Impact Investing

As champions of better business, investing for positive impact has been close to our hearts for over two decades.

If you’re thinking of investing for positive social and/or environmental impact, or if you’re a civil society organisation or mission-driven business raising finance, we can help.

We have a deep understanding of the issues faced by those seeking to make – or raise – investments which not only provide a financial return, but create positive value for society and/or the environment as well.

Most impact investing transactions call for a tailor-made approach, to honour the integrity and purpose of the organisation receiving investment. Our advice centres around this.

We don’t just advise on the law in this field, we shape policy and the most significant developments around it. We made the argument for the creation of the statutory social investment power for charities, created the Community Interest Company, worked with Government on the design of social investment tax relief (SITR), and structured key institutions such as Big Society Capital, Social Finance and Charity Bank. You might be an impact investor looking to achieve real social change. Maybe you’re an ambitious start-up looking to embed purpose in every facet of your business, or a charity seeking innovative ways of raising investment to further your charitable purposes.

How we help

  • If you’re an investor, an intermediary or a civil society organisation looking for advice on your investment activities, we can give practical, bespoke advice.
  • We can support you in structuring and documenting the whole spectrum of social finance and impact investing transactions and activities. This includes investments in the form of loans (secured and unsecured, senior or subordinated, syndicated and convertible), bonds, equity, quasi-equity (including revenue participation and royalties), investment funds, crowdfunding, blended finance and others.
  • We can also support you in navigating through the legal and regulatory issues that may arise from your investment, including charity law and charity tax issues, FCA regulatory considerations and related constitutional and governance issues.


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