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Episode 49 — PE Views: Will Greenwashing Rain on the UK PE Parade?

June 20, 2023
PE firms should take action to mitigate growing regulatory and litigation risks from greenwashing claims, as they navigate a fragmented anti-greenwashing landscape.

Amid concerns of exaggerated or misleading sustainability claims, the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) proposal for new labelling and disclosure rules for sustainability claims has put a spotlight on a growing range of greenwashing risks. Private equity firms should evaluate the latest wave of new rules and requirements being enacted and contemplated as regulators across jurisdictions look more carefully at green claims. Although regulatory authorities increasingly seek to hold regulated firms to account for exaggerated credentials and misstated investment policies, several options exist for private equity to go beyond general compliance and mitigate greenwashing risks.

In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner David Walker speaks to fellow London partner Nell Perks, and London associate Anne Mainwaring, about the implications of rising scrutiny of greenwashing, and how private equity firms should respond. 

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