Diletta Lenzi

Impact Investing within the Italian Legal Framework. From Special Rules to General Principles: The Case of Green and Social Bonds

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This paper analyses (corporate) social and green bonds, which are commonly defined as debt securities whose proceeds are used to finance projects or ventures aiming to achieve positive social or environmental outcomes. The paper examines market practices and international guidelines to identify the main characteristics of social and green bonds, given that there are neither a legal definition nor specific rules for social and green bonds. It then analyses how these financial instruments can be regulated within the Italian legal framework and which enforcement mechanisms apply in case of non-compliance with non-financial obligations.


  • Sustainable Finance
  • Sustainable and Responsible Investment
  • Impact Investing
  • Social Bonds
  • Green Bonds


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