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Patrick Scholl is a partner and head of Mayer Brown's Banking & Finance practice in Frankfurt. Patrick leads the Mayer Brown capital markets and derivatives offering in Germany with an European focus. His team advises on debt capital markets issuances and disclosures, debt issuance programms, hybrid capital instruments as well as liability management transactions. The OTC derivatives practice focuses on advising and negotiating master agreements (including repos and stock lending), collateral solutions, netting questions and provides transaction support with regard to all underylings, including equity-linked, credit-linked, fund-linked or commodity-linked derivatives.

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The Basel III standards comprise a package of reforms that were largely agreed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“BCBS”) in December 2017 and set out in the BCBS standard “Basel III: Finalising post-crisis reforms” (BCBS 424).

To implement these standards, the European Commission has amended the Capital Requirements Regulation (Regulation (EU) 575/2013, as

On 14 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published its final report on “Guidelines on funds’ names using ESG or sustainability-related terms” (the “Guidelines“). The Guidelines aim to provide fund managers with clear and measurable criteria to assess their ability to use ESG and/or sustainability-related terms

The EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (“CSRD“) entered into force on 5 January 2023 and the associated European Sustainability Reporting Standards (“ESRS“) were adopted by the European Commission on 31 July 2023. Together, the CSRD and ESRS create detailed sustainability reporting requirements that will apply to a significant number of EU

On 11 July 2023, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a public statement on sustainability disclosure in prospectuses.

The statement is addressed to the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to promote coordinated action regarding sustainability-related disclosure included in prospectuses under current legislation. While the statement is addressed to NCAs, ESMA have said that its

The risk of an accusation of “greenwashing” is now an important concern for many companies. Greenwashing is an ill-defined concept but, nevertheless, is increasingly a source of litigation and regulatory scrutiny – with more of both expected. It carries with it reputational, regulatory and litigation risks for which companies should be prepared. Whilst the risks

In this briefing, we take a look at the EU Green Bond Standard.

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament recently announced that provisional agreement on the European Green Bond Standard had been reached. The consolidated legal text is now widely available and can be viewed here along with a blackline against

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Background

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Following the firm’s webcast on these proposals, we are sharing with

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