Impact Investing and New Corporate Forms: Focus on Impact in the UK

02/09/2016 08:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.

Corporate and Emerging Companies + Venture Capital

Morrison & Foerster
One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW

Susan H. Mac Cormac


Meghan Dysart

Some predict that impact investing will be the “new venture capital” with the potential to grow to $2 trillion in investing in the coming years. In the US, the impact investing and social enterprise landscape has evolved dramatically in recent months, pushing impact to the forefront of mainstream business in the United States and Europe.

We are bringing together a group of specialists from the US and the UK to provide an update on the current impact investing landscape and insight into the various tools available to investors and social entrepreneurs. The discussion will cover cutting-edge work to preserve mission through corporate forms, both existing forms and new forms in the US (Benefit, PBC, SPC, Hybrid, L3C) as well as debt and equity instruments. We will also cover the landscape in the UK and Europe in terms of corporate forms and means of preserving impact through financings. 

Topics will include:

  • What are the new corporate forms in the US and how are they working?
  • How are the new corporate forms faring in connection with exits – M&A and IPOs?
  • What are the new forms in the UK?
  • What is “cutting edge” in terms of means to ensure impact through investment in the US, the UK and Europe?
  • What are the features of the debt and equity instruments designed for mainstream capital markets that blend in impact?


  • Sebastian Cameron, Associate, Generation Investment Management
  • Mark Cheng, Director, Ashoka Europe
  • Suz Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Diane Stewart, Principal, DLS International Legal


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