Maynard’s ESG Advisory Practice Group counsels public and private companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance and disclosure issues, and assists companies of all sizes and in all industries with ESG program development and implementation. We take a balanced, multi-disciplinary approach to advising clients in order to help them capitalize on the opportunities and mitigate the risks presented by ESG issues. Our team is comprised of lawyers with experience and expertise in the following areas, who work collaboratively to help clients achieve their ESG goals:

  • Public Company Advisory
  • Compliance and Risk Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation and Corporate Finance
  • Business and Class Action Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Commercial Finance
  • Environmental Litigation & Regulatory Compliance

Our team recognizes that companies confront different ESG issues and are in varying stages with respect to developing their ESG programs, and we provide tailored, balanced and practical advice. We typically start by conducting a survey of how your company’s policies and practices in various ESG areas compare to peers, competitors and stakeholder expectations, with the goal of helping to identify and refine your company’s strategic ESG priorities and risks and implement an action plan.

While ESG considerations present significant opportunities for businesses to increase transparency and improve performance, our team is mindful of the many risks arising from the increased focus on ESG. In the face of increased regulation, stakeholder pressure and potential liability, companies need to be able to rely on balanced and practical guidance, and Maynard’s ESG Advisory Practice Group is here to help. Our ESG services include:

  • ESG program development and implementation
  • ESG disclosures in SEC filings and other reports by public companies
  • ESG due diligence in mergers and acquisitions
  • ESG and sustainability disclosure trends and shareholder activism issues
  • ESG bond issuances, including sustainability-linked bonds, and ESG provisions in credit facilities and other financing documents
  • Environmental considerations, including advising clients on strategies for reducing pollution, eliminating waste and implementing recycling initiatives
  • Board and management ESG training
  • Compliance with ESG reporting standards and climate protocols, including TCFD, SASB and GRI
  • Compliance program design and testing in regulated industries
  • Investor, proxy advisory firm and other stakeholder engagement
  • Coordination with ESG consultants, IR firms and other specialists
  • ESG-related litigation and government investigations
  • Social considerations, including human capital disclosures and DE&I training and programs
  • Advising on regulatory considerations related to ESG programs
  • Addressing anti-ESG developments and activism