Overview

Christina Thomas is a capital markets partner in the New York and Washington, D.C., offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Christina represents U.S. and foreign companies on SEC disclosure and compliance, governance and general corporate law matters, as well as shareholder proposals and ESG matters. Christina also represents clients on capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Christina is a former senior advisor at the SEC, serving most recently as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Elad L. Roisman. In that role, she provided legal counsel to the Commissioner on his consideration of policy, regulatory, and enforcement matters.

Christina advised on SEC proposed and final rule amendments, interpretations, and guidance relating to, among other things, public company disclosure, the proxy voting process, and capital formation. Christina advised on major rulemakings, including the modernization of Regulation S-K disclosure requirements, amendments to financial disclosure requirements for acquired and disposed businesses, exemptions from the proxy rules for proxy voting advice, amendments to the shareholder proposal rule, extension of the "test-the-waters" accommodation to all issuers, amendments to the "accredited investor" definition, and harmonization of the exempt offering framework.

Christina also served as lead advisor on international securities law and policy. Prior to serving as counsel to the Commissioner, Christina was detailed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to advise on international securities law matters. She received the Secretary's Honor Award in recognition of her contributions. Christina began her career at the SEC in its Division of Corporation Finance in the Office of Healthcare and Insurance (now Life Sciences). She also served as a reviewer on the SEC's Shareholder Proposal Task Force and in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions.

Christina is a frequent speaker, published author, and thought leader in the areas of public company disclosure, corporate governance, ESG, and securities regulation.

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Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements 

Panelist, “State of the Market: Regulatory Compliance Isn’t Enough,” Workiva Accelerate Chicago, May 2024

Speaker, “The SEC’s Revolutionary New Climate Disclosure Requirements – A Deep Dive Into Governance, Strategy, and Risk Disclosures,” Practicing Law Institute, April 2024

Speaker, “10-Q and K Disclosure Prep Series: Latest Trends in SEC Disclosure,” SEC Pro Group, March 2024

Speaker, “California’s Revolutionary New Climate Disclosure Requirements,” Practicing Law Institute, February 2024

Speaker, "Navigating a Rocky Road: Staying Ahead of Trends and Challenges in SEC Reporting," Workiva Amplify Conference, September 2023

Speaker, "Surviving Earnings Season," Society for Corporate Governance National Conference, June 2023

Speaker, "Recurring Disclosure Challenges," Northwestern Law’s 50th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, January 2023

Speaker, "Regulation & Disclosure," Essentials for Corporate Governance Conference, January 2023

Speaker, "Preparing for Climate Change Disclosure," WSJ Risk & Compliance Forum, November 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Board of Directors, Women in Housing and Finance Foundation

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States

Education

  • New York Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2012
    New York Law School Law Review
  • Fordham UniversityB.A., Classical Languages2008