Topic Archives: Funding/Financing

November 24, 2020Funding/Financing, Resources

Morrison & Foerster Spearheads Launch of California Rebuilding Fund

California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the launch of The California Rebuilding Fund (the Fund), a program built to support California’s smallest businesses so they can adapt, reopen, and recover from the effects of COVID-19. The California Rebuilding Fund is a public-private partnership that drives capital from private, philanthropic and public sector resources – including a $25 ...›

November 18, 2020Funding/Financing

Patents to Save the Planet

Suz Mac Cormac, Rufus Pichler, and Otis Littlefield argue that patent licensing is a potentially powerful tool to address climate change in an article authored for Intellectual Property Magazine. “Increasingly, companies with green technology are also focused on monetizing environmental benefits,” the authors wrote. “But monetizing a patent portfolio doesn’t have to be the only goal. ...›

October 21, 2020Funding/Financing, Resources

Impactful Conversations: Discussing Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

In this episode of Impactful Conversations, Michael Santos, a social enterprise and impact investing associate in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, interviews Bulbul Gupta, the president and CEO of Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) fund based in Oakland, California. Listen to the full podcast. ...›

September 30, 2020Funding/Financing, Resources

Impactful Conversations: A Conversation with Andrew Macintosh at March Fund

In this episode of Impactful Conversations, Susan Mac Cormac, the chair of MoFo’s Energy and Social Enterprise and Impact Investing practices, interviews Andrew Macintosh, the COO and CFO of the March Fund—a tech fund focused on the development of food and health solutions that support the sustainable food supply chain and optimize health outcomes. Andrew speaks ...›

August 11, 2020Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

ESG Goes Mainstream: How “Return First” PE Funds Can Factor ESG Considerations into Their Investment and Portfolio Management Strategies

Considering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making an investment is no longer solely the province of “impact-first” investors—those who prioritize social or environmental impact above return on capital—but has become, to one degree or another, the norm among private equity (PE) funds. As the calls from both investors and consumers for companies to ...›

June 25, 2020Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impactful Conversations: An Interview with Rodney Foxworth at Common Future

In this episode of Impactful Conversations, Michael Santos, a social-enterprise- and impact-investing associate in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, interviews Rodney Foxworth, the CEO of Common Future. Based in Oakland, California, Common Future tackles wealth inequality nation-wide by focusing on the needs of communities that have been the most negatively impacted by injustice, extraction, and exploitation. ...›

Maintaining Impact Through M&A

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to make capital markets, including venture capital, an uncertain source of financing, founders and boards of impact businesses may increasingly look to M&A and other strategic alternatives to assure their survival. Mergers, business and asset sales, large-scale technology licensing, as well as other strategies should all be on the table. ...›

May 29, 2020Funding/Financing, Measuring

Impactful Conversations: An Interview with Henrik Jones at Buckhill Capital

In this special shelter-in-place edition of “Impactful Conversations” podcast, MoFo fund formation lawyer Sean Byrne interviews Buckhill Capital General Partner Henrik Jones about collaborating with MoFo to create a new investment term, the Carried Interest by Verified Impact Calculations (CIVIC). The CIVIC links a fund’s carried interest to quantifiable impact metrics, and thus has the potential to create billions of dollars of ...›