Location: Expertise / Environment, Social & Governance (ESG)
Environment, Social & Governance (ESG)

As part of Global Law Office’s Environment, Social, and Governance Practice ("ESG"), we continuously monitor the ESG requirements of businesses in various industries and markets, and provide professional, one-stop legal services on various ESG related matters. As market expectations and compliance requirements are shifting locally and internationally, our ESG team continues to apply innovative legal support and solutions in this area, effectively anticipating and mitigating risks, and optimising decisions for our clients to support their long-term sustainable growth. Our professional legal team can provide clients comprehensive ESG services covering capital markets, ESG compliance, ESG investment and M&A, carbon-related business, clean energy business, as well as a broader range of corporate governance, dispute resolution and other integrated business solutions.


Global Law Office can offer clients cutting edge ESG legal advices to allow them to best meet the ever changing regulatory and legal requirements of the marketplace through our strong legal teams and our rich practice experience. Currently, our expertise in various practices and sectors include banking & finance, corporate & commercial services, compliance & risk control, energy & mining, construction & materials, manufacturing, chemical, project development, and TMT, etc. We provide comprehensive, one-stop legal services to our domestic and international clients through our diverse professional expertise, abundant experience, and effective team collaboration. This allows our clients to fully develop and integrate appropriate ESG framework into their business value chain and achieve sustainable and long-term growth and success.

Our main services and areas of representation include:


1. Integrated ESG services

  • Advise on ESG disclosure compliance
  • Advice on ESG rating preparation and liaise with third-party ESG rating agencies
  • Assistance on the development of ESG-related policies and frameworks
  • Conduct ESG compliance benchmarking, inspections and audits
  • Conduct corporate ESG compliance training
  • Advising on regulatory enforcement action relating to ESG

2. Green funds

  • Green fund registration and filing
  • Green fund investment projects legal due diligence
  • Green fund investment regulatory and compliance
  • Advice on the design and development of green fund investment frameworks, and drafting of legal documents for investment transactions

3. Capital market

  • Green bond issuance
  • IPO related ESG compliance

4. Specialized compliance

  • Environmental and Carbon emissions compliance
  • Cybersecurity and privacy compliance
  • ESG Communication
  • Workplace safety and labour law compliance
  • Anti-corruption, anti-bribery compliance
  • Antitrust compliance

5. Investment and M&A

  • Representing clients in legal and commercial negotiations for renewable energy projects
  • Advising on renewable energy projects financing
  • Conducting legal due diligence and draft transaction documents for renewable energy investment projects
  • Assisting with examinations and approvals by government

6. General corporate service

  • Designing of corporate governance frameworks
  • Advising on establishing and improving corporate governance
  • Advising on ESOP

7. Dispute resolution

  • Advising and representing clients on Labor & employment related matters
  • Advising and representing clients on equity related disputes
  • Advising and representing clients on environmental public interest litigation
  • Advising and representing clients on environmental regulation related administrative litigation
  • Advising and representing clients on dispute resolution and arbitration

Representative Deals

  • Advised CITIC Trust and Dajia Health and Elderly Care Industry Investment Management Co., Ltd (大家健康养老产业投资管理有限责任公司) on landing the first community direct payment elderly care service trust
  • Advised a world-renowned automotive industry supplier to win in the second instance of an environmental damage compensation case
  • Advised China Construction Bank on issuing landmark multi-currency ESG themed bonds
  • Advised Haitong Unitrust (海通恒信) on successful signing of the first ESG linked syndicated loan valued RMB 1 billion in the Shanghai financial leasing industry
  • Advised Tianxin International Leasing Co., Ltd (天信国际租赁有限公司), a subsidiary of Goldwind (金风科技), on wind power financing leasing projects
  • Advised Mercedes-Benz International Finance Co., Ltd. on issuing the first Green Panda Bond in the Chinese interbank bond market
  • Advised Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co., Ltd. on issuing the first Carbon-Neutral Green Bond in the Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Advised China National Petroleum Corporation and its affiliated companies on the establishment of QFLP Climate Investment Fund in China with multiple multinational oil and gas companies
  • Advised Beijing Tongzhou Water Environment Fund Management Co., Ltd (北京通州水环境基金管理有限公司) on the establishment and fundraising of private equity investment funds
  • Advised Shenzhen Bao'an Industrial Investment Guidance Fund Co., Ltd. (深圳市宝安区产业投资引导基金有限公司) on investing in CICC carbon neutrality Fund Project
  • Advised CanSino Biologics Inc. (康希诺生物股份公司) to establish its compliance system
  • Advised JFE Trading (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (JFE贸易(北京)有限公司) on the internal compliance and self-inspection
  • Provided compliance training for China Life Reinsurance Co., Ltd
  • Advised a certain clothing manufacturing enterprise on the compliance for sustainable product promotion
  • Advised Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd (天津港(集团)有限公司) on the antitrust compliance
  • Advised Alibaba on the compliance projects regarding to data systems, privacy policies, facial features, etc
  • Advised China Huadian Hong Kong Limited on the acquisition of Yonghao Photovoltaic Project in Pingshun Province, Vietnam
  • Advised Polar Green Energy China Company (极地绿色能源中国公司) on the due diligence for financing projects
  • Advised Guangzhou Yingpeng Investment Management Co., Ltd. (广州盈蓬投资管理有限公司) on increasing the capital and enlarging the stock share of Guangdong Kaijin New Energy Technology Co., Ltd (广东凯金新能源科技股份有限公司)
  • Advised Shandong Saidong New Energy Technology Co., Ltd (山东赛动新能源科技有限公司) on the establishment, equity arrangement, corporate governance, and other related matters
  • Advised Tibet Zhengwo New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (西藏正沃新能源控股有限公司) on the implementation of employee equity incentives for its subsidiary Tibet Xusheng Mining Development Co., Ltd (西藏旭升矿业开发有限公司)
  • Represented Beijing Guohuan Rhine Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd. (北京国环莱茵环保科技股份有限公司) in the administrative reconsideration of Zunyi Wastewater treatment project
  • Represented Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (中国铝业股份有限公司) Lanzhou Branch in the treatment of a suspected environmental pollution case
  • Represented Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd. (四川晟天新能源发展有限公司) in the treatment of equity disputes

Media's Evaluation

Global Law Office has a well-established practice with expertise across a wide range of big-ticket M&A. The team demonstrates notable activity in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, mining and logistics sectors. It is active on cross-border transactions involving South-East Asian jurisdictions.

“It has kept up with the changes and developments of the industry over the years, and we are very satisfied with their understanding and depth of the industry.”

“The firm’s lawyers can provide our bank with professional legal services based on their excellent professional knowledge and rich case experience.”

——Chambers-Greater China Region 2023


Awards & Rankings


  • 2023, Nominated in Asia Legal Awards 2023: ESG Deal of the Year – USD 148 million ESG-linked syndicated loan, Securities Deal of the Year: Debt - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank panda bond, The Asian Lawyer
  • 2022, Nominated in Asia Legal Awards 2022: Securities Deal of the Year: Debt - China Construction Bank’s USD 2.4 billion tri-product ESG bonds, The Asian Lawyer
  • 2022, Nominated in Asia-Pacific Awards 2022: Debt Capital Markets Firm of the Year, Deals of the Year: Debt and equity-linked - China Construction Bank multi-currency ESG bonds issuance, IFLR
  • 2022, China Regional Law Awards: Debt Market Deal of the Year: South China & Central China - China Construction Bank Corporation’s ESG Green Bond Issuance in three Overseas Regions, Asian Legal Business
  • 2022, asialaw Awards 2022: Impact Deal and Case Awards: China Construction Bank’s landmark multi-currency ESG bond issuance, asialaw Profiles
  • 2022, Deals of the Year 2022: CCB's green bond under China-EU Common Ground Taxonomy, China Business Law Journal
  • 2021, Deals of the Year 2021: CCB’s USD 2.4 billion ESG-themed bond sale, CSSC’s green and blue dollar bonds, China Business Law Journal
  • 2021, Nominated in China Law Awards 2021: Debt Market Deal of the Year- Premium - CATL’s USD 1.5 billion debut offshore bond issuance, Asian Legal Business


  • 2016-2023, Recommended Firm in Capital Markets: Domestic Issuances, Chambers and Partners
  • 2026-2023, Recommended Firm in Capital Markets: Hong Kong and Overseas Issuances, Chambers and Partners
  • 2019-2023, Recommended Firm in Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives, Chambers and Partners
  • 2017-2023, Recommended Firm in Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption, Chambers and Partners
  • 2022-2023, Recommended Firm in Competition/Antitrust, Chambers and Partners
  • 2022-2023, Recommended Firm in Employment, Chambers and Partners
  • 2013-2023, Recommended Firm in Capital Markets, The Legal 500
  • 2001-2016, 2021-2023, Recommended Firm in Projects & Energy, The Legal 500
  • 2018-2023, Recommended Firm in Regulatory/Compliance, The Legal 500
  • 2018-2023, Recommended Firm in Antitrust and Competition, The Legal 500
  • 2016-2023, Recommended Firm in Labour and Employment, The Legal 500
  • 2022, Recommended Firm in Tax, The Legal 500