Kirkland & Ellis LLP is happy to announce that Sara Orr has joined the Firm as a associate within the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) & Impact Practice Group. Ms. Orr will probably be primarily based within the Firm’s Chicago workplace.
“Sara is an experienced corporate and transactional lawyer with skills in helping clients strategically navigate ESG challenges and opportunities. Her background combined with her strong mentorship and practice development capabilities will bring additional strength to our rapidly growing practice,” mentioned Alexandra Farmer, head of Kirkland’s ESG & Impact Practice Group.
Ms. Orr focuses on sustainable finance, ESG due diligence, company sustainability packages and modern local weather options. She advises monetary establishments, non-public fairness companies and company shoppers on a variety of ESG points within the oil and gasoline, energy and renewable power, petrochemical, metals and mining, manufacturing, things to eat and beverage, actual property, and different sectors.
“I’m thrilled to join Kirkland’s growing ESG team,” mentioned Ms. Orr. “I’m impressed by the Firm’s early investment in this area, and I look forward to supporting clients as ESG continues to influence the global marketplace and demand for advice accelerates.”
The Legal 500 US ranks Ms. Orr in Tier 1 within the Environmental: Transaction class. She holds a regulation diploma from the University of Michigan Law School and can obtain a grasp’s diploma in psychology from Harvard University Extension School. Ms. Orr joins Kirkland from Latham & Watkins LLP, what place she was a pacesetter of the agency’s ESG Task Force.
Kirkland’s ESG & Impact Practice Group gives shoppers with refined, multidisciplinary recommendation and state-of-the-art market intelligence as they navigate the possibilities and challenges associated with ESG and affect investing throughout the funding and operational life cycles. Over the final 12 months, as market and regulatory tendencies have made ESG a central part of its shoppers’ enterprise methods, Kirkland has built-in ESG into all facets of its transactional follow, together with funding funds, power/infrastructure, non-public fairness/M&A, capital markets, and debt finance. Kirkland companions with its shoppers to develop ESG and affect methods tailor-made to their distinctive circumstances and targets, together with integrating ESG into company and fund sponsor governance constructions, forming affect funds and ESG-related SPACs, main ESG due diligence, and structuring sustainability bonds and loans.
Kirkland can also be dedicated to being a pacesetter in company social duty, together with by enhancing communities and the authorized occupation by way of philanthropy; embracing and selling range and inclusion and wellbeing inside the Firm and the authorized occupation; lowering the Firm’s environmental affect; and offering authorized providers with out cost to those that can’t afford counsel.