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ESG

Brazil Law Firm of the Year – Chambers & Partners, 2020


  • Mattos Filho's ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) practice area is a pioneer in the Brazilian legal market. We are the only full-service law firm in the country with expertise in all areas related to corporate sustainability.

    The establishment of this area reflects Mattos Filho's engagement with ESG ever since its creation within the firm's sustainability umbrella. Mattos Filho implemented the first governance model of this type in Brazil, which together with the firm's social DNA consolidates us as agents of change in society and strengthens our recognition in the market.

    In addition to its comprehensive knowledge of social impact initiatives and responsible investments, Mattos Filho is recognized for its expertise in ESG issues related to our clients' business strategies. Our ESG practice area's specialists distinguish themselves in the national market by serving clients across all industries, as well as their investors and financiers. The team dedicates itself to increasing and optimizing the results of economic activity by integrating business indicators with environmental, social and governance issues.

    Further engagement with investors and consumer behavior has led companies to look at reinventing their business models. Companies operating in line with ESG perform better in the long term, can recover more quickly from crises, and see their market value go up over time. Investors are consequently migrating to portfolios that incorporate these criteria.

    Mattos Filho's ESG practice area uses an innovative and collaborative model to meet our clients' needs with agility and excellence. Our multidisciplinary team has extensive experience in legal issues related to the environment, climate change, human rights and businesses, sustainable finance as well as in risk management and governance.

    Our ESG specialists work with the main legal issues related to corporate sustainability, with emphasis on five pillars of practice:


    Environment

    • Circular economy and solid waste;

    • Biodiversity, forests, and water;



    • Environmental licensing;
    • Socio-environmental risk analysis.

    Climate Change

    • Carbon market;
    • Energy efficiency; 
    • Climate litigation;
    • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).


    Human Rights and Businesses

    • Due diligence and investigation of human rights violations;
    • Production chains;
    • Relationships with traditional communities;
    • Structuring and analysis of human rights policies.

    Sustainable Finance

    • Green bonds, social bonds and sustainability bonds;
    • Socio-environmental impact funds and ESG funds;
    • Environmental assets;
    • Structured financing. 


    Risk Management and Governance

    • Crisis management;
    • Disclosure and transparency of ESG information;
    • Remuneration and incentives;
    • Compliance;
    • Engagement of investors and stakeholders.

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