[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.
“Supreme Court Issues Decision Overturning Affirmative Action in Higher Education,” Kirkland Alert, June 30, 2023
“ISSB Releases Final Global Sustainability Disclosure Standards,” Kirkland Alert, June 29, 2023
“Crisis Preparedness in the Rapidly Evolving Vulnerability Landscape: Ten Questions for Board Chairs to Ask to Prepare for Shareholder Activism, Hostile Takeovers, Short Attacks, (Anti-)ESG Pressure and Other Emergent Threats,” Kirkland Governance Update, June 8, 2023
“Private Market Impact Investing: A Turning Point,” World Economic Forum White Paper, April 2023
“California Climate Disclosure Bills Would Have Far-Reaching Implications for Companies Doing Business in the State,” Kirkland Alert, April 14, 2023
“PFAS Update: European Chemicals Agency Publishes Proposal That Would Ban or Severely Restrict the Manufacture, Use and Marketing of Thousands of Broadly Used Man-Made PFAs Chemicals,” Kirkland Alert, February 15, 2023
“UN Conference Signals Swell in Private Sector’s Green Efforts,” Law360, January 31, 2023
“U.N. Biodiversity Conference Signals Growing Emphasis on Private Sector Action on Nature Conservation and Restoration in 2023," Kirkland Alert, January 19, 2023
“SEC Continues Enforcement Scrutiny in ESG Claims by Investment Advisers,” Kirkland AIM, December 12, 2022
“Enhanced Disclosure Requirements and Potential Multi-Jurisdictional Considerations Raised by the SEC’s Proposed ESG Rule," Private Equity Law Report, August 2, 2022
“SEC Proposes Pair of Long-Awaited ESG Rules; Non-ESG Funds Swept Up as Well,” Kirkland Alert, June 3, 2022
“SEC Proposes Enhanced Disclosure by Certain Advisers on ESG Investment Practices,” Kirkland AIM, June 3, 2022
"New Framework Announced for Assessing and Reporting Nature-Related Financial Risks," Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog, May 11, 2022
"ISSB’s Proposed Framework Seeks to Unify Global Sustainability Disclosure Standards," Kirkland Alert, May 11, 2022
“Increasing Focus on Biodiversity-Related Financial Risk Presents New Challenges and Opportunities in Energy and Infrastructure,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report Vol. 22-2, February 2022
“COP26 and the Role of Private Capital,” Kirkland Alert, November 23, 2021
“TCFD Issues New Guidance as Its Climate Reporting Framework Continues to Gain Traction,” Kirkland Alert, November 10, 2021
“SEC Responds to Investor Demand for Climate Risk, Human Capital Management Disclosures,” Kirkland Blog Post, October 7, 2021
“Surging Sustainable Finance Market Presents Opportunities for Energy and Infrastructure,” The Real Estate Finance Journal, October 1, 2021
“The SEC’s Recent and Planned Activity on Climate Change Disclosures: What Companies Can Do To Prepare,” Kirkland Alert, October 1, 2021
“Preparing for Potential Updates to Human Capital Management & Board Diversity Disclosure Requirements,” Kirkland Alert, October 1, 2021
“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
Speaker, “ESG: Emerging Regulatory Risks in the U.S. and Europe,” International Bar Association Webinar, June 28, 2023
Speaker, “Is ESG Scrutiny Good for Private Markets,” Kayo Sustainable Investing Summit, June 12, 2023.
Moderator, “Updates on 'E': Regulatory and Market Trends,” New York City Bar’s Corporate Counsel Symposium: ESG for In-House Lawyers, March 31, 2023
Speaker, “ESG Can’t Wait: Get Ahead of the Curve of Final SEC Climate Reporting Rules,” Moderne Ventures Webinar, March 23, 2023
Moderator, “Climate & Carbon – A Look into The Future,” Impact Capitalism Summit – Big Path Capital, July 20–21, 2022
Moderator, “Committed and Intentional: When Capital and Communities Collide,” Kayo Women’s Private Equity and ESG Investment Summits, June 13–15, 2022
Florida General Counsel Forum, May 2022
Women in Climate Investing & Finance, April 2022
Financial Times’ Climate Capital Live, March 2022
Moderator, “How Well Positioned is Private Equity to Turn the Crisis into an Opportunity?” PEI Women in Private Markets Summit, December 1–2, 2021
Moderator, “ESG: From Theoretical to Reality,” PEI Women’s Private Capital Summit, November 18–19, 2021
Panelist, "Hot Topics in ESG Investing," IAA’s 2021 Leadership Conference: A View for the C-Suite, September 29–October 1, 2021
Women Corporate Directors Event, September 28, 2021
Panelist, ABA Business Law Young Lawyers ESG panel, September 24, 2021
"Energy, Climate, ESG & Environmental Matters in Congress and the Biden Administration," Kirkland Webinar, September 23, 2021
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)
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 Energy 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
Recognized in Private Equity International’s Future 40 2023.
Ranked in Chambers USA for Climate Change in 2023.
Recognized as Top23 in ’23: Women Leaders in ESG by Kayo.
Recognized in Lawdragon for “500 Leading U.S. Environmental Lawyers,” 2023.
Recognized as one of the Emerging Women Leaders in Private Practice by DCA Live in 2022.
Recognized in the 2021–2023 editions 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 2019–2022.
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 Leading Lawyer for Environment: Transactional in 2022.
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
Admissions & Qualifications
- District of Columbia
- 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