Green Guide Profile: Ropes & Gray LLP

Full-service international firm Ropes & Gray LLP’s long-standing commitment to ESG is codified in its global ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights practice consisting of full-time practicing ESG lawyers and led by New York-based Michael Littenberg.

In addition to his legal work, including having conducted environmental sustainability due diligence for a private equity company and advised SIFMA on its input in the development of SEC climate risk disclosure rules and due diligence, Littenberg monitors and analyses developments in ESG policy across jurisdictions including the US, the UK and the EU.

The Boston-based team has wide-ranging experience representing investors in the financing of cleantech solutions. Chris Comeau, in collaboration with New York-based Isabel Dische, represented Stripe Inc. in the formation of Frontier, a public-benefit corporation seeking to invest $925m in permanent carbon storage solutions. Boston co-managing partner Renata Ferrari, who also heads the firm’s executive compensation practice, is advising a number of clients on the design of sustainability metrics and impact-based incentive programs. Another key contact in Boston is environmental lawyer Peter Alpert, who is on the board of directors of the National Audubon Society.

The firm is a participant in Stanford’s Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy providing pro bono advice to sustainability-focused entrepreneurs and non-profits, and in a longstanding partnership has regularly been advising the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute on a pro bono basis.

All six of the firm’s US offices are LEED-certified, with five receiving gold designation; 83% of its offices worldwide are powered by renewable energy.

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