Austin Pierce is an associate in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins. He helps clients across industries to navigate ESG matters – including climate change, biodiversity and natural capital, human rights, Indigenous rights, and corporate culture – both individually and where such matters intersect with each other or other topics. 

His experience is global, having advised clients on matters involving every inhabited continent and many sub-regions thereof.

Mr. Pierce regularly works with public and private companies, funds, and their boards on issues regarding: 

  • Voluntary and required reporting and disclosure
  • ESG policy development and implementation
  • Stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • Board and management education
  • Sustainable finance and fund formation, including cross-jurisdictional offerings
  • Development and execution of strategic initiatives 

Mr. Pierce serves on the international human rights committees for several bar associations. He regularly speaks and authors articles on ESG-related topics for a variety of industry publications.

Mr. Pierce’s experience includes advising:

ESG Counsel

  • Various large-, mid-, and small-cap companies and their boards, as well as private companies, on various ESG services, including for climate, water, biodiversity, human capital, human rights, Indigenous rights, sustainable finance, and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) matters*
  • Various public companies on ESG ratings, rankings, and third-party standards*
  • Various private equity and investment funds on the development of ESG policies and incorporation of ESG-related marketing requirements into disclosures and related documents for offerings*

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

  • Various buyers and sellers and their boards on ESG and environmental matters in multiple stock, asset, merger, spin-off, joint venture, and SPAC transactions*

Capital Markets

  • Various companies and funds on ESG and environmental aspects of securities offerings, as well as ongoing periodic reporting*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Texas

Education

  • JD/LLM, Duke University School of Law

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish