You are invited to join us at the ESELA Annual Conference on Friday 12 April 2019 at the London School of Economics, hosted by The Marshall Institute.
The conference will explore the Role of Law and Lawyers in the Impact Revolution. A varied agenda will cover international and domestic concerns across four streams: Impact Investing, Profit with Purpose, Systems Change and ‘Spotlight On…’.
Registration from 8.30am. Conference close 5pm.
Order of the day
Registration, opening plenary, two morning panel sessions, two afternoon panel sessions, closing plenary.
Choosing your sessions
Delegates can attend four panels from a choice of sixteen, to be selected on the day of the conference. Each stream includes a 101 session geared towards new entrants to the social impact space. Delegates may attend four panels in one stream, all four 101 sessions or attend sessions across several streams.
For all the information you need to book your travel and accommodation, can be found here
The conference will be preceded by two events on Thursday 11 April: the ESELA Academic Gatheringhosted by the Marshall Institute at London School Economics (10.30am – 16:30pm) and theESELA Conference Welcome Drinksat DLA Piper , 160 Aldersgate Street London EC1A 4HT (18:00 start). Click on the links above to register for either event.
A deep dive into the impact revolution being spearheaded by the GSG, and the emerging findings from the British Academy’s ground-breaking research on the changing purpose of business. Where do we go next, and what is the role of legislation and lawyers in the Impact Revolution?
Please could somebody explain what “social impact investing” actually means? This session will look at the nature of social impact investing, with particular reference to the UK and the role for lawyers in facilitating investment. It will examine common challenges for investors and investment recipients in the social impact investment space and will include practical examples of the types of strategies involved and legal issues that can arise in a typical social impact investment.
If the SDGs are the closest thing the world has to a strategy, what should future-fit companies do about it? And what part should law and legislation play? Join leading thinkers as they debate these critically important questions, while considering the future of capitalism.
What should we expect corporates to tell us about the positive and negative impacts of their activities? What does ‘best practice’ mean in a world of limited resources? The panel will explore company reporting across the range of different ‘capitals’ and look at some of the companies leading the way.
Hear from legal trailblazers who are developing new ways of catering for the growing impact economy. From new virtual and ‘challenger law firms’ to strategic partnerships between niche law firms and global professional services giants, hear how firms in France, Belgium and Luxembourg are innovating.
Can you have the best of all worlds? This session will examine the issues involved in blending different forms of capital from different institutions – with different risk, return and impact profiles – in impact investing structures. It will look at some specific issues that arise in structuring and negotiating these deals.
Purposely is a free digital toolkit to help businesses embed purpose. Find out how the toolkit works and how you can use it in your business or when advising clients, with a real life case study of a profit with purpose business and an international perspective on profit with purpose governance.
The social enterprise movement has the opportunity to harness the skills and talents of migrants and refugees and to enable them to make an immediately positive economic and social contribution. This session will explore some promising business models and how to support them.
What issues regularly arise when investing in frontier markets? The panellists for this session will share their experiences advising on the legal aspects of frontier market investments, including strategies on how to manage some of the common risks involved.
We all like to plan for the best but what happens when things go wrong? This session will look at the ways in which impact investing deals can go south and what to do when that happens. It will look at some of the hard choices impact investors need advice upon in distressed situations.
More and more businesses are seeking to be guided by their deepest values, rather than a reductionist reference to the bottom line. Explore how a business can be driven by its values, with examples from practice, and find out about the legal issues business owners and leaders need to think through.
Social investment tax relief (SITR) is a tax relief for investment into qualifying charities and social enterprises. Find out how it works, who is using it and how you might be able to advise a client to make the most of it.
Aren’t there a million different ways to measure and manage impact? Isn’t a consensus impossible? This session will provide an overview of the Impact Management Project and share some of the work of members of the network, with a focus on the legal frameworks that would support consideration of impact in investing.
Measuring impact is one thing but how do you embed impact measures in actual deals? In this session, participants will talk through the legal issues and considerations which arise when negotiating legal provisions containing impact metrics of different kinds and will look at example provisions.
Increasingly, companies are alert to the ways in which their success and profitability is intrinsically linked to the quality of their relationships with a range of stakeholders. This session will explore whether this wider concept of ‘stakeholder value’ is poised to supplant traditional concepts of ‘shareholder value’ as the guiding principle or paradigm in which companies operate.
Impact bonds have caught the public imagination as a new way to marry financial incentives with social outcomes. But how does and should the state go about purchasing social outcomes through its role as a market actor and purchasing body and what does good commissioning look like?
A discussion of the major trends that promise to power the impact revolution over the next decade, as well as an examination of the critical role of the law and lawyers in mainstreaming impact, drawing together the themes which have come out in discussions over the course of the day.
Any further updates to the agenda will be added here on the ESELA event page.
The theme of the ESELA Annual Conference 2019 is The Impact Revolution: The Role of Law and Lawyers.
Our programme of speakers will bring together perspectives from around the globe. We hope to create space for conversations which are geared towards understanding how legal practice and legal policy can help the social impact movement thrive.
Our hosts – The Marshall Institute, London School of Economics
The Marshall Institute works to improve the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit through research, teaching and convening. It informs and coordinates the efforts of citizens, researchers, private sector organisations, and social entrepreneurs who are working to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. We look forward to debating what role law and lawyers have to play.
Discounted prices are available to ESELA Members. To access this, please view the instructions on the Members’ Area of the ESELA website.
Click here to find out about membership of ESELA – The Legal Network for Social Impact.
Group Booking Discounts
Discounted prices are available for group bookings.
Individual (non-lawyer): Group Ticket £40 reduction per ticket when purchasing a Group Ticket for 3 or more delegates who are not practising lawyers. Tickets must be purchased at the same time for delegates at the same organisation.
Lawyer: Group Ticket £50 reduction per ticket when purchasing a Group Ticket for 5 or more delegates who are practising lawyers. Tickets must be purchased at the same time for delegates at the same firm/organisation.