[Alexandra] is exceptional, very capable, knowledgeable and hands on. She offers a real depth of knowledge. - Chambers USA
Alexandra Farmer is a partner in the Houston and Washington, D.C., offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. As a leader of the Sustainable Investment and Global Impact Group and partner in the Global Environmental Practice, Alexandra provides strategic and legal advice to private equity firms, corporate clients, and project sponsors and lenders facing complex environmental issues and climate-related risks. Drawing on her engineering education and experience negotiating hundreds of successfully closed transactions, she focuses on identifying, mitigating, and resolving complex risks involving significant contamination concerns and dynamic environmental compliance obligations arising in a variety of sectors, including the energy, chemical, infrastructure, commercial, retail and technology industries.
Alexandra counsels clients on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) frameworks and climate risk considerations arising across the lifecycle of a business or private equity fund, including formation, mergers and acquisitions, financing, voluntary disclosures, and investment exit strategies.
As a trusted advisor in the environmental space, Alexandra consults with clients seeking to assess, prevent, mitigate and respond to environmental crises and long-term climate impacts. Often bridging the gap between business, engineering and law, she is a thought leader on ESG issues, climate risk assessments and mitigation, environmental crisis preparedness, and cutting-edge transactional environmental insurance policies, such as pollution insurance and representations and warranties insurance. Her articles have been published in such publications as Bloomberg Environment and Law360, and she frequently speaks on these subjects at legal conferences and industry events.
Alexandra is nationally recognized in 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 (2018, 2019) and as a Next Generation Lawyer for Environment: Transactional (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
“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
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
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