IBA Japan Webinar: ESG Activism and the Evolving nature of ESG-related risks

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Presentation Overview

Speaker:    Peter Harris, Partner, Clifford Chance Tokyo

Speaker:    Michael van Zyl, Associate Director Control Risks, Tokyo

Speaker:    Matthew Ball, Counsel, Clifford Chance Tokyo

Speaker:    Chihiro Ashizawa, Counsel, Clifford Chance, Tokyo

Date:         Friday, 31 May, 2024

Time:         13:00 – 14:00 (JST)

Venue:      Microsoft Teams


This presentation will cover:

  • The recent spread of ESG activist activity both geographically and in terms of the type of target, nature of activity and sophistication of the activists
  • The identity of ESG activist organisations – Who are they? Who funds them? What do they want?
  • Potential abuse of ESG-related organisations by commercial actors whose sole purpose is making profit
  • How to be prepared for ESG activist attacks and keeping ahead of the fast-changing environment
  • Regulatory backlash and evolution of government policy on tackling ESG-related compliance
  • An overview of present regulatory trends regarding ESG disclosure and the next wave of ESG-related challenges for business

Speaker Biographies

Peter Harris, Partner, Clifford Chance
Peter Harris, a Partner in Clifford Chance's Tokyo office who focuses on dispute resolution, public international law, complex risk management and international arbitration. Peter is also a member of Clifford Chance's ESG Leadership Group.


Michael van Zyl, Associate Director, Control Risks
Michael van Zyl, an Associate Director in Control Risks’ Tokyo office, who focuses on corporate investigations and governance consulting for Japan and Korea. Michael’s recent projects include analysis of ESG activism in Japan within the context of the country’s corporate governance reforms and increased foreign investment.


Matthew Ball, Counsel, Clifford Chance
Mathhew Ball, a Counsel in Clifford Chance's Tokyo office, who focuses on international debt and equity capital markets transactions, including, MTNs, convertible bonds, equity offerings and structured finance, with a focus on ESG products, risks and regulation.


Chihiro Ashizawa, Counsel, Clifford Chance
Chihiro Ashizawa, a Counsel (Japanese bengoshi) and heads the Capital Markets (Japanese Law) practice in Clifford Chance's Tokyo office, who focuses on capital markets and securities act.  Chihiro advises clients internationally and locally as they incorporate ESG into business strategies and implement ESG in operations, supply chains and business relationships throughout value chains.

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