2018 Annual Conference ‘Social Impact: Exploring Global Legal Trends’

ESELA's Annual Conference took place in Milan on 4th May 2018 

Location: Milan, Italy

Date: 04/05/2018

Price: -


The conference brought lawyers and legal experts working on social impact together to consider ‘Social Impact: Exploring Global Legal Trends’.

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

A range of workshops took place on impact investing and social entrepreneurship.

View the conference slides here: Part 1 and Part 2



08:30 Registration and morning coffee


09:00 Impact Convergence by with conference host Roberto Randazzo, Vice President ESELA and Partner at R&P Legal

09:15 Using Law to Develop Social Enterprise Ecosystems – Lessons from the OECD with Antonella Noya  (OECD) and Mario Calderini (Tiresia)

09:55 Investing in line with the SDGs with Roberto Ridolfi (the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation)


  1. Creating Impact Through Direct Equity Investments, chaired by Chris Baird  (DLA Piper) with Elena Casolari (Opes Impact Fund) and Ximena Negretti (CDC)
  2. The Benefit Corporation and the Future of the Company, chaired by Rick Alexander (B Lab) with Del Mauro Del BarbaMarika Arena (Tiresia, Politecnico di Milano), Marcello Palazzi  (B Lab), Luca Rossettini (D-Orbit)
  3. Innovative Financial Tools for the Cooperative System, chaired by Cyrille Langendorff (Credit Coperatif) with Dave McNicoll (Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Canada), Fabio Salviato (Sefea FC), Pierre Valentin (Credit Coperatif Esfin)

11:15 Tea and coffee break


  1. The Role of Foundations in the Growing Impact Investment Market, chaired by Ranajoy Basu (Reed Smith) with Neil Dugal (Omidyar Network),  Armin Steuernagel (Purpose Fund)
  2. Social Considerations in Public Procurement – case studies and examples, chaired by Julian Blake (BWB) with Andreea Anastasiu (GO Lab, Oxford), Anna Kuusniemi-Laine (Castren & Snellman) and Lucia Scopelliti (Municipality of Milan)
  3. Impact investing in Infrastructure and Urban Regeneration: The Treviso Hospital Project, chaired by Filippo Addarii (Plus Value) with Desmond Gardner (EIB), Carloandrea Meacci (Ashurst), Andrea Ruckstuhl (Lendlease)

12:45 Lunch


  1. Impact Funds – Embedding Impact Incentives in Reward Structures, chaired by Chris Garner (FMO) with Anne Contreras (Arendt), James O’Donnell (DLA Piper), Hazel Peck (Big Society Capital)
  2. B Lawyers as catalysts of the international B Corp revolution, chaired by Constanza Connolly (Beccar Varela) with Marcelo Coimbra (FCR Law), Annalisa Dentoni-Litta (Orrick), Aline Goncalves de Souza (FGV), Claudia Ochoa (Pronaturaleza)
  3. Social Entrepreneurship and Migration: a Tool for Integration, chaired by Emiliano Giovine (R&P Legal) with Cleophas Adrien (DIOMA – Summit of Diaspora), Fulvia Farinelli (UNCTAD), Silvia Francescon (EFCR), Andrea Spagnolo (Legal Clinic Program of the Turin Law School)


  1. Building Legal Practitioner Networks and Legal Education, chaired by Julie Wynne (Froriep), Nicholas Glicher (Trust Law), Aaron Bourke (Reed Smith and the Impact Investing Legal Working Group), Deborah Burand (Grunin Centre, NYU)
  2. Trends in Social Enterprise Governance, chaired by Matteo Mascolo (EVPA) with Nina Boeger (University of Bristol), Roberto Randazzo (R&P Legal)

15:45 Tea and coffee break


16:05 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

16:25 Systems change, technology and legal innovations with Luke Fletcher (BWB), Deborah Burand (Grunin Center), John Montgomery (Benefit Bar Company Association), Heerad Sabeti (World Economic Forum)

16:55 Closing words by Luke Fletcher, President of ESELA and Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite

17:00 – CLOSE

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