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Sustainable and Green Finance

Supporting our clients navigate the world of sustainable and green finance


Interest in sustainable and green financing has accelerated dramatically in recent times. Many corporates and investors across all sectors are now utilising green debt products or thinking about doing so at the next opportunity. 

In our latest annual Corporate Debt Report, nearly 50% of treasurers we surveyed are factoring in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues when raising debt, and 30% are reporting on ESG matters to lenders and other stakeholders. Another 29% said they considered ESG credentials when selecting which financial institutions to transact with.
From issuing bonds to fund the development of renewable energy projects to raising debt that satisfies issuers’ environmental policies and investors’ ESG mandates, our finance specialists have the experience to successfully support you when accessing funding options.
Clients we have supported in this growing area range from blue chip corporates and project companies to financial institutions and government departments.

Recent Experience


Pioneer issue of €300 million social bonds due March 2025 (Most innovative green bond deal of the year award, Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018)

Amendments to its €2 billion green revolving credit facility to include ESG criteria (Green loan of the year award, Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018)

Syndicate of banks led by BNP Paribas

Amendment and extension of Coca-Cola HBC AG and Coca-Cola HBC Finance B.V.'s €800 million revolving credit facility, including incorporating ESG/Green loan criteria.


Issuance of various green fixed rate and CPI/RPI-linked bonds under its £10 billion multicurrency debt platform, including its recent £75 million green, deferred-funding USPP


Renegotiation of a €1.2 billion revolving credit facility agreement to include ESG margin adjustment criteria 

Schneider Electric

Issuance of a €200 million bond due 2025 under its US$7.5 billion EMTN programme, to fund low carbon R&D programs

AGL Energy Limited

On its landmark sustainability-linked loan facility agreement

(Most Innovative Deal award, FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2019, Australia and New Zealand)

Read our news story on this deal here.


Insights and updates

20th July 2021
With green loans and sustainability-linked lending going mainstream, we assess the prospects for real estate...
19th July 2021
We assess EC moves to channel finance to low-carbon activity. Includes sustainable finance strategy and...
11th March 2021
The challenges posed by climate change affect all sectors, and financial markets have a major...
3rd March 2021
This is the third in a series of articles looking at the development of ESG...

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22 June 2023

Herbert Smith Freehills advises SFL (Société Foncière Lyonnaise) on the signing of a €835M sustainability-linked revolving bank credit facility including ESG performance indicators

08 May 2023

Herbert Smith Freehills advises AGL Energy Limited on a partial refinancing of its existing debt facilities and new A$500m syndicated green capital expenditure loan