On May 11, the International Capital Market Association’s (ICMA) Sustainable Finance Committee published a report setting out its proposed high-level definitions for the most frequently used terminology in the sustainable finance sector (the Report).
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Katten is continuing our weekly, 15-minute fireside chat series featuring London partners Carolyn Jackson, Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson on notable UK and European developments from the prior week’s Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. Please join us for our second installment Tuesday, May 12, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. London time.
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On March 10, the United Kingdom’s Treasury Select Committee (TSC) released letters written to the CEO of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Governor of the Bank of England (the Bank) and the responses to those letters. The TSC wrote to the FCA and the Bank in October 2019 and February respectively, and the responses were received in late-February.
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On February 6, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its Strategy on Sustainable Finance (the Strategy). This continues work initiated by the European Commission (the Commission) concerning sustainable finance and the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into European financial services (for more information, please see the January 10 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On January 16, the House of Lords European Union Committee published a letter from the Chair, Lord Kinnoull, to John Glen, Economic Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury (the Letter). The Letter concerns the recently published Taxonomy Regulation (for more information please see the January 10 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On May 3, the European Securities and Markets Association (ESMA) published final reports on technical advice to the European Commission (EC) on integrating sustainability risks and factors in the core EU asset management directives:

  1. the Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive;
  2. the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD); and
  3. the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).

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