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This meeting will highlight the many ways in which lawyers play an important advisory role at a number of stages in the life of the investment.

The Group is delighted to be joined by Andy Lower, Executive Director of The Eleos Foundation, who will lead the discussion on how lawyers assist investors and social entrepreneurs.

Detailing the specific legal and technical expertise of lawyers, our panel of legal practitioners will draw on their own experiences of advising impact investors. On the panel we welcome: Rhianydd Griffith (Reed Smith LLP) and Ranajoy Basu (Reed Smith LLP) who will consider investment funds, bonds and other structured projects;Virginia Tan (Allen & Overy LLP) who will talk on the risk associated with social impact investing and Michelle Peters (Dechert LLP) who will speak on her experience in advising The Eleos Foundation. 

Charities and social enterprises are increasingly considering the impact investment model as a way of attracting additional funding sources in order to scale up funds raised through traditional fundraising and grant methods.

However, the environment in which impact investing operates is inherently complex, and even more so when the investment portfolio includes projects in the developing world. Access to strategic legal advice is therefore essential, particularly for early stage impact investors who take on a higher risk than venture capitalists which typically enter where the investment and business models have been tested on the market.

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Andy Lower is the Executive Director of The Eleos Foundation which invest in and partners with social entrepreneurs who effectively implement high impact, early stage, pioneering market based solutions in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.  Andy moved to Eleos from the international philanthropic advisory firm Geneva Global Inc, where he served as North American Advisory Manager. Andy has worked in a variety of different sectors in the developing world throughout his career, and maintains special interest in working with community based organizations.

Rhianydd Griffith is an Associate in the Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith LLP. Rhianydd acted on the launch of the 'ground breaking’ Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund established to invest in early stage oncology research and development  in which the European Investment Fund and Cancer Research UK were the seed investors. She is also pro-bono co-ordinator of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group. 

Ranajoy Basu is a Senior Associate in the Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith LLP and has several years’ experience in structured finance, securitisations, derivatives, debt capital markets and debt restructurings. He has advised a wide range of participants, including arrangers, originators, servicers and trustees, in connection with the securitisation of a wide variety of assets in numerous jurisdictions.

Virginia Tan is an Associate in Banking at Allen & Overy LLP in London. She manages the Microfinance and Social Investment group at Allen & Overy and helped to establish the Kenya Social Investment Exchange in Nairobi. She has worked with various NGOs specialising in microfinance and women’s issues in Tanzania, Nepal and Peru.  

Michelle Peters in an Associate in the Financial Services Practice Group at Dechert LLP. She advises U.S. registered funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds and their investment advisers on a range of matters relating to the development and launch of new funds, fund reorganizations, acquisitions and mergers, regulatory and compliance matters relating to existing funds and fund governance issues.


10 December 2012 at 6:30pm - at 8:00pm


White & Case LLP, 5 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1DW

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