Linklaters Increases Focus on ESG
Linklaters has announced the addition of Lauren Bachtel as a senior counsel in the Energy & Infrastructure Group at its New York office.
Lauren is the fifth notable hire for Linklaters' U.S. Energy & Infrastructure Group in the past five months, joining Partners Ron Erlichman, Marius Griskonis, and Judy Kwok in New York and Senior Counsel Diana Jeschke in Washington, D.C.
Ron Erlichman, co-head of Linklaters' Energy & Infrastructure Group in the Americas alongside Marius Griskonis, expressed enthusiasm about Lauren's unique background in the public sector and private practice. He believes her expertise will greatly benefit clients as they navigate complex environmental permitting and compliance issues, as well as the evolving landscape of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) matters. Linklaters aims to expand its U.S. energy transition and renewables offering, which is now unmatched in the U.S. and globally.
Lauren, a former lawyer for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the American Wind Energy Association, has extensive experience assisting clients with navigating complex environmental permitting and compliance issues for various projects and transactions.
She specialises in the offshore wind sector and has in-depth knowledge of regulations such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Mineral Leasing Act, Endangered Species Act, and more.
Lauren also guides clients on establishing and complying with ESG policies and programmes, environmental justice policies and programmes, and broader climate and carbon policies and programmes.
Linklaters is a leading firm advising on the development and financing of complex, large-scale projects, structured transactions, and mergers and acquisitions in the global energy and infrastructure sector, particularly in relation to renewable and carbon transition projects.
The firm has received numerous awards and recognition for its work in this field, including being ranked Band 1 for Projects & Energy in Chambers Global 2022 and winning various industry awards for its deals and expertise.
Lauren's appointment is part of a series of significant hires by Linklaters in the U.S. in recent times. In addition to the Energy & Infrastructure Group hires, the firm has also welcomed partners in Structured Finance and Derivatives, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, and Financial Regulation, as well as promoting partners and counsel in various practice areas.