Two Baker McKenzie lawyers have won a top pensions prize for their insights at the IPEBLA (International Pensions and Benefits Lawyers Association) conference. 
The Tony Thurnham award, named after one of the founding members of IPEBLA, is awarded to the author of the article in the "International Pension Lawyer" (the International Journal produced by IPEBLA) over the period between IPEBLA conferences, which the Journal Editor and Country Representatives consider to be the best article published during the period. 
Paul Williams, who is based at Baker McKenzie's Johannesburg office, and Elizabeth Harker, from our London office, wrote an article comparing the extent to which the law in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada promotes, or even permits, pensions schemes to account for ESG factors. Their article, Pension Schemes – A Superpower in the Fight Against Climate Change?, won the award for the 2019-2022 period.
Chantal Thompson, Special Counsel and Co-Lead of the ESG Working Group for Baker McKenzie’s Pensions Practice Group, said:
"We're extremely proud of Paul and Elizabeth for their sterling work, ensuring focus on such a timely and urgent subject. ESG continues to be an evolving priority for pension schemes, and with increasing regulation and scrutiny from government entities and the UK pensions regulator, the research and analysis that Paul, Elizabeth and the wider department are doing to identify trends and challenges for our clients will only become more important as time progresses. "
You can read their article here.   
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