Kristina S. Wyatt

  • Director of Sustainability
  • Ekristina.wyatt@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.1025
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Profile

Kristina Wyatt, Director of Sustainability in the General Counsel’s Office of Latham & Watkins, leads a program that advises companies, investors, and governments on issues related to environment, sustainability, and governance.

Ms. Wyatt leads Latham’s Sustainability Program, which consists of three pillars:

  • ESG Counsel
  • Conscious Operations
  • Community Involvement

The ESG Counsel pillar provides clients across a full spectrum of industries with advice on matters related to ESG in the context of investment strategy, securities offerings, and corporate transactions.

Latham has helped develop RiskHorizon, an innovative and proprietary AI tool for use in the ESG due diligence process.

Ms. Wyatt regularly participates on industry, academic, and legal panels at the forefront of ESG developments. She has written extensively on ESG issues, particularly about public company reporting, green finance, and board governance.

In her multi-faceted role, she draws on complementary experience serving as Legal Counsel to Commissioner Roel C. Campos of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), serving as a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, and experience in-house as Assistant General Counsel with Food Lion, Inc.


Experience

ESG Counsel

Latham’s representative client work includes advising:

  • Platinum Equity, as lead ESG counsel, on US and European acquisitions
  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Terrawatt Initiative (TWI), and other leading experts on a landmark open solar contracts initiative to accelerate the deployment of solar power worldwide
  • Developers of one of the largest master-planned communities ever proposed in California, on their innovative commitment to reduce or mitigate to zero all greenhouse gas emissions associated with the development
  • A range of corporate clients with their ESG governance and public company reporting

Conscious Operations

Ms. Wyatt directs Latham’s internal efforts to reduce the firm’s own impact and environmental footprint around the globe. Specific initiatives include:

  • Installing solar panels in the San Diego office to provide onsite renewable energy
  • Eliminating single-serve water bottles in all of the firm’s practice and service offices
  • Securing LEED, BREEAM, or other green certifications in 17 offices
  • Measuring and managing Latham’s energy consumption through the implementation of an energy management platform
  • Providing compostable or reusable flatware in all offices
  • Exclusively using paper recycled from sugar cane in all US offices

Community Involvement

Ms. Wyatt plays a key role directing the firm’s pro bono legal services to sustainability-focused organizations. As one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono legal services, the firm has advised:

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Ocean Cleanup
  • Restore the Earth Foundation

In 2018, Latham co-founded Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy. Founding firms in this first-of-its-kind initiative pledged an unprecedented commitment to support sustainability through their pro bono efforts. Latham has far exceeded its original US$2 million commitment, and provided more than US$6 million in pro bono legal services to organizations focused on sustainability.

Thought Leadership

  • Drumbeat Grows Louder for SEC to Take Action on ESG Disclosures -  June 04, 2020
  • Green Bond Second Party Opinions: Legal and Practice Considerations -  May 05, 2020
  • Key Risks For Green Bond Issuers When Plans Change -  April 13, 2020
  • Directors, Take Note: ESG Can Drive Value in 2020 -  February 19, 2020
  • Financing the Road to Green -  January 14, 2020
  • Sustainability-Linked Bonds Complement and Bolster the Sustainable Finance Market -  November 11, 2019
  • Environmental, Social And Governance Matters: The Rapidly Evolving ESG Reporting Landscape—Part 2 -  November 11, 2019
  • Environmental, Social and Governance Matters: The Rapidly Evolving ESG Reporting Landscape - Part 1 -  October 25, 2019
  • US House Financial Services Committee Passes ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2019 -  October 07, 2019
  • Companies Should Consider ESG Supply Chain Issues -  September 10, 2019
  • US House Financial Services Committee Holds Landmark Hearing on ESG Reporting -  July 22, 2019
  • TCFD Issues Implementation Guide Incorporating SASB and CDSB Frameworks  -  May 13, 2019
  • Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals Matter to Clients -  September 14, 2018
  • Companies Can Consider UN Sustainable Development Goals When Defining Sustainability Commitments  -  September 07, 2018
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
Education
  • MBA, Yale School of Management, 2020
  • JD, University of Colorado, 1991
  • BA, Duke University, 1988