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Sustainable Investment and Finance

With the global challenges becoming ever more imminent, consciousness in society is undergoing noticeable transformation and along with that the request for sustainable investments is on the rise.

 

Our Sustainable Investment and Finance team has extensive expertise in the field of impact investments. RITTERSHAUS has long recognized that, although impact investing at its core follows the same legal principles as other venture capital or private equity investments, nevertheless has unique legal issues. The same applies for sustainable finance with respect to classical Finance and Banking Law. One of the main concerns is the perfect integration of social and ecological goals into corporate documents, investment contracts, guidelines and investment strategies as well as the implementation of effective protective provisions. Among our clients are impact investors, philanthropists, institutional investors, foundations, family offices and funds with a strong mission focus as well as corporations in general that seek to transform their Corporate Governance in order to be compliant with the UN SDGs.

 

Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers is deeply rooted in the impact investing space and has close relationships with international key figures and leading authorities in this field. At national level, we are in exchange with representatives of the German Council for Sustainable Development.

 

Our Sustainable Investment and Finance team under the leadership of Jens Magers and Dr. Christina Eschenfelder is composed of experts in Corporate Law/M&A, Banking and Finance Law, Public Law & Regulation as well as Competition Law, Trademark Law and Media Law.

Main Areas of Expertise
  • Sustainability funds: structuring of funds and securing sustainability goals alongside financial returns (focus: renewable energies, green (exponential) technology)
  • Public Benefit Corporations (gGmbH, gAG) and tailor-made structuring of impact-oriented investments through traditional corporate structures including joint ventures and hybrid structures, foundations
  • Impact Investing: impact-oriented venture capital and private equity investments, integral/ESG due diligence, development of sustainable investment strategies, shareholder activism
  • Sustainable Corporate Governance: development and implementation of ESG and CSR standards as well as compliance structures, consulting on corporate governance and the fulfilment of reporting obligations
  • Financing/Philanthropy: special-purpose financing, financing of sustainable projects, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), IPOs of stock corporations in the sustainability sector, green & blue bonds, structuring of philanthropic financing, setting-up and advising foundations