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ESG, Proxy Voting and Engagement – Where DOL and SEC Regulation has Been and Where it May be Going

ESG, Proxy Voting and Engagement – Where DOL and SEC Regulation has Been and Where it May be Going

ESG investing continues to gain steam with investors and asset managers globally. US regulators, particularly the SEC and DOL, are catching up. George Michael Gerstein and Sara Crovitz will update you on the state of current DOL and SEC regulation around ESG and proxy voting/engagement and what may be coming from the regulators under new leadership.

When: February 25, 2021. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Who Should Attend

All independent directors, CCOs, and professionals in the fund industry are welcome to participate.

Forum webinars are closed to the media.

Speakers

George Michael Gerstein, Co-Chair, Fiduciary Governance and Environmental, Social and Governance

Sara P. Crovitz, Partner

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George Michael Gerstein & Sara Crovitz Join The Activist Insight Podcast to Discuss ESG Developments

George Michael Gerstein and Sara P. Crovitz, members of Stradley’s new environmental, social & governance group, joined host Kieran Poole of The Activist Insight Podcast to discuss recent developments out of the DOL and SEC regarding ESG. The Activist Insight Podcast, which is produced by Insightia, can be found on all major podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify and YouTube.

              

George Michael Gerstein Discusses ESG ERISA Implications on DCIIA Webinar

George Michael Gerstein, co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s fiduciary governance group and member of the ESG group, served as a panelist on the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) webinar, “Practical Guidance for ESG Incorporation in DC Plans,” on Dec. 15.

Gerstein’s panel discussed how plan sponsors approach ESG discussions with their investment committee and plan stakeholders, the steps plans are taking to formalize their ESG criteria and how this is monitored by both the plan sponsor and their consultant, what a plan sponsor and their investment consultant need to document to show they are methodical in their consideration of the basis of the material ESG factors within their investments, the range of implementation decisions that are made and recommendations to apply when integrating ESG, and how plan changes are communicated to participants.

Gerstein advises plan sponsors and financial services firms on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and the rules and regulations applicable to governmental plans. He’s also co-chair of the fiduciary governance and ESG groups. He’s authored numerous articles on the interplay of ERISA and ESG investing.

Webcast on December 9: Renewable Energy Technologies and U.S. Innovation

President-elect Biden’s agenda is likely to include an increased focus on tax incentives directed at investment in renewable energy resources, though gaining congressional support may pose either a challenge or an opportunity for a grand deal. President-elect Biden’s renewable energy tax policy revolves around his stated goal for the United States to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In support of this goal, he plans to modify and extend renewable energy tax incentives in order to help achieve carbon pollution-free electricity generation by 2035. President-elect Biden’s renewable energy tax policies include restoring the solar investment tax credit and expanding tax incentives for carbon capture, storage and use. If President-elect Biden implements his policies, will they lead to enhanced U.S. innovation? If the Senate remains a Republican majority, what compromises might Republicans seek, and what roadblocks might they impose on Biden’s agenda?

Join our industry panelists to hear more about renewable energy, tax policy and the impact on America-based technologies.

When: Wednesday, December 9 from 1-2 p.m. ET

Presenters:

Andrew S. Levine, Partner and Co-Chair – Environmental, Stradley Ronon

Jason Wert, National Market Leader – Renewables, RETTEW

Andreas N. Andrews, Associate, Stradley Ronon

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