Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association

Past Events

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

NYU Series on Impact Investing: Lessons in Collaboration

The fourth and final panel in the Series focused on how impact investing brings together diverse institutions to collaborate on specific transactions. Lessons in cross-sector partnering will be shared from the viewpoint of a development finance institution, a nonprofit social investment fund, a global banking institution, a strategy firm, and a philanthropic foundation. 

Moderated by

Timothy Ogden. Interim Director, Financial Access Initiative.

Panelists

Mitchell Strauss. Special Advisor (SRI Finance) at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. 

Lubna Maria Elia. Director of Legal Resources and Compliance at Root Capital.

Brinda Ganguly. Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation.

Mark Berryman. Senior Member of Deutsche Bank's Global Social Investments group, which makes investments globally that have both financial and social return.

Jason Spindler. Managing Director and Founding Partner of I-DEV International.

Sponsored by

The Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association, the Society of International Business and Development, the African Law Association

On the Series

This Series offers a forum for students, scholars and practitioners interested in the field of impact investing to exchange perspectives, develop ideas, and dialogue with thought leaders and experts in the field. The series is made up of four parts that will take place during the Spring Semester, 2012. Each part promises to be a dynamic discussion that touches on critical aspects within impact investing, geared towards understanding the greatest challenges and opportunities presented by this emerging industry. The Series aims to enrich these conversations by bringing together students and scholars from multiple disciplines and practitioners from the wide variety ofsectors that actively participate in impact investing today.

 

 

Monday, April 9, 2012

NYU Series on Impact Investing: Legal and Policy Issues

The third panel in our Series focused on the major legal and policy issues that affect impact investments. Our panelists drew on a wide range of legal experience to share their perspectives on key trends on topics such as entity formation, structuring of impact investment deals, and the role of policy in supporting the impact investment industry. 

Moderated by

Jonathan Ng. Global Legal Director, Ashoka.

Panelists

Deborah Burand. Professor of Impact Investment Lawyering at University of Michigan Law School, Director and Co-founder of the International Transactions Clinic, and former General Counsel to Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). 

Lynn Roland. Deputy General Counsel at Acument Fund, overseeing portfolio investments, grants and license arrangements, and monitoring compliance matters and other day to day legal matters.

Howard Finkelstein. Law Offices of Howard J. Finkelstein, a private practice that focuses on the structuring of capital markets instruments to bring Western capital to microfinance institutions worldwide.

Donald Crane. Vice President and General Counsel of FINCA International, a microfinance institution that provides financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs.

Sponsored by

The Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association, the Society of International Business and Development, the African Law Association 

 

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NYU Series on Impact Investing: Measuring Impact

The second panel in our Series explored the mechanisms used to measure impact and the major challenges in advancing performance metrics. Attendees engaged with impact investors and pioneers in impact measurement as they discussed the key issues related to the capturing, reporting, and rating of social change in impact investments.

Moderated by

Steven Godeke. Adjunct Professor of Finance, NYU Stern School of Business.

Panelists

Flory Wilson. B Lab Director of International Standards for Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS), the world's first ratings and analytics platform for impact investing.

Mark Berryman. Senior Member of Deutsche Bank's Global Social Investments group, which makes investments globally that have both financial and social return.

Kelly McCarthy. At Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Manager for the Impact Reporting and Investments Standards (IRIS), a univeral language and tool for standardized reporting of social, environmental and financial performance.

Justina Lai. Associate working with the Rockefeller Foundation's Impact Investing Initiative and Program Related Investments portfolio.

Sponsored by

The Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association, the Society of International Business and Development, the African Law Association 

 

 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

NYU Series on Impact Investing: Diverse Perspectives on an Emerging Industry

A panel discussion providing insight into the practice of impact investing from the varying perspectives of leading practitioners in the field. Panelists shed light on the distinctive nature of impact investments and identify the key challenges and opportunities presented by this emerging industry.

Moderated by

Kevin E. Davis. The Beller Family Professor of Business Law, NYU Law.

Panelists

Amy Bell. A Vice President in J.P. Morgan's Social Finance business unit, which provides financial services to the growing market for impact investments.

Zoravar S. Dhaliwal. A Managing Director at Osaka Capital, responsible for leading the firm's research and sustainable investment advisory work.

Laurie Lane-Zucker. Founder and CEO of Hotfrog, LLC, an early stage "global impact" media company that became the first company to close a transaction on a regulated impact investment exchange.

Birju Pandya. A Managing Director at Armonia, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in impact investing using nature-based solutions.

Sponsored by

The Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association, the Society of International Business and Development, the African Law Association 

 

 

February 10, 2012

NYU Social Innovation Symposium: Innovative Thinking for Social Goods

Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Greenblatt. Special Assistant to the President & Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

Panelists

From Bloomberg, Boston Consulting Group, Case Commons, Deutsche Bank, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Google, New York City's government office, Paul Weiss, and more.

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Co-sponsored by NYU Law's Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association (LSEA), NYU Wagner’s BRIDGE (Students for Social Innovation), NYU Stern's Social Enterprise Association (SEA)

 

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Business Partnerships for Development: Indego Africa and Cocoki

Featuring NYU Law Alum Ben Stone (JD ’04) and Conor French (JD ’06)

Market-driven development models are increasingly regarded as a viable path to poverty reduction and social change. Led by two NYU Law alumni, Indego Africa finds itself at the forefront of this global movement towards sustainable impact. Please join NYU’s Development Research Institute (DRI) for a vibrant discussion with the leaders of Indego Africa, a nonprofit social enterprise that connects for-profit cooperatives of women to export markets and long-term skills training, and Cocoki, a sewing cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda, about their unique business partnership.

David Rice, DRI’s Executive Director, will facilitate a discussion between Benjamin Stone (President & CEO) and Conor French (COO & CFO) of Indego Africa and Emelienne Nyiramana (Founder & Treasurer) and Therese Iribagiza (Vice President) of Cocoki. Led by Emelienne and Therese, both Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women scholars, Cocoki has worked its way up from the most difficult of circumstances and now serves as a role model and mentor across Rwanda. In partnership with Indego Africa, Cocoki has fulfilled orders for Nicole Miller, Anthropologie, DANNIJO, and many more, and its products and story have been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Elle, and InStyle.

This event is organized with the cooperation of the following student organizations:

NYU Law's Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association (LSEA), NYU Law’s African Law Association (ALA), NYU Law’s Law Women, NYU Wagner’s BRIDGE (Students for Social Innovation), NYU Stern's Social Enterprise Association (SEA)