As part of its 2022 Innovative Lawyers program, the Financial Times has shortlisted Pillsbury as one of North America’s most innovative law firms. The firm has been shortlisted for the “Innovation in Market Firsts” award, along with the “Innovation in Sustainability” award.

Pillsbury is being considered for Innovation in Market Firsts in connection with the firm’s representation of Nasdaq in its multi-year partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to transform capital markets and migrate toward a cloud-based market infrastructure. Nasdaq’s move to the AWS cloud brought forth AWS Outposts, which are expected to extend AWS infrastructure, services, APIs and tools to virtually any data center, co-location space or on-premises facility. The co-designed edge computing solution effectively establishes Nasdaq’s data center as the first-ever private AWS Local Zone for the capital markets industry.

 The transaction was led by Global Sourcing & Technology Transactions partner James McPhillips and associate Mia Rendar.

Recognized as an outsourcing leader by Chambers and The Legal 500 U.S., Pillsbury’s Global Sourcing & Technology Transactions team has architected more than 1,000 strategic outsourcing deals and thousands of technology transactions over the past 30 years, with an aggregate value exceeding half a trillion dollars. To learn more about the deal, click here.

Marking the firm’s second consecutive inclusion on the Financial Times shortlist for the Innovation in Sustainability award, a team of Pillsbury lawyers served as counsel to the Clean Air Task Force—assisting in the creation of the Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative, or NHI. With partner Elina Teplinsky leading its internationally recognized launch, the Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative will engage policymakers, businesses, investors and other key stakeholders around the world to raise awareness of the important role nuclear energy technology, particularly advanced reactors, can play in abating carbon emissions by delivering clean hydrogen for various zero-carbon fuel applications in many energy segments that are difficult to electrify. In addition to Teplinsky’s work with CATF and the NHI, the shortlisted nomination highlights industry-leading energy transition work by partners Sheila Harvey, Mona Dajani, Jeffrey Merrifield, Jorge Medina and Gavin Watson.

Ranked among the elite by both Chambers USA and Chambers Global, Pillsbury possesses one of the world’s top nuclear energy teams—a trailblazing practice with more than 50 years of firsts. As one of the most respected and well-established names in the nuclear law industry, Pillsbury has worked on large-scale energy projects and their financings in more than 75 countries on six continents.

The firm’s hydrogen team has become a leading voice as the hydrogen industry evolves as a part of the global energy transition. Most notably, among other valuable resources, the practice launched the Hydrogen Map, the first known publicly available tool that tracks every stage in the development of hundreds of hydrogen projects worldwide.