ESELA Annual Conference 2018

Location: Milan

Date: 04/05/2018

Price: Various


The annual ESELA conference will be taking place in Milan on 4th May 2018.

The conference, a major conference of lawyers and legal experts working on social impact, will be organised around the theme of “Social Impact: Exploring Global Legal Trends”

We have legal experts from private practice, in-house and academia from around the world joining us in Milan to discuss and explore the latest legal trends in the impact economy.

There will be a range of workshops to suit different interests and you can choose in each case between an impact investing track and a social entrepreneurship track.


08:30 Registration and morning coffee


09:00 Introduction and Welcome by Ferruccio Resta – Rector of Politecnico di Milano

09:05 Impact Convergence with conference host Roberto Randazzo, Vice President ESELA and Partner at R&P Legal

09:20 Using Law to Develop Social Enterprise Ecosystems – Lessons from the OECD

10:00 Workshops

  1. Creating Impact Through Direct Equity Investments
  2. B Lawyers and the International B Corp Revolution, chaired by Constanza Connolly of Beccar Varela

10:55 Tea and coffee break

11.25 Workshops

  1. Mainstreaming Impact in a Changing Investment Landscape
  2. Social Considerations in Public Procurement, with Anna Kuusniemi-Laine of Castren & Snellman

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Workshops

  1. Impact Funds – Embedding Impact Incentives in Reward Structures, chaired by Chris Garner of FMO
  2. Benefit Corporation Legislation – Recent Developments with Annalisa Dentoni-Lita of Orrick, chaired by Rick Alexander of B Lab

14.15 Workshops

  1. Building Legal Practitioner Networks with Trust Law and the Impact Investing Legal Working Group
  2. Trends in Social Enterprise Governance with Nina Boeger of the University of Bristol

15:10 Tea and coffee break


15:40 The global rise of a new breed of “for benefit” enterprises and the fourth sector initiative by Heerad Sabeti, as part of his work with the World Economic Forum

15:55 Systems change, technology and legal innovations with, Heerad Sabeti, Deborah Burand of the Grunin Center and John Montgomery

16:25 Closing words by Luke Fletcher, President of ESELA and Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite

16:30 – CLOSE


Our conference host will be Roberto Randazzo, a partner at the Italian law firm R&P Legal and a lecturer in Social Innovation atTiresia, a leading social innovation research centre at the Polytechnic of Milan.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for a Saturday morning walking tour of some of the key sights and splendours of Milan, including the Sforza CastleCathedral and Teatro alla Scala, amongst others, followed by lunch and further options for those who wish to continue in the afternoon

Please note that registration is now open but the agenda may change leading up to the event.


Hotel suggestions: To make use of the ESELA preferential rates, please book your conference ticket and refer to your ticket confirmation email for hotel booking instructions.

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