Freshfields Bolsters ESG Practice with London Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a renowned global law firm, has made an ESG appointment.
Doug Bryden, a distinguished expert in the field of environmental, regulatory, and governance law, is set to join the firm's esteemed global ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and sustainability practice as a partner based in London.
Before joining Freshfields, Bryden held significant positions at Travers Smith, where he served as the Head of Environment & Operational Regulatory, and co-headed the ESG and Impact Group.
His professional focus encompasses a wide spectrum of ESG and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on assisting boards and investors in devising ESG and governance strategies, navigating ESG transparency requirements, fulfilling ESG obligations, and addressing crises related to ESG matters.
Bryden's extensive sector-specific knowledge spans across industries such as energy, petrochemicals, manufacturing, consumer products, and technology. He has been advising asset managers and owners on European and UK sustainable finance regulations and the associated ESG risks.
In his new role, Bryden will collaborate closely with Freshfields' global sustainability group, contributing to the further development of the firm's comprehensive ESG services.
Andrew Hutchings, Head of London Transactions, expressed, "Doug's appointment aligns with Freshfields' strategic commitment to invest in key areas, including private capital. His presence will enhance our existing ESG and environmental practice, addressing the growing client demand for guidance on ESG investment strategies and frameworks."
Vanessa Jakovich, also an ESG partner based in London, welcomed Bryden's appointment and emphasised its significance in meeting evolving client ESG needs. She stated, "Doug's unmatched expertise will expand our ability to provide outstanding service and innovative solutions to our clients as they design and implement their ESG strategies."
Tim Wilkins, Global Partner for Client Sustainability at Freshfields, highlighted the global legislative developments supporting net-zero targets and the heightened scrutiny of ESG risks by investors. He affirmed that Doug Bryden's addition strengthens the firm's team of advisors with decades of market-leading experience in delivering innovative and commercially viable sustainability solutions.
Bryden's appointment at Freshfields' London office follows the 2022 recruitment of Jake Reynolds, a prominent academic from Cambridge University. Reynolds joined the firm as the Head of Client Sustainability & Environment, bolstering Freshfields' commitment to providing strategic legal counsel to clients as they transition towards more sustainable operating models.
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