DLA Piper names International heads of Sustainability and ESG

DLA Piper has named Natasha Luther-Jones and Jean-Pierre (JP) Douglas-Henry as International Co-Heads for Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), in addition to their current roles, both effective 1 May 2020. These appointments are part of DLA Piper's strategic objective to drive further coordination of its efforts in this space and address the growing demand from clients for advice on sustainability and ESG-related issues. Natasha and JP will be responsible for coordinating the firm's offering with the aim to establish a leading global team in this field.

Natasha will continue to serve as Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources. Her practice has a strong focus on the renewable energy sector where she advises investors, financial institutions and corporates on a wide spectrum of issues related to Sustainability and ESG. Natasha was instrumental in developing DLA Piper's leading global corporate power purchase practice, on the initial deals in the UK, Europe and the Nordics and then developing the model for Africa and Asia Pacific. She advises all parties on these subsidy-free deals including the global corporates buying green power. DLA Piper's Energy and Natural Resources team was recently ranked as the leading global renewable energy team by inspiratia, having advised on more deals in Q1 2020 than any other law firm.

JP is the Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Litigation & Regulatory practice and has over 25 years' experience advising clients in relation to litigation, arbitration and regulatory and compliance issues in more than 45 jurisdictions. His experience spans acting for multinational corporate clients, sovereign states, government agencies and instrumentalities and state-owned enterprises in relation to a wide range of contentious issues in the financial services, energy and natural resources sectors in particular. He has acted in relation to a number of human rights matters, corporate governance and social responsibility issues, supply chain and modern slavery violations, and environmental contamination and clean up claims in Africa, LatAm, SE Asia and the Middle East.

DLA Piper's Global Co-CEO, Simon Levine, said: "I would like to congratulate Natasha and JP on their appointments to these new roles. As we continue to drive our business forward, we have been working on better understanding and coordinating our approach to our client-facing efforts on sustainability and ESG issues across practice groups, sectors and locations. The demand for advice in this area continues to grow and we have an impressive array of experience across the firm. There are significant opportunities to work more closely with our clients on improving their sustainability, which is also consistent with our purpose to make business better. Natasha and JP have been involved in guiding the development of our sustainability and ESG client offering and going forward they will play a key role in leveraging our full capabilities and establishing ourselves as leaders in this important field."