Ashurst joins global green-finance crew

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Ashurst has joined the Climate Bonds Initiative and has become the largest-ever organisation to become a “Climate Bonds Partner.”

The global firm advises clients across Australia on all areas of commercial and financial law. It even has a dedicated team monitoring domestic and regional green bond market developments.

Ashurst is proud to join the initiative, said Caroline Smart, a member of the firm’s global markets team. The firm hosted the first forum on infrastructure investment opportunities in Australia and New Zealand at it Sydney office recently, to facilitate discussion on green infrastructure and the green bond market, she said.

“Green and sustainable investment opportunities, with financial products to match, are now a growing and important part of the finance landscape and capital markets,” Smart said. “Green and sustainable financing is an exciting area to work within, as it demonstrates how markets can assist with investors and issuers funding social and environmental objectives.”

Serena Vento, head of partnerships and commercial relationships at the Climate Bonds Initiative, said that the firm becoming a partner is an important step in developing local opportunities based on environmental, social, and governance principles.

“Their expertise will be invaluable as we work jointly on increasing investor participation and the scaling up of low carbon and green infrastructure investment in Australia and New Zealand,” Vento said.