Dates: February 27 - March 1, 2022
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Steering Committee welcomes a select group of up to 48 lawyers at the forefront of ESG law across North America, Europe, and the UK. The purpose of the Forum is to connect thought leaders, with diverse areas of expertise, to explore common concerns, exchange ideas, and resolve challenges faced on behalf of their clients.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group engages in meaningful dialogue about their shared experiences, and collaboratively examines legal innovation and ESG practice development.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
Alexandra (Alex) Farmer is a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice and a leader of the Firm’s ESG & Impact Group. She advises private equity firms, corporations, and project sponsors and lenders on complex strategic and evolving legal issues relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) and climate-related investor demands, regulatory risks, and voluntary compliance frameworks, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.
Having negotiated hundreds of successful transactions, Alex focuses on identifying, mitigating, and resolving complex risks involving significant contamination concerns and dynamic environmental compliance obligations arising in a variety of sectors, such as energy, chemicals, infrastructure, commercial, retail and technology. Her practice further emphasizes advising clients on climate, environmental and other ESG issues in renewable energy and energy transition-focused transactions and projects, including solar, energy storage, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas offsets, and carbon capture and sequestration. Working across the entire investment and corporate lifecycle, Alex further partners with clients on these issues in the context of fund formations, SPACs, IPOs and other complex transactions in the climate infrastructure, renewable energy, and other energy transition industries.
Paul Davies is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Environment, Land & Resources Department. Mr. Davies is Co-Chair of the firm’s ESG Taskforce and a member of Latham & Watkins’ Sustainability Committee. His practice focuses on advising on the environmental and ESG aspects of corporate transactions in the UK and overseas, in addition to a wide variety of other work, including the provision of ESG advice more generally, the management of contaminated land, the insurance of environmental risk, liaising with regulatory authorities, and climate change, health and safety, asbestos, and waste management issues.
Mr. Davies is a member of the Board of Directors of Environmental Law Institute (ELI). He is “internationally regarded” for his “outstanding” work, which has “played a pivotal role in the industry” – Who’s Who Legal 2016, Environment. Further, he was named among Europe’s Top 10 Innovative Individuals for being “at the forefront for environmental law in Europe and Asia” and actively collaborating with environmental consultancies to “promote knowledge sharing” and to develop innovative products – FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2019.
· Handles complex criminal and civil litigation.
· Co-leader of firm’s ESG and climate change groups.
· Extensive experience in crisis management and reputation recovery.
· Served as Deputy General Counsel at the EPA and Chief of the DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section.
Stacey Mitchell’s practice includes providing strategic advice to domestic and international companies and funds on a wide range of environmental regulatory and policy matters, including climate change risk, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations and compliance assistance. As co-leader of the firm’s ESG cross practice group, Stacey advises clients on the complex and rapidly evolving legal issues related to ESG and climate change. Stacey frequently assists these clients including private equity and hedge fund firms, as well as corporations from a variety of industries including chemical, shipping, energy and automotive manufacturing (OEM), to develop and implement ESG strategies, policies and procedures designed to maximize opportunity while minimizing risk.
Drawing on more than 25 years of litigation experience, Stacey represents clients in complex criminal and civil litigation. She has particular experience in crisis management, including managing the tensions between business-critical decisions and developing defensive litigation strategy.
Stacey has held senior legal roles in government at the federal level. She served as Deputy General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Environmental Crimes Section (ECS). She brings a deep understanding of the inner workings of both agencies, applying her insight to help clients mitigate crises and in developing and maintaining robust compliance programs.
Stacey began her legal career in the New York County District Attorney’s office, trying dozens of bench and jury trials, including a “cold case” homicide. She also served as a member of the Sex Crimes and Welfare Fraud Prosecution units.
· Represented a major auto industry company in negotiation of agreement with the California Air Resources Board to sustain year-over-year emissions reductions despite lower federal standards.
· Advises companies, boards and investment funds on how to define ESG goals, set strategies and develop and implement disclosure and reporting policies; perform ESG diligence on debt and equity investments; and craft sustainability clauses for inclusion in contracts.
· Defended a senior environmental manager at a global chemical company, resulting in the declination of prosecution.
· Represents corporations and executives in multiple, unrelated ongoing investigations by the DOJ and EPA.
· Advises clients regarding their environmental regulatory obligations and assists in developing effective, high-quality compliance programs that are fully integrated with their organizations’ business strategy.
· Counsels clients on the potential implications of climate change in the context of long-term business decisions, including in the context of current environmental compliance and reporting obligations.
· At the EPA, advised the administrator and other senior leaders on legal and policy issues and options, including in the context of the agency’s development of regulations related to water, waste pesticides and toxic substances. Spearheaded the agency’s legal response to oversight by Congress, including in relation to the Clean Water Rule and the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
· While at the DOJ, ran an office of more than 40 prosecutors handling federal pollution and natural resource criminal matters nationwide. Worked closely with personnel in the United States Attorney’s Office, as well as with officials in the departments of the Interior and Commerce and the United States Coast Guard.
· Also while at the DOJ, directed national and international crimes capacity-building and training, including efforts with INTERPOL and other international organizations combating transnational crime involving the environment and wildlife.
· Speaker, “Lessons from the Past for the Future of Environmental Criminal Enforcement,” Webinar, Environmental Law Institute, June 3, 2021.
· Speaker, “ESG Considerations for the Energy Industry,” Webinar, 72nd Annual IEL Oil and Gas Law Conference, April 21, 2021.
· Speaker, “Emergence of ESG Transparency – U.S. and EU Developments,” Webinar, April 15, 2021.
· Speaker, “Integrating Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance in Corporate Practices: The Role of Counsel,” Webinar, Texas General Counsel Forum CLE, April 8, 2021.
· Speaker, “Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Considerations for the Energy Industry,” Webinar, Akin Gump Energy Briefing, January 28, 2021.
· Panelist, “Integrating Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) in Corporate Practices: The Role of Counsel,” Webinar, Association of Corporate Counsel Houston, January 12, 2021.
· Panelist, “Alphabet Soup of Sustainability Disclosures,” Webinar, The Deal Corporate Governance 2020, November 17, 2020.
· Panelist, “Integrating ESG in Corporate Practices – The Role of Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2020.
· Speaker, “Climate & International Trade Briefing,” National Association of Manufacturers, June 12, 2020.
· Panelist, “The Outlook for LNG: Impacts of Politics, ESG and FERC,” Akin Gump’s Energy Briefing, Houston, Texas, January 15, 2020.
· Speaker, “Environmental, Social and Governance in the Retail Sector,” Webinar hosted by Akin Gump, Washington, D.C., December 18, 2019.
· Moderator, “Just Good Business: Protecting Against Environmental Liability, Government Response and Enforcement Actions, and Congressional Investigations,” CLE Master Class, Dallas, Texas, May 15, 2019.
· Panelist, “Getting it Right: Fake News, Due Diligence and a Strange World,” hosted by Akin Gump, Geneva, Switzerland, May 7, 2019.
· Panelist, “Evolving Relationship between EPA and DOJ ENRD, EPA and Future of Environmental Protection Conference,” American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019.
· Speaker, “How to Remove Defamation and Other Damaging Content from the Internet,” Lorman Education Services Webinar, January 25, 2019.
· Panelist, “DOJ and EPA Alumni on Recent Developments in Environmental Investigations and Enforcement,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, November 13, 2018.
· Panelist, “Criminal Environmental Enforcement Under the Trump Administration,” D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Luncheon, Washington, D.C., June 12, 2018.
· Presenter, “Understanding and Navigating Emerging Environmental Risk,” The Institute of Internal Auditors’ 2018 General Audit Management Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 13, 2018.
· Panelist, “Environmental Law 101: Managing Environmental Compliance and Liabilities at Universities,” Akin Gump Webinar, December 5, 2017.
· Speaker, “A Health-y Environment: Avoiding Environmental Liability at Health Care Facilities,” Akin Gump CLE Program, Washington, D.C., September 28, 2017.
· Speaker, 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange Conference, The Institute of Internal Auditors, St. Louis, Missouri, September 11-12, 2017.
· Panelist, “Litigation Forum: Keeping Your Head When Everyone Else is Losing Theirs,” Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region, Washington, D.C., September 7, 2017.
· Speaker, “Regulatory Enforcement & Citizens Suits in the New Administration,” American Gas Association’s 40th Annual Legal Forum in San Diego, California, July 9, 2017.
Public Service and Affiliations
· Member, Leadership Council, Environmental Law Institute.
· Co-chair, Akin Gump Women’s Initiative, Washington, D.C. office.
· Member, Akin Gump Washington, D.C., Inclusion Council, dedicated to promoting diversity within the firm’s ranks.
· Board member, The Global Fund for Children.
· Served as Deputy General Counsel at the EPA and Chief of the DOJ’s ECS.
· The National Law Journal, D.C. Trailblazer, 2020.
· Chambers USA, Environment, 2021.
· National Law Journal, Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2018.
· Recipient, Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award, April 2018.
· Recipient of the DOJ’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Providing Legal Advice, October 2013.
David M. Silk is a partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he focuses on merger and acquisition transactions, takeover defense, private equity transactions, corporate governance, ESG and sustainability issues, proxy contests, restructurings, joint ventures and securities laws. He represents public and private companies and private equity funds worldwide and in a wide variety of industries.
David is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He has lectured frequently on governance, ESG and transactional topics. David is a member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the of the American Bar Association, a past chairman of the Corporation Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and is co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Queen’s University. Before joining Cambridge Forums, Emily spent ten years working as an event manager; from leading full-scope event production of gala fundraisers in Toronto, to travelling the world as a destination wedding planner, managing each event from concept to onsite execution. Armed with deep expertise in relationship management and event logistics, Emily looks to deliver standout participant experiences as a Forum Director. Outside of the office, Emily can be found scouring Spotify for new music, hosting dinner parties for her friends and family, and perfecting her golf swing.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum is a unique opportunity for practical discussions among preeminent ESG legal leaders.
"The Forum is a great way to connect with colleagues who are grappling with similar issues in their practice. The format facilities vibrant conversation and a lively exchange of ideas. I wholeheartedly recommend the Forum to any practitioner looking to immerse themselves in in-depth discussion on the issues of the day."Shawn P. Naunton Partner Zuckerman Speader LLP New York, United States
"This is a great program, far better than conferences where people present, and others listen. The frank exchange of views and the equal playing field is very conducive to open and helpful discussion."William R. Sherman Partner Latham & Watkins LLP Washington, D.C., United States
"I have attended many conferences over the years, but the Forum is truly unique because it demands participation in a small group format and the content is rich and highly advanced."Joshua Levy Partner Ropes & Gray Boston, United States
The Forum for ESG Legal Leaders is scheduled to take place from February 27 – March 1, 2022, at The LINE D.C. in Washington, D.C. Please see our COVID-19 Precautions page for details on our commitment to safety.