ESG and Compliance

Businesses have to deal with enhanced legal requirements relating to the environment, climate, human rights, decent working conditions and good governance. The general public's expectations to responsible corporate conduct are increasing in line with these requirements.

To manage an increasingly demanding risk landscape, enterprises must understand the relevant legal frameworks and conduct risk assessments for projects and counterparties. By adopting a considered and risk-based approach to sustainability and compliance issues, enterprises can avoid violating the regulations and failing to meet new expectations.

Selmer’s sustainability team consists of corporate lawyers with specialist expertise in the legal aspects of sustainability and compliance. Our practice is internationally oriented, with access to extensive networks of international compliance specialists who adopt a practical and commercial approach to providing advisory services on sustainability issues.

Selmer was one of the first law firms in Norway to establish a dedicated compliance team, and has been a leader in this field for many years. We aim to help our clients navigate often unclear waters, by providing clear advice customised to the challenges their particular enterprise faces.

Our services

Advisory services on corporate social responsibility and sustainability
ESG and compliance due diligence relating to mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
Preparation of guidelines and procedures, including coaching of boards of directors, management and employees
Risk analyses relating to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions/export control, human rights and working conditions
Integrity due diligence of business partners
Compliance regulations in contracts
Assistance in ensuring compliance with international sanctions and export control
Legal assessments of potential liability under different regulations, including corruption and criminal liability
Second opinions
KYC (anti-money laundering) assessments
Fact-finding and investigations
Crisis management
Contact with the authorities

Selmer is an indispensable part of our Compliance program and function. They have practical knowledge and experience which gives us invaluable advice on best practice. Their strength is a diverse team with different specialisations that brings a wide approach to compliance and makes them a one-stop service.