ESG Lunchtime Seminar

ESG Lunchtime Seminar

18 Jan 2023

Join us for an ESG lunchtime seminar organised in partnership with Dentons Rodyk. The seminar will focus on the legal and regulatory framework of ESG across different jurisdictions where the best ways to achieve ESG goals will be discussed. These include getting to net zero, integrating ESG into current and future investment processes, decarbonization methods and instruments such as carbon credits, RECs, avoided emissions and assessing these within the various taxonomies and funds labelling frameworks.

The seminar will also address greenwashing issues – the risks around greenwashing and how to avoid them. As ESG investing becomes increasingly popular, the risks, potentials, and metrics to use when selecting green bonds to diversify investment portfolios and achieve a balance between profitability and sustainability will also be explored.

The programme summary is as follows:

Time Programme
11:30 Registration & Light Lunch
12:15 Welcome Remarks
Ms Carmen Wee, IMAS CEO

Presentation by Ipshita Chaturvedi (Partner – Dentons Rodyk)
Topic 1:  ESG regulations

  1. Share the fundamentals of the climate framework, the different
    regulatory requirements and how should managers reconcile
    between the different jurisdictional requirements
  2. Fundamentals of net zero and role of carbon credits, responsible
    usage and case studies
  3. Greenwashing – red flags, different shades of green and consumer protection laws.

Presentation by Nicholas Chong (Senior Partner – Dentons Rodyk)
Topic 2:  Investment risks associated with ESG

  1. Assessing your investment portfolio – how do you find the sweet
    spot between profitability and sustainability?
  2. Setting goals in your investment portfolio. How to leverage on
    green bonds to diversify assets?
  3. Discerning greenwashing in bond issuance – what are the red flags
    to look out for?
  4. The future of green bonds
  5. What are some of the metrics to use to assess the different shades
    of green in green bonds?
  6. Implication of greenwashing under consumer protection laws, and practical takeaways
13:40 Q&A panel discussion
13:55 Closing Remarks 
Ms Carmen Wee, IMAS CEO
14:00 End of Session & Networking

Event details
Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Time: 12pm – 2pm (SGT)
Location: Dentons Rodyk Office; 80 Raffles Place, #33-00 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624

Ipshita Chaturvedi is a partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice group and co-heads the Environment and Natural Resources practice which includes carbon transactions, business and human rights, supply chain management, sustainable finance as well as the environment and social aspects in M&A transactions.

With over 13 years of experience in practicing environmental law and natural resources management, Ipshita has worked extensively with the private sector helping them transition to more sustainable processes, various governments and regulators (South Asia, ASEAN, European, and from the MENA region), as well as international organisations like the United Nations providing clients with a 360-degree understanding of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and various issues around sustainability – such as compliance, access to sustainable finance, policy advisory, sustainability reporting and avoidance of greenwashing.

Prior to joining Dentons, Ipshita was the founding partner of an award-winning law firm offering end-to-end services exclusively on matters of sustainable development including environmental compliance and regulation, ESG strategy, scaling up clean-technology (venture-capital), waste management and EPR related matters, carbon offsets and finance, as well as water law and oceans governance.

Nicholas Chong is a senior partner in the Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice group and Co-Head of the Capital Markets practice. He is a corporate and capital markets lawyer, with a focus on real estate investment trusts (REITs), debt capital markets and structured products. 

He has advised arrangers, dealers and issuers on convertible bonds, standalone debt issues, the establishment and updates of, and drawdowns under, medium term note programs, with issuers ranging from banks, corporates to regional governments. His notable highlights include advising on the first retail standalone CDO (collateralised debt obligation) in Singapore; the first retail structured note program in Singapore; the first retail drawdown under a structured note program; the first continuously issued structured note under a retail structured note program.

Nicholas has also been named as a Leading Individual in the Capital Markets category in Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global since 2010 and a Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 (The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms) since 2013.

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