Topic Archives: Funding/Financing

SXSW 2019 – Mainstreaming Impact Investing

MoFo Impact partner Alfredo Silva spoke at SXSW 2019 on “Mainstreaming Impact Investing” with impact investors from Omidyar Network, DBL Partners, and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The panel explored what impact means to a variety of investors and described how fund structures, financing instruments, and corporate form can help advance environmental, social, and governance goals ...›

December 12, 2018Funding/Financing

How To Make The Most Of Impact Fund Formation

The difference between reaching and failing to meet financial goals during an impact investment can come down to the details behind how the funds are formed, according to Morrison & Foerster partner Susan H. Mac Cormac in the Law360 article “How To Make The Most Of Impact Fund Formation.” “People really need to be thoughtful when advising ...›

December 3, 2018Funding/Financing

What To Know About PE’s Penchant For Impact Investing

Suz Mac Cormac, chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Social Enterprise + Impact Investing group, was extensively quoted in the Law360 impact investing article, “What To Know About PE’s Penchant for Impact Investing.” Impact investing has been around for quite a while, but the private equity industry’s involvement is a relatively new development. Normally focused ...›

Microgrid Financing
September 18, 2017Deal Structures, Funding/Financing

MoFo Impact Represents Innovative Microgrid Financing Platform

The MoFo Impact team recently advised Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA), a Delaware public benefit corporation, in structuring its unique financing facility. Launched with the assistance of its founding partners, including Facebook and Microsoft, MIA seeks to mobilize $50 million by 2020 to expand clean energy microgrid access in India, Indonesia, and East Africa. By enhancing ...›

Why a hybrid structure?

When people ask which impact investors inspire us, one team consistently rises to the top: Omidyar Network. Since its founding 14 years ago, Omidyar Network has led a small revolution in the impact investing and philanthropic community. Not only has it dedicated over $1 billion to initiatives working to solve some of the world’s greatest problems, it has redefined how the world thinks about capitalizing these initiatives. ...›

July 20, 2017Funding/Financing

Early Impact of Paris—More Private Sector Motivation

While we can’t predict the full effects of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, or whether it will stick, Trump’s announcement has already galvanized cities, states, and institutions to magnify their commitments to mitigate climate change. As noted in our client alert, this creates momentum for subnational actors and private companies to step up and act on climate change. ...›

Innovative Fisheries
June 29, 2017Deal Structures, Funding/Financing

MoFo Impact Team Advises on Innovative Fisheries’ Conservation Transaction

The MoFo Impact Team recently advised the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity (MVFPT), with respect to a sustainable fisheries impact investment. With key guidance from the MoFo Impact Team on investment structure and mission preservation and assistance from Catch Together, a nonprofit program of Trust for Conservation Innovation focused on empowering ...›

April 25, 2017Funding/Financing

Doing Big Things: How 2017 Is Shaping Up to Be Another Transformative Year for Impact

Ten years ago, the term “impact investing” did not exist and the pursuit of “good” was mostly relegated to philanthropy. Today, investors who focus on more than immediate financial returns–and those who believe that balancing all sorts of impact (financial and otherwise) can yield long-term returns, again financial and otherwise–have entered the mainstream. In this ...›