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Monday, July 29, 2013

New Sustainability Rules Requiring Legal Strategy Rethink

This article considers the legal implications of new rules of the recently revised Equator Principles (EP), whose third iteration (“EP III”) took effect on May 14th, 2013. The Equator Principles is a framework agreed upon by 79 global financial institutions to identify, assess and manage environmental and social risk in certain types of financings around the world.  The goal is to provide an overview of the EP III with discussion of steps that counsel to EP Financial Institutions (EPFI) might consider to minimize potential legal risks and update contractual documentation.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Human Rights Due Diligence in International Finance

Revisions to the Equator Principles (EP) have created new requirements for businesses to conduct human rights due diligence in order to qualify for financing from 79 of the world’s largest financial institutions. The EP apply globally to all project financing with a value of over $10 million and to certain types of corporate loans, bridge loans and project finance advisory services. This development brings the importance of human rights due diligence beyond reputational risk management and ties it directly to access to capital for many companies. It also significantly increases the significance of human rights considerations for the financial industry.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Corporate Criminal Liability for Bribery of Foreign Public Officials by Employees

This article looks at the nature of corporate liability for corrupt acts of employees in international business operations, in the context of the Canadian anti-bribery legislation, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act [CFPOA].