Increased ESG Emphasis Finds Its Way Into M&A Process

By Benjamin Horney (February 18, 2022, 6:52 PM EST) -- Investors and regulators alike are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and while it's still uncommon for such considerations to take precedence over economics, mergers and acquisitions attorneys are feeling the ESG focus in the form of increased due diligence and disclosure burdens.

ESG matters encompass a wide range of topics, such as environmental sustainability, climate change, sexual harassment, and board and employee diversity. For a long time, ESG issues, while considered important, didn't factor heavily into mergers and acquisitions, mostly because deal-makers were focused on the financial bottom line. 

But the tide has been turning in recent...

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