There is a global shift from a paradigm focusing mainly on economic development to a more sustainable one – where Environmental, Social and Governance considerations are balanced with the pursuit of development and an improved quality of life.

Climate change and social and economic problems can affect lives and livelihoods and the recognition of such problems is rapidly changing the mindsets of governments, businesses and the general population. Consumer behaviour has shown inclination towards sustainable products and services. Laws and regulations and investment policies are put in place to bring about meaningful, measurable and impactful change for a better and more sustainable world.

At Rajah & Tann Asia, we understand that a better world does not come easy, and it involves navigating complex and wide-ranging issues. There may be legal or regulatory obligations. There may be board or stakeholder requirements for compliance with international goals, standards, and frameworks. There may be the voluntary adoption of internationally-recognised principles and framework as a commitment by the businesses to manage environmental and social risk. We understand how the multi-layers of policies, regulations, principles and frameworks have to be aligned, consistent and operationally workable.

Cross Border Strength

Our deep regional expertise and experience spans across various aspects of the practice, with a particular focus on Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, where the firm has offices or affiliates. We are able to work cohesively, help unpack and reconcile the different global standards and regulators on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in your sustainability journey.

Beyond regulatory compliance, we will bring in our expertise in tax, corporate and capital markets, funds infrastructure, international arbitration, technology, to name a few – because we have seen how various issues pan on the transactions we have worked on. We can help you address the commercial aspects and economic objectives of the transactions, and at the same time fulfil the legal and technical requirements set out in the various ESG principles and guidelines. We are proud to have been involved in many “first of its kind” transactions, ranging from the green and sustainable financing, sustainable investment, renewable projects and sustainable technology.