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K&L Gates Releases ESG and the Sustainable Economy Handbook

13 September 2021

Seattle - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has released its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and the Sustainable Economy Handbook. Providing valuable insights drawn from lawyers’ deep industry experience and keen understanding of policy, procedures, and trends, the handbook examines how investors evaluate companies based on ESG and sustainability criteria, the way companies incorporate these standards into their guiding principles, transactions, and operations, and the legal and financial considerations for both groups.

“ESG and sustainability are important topics that touch on many aspects of running a business today,” said partner Elizabeth Crouse, co-editor of the handbook and a leader of K&L Gates’ global power practice and sustainability working group. “They are radically changing investing and business practices worldwide, and understanding their legal and financial impacts are crucial whether you are an investor, investment manager, board member, or executive.”

Elisabeth Yandell McNeil, co-editor of the handbook, commented: “In light of the broadening discussion around ESG and sustainability, we realized that a living handbook that could grow with the conversation was necessary. We are delighted to offer this resource and we look forward to expanding it in the future.”

With the global business community increasing its emphasis on ESG and a comprehensive concept of sustainability by the day, K&L Gates’ integrated platform is uniquely organized to support clients as they navigate ever-evolving standards and investor and partner expectations to be responsive to the market while adding value to their businesses. The firm’s lawyers around the globe have decades of experience in key ESG areas, including asset management, corporate governance, infrastructure and project development, and sustainability-linked financial instruments, and offer a full range of services that can be tailored to any need or size.

“During the pandemic, we have conducted more than 75 roundtables with general counsels and legal decision makers from around the world and the most common topic of interest revolves around ESG and sustainability,” stated K&L Gates’ Global Strategic Growth Partner Craig Budner. “This handbook is a wonderful resource for professionals as they address ESG issues from their boards and stakeholders.”

The handbook will continue to be expanded with discussions around new topics, areas, and trends; subscribe to be informed when additional sections are available. To learn more about the firm’s ESG capabilities, visit To learn more about the firm’s lawyers’ work with clients active in the sustainable economy, visit

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

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