Kirkland hires new ESG partner

Ruth Knox is the latest ESG recruitment, and will join the firm’s London office

Kirkland and Ellis has announced that Ruth Knox will join the firm as a partner in the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and impact practice group, and will be based out of the firm’s London office. 

Over the last year, as market and regulatory trends have reportedly made ESG a central component of its clients’ business strategies, Kirkland has “integrated ESG into all aspects of its transactional practice, including investment funds, energy/infrastructure, private equity/M&A, capital markets, and debt finance”.

This is the latest hire in Kirklands’ recruitment drive, and Knox will follow ESG and Impact partners Mary Beth Houlihan, who joined the firm’s New York office in July, and Sara Orr, who joined the firm’s Chicago office in May.

Knox previously worked at Linklaters, where she was a member of the firm’s corporate, ESG, crisis management and automotive sector teams, and brings “nearly a decade of experience advising clients on ESG matters”.

Alexandra Farmer, head of Kirkland’s ESG and Impact practice, said: “Ruth’s keen understanding of the ESG and climate change regulatory landscape in the UK and EU, combined with her business savvy and determination, make her an excellent addition to our growing global practice.

“Her experience will enhance the ongoing collaboration that we have built with our London investment funds and financial services regulatory practices, and contribute significantly to our capacity to support our international ESG & impact-focused clients.”

Ruth Knox added: “I’m delighted to join Kirkland at a time of investment in its growing and diverse ESG & Impact Practice. I look forward to enabling our clients to craft and execute both sustainable and commercial ESG strategies and regulatory compliance programs throughout the years to come.” 



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