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In each episode of Connected With Latham, we discuss ideas, developments, and trends shaping the global economy.

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In each episode of Connected With Latham, we discuss ideas, developments, and trends shaping the global economy.

    Energy & Infrastructure: How Will EP4 Affect Projects in High-Income Countries?

    Energy & Infrastructure: How Will EP4 Affect Projects in High-Income Countries?

    The Equator Principles set a minimum standard for lender due diligence and monitoring to support environmentally and socially responsible decision-making when financing projects. The latest iteration, known as EP4, came into effect in October 2020 and makes significant changes affecting lenders and sponsors – most notably for projects in high-income countries, such as the US and UK. Under EP4, project sponsors need to engage early in developing an environmental and social impact assessment, among many other considerations, for projects in such countries. In this episode of Connected With Latham, London finance partners Matthew Brown and Chirag Sanghrajka speak with Los Angeles counsel Josh Marnitz about the consequences of EP4 for lenders and sponsors, and how they can keep projects on schedule by planning for EP4 compliance.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 16 min
    Energy & Infrastructure: Will the Market Sustain its Interest in Sustainability-Linked Bonds?

    Energy & Infrastructure: Will the Market Sustain its Interest in Sustainability-Linked Bonds?

    The interest in and availability of ESG-focused investments has exploded in recent years. Last year, the International Capital Markets Association published its Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles, allowing the creation of debt products that hold issuing companies accountable to achieving independently certified sustainability or ESG objectives. Unlike “green bonds”, which require proceeds to be used strictly on green projects, sustainability-linked bonds focus on outcomes rather than specific investments. And, so far, investors are eager to utilize them. So, who is likely to pursue this type of bond? Are companies getting more favorable pricing? Is the new US political and regulatory environment accelerating demand? In this episode of Connected With Latham, Lauren Anderson speaks with fellow Houston partners David Miller and Trevor Lavelle about the growth of green financing and the rapid uptake of sustainability-linked bonds in the debt capital markets, as well as prospects for the future of such bonds in the fast-evolving energy and infrastructure sector.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 19 min
    Fast Track to IPO: Why Are Series A Startups Snatching Topflight CFOs?

    Fast Track to IPO: Why Are Series A Startups Snatching Topflight CFOs?

    Startups and scale-ups in Europe’s tech and life sciences sectors have flourished dramatically over the past year, fueled by pandemic-induced demand and a wall of investor cash. Early funding rounds are getting bigger, while the time between rounds compresses and SPAC and other suitors come courting earlier and earlier. How can founders and investors ensure that they have the right teams and structures in place to take advantage of this environment and avoid careering out of the fast lane? In this episode of Connected With Latham, London Emerging Companies partner Mike Turner speaks with John Watkins, managing partner of Altima, a leading executive search firm in London that is placing CFOs at many of Europe’s emerging unicorns, about how they see clients succeeding in today’s fast-paced market.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 19 min
    Energy & Infrastructure: How Will the Biden Administration’s Goals Affect the Energy Transition?

    Energy & Infrastructure: How Will the Biden Administration’s Goals Affect the Energy Transition?

    The Biden Administration’s climate goals are ambitious: A carbon free power sector by 2035. Net zero emissions by 2050. Targeting 40% of federal climate action benefits toward disadvantaged communities. So, what is the Administration doing to move toward these goals? And how will different energy and infrastructure sectors be impacted? In this episode of Connected With Latham, partners Omar Nazif and Lauren Anderson speak with Janice Schneider, Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Environment, Land & Resources Department and former Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior, and Nikki Buffa, counsel in the Orange County and Washington, D.C. offices and a former Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Interior and White House staffer. Janice and Nikki both bring deep knowledge in this area, and experience working in the federal government, which gives them terrific insight into this topic.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 16 min
    Energy & Infrastructure: Renewables Driving Change in the Investment Landscape

    Energy & Infrastructure: Renewables Driving Change in the Investment Landscape

    Macro market shifts as part of the energy transition are spurring investors, sponsors, and even traditional oil and gas producers to move in new directions. There is an increase in wind and solar projects being funded, with private equity demonstrating a parallel interest in renewables. Given the intermittent nature of these energy sources, developers and investors are also increasingly interested in energy storage, specifically battery technologies. However, the sector may remain dependent on government tax incentives in the US and EU. Shifts from combustion engines to electric engines are also likely to attract capital, while carbon capture and renewable hydrogen projects may provide opportunities for oil and gas producers. In this episode of Connected With Latham, the first in our Energy & Infrastructure series, we assemble a cross-disciplinary group of Latham partners to explore different aspects of the transition to a low-carbon economy. Lauren Anderson, a private equity partner in Houston, speaks with London project finance partner Matthew Brown, San Diego project finance partner Omar Nazif, and London project finance partner Chirag Sanghrajka.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 12 min
    PE Views: Foreign Investment Controls – Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?

    PE Views: Foreign Investment Controls – Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?

    Governments’ desire to control investments by businesses from purportedly hostile nations has led to more investments being stalled or blocked in recent years. Recent moves to tighten FDI screening rules during the COVID-19 crisis accelerated this trend. While more and more countries are introducing or expanding their FDI screening regimes, well-established regimes (such as that operating in the US) are maturing and offering exemptions that may prove helpful to some private equity investors — while also creating new complexities. In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner Tom Evans discusses the obstacles and opportunities created by these changes in FDI regimes with London antitrust and competition partner Jonathan Parker, author of UK Merger Control and a leading authority on global FDI issues.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 12 min

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