Baker hires global head of climate change

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Ilona Millar

Baker McKenzie has promoted Ilona Millar, a Sydney-based climate change partner, as global head of climate change.

A specialist of more than 20 years in climate law and finance, Millar’s expertise includes the development of law and policy, and its implementation for both governments and the private sector. Her experience also extends to complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, as well as the development of innovative responses to climate change and sustainability problems.

Millar has worked on the development of carbon contracts, carbon funds and carbon transactions in both the compliance and voluntary markets. She also advises on natural sinks and forest-based carbon transactions, as well as geological sequestration and the legal frameworks for carbon capture and storage. More recently, she has been working on exploring the role of hydrogen in transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

“I am excited to lead a team of highly talented and experienced climate change law practitioners who have long been innovating in a space that continues to be the greatest challenge we face as both a society and global business community,” said Millar.

“No matter where the client or matter resides, we have a global team and infrastructure which is unrivalled among our peers.”

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2008, Millar worked at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development in London, an international group of lawyers campaigning for fairer global environmental laws. She was a former principal solicitor of the Environmental Defenders Office New South Wales. Millar also serves as a visiting fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law, where she has taught international climate change law since 2009.