Legal Practice for Impact Investing Course

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


16 July

Start date (CT)

19 July

Start date (JHB)


Tuition fee

29 June

Application deadline


In this course, legal practitioners, impact investors, consultants, financial intermediaries and social enterprises will learn what it takes to put together an impact investment deal from setting up an organisation to exiting the investment. This 2-day course provides a rare and valuable opportunity to learn from an international expert in the field. Not only does Prof. Deborah Burand teach at one of the foremost law faculties in the world, New York University, but she also has extensive field experience from her time spent in OPIC. The Bertha Centre has partnered with the Grunin Centre, NYU, to be able to equip impact investing professionals to most effectively serve high impact organisations wanting to raise investment.

Delegates will be exposed to a broad range of impact investing vehicles and gain insights into the practical issues that come about when making and living with an impact investment. They will participate in case-study based workshops led by a diverse group of leading experts in the field.

Is this course for me?

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

What you can expect to gain from this course?

  • Develop an understanding of the global impact investing landscape
  • Understand key differences between impact investments and regular investments
  • Gain insight into which legal forms social enterprises and investment vehicles can take
  • Learn how to put an impact investment together and manage that deal until exit

Course information

This interactive two-day training opportunity offers rich experiential learning that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.


Keynote: The Global Picture - State of Impact Investing

Panel discussions: Putting an Impact Investment Together

  • Building Investment-Ready Social Enterprises
  • Governance of a Social Enterprise
  • Conducting Legal Due Diligence

Workshop: Negotiating and Documenting an Impact Investment


Keynote: What Makes Impact Investing Difference

Panel discussions: Living with an Impact Investment

  • Aggregating Capital:  Creating Impact Investment Vehicles
  • Governance of an Impact Investment Vehicle
  • Responsible Exits

Workshop: Managing an Impact Investment


16 - 17 July 2018: UCT GSB, Breakwater Campus, Cape Town
19 - 20 July 2018: UCT GSB, Sandton Campus, Johannesburg

Tuition fee

R7 000 for two days

Application deadline

29 June 2018

Course Convenors

Associate Prof. Deborah Burand (Grunin Centre for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, NYU)
Dr. Susan de Witt (Bertha Centre)

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