice on structuring and negotiating market-shaping private equity and debt financing transactions. Andrew is a member of the Firm's Private Equity Steering Committee in North America.

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Michael Foundethakis acted as the global chair of Baker McKenzie’s Banking & Finance Practice Group from May 2017 to July 2020. He currently heads Banking & Finance in Paris and continues to act as global head of Project and Trade & Export Finance for the firm. Mr. Foundethakis is highly recommended as a leading banking and finance lawyer by Chambers Global, Legal 500, JUVE and IFLR. Additionally, he was the exclusive winner of the ILO Client Choice Award 2011 in Banking for Germany and again winner of the same award in 2017 in Banking for France. A team led by Michael Foundethakis was awarded Banking, Finance & Restructuring Team of the Year at The African Legal Awards 2015.

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Duncan is a partner in and is head of Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance group. He was most recently recognised as a key individual for Debt Capital Markets in Australia by Chambers Asia Pacific and was regarded as “a highly commended DCM specialist who is praised by clients for being ‘very technical and able to get his head around the most difficult issues’ and for being ‘proactive, commercial and a good sounding board’.”

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Gavin Raftery is a partner of the firm's Banking & Finance group, and he is currently a member of the Tokyo office Management Committee. Gavin is also one of the heads of Baker McKenzie's Global Fintech Initiative. He has extensive experience practicing finance law in Australia, the UK and Japan. He is listed as a leading lawyer for Banking and Finance in Japan by Chambers, Legal500 and IFLR.

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Rob Mathews is a partner in the Firm's Capital Markets Group. Rob's clients benefit from his significant experience in multinational corporate and finance transactions, notably high-yield debt offerings. Clients comment that "Rob is a high yield guru – you know you can rely on his technical advice and market knowledge." (Chambers UK, 2019) and that he is "client-focused, solution-oriented and commercial; he has many years of experience as is able to advise on any issue.” (Legal 500, 2019)

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Samantha Greer is a New York-qualified senior associate in Baker McKenzie's corporate finance practice group in London. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked in the finance team at a leading US law firm in London and in the legal team at a leading multinational bank in London where she supported its investor and treasury services and capital markets business platforms. Sam has experience working on a wide range of cross-border corporate finance transactions, including Regulation S and Rule 144A high-yield debt offerings, liability management transactions and syndicated credit facilities.

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Benjamin is a New York qualified senior associate in the Firm’s Corporate Finance group in London. Prior to joining the Firm in 2019, he worked in a leading US law firm in London. Benjamin has experience advising banks, private clients and borrowers on a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including high yield debt offerings, liability management transactions, syndicated credit facilities and restructuring transactions. Benjamin has also worked on secondment at a leading global investment bank its leveraged finance legal team.

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Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac joined the Firm’s Vienna office as a partner in 2008. She is a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in Austria and New York. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Dr. Ségur-Cabanac worked as an associate in the New York, Paris and Frankfurt offices of a well-known US law firm.

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Clyde E. Rankin, III is a member of the Firm's North America Transactional Practice Group based in the New York office and is Chair of the North America Projects Practice. Mr. Rankin is fluent in French. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America from 2006 - 2021 and is highlighted in Legal 500 US 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017-2021 for his work as an advisor to sponsors in project finance and renewable energy. He has also been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer from 2014-2021. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2005, Mr. Rankin served as the ninth chairman of Coudert Brothers LLP.

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José Antonio Morán chairs the Firm's Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Practice Group. He represents clients in numerous high-value deals, including one recognized by Thomson Project Finance International as “the largest merger and acquisition deal in Latin America.” José is ranked as a Foreign Expert for Spain in USA - Projects by Chambers USA 2017 and 2018. The Legal 500 United States also recognized him from 2011 to 2016 in the area of project finance and in prior years in the areas of corporate & finance and real estate & construction. José has been trained as a lawyer under a civil law system and a common law system. José is a lecturer at Loyola University School of Law's comparative law seminar on legal systems in the Americas, and a visiting professor at Northwestern Law School as a lecturer in the project finance class. He was the vice chair of the Banking and Financial Services committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolutions.

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James's practice focuses on debt capital markets, securitisation and portfolio sales/acquisitions of both distressed and non-distressed assets. He also has experience across a range of financing transactions and products, including sovereign advisory matters, cross-border restructurings, CLOs and has a rapidly expanding sustainable finance / green bonds practice.

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Cecilia Hong is a partner in the Transactional Practice Group in our New York office, with a primary focus on leveraged finance and complex financing transactions (distressed and non-distressed).

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Koen Vanhaerents joined Baker McKenzie in 1987 and was admitted to the Brussels’ bar in the same year. He was made partner in 1994. Koen Vanhaerents has an extensive Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities and Corporate Finance practice. From October 2009 to October 2014, Koen Vanhaerents was a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Committee and Chairman of the EMEA Region of the Firm. Since October 2014, he is Head of Global Capital Markets Practice Group.

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Maxim Khrapov is an associate in Baker McKenzie London office.

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Megan Schellinger is a New York qualified partner in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Finance group in London. Prior to joining the Firm in March 2018, she worked at a multinational law firm based in London. Megan has extensive experience in US securities laws and transaction management.

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Caitlin McErlane advises asset managers, banks, major corporates, exchanges, clearing houses and payment institutions on navigating UK and EU financial services regulation. She has particular experience in advising clients on operating in compliance with ongoing regulatory developments, including MiFID II, EMIR, the Investment Firms Regulation, ESG reforms, AIFMD and the Market Abuse Regulation.

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Carolina, domiciled in Medellin, is a transactional attorney with over 15 years of experience, 10 of which involved handling legal structuring, drafting, negotiation and closing of local and international financings and projects as senior associate at an Ibero-American law firm in Colombia. Before joining Baker McKenzie as local partner of Banking & Finance, Carolina founded a Medellin-based law firm. She was a contracts professor at EAFIT University, senior associate of an Ibero-American law firm, legal director at a Brazilian financial company and an in-house counsel for financial institutions.Carolina’s performance has been constantly acknowledged since 2012 by international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Best Lawyers in both banking and finance and projects. Most recently, she was also recognized by Chambers Global 2019, which said, "Carolina is endorsed by clients for 'being a good and efficient lawyer’ as well as very 'capable and knowledgeable.' Interviewees recognize her great performance in dealing with project financing."

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Matthew specializes in cross-border leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate lending, debt restructurings and general financing matters across a range of sectors. He represents a variety of clients, including financial institutions, private credit funds, infrastructure funds, corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors on a wide range of financing products. Matthew is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500 UK 2020 and as a leading individual by Chambers UK. He has been described as "commercial and technically strong” (Legal 500 UK 2020) and a "technically capable and commercial" lawyer whose "broad-ranging expertise includes direct lending work" (Legal 500 UK 2020). Chambers UK 2020 Banking & Finance calls him "a very strong lawyer with good attention to detail and a strong technical background. He is easy to work with and commercially sensible, an asset on any deal.”

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Gabriel Gómez Giglio practices mainly in banking and finance law in the Firm’s Buenos Aires office. He is a correspondent of the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation and International Company and Commercial Law Review. He is the author of more than 20 articles and book chapters on topics related to his area of practice published in the UK, Germany and Argentina. Gabriel is a law professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and member of the Buenos Aires Bar Association.

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Antoine De Raeve is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Brussels office and heads the Belgian Banking & Finance Practice Group. He is also a member of the EMEA steering committee for banking and finance. He has a broad background in international finance, and principally advises clients on transactional loans and credit facilities.

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Luis Ernesto Marin is a senior associate in Estudio Echecopar. He possesses significant expertise in regulatory banking and insurance matters (including experience advising Fintech companies) and his prior experience as in-house counsel of two of the major banks in Peru provides him a deep understanding of the financial services industry. He has also a broad experience representing lead financial institutions and companies in an assortment of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including the San Martin Hydroelectric Project in Nicaragua which was awarded the "Latin America Hydro Deal of the Year" at the IJGlobal Awards 2017, and Ergon Perú's US$ 219.4 million senior secured notes due 2034. He has been recognized as a "Associate to watch" by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America and as a "next generation lawyer" by The Legal 500 in the Banking & Finance practice, as well as a "rising star" by IFLR1000 in the Project Finance practice. About his practice, Chambers & Partners Latin America notes: "he's demonstrated that he is on top of it all. His knowledge is proficient and his willingness to do things is also good. He's always positive and available." Luis has authored a number of articles and other publications in topics related to his area of practice. His pro bono practice includes advising SINBA, winner of the 2017 Kunan Award and several other matters sponsored by Alianza PRO BONO Perú.

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Pieter-Jan is a senior associate in our Corporate Finance Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Brussels office. He joined the Brussels bar in 2015 and joined the Firm in 2019.

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Laura Fisher is Of Counsel in the Corporate Department of Baker McKenzie London, and advises clients on a wide range of corporate law matters.

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