Allison Bennington is a Partner in PJT’s Strategic Advisory practice, based in London. Ms. Bennington leads our Activism Preparedness and Defense efforts to advise our clients on how to better prepare for and respond to activist campaigns. She also leads the firm’s environmental, social and governance advisory practice, which advises our clients on innovative solutions to address their ESG challenges and opportunities. 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, Allison was a Partner and the Chief Global Relations Officer of ValueAct Capital, a $14 billion investment fund that works constructively with its portfolio companies to build sustainable value for the long‐term. While at ValueAct Capital, she also worked extensively with the ValueAct Spring Fund, a $1.5 billion investment fund that invested in companies solving social and environmental problems. Over her 17-year tenure, Allison led ValueAct’s global strategy and engagement efforts with a diverse set of stakeholders. 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, Allison was a Managing Director and ran the legal department for Robertson Stephens, a full service investment bank.
Allison was appointed by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee and is on its Investor as Owner Subcommittee. She is a member of the American Legal Institute, the Advisory Board of both the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and Economics at the University of California Berkeley School of Law and its Business in Society Institute. Allison received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley and her JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.