Environmental, Social and Governance
CQ Legal has a specialist team of lawyers who are experts in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). The ESG practice group focuses on effective environmental and social management practices for our clients’. We ensure our clients’ practices are consistent with the applicable International and National requirements. We also work with our clients to ensure their investments, financing and projects are reviewed against the applicable requirements.
We have a highly experienced team who regularly handle the ESG aspects of transactions across a range of sectors including:
- Financial services
- Creative industries
- Power and energy
- Real estate
- Retail and hospitality
- And others
We offer a bespoke service that fits your specific needs. Whether your transactions are large or small, complex or routine, you can expect the same level of service and attention to detail.
Our lawyers will work closely with you to ensure we understand and anticipate your requirements so that we can shape our services around you and your objectives. Our advice is tailored and supported by our extensive knowledge of both the local and wider business environment in which you operate.
We have acted for governments, securities brokerage firms, local and foreign financial institutions, banks, private equity, hedge funds and borrowers in all types of domestic and international transactions including:
- Environmental and Social Risk Assessment
- Impact Funding and Social Investment
- Regulatory Compliance and Legal Due Diligence
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Climate Change
Impact Funding and ESG Risk Assessment
Our experience in ESG covers a range of international debt and equity capital market transactions for governments, investment banks, corporate and government entities.
We have worked on Sustainability Bonds (Green Bonds and Social bonds), Sustainability Linked Bonds, Eurobonds and medium-term notes programs to securitizations and structured products. We have worked with client on Green bonds and sustainability linked loans, Impact funding and financing regime and due diligence, Regulatory compliance and red flag due diligence, Micro, Small and Medium Size funding for sustainability and Women in Finance structures.
Regulatory Compliance and Legal Due Diligence
We assist in the incorporation of businesses with the Registrar General’s Department and registration with other relevant bodies such as the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Data Protection Commission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA), Food & Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA)and Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) amongst others.
Additionally, we have experience of advising on the regulatory framework and any issues or disputes that may arise, as well as a deep knowledge of the different industries and markets we advise in.
Sustainable Development Goals
We focus keenly on climate change as well as the SDGs. We advise clients on their pathways towards achieving “Net Zero Emissions” as well as how to aid in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Our offering in this practice area include:
- Renewable energy funding and transactions
- Energy laws implications in the context of transactions.
- Future-oriented development in our clients’ business models and strategy.
- Climate protection related requirements in transactions.
- Assessment of liability risks in connection with climate change.
- Pollution prevention and Abatement
- Biodiversity conversation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management
- Climate change litigation.
We are also highly experienced in the field of project finance, public or private partnerships and infrastructure finance which stems from our knowledge of representing sponsors, lenders and borrowers in the exploration of renewable energy and the roads/railway sectors across Africa.
- Government of Ghana (Ministry of Finance)
- Africa Finance Corporation
- CMS Cameron
- FBN Bank
- JetStream Ltd
- MFS Ghana Ltd
- Yellow Card Ghana Ltd
- Yancy Capital Ltd