The Legal 500 Global Green Guide: EMEA

Welcome to the inaugural EMEA Green Guide. The guide puts a spotlight on key firms in the EMEA region contributing to a green transition. It aims to provide a holistic view on firms’ engagement with sustainability, including both work for clients as well as firms’ own best practices and initiatives.

Arguably, client work is most significant in the move towards a greener economy as it will be the biggest driver of change. Yet it has become equally important that firms not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. Commitments such as signing the UN Global Compact, joining external partnerships and alliances, contributing to thought leadership and providing pro bono advice to NGOs and others in this space, while setting out internal goals and measures to reduce carbon footprints are all increasingly part and parcel of firms’ sustainability business.

We believe ESG, sustainability, and climate change-related work is a rapidly growing part of law firms’ service offering and business strategy, and firms’ sustainability credentials will become increasingly important. Our guide aims to be not only an observer but a driver of this development.

As the Green Guide editor, I welcome any feedback or ideas about how we can further develop the guide to ensure it appropriately reflects law firms’ activities in this space. Please do get in touch.

If you’d like to submit for any upcoming Green Guides, please visit our submission information page.

Anna Baubock, Editor

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Ashurst

Ashurst seeks to embed ESG into all aspects of its international full-service legal practice through developing the skillsets of its lawyer.

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Dechert

Global full-service firm Dechert brings together its wide-ranging experience from across its practice areas into its multi-national, multi-disciplinary ESG group.

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DLA Piper

An international full-service firm and a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, DLA Piper bakes ESG into its legal service.

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Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing has advised clients for many years on matters pertaining to renewables, waste recycling, and environmental protection, and has also been involved in the drafting of renewable energy legislation.

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Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy’s global reach facilitates its work on cross-border climate change issues.

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Clifford Chance

Full-service international firm Clifford Chance leverages its global footprint to advise clients on sustainable business transition and transformation while staying on top of evolving legal and regulatory requirements in the EMEA region and beyond.

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CMS

Global firm CMS’ ESG group headed by Joachim Kaetzler in Germany and Laura Houët in London takes a multi-sector and multi-practice approach and reflects the expertise of more than 450 lawyers.

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Dentons

Dentons is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and has used this commitment as a backbone to incorporate sustainability in the day-to-day operations of the multinational firm

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Eversheds Sutherland

A UN Global Compact participant, Eversheds Sutherland has an established involvement with ESG and sustainability.

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Hannes Snellman

Nordic firm Hannes Snellman has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) since the end of 2020.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

Internationally regarded full-service firm Herbert Smith Freehills takes a cross-disciplinary approach when it comes to ESG and utilises its globally integrated team to assist clients on a breadth of ESG-related issues.

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HFW

Global firm HFW’s expertise spans sectors that are central to the green transition including aviation, shipping, commodities, energy, construction and insurance.

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Hogan Lovells

A signatory of the UN Global Compact, Business Ambition for 1.5˚C, and Race To Zero campaign, full-service global law firm Hogan Lovells has a long-standing commitment to ESG and seeks to use 100% renewable energy, aiding its goal of transitioning to net zero by 2030.

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Latham and Watkins

Latham and Watkins' ESG taskforce draws from its deep bench of regulatory, transactional, and litigation practitioners across the EMEA region.

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Linklaters

Linklaters seeks to embed ESG into its international full-service offering both through its highly integrated ESG practice as well as its ESG Accelerator programme.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has positioned itself centrally in the transition to a low carbon economy through a range of practice areas including project finance and development, sustainable finance, M&A and more

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Pinsent Masons

International firm Pinsent Masons is at the forefront of advising clients on a range of climate and sustainability-related matters across the EMEA region which is reflected in its behaviour as a company.

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TGS Baltic

A multi-service multi-national partnership spread across the Baltic states, TGS Baltic seeks to be sustainable in everything it does – from the client work and everyday operations right down to the sustainable Christmas gifts for clients.

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Heid & Partner

Austria

In Austria, boutique and self-proclaimed life cycle firm Heid & Partner stands out for its expertise in green public procurement and its deep dedication to sustainability from the company culture to the firm’s participation in and creation of events and publications.

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Niederhuber & Partner

Austria

As environmental boutique Niederhuber & Partner is well placed to advise clients on environmental and climate law matters and promote sustainability in Austria.

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Schoenherr

Austria

Multi-service Austrian law firm Schoenherr has a long-standing commitment to ESG principles which it seeks to embed into all its existing practices.

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Völkl Rechtsanwälte

Austria

Austrian boutique firm Völkl Rechtsanwälte offers special fee arrangements for clients who can demonstrate a substantial commitment to ESG.

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Kromann Reumert

Denmark

Danish firm Kromann Reumert holds a unique position within the renewable sector given its widespread involvement in highly unique and novel projects, including advising TEPCO Renewable Power on the world’s very first energy island in the North Sea.

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Castrén & Snellman

Finland

Castrén & Snellman’s sustainability work explicitly focuses not only on its advice to clients but also its own activities as a firm and its impact on society.

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Gleiss Lutz

Germany

Full-service German firm Gleiss Lutz provides multidisciplinary advice on ESG matters, including all three core business areas of advisory, regulatory and litigation, and transaction.

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Lindenpartners

Germany

Lindenpartners has been engaging with the topic of sustainable finance since 2018 when it started advising two leading banking associations, the German Derivate Association and the German Savings Banks Association on the implementation of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan.

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Schalast

Germany

With the backing of firm founder Christoph Schalast, German firm Schalast has set out its increasing emphasis on ESG advice across its various practice groups, while simultaneously taking various measures to reduce its own carbon footprint.

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Arthur Cox

Ireland

Full-service firm Arthur Cox is paving the way for Irish law firms in its ambitious goal to be carbon negative by 2025.

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Matheson

Ireland

Irish full-service firm Matheson’s Impactful Business Programme unifies its many longstanding engagements with various aspects of ESG practice.

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William Fry

Ireland

William Fry’s recently formalised ESG & Sustainability group spans multiple practice areas and partners across the Irish full-service firm who collaboratively build ESG into the service offering for clients.

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Gianni & Origoni

Italy

After first training themselves on ESG and their role as lawyers, Italian full-service firm Gianni & Origoni launched a multidisciplinary ESG focus team in 2021.

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Osborne Clarke

Italy

Osborne Clarke’s ESG offering brings together experts across its international offices who specialise in environment, decarbonisation, social and human capital, governance and sustainable finance.

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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (Kieti Law LLP)

Kenya

South African full-service firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, which merged with Kenyan firm Kieti Law in April 2021, stands out particularly for its climate change practice in Kenya.

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Triniti Jurex

Lithuania

A member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, pan-Baltic, multi-service law firm Triniti Jurex puts sustainability at the heart of its strategy, driven by its environment-conscious legal staff.

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AKD

Netherlands

Benelux-based multi-service firm AKD has a long-standing commitment to ESG and is active in the core areas of renewable energy projects, sustainable real estate, environmental and climate change litigation and sustainable business.

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Paulussen Advocaten

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, full-service firm Paulussen Advocaten is paving the way for climate litigation at a global scale.

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bureau Brandeis

Netherlands

Dispute resolution boutique bureau Brandeis combines strong ethical standards with corporate litigation expertise to actively contribute to green change.

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Osborne Clarke Olkiewicz Świerzewski i Wspólnicy S.K.A.

Poland

Warsaw-based Osborne Clarke Olkiewicz Świerzewski i Wspólnicy S.K.A. has a dedicated green energy practice which assists investors and contractors with the financing of innovative renewable energy projects.

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SSW Pragmatic Solutions

Poland

Multi-service Polish firm SSW Pragmatic Solutions’ sustainability services are primarily provided by the energy and natural resources team, with interdisciplinary collaboration across several other areas.

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Abreu Advogados

Portugal

A Portuguese full-service firm, Abreu Advogados brings a multidisciplinary approach to its long-standing commitment to ESG with its integrated ESG service.

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PLMJ

Portugal

Full-service Portuguese firm PLMJ, a signatory of the UN Global Compact, launched a designated responsible business practice in 2021 which handles a wide range of ESG-related issues and pools the firm’s expertise in sustainable and social financing, business and human rights, and business ethics.

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Raposo Bernardo & Associados

Portugal

Portuguese, full-service firm Raposo Bernardo & Associados advises clients concerned with ESG across a breadth of sectors.

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Telles

Portugal

Portuguese full-service firm Telles’ has recently split its Energy and Natural Resources, and Environment and Climate Change practices for a more comprehensive coverage of environmental issues.

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Çiğdemtekin Çakırca Arancı Law Firm

Turkey

Çiğdemtekin Çakırca Arancı Law Firm is at the forefront of creating awareness and supporting clients, NGOs, business associations, universities and policy makers in climate change, sustainable development and green transformation matters on a pro bono basis across Turkey.

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Binder Grösswang

Austria

Partners at full-service Austrian firm Binder Grösswang seek to act ahead of client demand in the provision of green legal services to their international client base.

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PHH

Austria

A full-service Austrian firm, PHH Rechtsanwälte actively promotes ESG through its advice to clients, internal commitments, and advocating for sustainability in the marketplace.

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Astrea

Belgium

A full-service Belgian law firm, Astrea takes a multidisciplinary approach to its environmental work, involving all its departments to provide a more holistic service to its clients.

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Eurolex

Bulgaria

Full-service firm Eurolex has been at the forefront of strategizing and legislation drafting for public law projects pertaining to sustainable development and environmental protection in Bulgaria.

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Vukmir & Associates

Croatia

Full-service Croatian law firm Vukmir & Associates has a long-standing commitment to environmental work.

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Sustainable Law Advokatfirma

Denmark

Danish real estate boutique Sustainable Law Advokatfirma was founded in March 2021 in order to establish a more sustainable way of delivering legal services to the real estate market, taking into consideration the UN Goals of Sustainability.

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HPP

Finland

A full-service Finnish firm, HPP integrates ESG into its legal activities across its practices with designated associates reporting on ESG issues to the wider team.

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Seattle Avocats

France

Seattle Avocats in Paris is at the forefront of criminal and civil aspects of environmental law as experts in the legal elaboration of environmental standards, reparation for ecological harm and corporate accountability.

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BGI Legal

Georgia

Full-service Georgian law firm BGI Legal’s commitment to environmental issues can be felt across the firm as it seeks to integrate its green work across all practices and engage all staff.

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Arnecke Sibeth 

Germany

At German full-service firm Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein, Margarete von Oppen is one of Germany’s leading advisors to the photovoltaics industry with a track record that spans almost two decades.

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BMH BRÄUTIGAM

Germany

BMH BRÄUTIGAM in Berlin, a firm specialised in advising entrepreneurs, founders and investors, launched an internal Project Climate in 2019, and has since reduced its carbon footprint by more than a third.

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Grünecker

Germany

Driven both by client demand and internal conviction, IP boutique Grünecker is one of first firms in Germany to have pursued a TÜV Süd certification as climate neutral.

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Hengeler Mueller

Germany

Hengeler Mueller is one of the first larger German firms to have established an ESG practice group while simultaneously working towards internal carbon footprint reduction and sustainability goals via a committee for sustainability which includes partners and other staff

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft

Germany

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft draws on its strong environmental and energy law practices to assist companies with their green transition.

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Pohlmann & Company

Germany

Compliance boutique Pohlmann & Company significantly strengthened its environmental law compliance, climate protection and CO2 emissions trading law expertise with the arrival of longstanding expert Uwe M Erling from Noerr in January 2020.

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Von Bredow Valentin Herz

Germany

German boutique Von Bredow Valentin Herz exclusively provides advice in the renewable energy space with a clear commitment to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and advance the energy transition in all sectors.

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POTAMITISVEKRIS

Greece

POTAMITISVEKRIS’ sustainability-linked activities broadly revolve around its work in sustainable finance, innovative renewable energy projects and green procurement, as well as various internal initiatives to reduce the firm’s own environmental impact.

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A&L Goodbody

Ireland

A&L Goodbody in Ireland takes a collaborative approach when it comes to ESG, both internally and externally.

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McCann Fitzgerald

Ireland

Full-service Irish firm McCann Fitzgerald is highly regarded for its sustainable finance work.

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Houthoff

Netherlands

An internationally focused Dutch full-service law firm, Houthoff brings a holistic approach to its ESG efforts both internally and for its clients in its recent efforts to shift towards a greener practice.

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NautaDutilh

Netherlands

Full-service, Benelux-based firm NautaDutilh established a more formalised Sustainable Business & Climate Change team spearheaded by energy expert Ham Kerstholt in 2020, focusing on the incorporation of sustainability through both soft and hard law.

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1.5

Norway

1.5 is a new, independent Norwegian boutique established at the start of 2021 and developed with ESG at its core, from entirely paperless day-to-day operations to its work for clients it deems genuinely sustainable and who contribute to the broader environmental movement.

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Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Norway

Norwegian-based full-service firm Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has a decade-long commitment to ESG and sustainability which is strongly driven by its head of financial regulatory and sustainable law practices Andreas Lowzow.

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Arntzen de Besche

Norway

As a full-service law firm in Norway, Arntzen de Besche established an ESG team which focuses on ESG and sustainability developments within its various practice groups, while it also aims to be driving force in the green shift via internal measures and initiatives.

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BAHR

Norway

The energy practice, at leading Norwegian commercial law firm BAHR is involved in several major carbon capture developments including advising on Fortum Oslo Varm’s carbon capture and storage project.

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Glittertind

Norway

Oslo-based dispute resolution boutique firm Glittertind has a multifaceted climate strategy overseen by lawyer Dagny Ås Hovind.

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Haavind

Norway

Haavind’s market leading renewable energy practice boasts a longstanding track record in this space and is at the forefront of ushering in the green energy transition in Norway

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Selmer

Norway

Since receiving its Eco-Lighthouse Certification in 2013, Selmer has spent several years critically analysing all aspects of its practice, recently joined the UN Global Compact and has become an active ESG advocate in Norway.

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Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Norway

Norwegian full-service firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig has integrated ESG and CSR into its overall business strategy and stands out in particular for its expertise in renewable energy, related infrastructure and technology, as well as ESG compliance.

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Thommessen

Norway

Norwegian full-service firm Thommessen’s sustainability and climate risk practice, established in 2018, is led by Tore Mydske who is also head of the firm’s financial services group.

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TTW Legal

Poland

Poland-based renewable energy boutique TTW Legal is a market leader in advising investors, developers, government and local SMEs on all stages of the transition to green energy in a fast-moving regulatory environment.

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Vieira de Almeida

Portugal

Leading Portuguese firm and UN-Compact-signatory Vieira de Almeida has a multidisciplinary ESG practice focused on helping clients navigate the regulatory complexities associated with achieving the 2030 agenda and UN’s SDGs.

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Doklestic Repic & Gajin

Serbia

A Serbian multi-service law firm, Doklestic Repic & Gajin is committed to the green transition with a growing work portfolio in connection with green energy and renewable projects in the country.

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ECIJA

Spain

ECIJA has acted as counsel on major environmental matters to several regional governments in Spain, giving an insight into how central ESG is to the firm's work.

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Garrigues

Spain

Spanish-origin, multi-national firm Garrigues demonstrated an early commitment to ESG having signed the UN Global Compact in 2002 and drawing up its annual carbon emissions since 2004.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Spain

Spanish full service firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo recently launched a sustainable development group both in order to advance the firm’s internal best practices and carbon footprint reduction measures.

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LALIVE

Switzerland

Swiss dispute resolution firm LALIVE has developed expertise in business and human rights issues regarding natural resources and seeks to advise companies and other organisations on responsible practices, including ESG developments.

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Egemenoglu

Turkey

Full-service Turkish law firm Egemenoglu is highly knowledgeable in environmental law and legislation and follows the notion of creating sustainable value both internally and externally in its practice.

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