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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.

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Building columns

Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2021

Okpabi: Supreme Court rules that Nigerian communities can sue Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary in England

Okpabi and others (Appellants) v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another (Respondents) [2021] UKSC 3, 12 February 2021.

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Publications: 10 FEBRUARY 2021

Shaping the future: The increasing influence of human rights on business

Sustainability has become one of the main points of attention for governments, investors, corporates and consumers alike – all of whom increasingly demand that environmental, social and governance…

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Publications: 09 FEBRUARY 2021

High risk vendors in the telecommunications sector: key updates

During 2020, across many of the EU Member States and in the UK, restrictions related to so-called “high risk vendors” (HRVs) in the telecommunications sector were announced.

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Publications: 05 FEBRUARY 2021

Enhanced climate-related financial risk disclosure for companies with UK-listed shares

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has implemented a new Listing Rule applicable to premium listed commercial companies which is designed to help users of their financial statements understand how…

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