Kirsten Lapham

Kirsten Lapham is a partner specialising in financial services regulation and heads the firm’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice. She advises a broad range of institutional clients on a variety of financial services regulatory and compliance issues. Her practice has a specific emphasis on the regulatory issues impacting asset managers arising under the AIFMD, and MiFID for a range of EU and indirectly impacted firms outside of the EU. As Kirsten leads the firm’s advisory offering on ESG matters she has assisted numerous managers on their responsibilities and preparations under relevant ESG regulations in the UK and EU, including the SFDR, Taxonomy Regulation and the UK FCA disclosure requirements.

Kirsten has experience advising multiple clients on the EU marketing and registration regimes and overlaying local regulatory considerations, such as the U.K. retail distribution review and Financial Promotion regime. She has also worked on MIFID II, SFDR and the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) implementation projects for firms subject to regulatory developments. Kirsten routinely advises on the regulatory issues that impact M&A transactions. She has represented some of the largest and most well-known alternative investment managers, including: TPG; PIMCO; Citi Private Bank; AnaCap Financial Partners, UBS, Pathway Capital LLC; Deerpath Capital and a number of US and UK boutiques among many others.

As head of Proskauer’s global ‘ESG Taskforce’ and as an expert in the sustainable financing space, Kristen regularly speaks at industry events, and is often quoted on these issues. Kirsten is responsible for developing and driving the firm’s ESG strategy across all practice areas and offices, to provide market leading ESG advice to clients across all matters. In addition, She has assisted numerous firms on ESG driven projects including the drafting of ESG policies, and internal restructurings, capturing diversity and inclusion, modern slavery and broader internal issues related to responsible investing. Kirsten works closely with clients on best approach for disclosure to both investors and regulators, on the integration of ESG practices in investment processes. Kirsten has recently been nominated as advisor of the year, Real Deals 2022 awards.