Mishcon de Reya has expanded its Purpose offering with the hire of new Director, Paul Clements-Hunt.
Credited with coining ‘ESG’ in May 2004 and delivering the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for the late UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Paul has been at the forefront of breakthrough developments in responsible investment and sustainable finance for over 30 years.
Paul is also a former United Nations official and served as a Founding Board Member and UN representative to the PRI. He has worked extensively with the private sector developing and implementing sustainable business models.
Paul is a highly valued speaker on the evolution and deployment of sustainable finance and responsible investment globally. His career spans roles as an entrepreneur, an energy and environment policy specialist and as a journalist.
Alex Rhodes, Partner and Head of Mishcon Purpose said: “We are delighted that Paul has decided to join our growing team. His unparalleled experience in bringing business together with public and private capital to drive sustainability is increasingly central to our clients’ requirements to invest to create business and social value.”
Paul commented: “The firm’s vision and services supporting client sustainability, climate and strategic ESG goals are market leading. The 21st century is for those who see the immense value creation opportunities of a sustainable future which builds clean capitalism, resilient communities and regenerative economics. The complexity and uncertainty surrounding the pathway to true net zero for investors and corporates demands the clear, focused, legal and advisory services that Mishcon Purpose provides.
“I am thrilled to join the team as global markets for climate action, ecosystems protection, and social impact build to real scale. As the global, regional and national policy and regulatory architecture settles, Mishcon Purpose is well placed to advise on both the risks and opportunities of a just transition to sustainable development as these new markets evolve."