So You Want to Have an Impact?

Social Enterprise Law Series

17 Nov 2015 05:30 p.m. - 09:00 p.m.

Morrison & Foerster
425 Market Street
33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Meghan Dysart
(415) 268-6109

The impact investing and social enterprise landscape has evolved dramatically in recent months. From major financial players increasing their commitment to the “impact” space (Goldman Sachs’ acquisition of Imprint Capital), to the first public benefit corporation IPO filing (Laureate), recent events have pushed impact to the forefront of mainstream business.

We are bringing together social entrepreneurs, funders, lawyers and others professionals in the community for a series of six interactive panel discussions exploring a range of legal and business issues for impact investors and companies that want to maximize their positive impact.

Session 1:  New and Existing Corporate Forms for Impact Entities

This first session will preview how to blend impact with shareholder value using existing corporate and new forms (Public Benefit, Social Purpose, Benefit and L3C). If you are an entrepreneur (or lawyer representing emerging companies), come learn more about the array of options available and which ones could be right for your business (particularly if you want to raise capital and scale). If you are an investor considering impact investing or a foundation exploring alternatives to philanthropy, this session will provide guidance on how these forms can impact monetary and environmental/ social returns on your investment.

Moderator: Jordan Breslow, General Counsel, Etsy


  • Rick Alexander, Counsel, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell
  • Jennifer Barnette, Associate, Cooley
  • Will Fitzpatrick, General Counsel, Omidyar Network
  • Suz Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Jonathan Ng, Global Legal Director, Ashoka



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