Legal Practice for Impact Investing Free Webinar Series

Gain an understanding of how to serve high impact organisations wanting to raise investment.


18 Oct

Webinar Date

16 Oct

Application deadline


Free Three Part Webinar Series

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship has partnered with the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law to equip impact investing professionals, particularly lawyers, with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve high impact organisations wanting to raise capital.   

This three-part webinar series provides an opportunity to learn from international and local legal experts in the field. Participants will be exposed to a broad range of impact investing vehicles and gain insights into the practical legal issues that come about when making and living with an impact investment.

Session 1: Embedding Impact In Deal Structures, July 2018
Session 2: Blending and Scaling Capital, October 2018
Session 3: Mainstreaming of Impact, January 2019

You can view a detailed resource list at the bottom of the page. First session resources and video will be available upon completing the sign- up process.

18 OCTOBER 2018

In this second instalment of the webinar series, participants will learn how to address key legal issues that arise in blending and scaling capital – from documenting and managing pooled capital structures across investors with different risk appetites, to negotiating with International Financial Institutions (“IFIs”) and Development Financial Institutions (“DFIs”), and structuring transactions that involve blended finance.


You can watch the webinar from the comfort of your office or home. You can also join and engage with a group of like-minded professionals at a location hosted by one of our venue partners:

  • Solution Space | Graduate School of Business, 8 Portswood Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Adams & Adams | 2nd Floor, 34 Fredman Drive (Cnr. 5th Street), Sandton, South Africa
  • EAVCA | 4th Floor - Delta Suites. Waiyaki Way (next to Deloitte), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Stratigos Consulting | Workstation, 7 Ibiyinka Olorunbe Close, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

The purpose of participating via one of these venues would be to network and share experiences after the official session has ended. We hope to create a community of practice through this series that will culminate  in a gathering next year and hopefully spur some of you to represent the continent at the Grunin Centre conference in New York in 2019.

Is this webinar for me?

This webinar is for legal practitioners, impact investors, consultants, financial intermediaries and social enterprises interested in the key legal issues arising in impact investing deals.


Application Deadline

16 October, 12pm.

  Please email your queries to


3:00 - 4:00PM SAST

Building Capital Stacks of Investors with Varied Risk Appetites

This session will focus on the legal issues that arise in documenting and managing pooled capital structures across a range of investors with different risk appetites (public/private, financial first/social first, development finance institutions/commercial investors, etc.). It will address the legal impediments to scaling capital pools and examine the ways that risks are allocated across investors.


John Grossman, Managing Director and General Counsel, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.
Joshua Janks, Partner, Bowmans
Lynn Roland, General Counsel, Acumen Fund
Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Enclude Holding
Emmeline Liu, General Counsel, Calvert Impact Capital, Inc.


Carl A. Valenstein, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

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4:00 - 5:00PM SAST

When IFIs and DFIs Come to the Table

This panel will consider the benefits and challenges of dealing with institutions whose funding comes from governments and taxpayers. Speakers will discuss the aspects particular to international financial institutions and development finance institutions, such as their mandates, policy needs, risk tolerances, and investment horizons, and how these institutions work to crowd in, rather than crowd out, private funds. In particular, panellists will discuss the benefits and risks arising from blended finance and the extent to which institutions are utilizing blended finance structures. Lawyers will learn how to negotiate with these institutions and address their concerns, and how to structure transactions involving blended finance.


Amy Bailey, Associate General Counsel, Investment Funds, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Diane Bui, Attorney-Advisor, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Christopher Garner, Legal Director, DLA Piper; former Senior Counsel, Private Equity/Funds and Equity Investments, FMO (Netherlands Development Finance Company)
George Rogers, Lead Counsel, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest)


Deborah K. Burand, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Director of the Grunin Center, NYU Law

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