The financial system has a critical role to play in achieving a greener and cleaner economy

Environmental and climate considerations have moved from the margins of investment decisions to the heart of decision making. Institutional investors, lenders and the largest global corporates are changing their strategies. Sustainable finance, green bonds and impact investing are buzzwords in the financial press, but what do they really mean?

Baker McKenzie is organising a Sustainable Finance Forum on 26 September 2019, which will look at these trends from the regulatory impetus to the bottom up investment decisions. We will start by examining the EU's ambitious action plan on sustainable finance, which seeks to set the grounds for a sustainable, long-term financial system, aimed at closing an estimated investment gap of almost EUR 180 billion per year, to achieve the EU climate and energy targets by 2030. We will then look at different detailed themes – the regulatory requirements coming into force on financial institutions and how to respond, the myths and realities of much hyped "green bonds", how large global corporates are adapting and then looking at the opportunities in impact investing and how international financial institutions and private finance are driving sustainable infrastructure investment.

The Sustainable Finance Forum is intended to appeal to an audience of policy makers, corporates, financial institutions and funds. We have an impressive line-up of speakers including representatives from the European Commission, representatives of leading global and Austrian financial institutions, multinational corporates, and Baker McKenzie experts from around the world.

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Hear from representatives from the European Commission and industry experts about key trends and legal and regulatory developments in relation to the EU's plan to achieving climate and energy targets by 2030.