Overview

Mary Beth Houlihan is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on advising clients with respect to complex and dynamic ESG issues, including regulatory compliance considerations, investor demands, and voluntary reporting frameworks, in the context of fund formations, public disclosure, and due diligence. Mary Beth’s ESG practice builds upon more than a decade of experience providing environmental, health and safety counseling to financial institutions, investment funds, and private and public company clients in hundreds of complex corporate, real estate, and financial transactions, including helping clients to evaluate and address physical and transition risks from climate change, product and supply chain risks, legacy environmental issues, and the potential business implications of pending and proposed changes to environmental, health and safety regulations.

Mary Beth is also a thought leader on ESG topics and has written on related subjects for such publications as Wall Street Lawyer, Law360, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, the ABA Environmental Disclosure Committee Newsletter, and Bloomberg BNA Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Co-author, “Flurry Of SEC Activity Shows Interest In ESG Terminology,” Law360, May 13, 2020

Co-author, “Will the New SEC Guidance on Performance Metrics Impact Disclosure of ESG Metrics?” Wall Street Lawyer, March 2020 Issue

Co-author, “To Lead or Not to Lead: Contrasting Recent Statements by SEC and ESMA Chairs on ESG Disclosure,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, March 16, 2020

Co-author, “Potential Impact of New SEC Guidance on Performance Metrics on Disclosure of ESG Metrics,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, March 6, 2020

Co-author, “Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing: What’s in a Name?” ABA Environmental Disclosure Committee Newsletter, May 2016

Co-author, “The Heightened Importance of Worker Safety Issues in Corporate Transaction,” Bloomberg BNA Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report, January 11, 2016

Memberships & Affiliations

Environmental Disclosure Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

  • Chair (2017–2019)
  • Vice-Chair of Programming (2016–2017)
  • Vice Chair of Year in Review (2015–2016)

Member, Environmental Law Institute

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York

Education

  • Columbia UniversityJ.D.2009
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Claremont McKenna CollegeB.A.2004