Overview

[Alexandra] is exceptional, very capable, knowledgeable and hands on. She offers a real depth of knowledge. - Chambers USA

Alexandra (Alex) Farmer is a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice and a leader of the Firm’s Sustainable Investment & Global Impact Group. She advises private equity firms, corporations, and project sponsors and lenders on complex strategic and evolving legal issues relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) and climate-related investor demands, regulatory risks, and voluntary compliance frameworks, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Having negotiated hundreds of successful transactions, Alex focuses on identifying, mitigating, and resolving complex risks involving significant contamination concerns and dynamic environmental compliance obligations arising in a variety of sectors, such as energy, chemicals, infrastructure, commercial, retail and technology. Her practice further emphasizes advising clients on climate, environmental and other ESG issues in renewable energy and energy transition-focused transactions and projects, including solar, energy storage, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas offsets, and carbon capture and sequestration. Working across the entire investment and corporate lifecycle, Alex further partners with clients on these issues in the context of fund formations, SPACs, IPOs and other complex transactions in the climate infrastructure, renewable energy, and other energy transition industries.

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, such as insurance and indemnities.

Alex is nationally recognized as a leading practitioner by top attorney ranking directories, including Chambers USA for Environment: Mainly Transactional (2019 - 2020, District of Columbia), Law360 as a “Top Attorneys Under 40” for Environmental (2018), and The Legal 500 United States for Environment: Transactional as a “Next Generation Partner” (2020). She is a featured contributor to such publications as Bloomberg Law and Environment and Law360, as well as the Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog, and she frequently speaks at legal conferences and ESG industry events.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

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 Energy & Infrastructure Blog, 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 Energy & Infrastructure Blog, 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 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, June 2020

"The Industrial Evolution: An Introduction to ESG Principles and their Importance to the Energy & Infrastructure Sector," Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog, June 2020

"New Proposed Regulations for Carbon Sequestration Tax Credits Answer Key Questions," Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog, June 2020

Three Key Developments in ESG and Sustainable Investing,” Kirkland Alert, October 2019

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

"Be an Averter: Tips for Preventing Environmental Crises," Bloomberg Environment, May 1, 2019

China’s New Soil Pollution Prevention Law Creates Obligations and Liabilities for Companies with Industrial Sites in China,” Kirkland Alert, January 2019

“Don't Let PFAS Leave a Mark on Your Business Transaction,” Law360, February 2, 2018

Seminars

"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, January 23, 2020

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

Panelist, “Insurance Trends and Developments,” The Fifteenth Annual Environmental Transactional Roundtable, hosted by Allen & Overy, May 2019

Moderator, “When its “Kind of a Big Deal,” Assessing and Responding to Issues that Threaten a Deal or Project”; 26th Fall Conference, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, October 2018

Panelist, “Unexpected Enviromental Deal Killers Every Corporate Attorney Needs to Know,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP M&A Forum, October 2018

Panelist, “Rep & Warranty and Pollution Insurance for Transferring Environmental Risks in Transactions,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, September 2015

Panelist, “R&W and Pollution Insurance for Transferring Environmental Risks in Transactions,” The Eleventh Annual Environmental Transactional Roundtable, hosted by Dechert LLP, June 2015

Press Mentions

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

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

Recognition

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environment: Mainly Transactional in 2019–2020.

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.

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

Kirkland’s environmental group was named “Environmental Law Group of the Year” in 2010, 2011 and 2013 by Law360.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Washington Pro Bono Service Award — 2010–2015, 2017–2018.

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