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ESG: IOSCO Publishes Report on Sustainable Finance and the Role of Securities Regulators and IOSCO

On April 14, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report on sustainable finance and the role of securities regulators and IOSCO (the Report).

In the Report, IOSCO provides an overview of the current sustainable finance initiatives taken by regulators and the industry. The Report also includes a detailed analysis of the most relevant environmental, social and governance related international initiatives, and third-party frameworks and standards.

IOSCO identified in the Report a number of areas where improvements could be made, including:

  1. multiple and diverse sustainability frameworks and standards, in particular, sustainability-related disclosure;

  2. a lack of common definitions of sustainable activities, for example, there is not a clear definition of sustainable investments and sustainability risk; and

  3. greenwashing and other investor protection challenges.

The Report notes that market regulators and participants expect IOSCO to take an active role in addressing the above listed challenges. Consequently, IOSCO has agreed to establish a board level Sustainability Task Force (STF). The STF aims to:

  1. improve sustainability-related disclosures made by issuers and asset managers;

  2. work in collaboration with other international organizations and regulators; and

  3. conduct case studies and analyses of transparency, investor protection and other relevant issues within sustainable finance.

The Report is available here.

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John Ahern, Financial Attorney, London, Katten Law Firm

John Ahern, partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP and head of the London Financial Services group, focuses his practice on banking, financial services, UK and European financial markets, and related regulations. His background in private practice and as in-house counsel at a global investment bank provides him with perspective on the unique regulatory issues facing the wholesale and private banking sectors. John advises multilateral trading facilities, broker-dealers and banks on trading, clearing and settlement as well as custody of securities—both physical and...

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Carolyn H. Jackson, International Attorney, Katten Muchin law firm

Carolyn Jackson is a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer. She provides US financial regulatory legal advice to a broad range of market participants, including commercial banks, investment banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, electronic trading platforms, clearinghouses, trade associations and over-the-counter derivatives service providers.

Carolyn guides clients in the structuring and offering of complex securities, commodities and derivatives transactions and in complying with US securities and commodities laws and regulations. 

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Nathaniel Lalone, a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP, has a broad range of experience in the regulation of financial products and financial markets, and frequently provides regulatory and compliance advice to trading venues, clearing houses and buy-side firms active in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, futures and securities markets. He is actively involved in advising clients on the implementation of MiFID 2 and MiFIR in the European Union as well as the international reach of US financial services regulation. He also has significant experience with structuring...

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