Law firm Latham & Watkins announced two new partner hires for its global ESG advisory practice. The firm has appointed Sarah Fortt and Betty Moy Huber as Partners in Austin/Washington, D.C and New York, respectively, and as global Co-Chairs of the firm’s ESG practice alongside London partner Paul Davies.
Fortt and Huber will both be members of Lathan and Watkins’ Capital Markets & Public Company Representation Practice Group within the Corporate Department and will advise public and private companies, financial institutions, investment funds, and their boards.
Ryan Maierson, a Houston partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah and Betty to the firm and to their leadership roles in our ESG practice. Their addition comes at a perfect time as we see a rising focus on ESG among businesses and investors, and a growing need for the kind of cross-cutting, comprehensive advice that we provide.”
Fortt joins the company from law firm Vinson & Elkins. She will focus on advising public and private businesses on ESG-related corporate governance, disclosure obligations, and regulatory requirements, and also work with boards to manage their approaches to governance, crisis management and preparedness, succession planning and board education.
“I’m thrilled to join Latham’s market-leading ESG advisory team. The firm’s many practices are well-known, on their own, as leading practices. But what drew me to the firm is the fact that Latham has combined these capabilities so effectively into a global, cross-disciplinary team that functions with a singular focus on meeting each client’s unique needs. It’s truly an exciting opportunity to join the group, along with Betty, and an incredibly powerful offering for clients.”
Huber brings 25+ years of ESG advising experience to Latham. She is a long-standing advisor to public and private companies and boards on the full range of ESG-related corporate governance matters, including board oversight of ESG risks and opportunities, environmental, social, human rights, sustainable finance, and ESG reporting, among others. She joins the company from global law firm Davis Polk & Wardell, where she most recently served as Co-Head of the ESG Group.
“Clients look for advisors who can provide comprehensive, consolidated, and strategic advice that is informed by experience and significant understanding of the emerging issues they face now and in the future. Latham has demonstrated its commitment to meeting that need and continues to make meaningful investments in the ESG team and approach to stay ahead of the issues. I am excited to work with Paul, Sarah and many others across the firm, to guide our clients in navigating the path forward.”