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Ashurst appoints Global Sustainability Partner

International law firm Ashurst today announces the appointment of Anna-Marie Slot as the firm’s first Global Sustainability Partner, as part of an initiative to assist clients navigate the strategic challenges and opportunities of regional and multi-jurisdictional sustainability issues.

Dave Rome, Strategy Director in the Global Loans team, is supporting Anna-Marie with the initiative. They will work with sustainability advocates in each of the firm’s offices around the world to drive forward work on sustainability, both in terms of clients and the markets Ashurst operates in and also its own operations.

The initiative will focus on providing clients with an integrated approach to climate change risk, green finance and wider environmental issues, derived from the firm’s broad expertise on issues facing corporates, governments, financial institutions, funds and investors.

Anna-Marie Slot commented:

“Ashurst has been an active voice in the area of green finance and is a world leader in the power and renewables sector. Through our support of various sustainability-focused organisations worldwide, such as the Climate Bond Initiative, Ashurst has played a key role in this rapidly evolving area. And we are intending to leverage this expertise and focus to the benefit of all of our clients. I am really looking forward to working with Dave and the entire Ashurst community to accelerate our clients and our own approach to this strategically critical issue.”

Dave Rome added:

“As global climate change continues to advance at rapid levels, corporate sustainability has become even more critical. This initiative will draw together our expertise across practices and jurisdictions to assist our clients as they address the challenges of sustainability.”

Anna-Marie Slot has 20 years’ experience in finance across the US, Europe and Asia. She is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, as well as being named one of the world’s top 300 female transactional lawyers in banking and capital markets by IFLR1000 Women leaders in 2018 and 2019.

Dave Rome has over 31 years of experience in the finance and banking industry, having previously spent 28 years in corporate banking with NatWest/RBS, working across the UK and Europe as well as in Asia. He held a number of senior relationship management positions within the bank, before latterly heading up its market-leading syndicated loan business.

Fox Williams boosts practice with appointment of new partner

Fox Williams has today announced that Dearbhla Quigley, a corporate lawyer specialising in equity capital markets, M&A and private fundraisings, has joined the City law firm as Partner. Dearbhla joins from Watson Farley & Williams, where she was Partner.

Dearbhla advises both public and private companies and has significant experience working on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including initial and secondary offerings on the AIM market, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and joint ventures.

Paul Osborne, Senior Partner at Fox Williams commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Dearbhla to Fox Williams. Her experience and capabilities are a boost to our corporate offering and client base, including AIM market companies. Dearbhla is a valuable addition to the firm.”

Previously recognised as one of The Lawyer’s “UK Hot 100 Lawyers” and recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500, Dearbhla has extensive experience advising clients in the mining, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors. She also advises early stage businesses in the technology sector, as well as companies with interests in real estate.

“Dearbhla is a highly regarded and energetic partner with an excellent reputation in the AIM market. Her deep knowledge of the natural resources and renewable energy sectors and increasing experience in the technology sector provide additional strength and depth to our team,” said Richie Clark, Partner and Head of Corporate at Fox Williams.

Dearbhla Quigley commented: “I am delighted to have joined Fox Williams. The firm’s reputation for high quality corporate work across a range of sectors brings with it a host of opportunities and I look forward to developing my career further as a member of this ambitious and well-regarded team.”