Social Enterprise Law Series: So You Want to Have an Impact?

Session 2: Promoting Impact Through Investment

07/28/2016 05:30 p.m. - 07:30 p.m.

Emerging Companies + Venture Capital

Morrison & Foerster
425 Market Street
33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Susan H. Mac Cormac


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 2: Promoting Impact through Investment

This session will cover the strategies and opportunities available to different types of investors focused on environmental, social and governance factors – from venture and private equity funds who identify impact as a way to enhance financial returns to foundations and “impact first” investment vehicles.  We will provide guidance on the promotion of impact through the use of traditional and new debt and equity instruments, including green bonds, social impact bonds, convertible debt and SAFEs.  We will also review the increasing use of PRIs and MRIs by foundations and tax exempt organizations as well as new “impact securities” that can be issued by non-profits.

Finally, we will examine how all of these investment instruments and strategies can be employed by both social enterprises and more “mainstream” public and private companies that emphasize impact to better reflect founder values and attract investors, customers and talent in an increasingly competitive environment.

Welcome remarks:

  • Will Fitzpatrick, Counselor to the Omidyar Group


  • Berit Ashla, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Lindsay Beck, NPX
  • Jim Bunch, Goldman Sachs
  • Eric Hallstein, The Nature Conservancy
  • Paula Goldman, Omidyar Network
  • Ricardo Bayon, Encourage Capital


  • Suz Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster


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