November 3, 2017Resources

MoFo Impact’s Social Enterprise Law Series – 11/8

On November 8, we are bringing together social entrepreneurs, funders, lawyers and others professionals in the community for a series of interactive panel discussions exploring a range of legal and business issues for impact investors and companies that want to maximize their positive impact. ...›

October 2, 2017Resources

MoFo Impact on The Current Ecosystem of Impact Investing

On October 26, MoFo Impact’s Jesse Finfrock will moderate a panel on the current ecosystem of impact investing, hosted by the Berkeley-Haas Alumni Network. The discussion will include speakers from Just Invest, Radicle Impact Partners, McKesson Ventures, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. ...›

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 ...›

September 13, 2017Resources

MoFo Hosts “Banking with Intention” Event

On September 7, Morrison & Foerster, in collaboration with Just Invest, hosted “Banking & Investing with Intention – Making an Impact with your Finances” in San Francisco. Speakers from DBL Partners, Microvest, New Resource Bank, Just Invest, and Morrison & Foerster discussed impact investing, banking and lending with positive intention, and ESG issues with a ...›

September 6, 2017Corporate Form

When and How to “B” – Responsible B Corp Conversion

There continues to be a lot of press around B Corps—not surprising given the marketing expertise of the B Lab founding team and the staff that it has hired. More importantly, the B Corp movement has been embraced by an increasingly wide audience. It is no longer solely the purview of socially and progressively minded liberals, willing or able to sacrifice returns for positive impact. It is now employed by publicly traded ...›

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 ...›

June 12, 2017Resources

Suz Mac Cormac Speaks on Sustainable Investing at Milken Global Conference

On May 1st, 2017, MoFo Impact’s Suz Mac Cormac moderated “Investing in Sustainable Development” with speakers Anne Finucane of Bank of America, Vicki Fuller of New York State Common Retirement Fund, Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners, Clifton Robbins of Blue Harbor Group, and Markus Voigt of AREAM Group. The session covered how investments, from public to private, can best mitigate long-term risk and meet ESG standards without sacrificing returns. ...›

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 ...›