Hilburn will lead the firm’s new ESG M&A offering, with his team deploying ESG capabilities to support clients in meeting their societal and environmental goals through M&A transactions.
He joins the Big Four firm from Carbon Intelligence, where he acted as director of financial services.
During his time at the company of sustainability experts, Hilburn worked with asset owners, fund managers, and private equity firms to improve their response to ESG.
Elsewhere, he has held M&A and corporate venturing leadership roles in both Deloitte Africa and a pan-African impact investment fund.
Richard Bell, partner and head of UK financial advisory at Deloitte, said: “Not only is ESG influencing business strategies and decision-making, but is also measurably increasing asset values.
“This activity presents both substantial risks and opportunities to our clients, so we are delighted to have James steering this offering.”
Hilburn added: “Sustainability has a vital role to play unlocking business value as we work with our clients at the decisive intersection between commerce and the environment.
“Through strategic planning, harnessing ESG can also become a source of competitive advantage in the world of M&A.”