Overview

[Alexandra] and her team have proven countless times their commitment to excellence, as well as to innovative, impactful and cutting-edge counsel. - Chambers Crisis & Risk Management (ESG) 2021

Alex heads the Firm’s ESG & Impact Practice Group, which advises some of the world’s most sophisticated and dynamic private equity firms, corporations, and project sponsors and lenders on complex and evolving legal issues relating to ESG and climate-related regulatory requirements, investor demands, strategic opportunities, and voluntary reporting frameworks and coalitions.

Having negotiated hundreds of successful transactions, Alex has significant experience advising clients on climate, environmental, and other ESG issues. This experience includes work on a number of renewable energy and energy transition-focused transactions and projects, such as solar, energy storage, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas offsets, and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS). Alex provides strategic advice to clients on ESG & Impact issues arising in the context of fund formations, SPACs, IPOs, sustainable finance structures, and other complex transactions.

Often bridging the gap between business, engineering, and law, Alex helps clients develop and implement ESG programs tailored to their specific investment strategies and investor preferences, ultimately maximizing opportunities, while minimizing downside risk. Such programs often involve voluntary and mandatory disclosures, due diligence, training, and risk mitigation tools.

Alex has been recognized by attorney ranking directories, such as Chambers USA, The National Law Journal, Law360, and The Legal 500. She is a featured contributor to such publications as the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, Bloomberg Law, Corporate Secretary, Private Equity Law Report, and Law360, as well as the Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog and Kirkland AIM. She frequently speaks at legal or ESG conferences, such as events held by American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Environmental Law Institute, IJGlobal, and Private Equity International.

Representative Clients

ArcLight Capital Partners, Bain Capital Partners, Blackstone Inc., Carbon Infrastructure Partners, Cypress Creek Renewables, EIG Partners, EQT, Investec Bank, I Squared Capital, JP Morgan Chase & Co., King Street Capital, KKR, LyondellBasel, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Oaktree Capital Management, Olympus Partners, Paine Schwartz Partners, Patient Square Capital, Peak Rock Capital, Pritzker Private Capital, The Carlyle Group, The Rise Fund (TPG Global), TPG, Vista Equity Partners, Warburg Pincus, Whirlpool Corporation

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Financing for the Future: Surging Sustainable Finance Market Presents Challenges, Opportunities,” Kirkland Alert, August 16, 2021 

CCS Initiative Uses Carbon Accounting and Verification Standards to Boost Low-Carbon Energy Investments,” The Texas Lawbook, August 9, 2021

Biden Administration Affirms Burgeoning Interest in Carbon Capture Investments,” Kirkland Blog Post, July 13, 2021

Sustainable Finance Opportunities for Energy & Infrastructure,” Kirkland Blog Post, May 24, 2021

Public and Private Sector Commitments and Announcements from President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate,” Kirkland Blog Post, April 26, 2021

Risk Alert: SEC’s Examination Division Issues ESG Risk Alert for Investment Advisers,” Kirkland AIM, April 19, 2021

Improving Climate Governance Under Biden,” Corporate Secretary, March 23, 2021

Kirkland & Ellis Discusses ESG and Climate Regulatory Developments Affecting Private Equity,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog, March 11, 2021

Innovation and Investments in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage,” Kirkland Blog Post, March 11, 2021

Enforcement Task Force Announcement is Latest Sign of SEC Focus on ESG and Climate,” Kirkland Alert, March 8, 2021

Industry Efforts to Scale Voluntary Carbon Markets Advance,” Kirkland Blog Post, March 5, 2021

Expected ESG and Climate Regulation Impacting Private Equity Under the Biden Administration,” Kirkland Alert, February 16, 2021

r/BlackRockAnnualLetter: Climate Change and ESG in the Age of Reddit,” Kirkland Governance Update, February 1, 2021

Biden Administration’s Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policies: Week in Review,” Kirkland Blog Post, January 29, 2021

Biden Administration is Off to a Fast Start: Day One Actions on Energy, Environmental, and Climate Issues,” Kirkland Blog Post, January 21, 2021

"Pathways to Implement Biden’s Climate Change Policy," Bloomberg Law Environment & Energy Report, December 9, 2020

CFTC Panel Calls for Sweeping Climate Change Risk Regulation,” Bloomberg Law, September 28, 2020

Bloomberg Launches Data-Driven ESG Scores for the Oil & Gas Sector,” Kirkland Blog Post, September 16, 2020

Making and Keeping Corporate Climate Commitments: Part 2,” Law360, August 12, 2020

Making and Keeping Corporate Climate Commitments: Part 1,” Law360, August 11, 2020

"Four Key Steps to Assessing and Mitigating Climate Risk," Kirkland Blog Post, July 2020

"U.S. Regulators Increase Focus on ESG as Investor Demand Grows: What Private Equity Firms Need to Know," KirklandPEN, July 2020

"COVID-19 Offers Force Majeure Lessons for Climate Planning," Law360, July 14, 2020

"Mitigating Climate Risk: Solutions for PE Firms to Develop a Physical Climate Risk Program" (Part Two of Two), Private Equity Law Report, July 2020

"Mitigating Climate Risk: Advantages to PE Firms Pursuing Climate Risk Programs and Pitfalls to Avoid" (Part One of Two), Private Equity Law Report, June 2020

"The Ripple Effect of EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Investments in U.S. Financial Sector," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance (Co-author), June 10, 2020

"The Industrial Evolution: An Introduction to ESG Principles and their Importance to the Energy & Infrastructure Sector," Kirkland Blog Post (Co-author), June 6, 2020

"New Proposed Regulations for Carbon Sequestration Tax Credits Answer Key Questions," Kirkland Blog Post (Co-author), June 1, 2020

Bipartisan Senate Energy Legislation Moves Forward,” Kirkland Alert (Co-author), March 9, 2020

New Bipartisan Energy Bill Set for Consideration by Senate,” Kirkland Blog Post (Co-author), March 2, 2020

Three Key Developments in ESG and Sustainable Investing,” Kirkland Alert (Co-author), October 21, 2019

“Be an Averter: Tips for Preventing Environmental Crises,” Bloomberg Environment (Author), May 1, 2019

FSB Climate Disclosure Framework Poised for 2020 Traction,” Law360, September 24, 2019

“Don't Let PFAS Leave a Mark on Your Business Transaction,” Law360 (Co-author), February 2, 2018

Seminars

Panelist, “ESG, Sustainable, and Impact Investing: Returns, Profits, and Distressed Potential,” TMA Town Hall, June 16, 2021

Panelist, “The Route to Scaling Impact: Dedicated Funds vs. Integration with ESG?” PEI Impact Investor Forum, May 24–26, 2021

Panelist, “Re-Mapping the Conceptual Framework. What Does Modern Infrastructure ESG Data Look Like?” Infrastructure Journal Global ESG North America, March 24–25, 2021

Energy, Climate, ESG, Environmental and Tax Matters in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration,” Kirkland Webinar, May 11, 2021

“Innovation and Investments in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (ESG & Impact Webinar Series),” Kirkland Webinar, February 24, 2021

“Expected ESG and Climate Regulation Impacting Private Equity Under the Biden Administration,” February 16, 2021

“The New Normal of ESG Across Borders: Opportunities and Challenges for In-House Counsel,” American Bar Association, International Law Section Conference, February 10, 2021

“r/BlackRockAnnualLetter: Climate Change and ESG in the Age of Reddit,” February 1, 2021

“Biden Administration’s Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policies: Week in Review,” January 29, 2021

“Biden Administration is Off to a Fast Start: Day One Actions on Energy, Environmental, and Climate Issues,” January 21, 2021

“Shareholder Becoming Stakeholders – How ESG is No Longer and Optional Approach for Investors, Boards, and Management,” UBS & ICR Invitation: 2021 Proxy Season Preview, December 1, 2020

Energy, Climate and Environmental Matters in a Biden Administration,” Kirkland Webinar, November 19, 2020

“ESG and PE – The Missing Pieces!” Donnelley Financial Solutions, October 2020

Energy Innovation: Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Carbon Capture and Storage Projects,” Webinar, Kirkland Seminar, July 28, 2020

“Public Company Governance: ESG and Climate-Related Financial Risk,” Kirkland Client Call (23 January 2020)

Panelist, "Due Diligence, Disclosure, and Insurance: Key Updates," The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, Environmental Law 2020 (February 7, 2020)

Press Mentions

Quoted, “Elections Impact on Climate,” The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2021

Finalist Named for The National Law Journal Legal Awards 2021,” The National Law Journal, August 23, 2021

“DOL proposal may slow private credit's adoption of ESG principles,” Refinitiv, August 20, 2020

Quoted, “Growth of ESG Practice,” New Private Markets, August 12, 2021

Quoted, “ESG-Related Disclosures,” Law360, August 10, 2021

“Businesses Break Contracts and Blame Virus. Is Climate Next?” E&E News, August 5, 2020

Quoted, “Climate Considerations in the Enery M&A Space,” Bloomberg News, April 29, 2021

“The SEC ESG Risk Alert Explained by Lawyers,” New Private Markets, April 4, 2021

“Insurers Exclude PFAS Due to Regulatory Uncertainty, Chilling Transactions,” InsideEPA.com, February 13, 2020

Quoted, “Biden Administration Impact on Environmental Finance Policy and Significance of Rejoining the Paris Agreement,” Capital Monitor, February 4, 2021

“Rising Star: Kirkland's Alexandra Farmer,” Law360, August 8, 2018

Recognition

Recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Crisis & Risk Management in the category of Global-wide ESG.

Named by National Law Journal as a “D.C. Rising Star” in the 2021 list.

Recognized by the National Law Journal in the 2021 edition of Energy & Environment Trailblazers.

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environment: Mainly Transactional in 2019–2021.

Recognized by Law360 as a “Rising Star” for Environmental in its “Top Attorneys Under 40” list in 2018.

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a Next Generation Lawyer for Environment: Transactional in 2020 and 2021.

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Environment: Transactional in 2018 and 2019.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law

Member, Environmental Law Institute

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Washington

Education

  • The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2009

    Member, The George Washington University International Law Review

  • Cornell UniversityB.S., Biological and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Engineering Concentration)cum laude2006