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Legal Fundamentals of Impact Investing: A Rapidly Growing World

(330 reviews)

Produced on November 03, 2015

$ 59 Business, Corporate, & Securities Law and Non-Profit In Stock

Course Information

Time 66 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Mr. Panchal, Ms. Kadian and Mr. Stone present a primer on impact investing transactions, exploring one of the fastest growing areas of investment activity in the world today. The panel looks at impact investing from a transactional lawyers’ perspective, providing an overview of the commercial, social and legal landscapes in the field. They then apply these to the practical implications of a financing transaction, exploring early stage, follow-on round, debt, and equity transaction structures.


Impact investing is an investment discipline in which investors actively place capital into enterprises that seek to generate social and/or environmental benefits alongside financial returns, the latter of which can range from concessionary to market rate returns.


The panel explores areas requiring particular attention from counsel when diligencing opportunities, drafting agreements and negotiating deal terms.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the unique nature of social impact transactions, which share objectives of philanthropy and traditional investing, including the concept of “double-“ and “triple-bottom line” objectives

II.    Understand due diligence considerations in connection with an impact investing transaction

III.   Analyze the different legal frameworks and contractual tools that can be utilized to structure a transaction to efficiently and effectively achieve investor and company goals

IV.  Review the contractual provisions that provide for risk allocation, accountability, and exit opportunities for companies and investors

V.   Explore current trends in impact investing transactions


Chintan Panchal

Rastegar Panchal

Chintan is the founder of the New York office. His practice focuses on structuring and advising on impact investing transactions, hostile and negotiated mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate governance & restructuring, joint ventures, and cross-border commercial transactions.


Chintan advises investors, management, owners and growth companies on corporate merger and acquisition-related matters, including cross-border transaction structuring and negotiation, spin-offs, divestitures, private equity buyouts and joint ventures. Chintan also advises investors and growth companies on corporate finance and capital raising strategies. As an advisor, Chintan brings a broad-based commercial perspective and creativity to solving challenging legal issues. Chintan has diverse experience representing clients in a variety of industries and, as an entrepreneur, is well-versed in the challenges facing growing companies. Chintan was selected as a 2014 and 2015 New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


Prior to founding the New York office, Chintan worked in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices of Allen & Overy LLP. Before this, Chintan clerked for the Hon. Judith M. Barzilay of the United States Court of International Trade in New York, and sitting by designation at the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In addition to his corporate practice he has performed pro bono work representing displaced US workers denied retraining benefits under the Workforce Reinvestment Act, and also served as a member of the team representing 11 Yemeni detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.


Chintan received his B.A. in International Relations at the James Madison College of Michigan State University and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Emory International Law Review. He is a member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

Karishma P. Kadian

Karishma P. Kadian Law

Karishma is a corporate lawyer who works with startups and entrepreneurs to grow their business by providing legal advice and services on matters including corporate formation and governance, capital raising transactions, M&A deals and general contract negotiations.


Karishma graduated from New York University School of Law in 2004 and joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York City as a corporate associate, where she quickly became a “deal junkie,” working on M&A and securities transactions for companies in the technology, consumer goods and finance industries. Karishma subsequently joined Ashurst LLP in London as a US securities and transactional lawyer, working primarily on capital raises by companies struggling during the financial crisis. Karishma then went in-house, where she learned the importance of including practical business considerations and risk assessment in her legal analysis and advice, as she handled day-to-day legal matters (e.g. contracts, regulatory compliance, employment matters, dispute resolution, leases), alongside financing and M&A deals. 


Karishma is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, and sits on its Emerging Companies Committee. Karishma is also a mediator for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Prior to her life as an attorney, Karishma was a programmer, performing statistical regression analysis on massive data sets to quantify relationships and predict trends, during (as a Department of Justice intern) and after (as an associate at Cornerstone Research) graduating with a B.A. in Economics and German literature, magna cum laude, from the University of Virginia.

Benjamin Stone

MCE Social Capital

Ben serves as director of strategy & general counsel of MCE Social Capital, an impact investing firm that uses an innovative loan guarantee model to mobilize capital for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in more than 30 countries in the developing world. Ben started his career as a corporate defense attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York, where for more than four years he managed multi-million dollar representations of accounting firms, technology manufacturers, energy companies, and individuals. Ben then started and led Indego Africa, an award-winning social enterprise and lifestyle brand now partnering with more than 1000 women in Rwanda and Ghana. Ben has also led various initiatives at American Express to help entrepreneurs in the U.S. scale their businesses.


Ben is a regular public speaker on leadership, social innovation, entrepreneurship, impact investing, marketing, and law. Ben earned a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship. Ben is Vice Chairman of Indego Africa and a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.


John M.

Interesting topic well presented

Hardeep G.

One of the better Lawline videos I've seen thus far. Really appreciated the moderated panel concept, and am looking forward to the second one.

Simone Y.


Larry S.

I was unaware of this field and enjoyed the presentation. Well done.

Alan T.

Good panel of speakers.

Stephen l. K.

lawline is great

John E D.

fine presentation

Thomas J.

A lot to consider

Andrew D G.

Well presented and very informative.

David W.

Well done

Benjamin S.

different and very interesting. as a nonprofit attorney I would be interested in similar courses.

Ronald J. Z.

Very well organized and excellent faculty.

Daniel H.

I enjoyed the perspective of these lawyers.

Richard F.

Good intro course. I would like a second with more detail, sample investor agreements, etc.

Cathy B.

Good discussion among the speakers

Thomas G.


Jeffrey V.

Very strong panel, looking forward to the next one on this topic.

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