Mackenzie Drutowski is an ESG & Impact partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mackenzie advises private equity firms and public and private companies on complex and evolving legal issues relating to ESG, sustainability and impact, including reporting and disclosure, offering and marketing documents, due diligence, regulatory requirements, program development, policies and procedures, investor demands, voluntary frameworks (including the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)) and other ESG risks and strategic opportunities. This experience includes work on a number of renewable energy and energy transition-focused funds and transactions and counseling on public benefit and diversity-related business certifications. Mackenzie’s ESG & Impact practice builds on her five years of experience working on complex domestic and cross-border transactions in the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group.

Representative Clients

The Carlyle Group, Starwood Capital Partners, TPG, GTCR , Oaktree Capital Management, Quantum Energy Partners, Summit Partners, TA Associates.


Thought Leadership


Author, “SEC Adopts Amendments to Expand the Scope of the Names Rule,” Kirkland Alert, October 3, 2023

Author, “SEC Proposes Enhanced Disclosure by Certain Advisers on ESG Investment Practices,” Kirkland Alert, June 3, 2023

Author, “Misalignment Management in Joint Ventures: Drafting JV Agreements to Precent, De-escalate, and Resolve Disputes,” Harvard Negotiation Journal, 2022


Moderator, “Global Perspectives on Sustainability in U.S. Private Equity,” PEI Responsible Investment Forum, February 20, 2024

Speaker, “Is ESG still a Four-Letter Word – Advising for Change,” Builders’ Vision, October 23–24, 2023

Speaker, “Everything Everywhere All At Once: Updating Your Transactional Toolkit for Managing Expanding Environmental Risks,” ABA SEER Fall Conference, October 12–13, 2023

Speaker, “Private Capital Transaction Diligence and Engagement,” Women in Climate Investing and Finance, September 28, 2023

Speaker, “Trends in Supplier Diversity and Sustainability,” IAOP Outsourcing World Summit, May 16–17, 2023


Kirkland & Ellis Scholar, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2015

Memberships & Affiliations

National Champion, American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, 2016


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2022District of Columbia
  • 2016Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.2016

    Senior Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business

  • The George Washington UniversityB.A., International Affairs2010

    Elliott School Undergraduate Research Scholar 

    International and Domestic Politics Women’s Leadership Program