ESG and the EU’s New Regulatory Requirements for a more Sustainable Europe


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Course Overview/description

From a regulatory point of view, the EU has been a global leader in establishing rules, both at the firm and product level, relating to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. This course aims to provide an overview of the various ESG initiatives, including the SFDR, the Taxonomy Regulation and the proposed CSRD, and how all these rules are already affecting but also expected to be affecting in the near future various market participants. Special focus will be placed on covering in more detail the Regulation on Sustainability Related Disclosures in the Financial Services Sector (SFRD).

Training Objectives

● Define Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors and the rational behind the introduction of ESG regulations
● Identify the benefits and challenges of Sustainable Finance
● Provide an overview of the key ESG regulatory initiatives – SFDS, Taxonomy and CSRD, and understand their applicability across the financial industry
● Cover the new SFDR regulation and reporting requirements both at the firm and product level.

Training Outline

1. Introduction to Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing
2. Overview of the main EU Regulations on Sustainable Finance
3. SFDR Provisions – Sustainability Related Disclosures in the Financial Services Sector
4. SFDR Reporting Requirements for Firms
5. SFDR Reporting Requirements for Products
6. Impact of SFDR on Asset Managers and Financial Advisers

Who should attend

– Fund Managers and Administrators,
– Portfolio Managers and Investment Advisers,
– Business Development and Sales Managers,
– Compliance Officers and Risk Managers,
– Executive and non-Executive Directors sitting on the Boards of regulated entities such as CIFs, UCITs and AIF Managers, and publicly listed companies.

CPD hours and Recognition

Training Schedule
Time: 09:00 – 15:00
Venue: Live online

Lecturer: Spyros Ierides, CFA, Chartered MCSI

Lecturer: Spyros Ierides, CFA, Chartered MCSI

Spyros Ierides holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Cyprus and an MSc inmEconomics from the University of Warwick. Additionally, he is a CFA Charterholder, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and a holder of the CySEC’s Advanced Certification. He began his career in 2008 as a trader of fixed income and interest rate futures, working in a local proprietary trading firm. He then moved on to work as a Dealer initially, and then as Head of Own Account Trading for a CIF. Between 2011 and 2018 he worked for the CySEC, both within the Investigations and Supervision Departments. Since then, he has been working at Bank of Cyprus as Head Premier Banking, providing investment services to the Bank’s clients. At the same time he has been utilizing his experience to deliver training courses on financial regulatory matters.

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