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James Hilburn joins Deloitte to lead ESG M&A offering

10 August 2021

James Hilburn has joined Deloitte’s financial advisory practice as a director to lead the firm’s new ESG M&A offering. Under his leadership, his team will deploy Deloitte’s market leading global ESG capabilities to support clients in meeting their societal and environmental ambitions through M&A transactions.

James joins Deloitte from Carbon Intelligence where he was director of financial services. There James worked with asset owners, fund managers and private equity firms to optimise their business and portfolio's response to ESG. James has also had M&A and Corporate Venturing leadership roles in Deloitte Africa and managed a pan-African impact investment fund.

Commenting on the appointment Richard Bell, Deloitte partner and head of the UK’s Financial Advisory practice said:

“Not only is ESG influencing business strategies and decision-making, but is also measurably increasing asset values. This activity presents both substantial risks and opportunities to our clients, so we are delighted to have James steering this offering.”

James Hilburn, ESG M&A leader at Deloitte, added:

“Sustainability has a vital role to play unlocking business value as we work with our clients at the decisive intersection between commerce and the environment. Through strategic planning, harnessing ESG can also become a source of competitive advantage in the world of M&A.”


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