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Nature Protection and Biodiversity

Stringent international, EU and national legislation for flora and fauna species protection and habitat conservation has a significant impact on many types of businesses.

It also represents a potential opportunity, with growing policy and market moves towards methods of valuing the economic capital of biodiversity.

Projects in or near the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of protected areas may be subject to specific permitting regimes or restrictive conditions. Even existing businesses may be impacted by the presence of protected species. At the same time, forward looking companies may also be interested in taking advantage of market measures to monetise the natural capital of land and ecosystems within their control.

Members of the International Environment, Climate and Regulatory Law Group in Allen & Overy's international network of offices are well-placed to assist with what is often considered one of the most complex and detailed areas of environmental law, advising on both the international framework and the national implementing legislation for nature protection. Recent experiences include advice to, and risk assessments for, power and infrastructure projects, both nationally and in cross- and near-border contexts.

News & insights

Red carpeted walk way/bridge inside building with glass meeting rooms

Publications: 11 MAY 2021

New Corporate Sustainability Disclosure Directive (CSRD) proposed

An EU-wide sustainability reporting standard has been proposed by the European Commission ahead of a possible new international reporting standard on sustainability. The EU proposals expand the scope…

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Port of Newcastle ESG-focused refinancing

News: 10 MAY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Port of Newcastle on ESG-focused refinancing

Allen & Overy has advised Port of Newcastle (“PON”) on its ground-breaking refinancing transaction, including the introduction of a green loan and sustainability linked loan facilities.

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Wind turbine

News: 07 MAY 2021

Kamil Jankielewicz rejoins Allen & Overy as Counsel and Head of the Polish Energy and Environmental practice

Allen & Overy announced that Kamil Jankielewicz has rejoined the firm as a Counsel in the Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Group (PENRI) and will lead the Polish Energy and…

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Ocean

Publications: 30 APRIL 2021

Towards mandatory TCFD

The recommendations of the Task Force for Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) are voluntary, but are fast gaining traction within sustainability/ESG policy and regulation.

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Recognition