Create innovative sources of business value

What if your ESG strategies contributed to your own growth goals, alongside better outcomes for your people, your key external stakeholders (such as your supply chain, your customers, your funders and insurers) and your communities? The more established and ambitious ESG strategies see the delivery of stakeholder value as an engine for growth, and we would be excited to go with you on that journey. 

Our focus on tech disrupted sectors means we know how sustainability can drive change and innovation. With our consulting arm, OXYGY, we partner with you to ensure your company can thrive and withstand the uncertainty of the climate we live in.

Whether it’s helping to build sustainable smart cities, removing barriers to market entry and growth or bringing green products to market, our multi-disciplinary team blends legal and consulting expertise to make your ESG ambitions a reality. 

Recent work highlights 

  • Advising Lendlease, a leading property developer delivering transformational urbanisation projects, on the IP framework of the Milan Innovation District ("MIND") project, a major re-development of the former 2015 EXPO area in Milan, as well as on other matters in London and Singapore.

    We helped them design a system that would encourage not only the vertical collaboration within a specific area, but also the “cross-pollination” between companies belonging to different sectors, usually not enabled to start common projects, enabled by highly innovative IP tools and processes. MIND’s model, in compliance with antitrust regulations, is designed to go beyond open innovation and proprietary innovation. It is based on a unique legal framework that will allow companies to collect new ideas, projects, and visions, and to develop them in a fast and direct manner - using pre-set operating processes and procedures - to make them available to all partners.

  • Our International Energy and Utilities Sector Group paved the way in collaborating with market stakeholders in growing the Corporate PPA market  - allowing corporate energy consumers to purchase power on a long-term basis directly from renewable energy generators without needing to be co-located. We are proud to be at the forefront of innovative structures and ever-changing models for delivery of Corporate PPAs around the world. 

  • Clean Beauty Co launched the clean cosmetics movement in the UK in 2015 and shortly after launched their own branded products, BYBI. We have acted for Clean Beauty in relation to IP brand management, securing and enforcing an international trade mark portfolio, and handling IP disputes in the UK, EU and China. We have also provided corporate support on fundraising, commercial support in relation to distributor agreements, terms and conditions of sale and influencer marketing endorsements, as well as employment and data protection advice.

  • We advised UK plant-based meat alternative business, Plant Meat Limited, trading as "THIS", on its £11m series A equity round led by investors Lever and BGF.

    We have also advised THIS on various manufacturing, licensing and supply chain agreements for the production and distribution of its expanding range of meat-alternative products – including equipment purchasing, exclusive ingredient supply, and complex white-label manufacturing agreements – as well as strategies for protecting and preserving its IP and confidential information.

  • The shift towards electromobility requires innovative, forward-looking solutions which are as sustainable and competitive as possible. Our team of experts advise across a number of cutting edge and disruptive areas of the energy and automotive sectors globally, including energy storage, energy digitalisation, EV charging, connectivity, autonomous driving and e-mobility. 
  • Voluntary and mandatory carbon programmes will come under greater regulatory scrutiny in future, and while this is an important development, it creates greater access barriers particularly for smaller carbon offset projects. We are advising 4RD who will build an innovative digital carbon trading platform to, among other things, help solve this problem.

  • Advising Hy24 and Mirova in their EUR 200 million investment in green hydrogen pioneer Hy2gen AG, in partnership with CDPQ and Technip Energies. The capital will be used for the construction of facilities in several jurisdictions across Europe, producing green hydrogen-based fuels – or "e-fuels" – for maritime and ground transport, aviation and industrial applications. The investment is the largest private green hydrogen-focused capital raise to date.