Allison Bennington is a Partner, Global Head of ESG and Chairman of our Activist Defense Practice, based in London. Ms. Bennington leads the firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance advisory practice as well as the firm’s Activism Preparedness and Defense efforts. Ms. Bennington has extensive experience in global corporate strategy, activism campaigns, ESG investing, ESG business strategy and solutions, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining PJT Partners, Ms. Bennington was a Partner and the Chief Global Relations Officer of ValueAct Capital. Over her 17-year tenure, she led ValueAct’s global strategy and engagement efforts with a diverse set of stakeholders, as well as many of its ESG efforts, including helping to found a $1.5bn investment fund investing in companies solving social and environmental problems.
Prior to joining ValueAct, Ms. Bennington was the General Counsel and helped to found Atriax Ltd., an institutional electronic foreign exchange trading platform formed by Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Reuters. Before joining Atriax, she was a Managing Director and ran the legal department for Robertson Stephens, a full service investment bank.
Ms. Bennington was appointed by former SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee. She is a member of the American Legal Institute and the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and Economics as well as the Business in Society Institute at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Ms. Bennington received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley and JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.