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Informing Investors of Climate Risk: The Impact of Securities Laws in the Environmental Context

June 2016

Citation: 46 ELR 10455

Issue: 6

Author: Tom Mounteer, Leah A. Dundon, Kevin A. Ewing, and Elizabeth Lewis

Investors, regulators, and shareholders have shown increasing interest in the information that corporations do and do not disclose about potential climate risks. Legal requirements in this area are complex, governed by an amalgam of securities laws dating back to the 1920s, state anti-fraud statutes, and more recent guidance and voluntary practices specific to climate risk. On March 17, 2016, the Energy Bar Association’s Environmental Regulation Committee convened a panel of expert practitioners to discuss these issues. This Dialogue presents a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Tom Mounteer (moderator) is a Partner at Paul Hastings LLP. Leah A. Dundon is Of Counsel at Beveridge & Diamond PC. Kevin A. Ewing is a Partner at Bracewell LLP. Elizabeth Lewis is Head of Sustainable Investing at the World Resources Institute. The panelists thank Bennett Resnik for organizing the panel.

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