Sofia is an expert in her field and cares very much about us as a client, and as individuals who work with her.” - Chambers Crisis & Risk Management (ESG) 2023
Sofia is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and member of 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.
Sofia builds upon over a decade of experience in U.S. securities law to advise clients on a wide array of ESG matters. She advises public and private companies on recent and emerging ESG regulatory developments, such as anticipated U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules related to climate risk, human capital, including workforce diversity and corporate board diversity, and cybersecurity risk. She also counsels clients on ESG disclosures in sustainability reports, proxy statements and annual reports, which includes advising on regulatory requirements, international disclosure trends and industry best practices.
Sofia’s practice also focuses largely on social and governance issues. With respect to social matters, she provides legal advice to clients on topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); pay equity; and human rights. With respect to DEI, Sofia’s work includes risk assessments and risk mitigation counseling. Sofia’s experience advising on governance matters includes assessments of ESG programs and disclosures through benchmarking and gap analysis, as well as board presentations, trainings, and tabletop exercises. She helps clients to identify opportunities to tailor their ESG programs to their particular goals while mitigating legal and reputational risks, including developing strategies for integrating ESG into larger business and governance practices.
Sofia has extensive cross-border capital markets experience across Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan. She uses this international lens to stay abreast of global regulatory developments and trends related to ESG. Sofia has represented companies across a range of industries, including technology and energy companies, as well as financial institutions.
Author, “Supreme Court Issues Decision Overturning Affirmative Action in Higher Education,” Kirkland Alert, June 30, 2023
Author, “ISSB Releases Final Global Sustainability Disclosure Standards,” Kirkland Alert, June 29, 2023
Author, “The Major Questions Doctrine Reigns Supreme in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency — Implications for Climate Policy and Impact Investing,” Kirkland Alert, July 6, 2022
Author, “SEC Proposes New Climate Disclosure Requirements,” Kirkland Alert, March 24, 2022
Author, “Recent Trends and Developments in Corporate Environmental Social Governance,” LexisNexis Practical Guidance, November 1, 2021
Author, “SEC Responds to Investor Demand for Climate Risk, Human Capital Management Disclosures,” Kirkland & Ellis Energy & Infrastructure Blog, October 7, 2021
Author, “Preparing for Potential Updates to Human Capital Management & Board Diversity Disclosure Requirements,” Kirkland Alert, October 1, 2021
Author, “The SEC’s Recent and Planned Activity on Climate Change Disclosures: What Companies Can Do To Prepare,” Kirkland Alert, October 1, 2021
Speaker, “Spotlight on ‘S’: Tackling and Reporting Social Issues Effectively,” IR Magazine’s ESG Integration Forum, December 2022
Speaker, “ESG Considerations in M&A,” 30th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program, November 2022
Keynote Speaker, “DEI Champions: Driving Change, Getting Buy-in and Leveraging Success,” Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership Conference, San Francisco, October 2022
Speaker, “ESG: Everything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You,” 42nd Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate & Securities Law & 61st Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, September 2022
Speaker, “Governing and Monitoring Portfolio Companies,” Responsible Investment Forum, San Francisco, September 2022
Speaker, “The Case for ESG Data: Why You Should Get Started Now,” Novata Webinar, July 2022
Memberships & Affiliations
Council of Urban Professionals (CUP)
Latino Corporate Director’s Association (LCDA)
Admissions & Qualifications
- Not admitted to practice in California
- 2011, New York
- New York University School of LawJ.D.
Articles Editor, NYU Law Review
- University of California, Los AngelesPh.D., HistoryFulbright and Mellon-Mays Scholar
- Stanford UniversityB.A., International Relations & Spanishwith Departmental Honors and University Distinction