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    Legal 500 2020

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Experience

I co-lead the firm’s Impact Economy practice and advise clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business, investments and other activities.

 

My area of focus is on impact investing, social investment and social finance and I have advised on a number of high profile, innovative and complex social finance matters.

I am also particularly interested in businesses operating in the Impact Economy and I have been involved in a number of key policy developments in this area, including advising the Government Inclusive Economy Unit on the Mission Led Business Review.

My clients range from charities, international NGOs, not-for-profit organisations, major corporates and banks, social enterprises, purpose driven businesses, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. I advise on a broad range of legal and commercial issues, ranging from corporate structure, establishment, governance, regulatory matters and financing.

I joined the Charity and Social Enterprise Team having trained and worked for seven years in the general finance team of a magic circle law firm where I advised on high value, cross border emerging market financial transactions, investment grade and leveraged finance transactions and restructurings.

I have worked on many significant developments in the emerging Impact Economy, including:

  • I gave advice to Big Society Capital on a number of investments into social intermediaries;
  • I advised on the spin out of a network of humanitarian organisations, designed to encourage faster response times to humanitarian crisis;
  • I advised LifeArc on the monetisation of its royalty interest in a blockbuster immuno-oncology drug;
  • I advise foundations, trusts and social intermediaries on social investment transactions;
  • I advise a number of large investment banks and foundations on the social investment power;
  • I advised on loan documentation to arts organisations a part of the Nesta Arts Impact Fund;
  • I advised Global Innovation Fund on impact investments;
  • I advised multiple lenders on the largest social finance transaction to a HCT Group, a community transport social enterprise;
  • I gave advice in relation to the establishment of charities, corporate foundations and CICs;
  • I gave advice in relation to structuring social finance transactions;
  • I gave advice in relation to social investment and Social Investment Tax Relief;
  • I advise on charity mergers and general restructuring;
  • I advise on governance issues, conflict of interest and general reviews of charitable status; and
  • I advise on a range of commercial agreements.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Bristol, Law LLB (with study abroad at National University of Singapore), 2005
  • Project officer, Ethnic Community Development Organisation, Bangladesh, Voluntary Service Overseas, 2005 – 2006
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2007
  • Trainee Solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP, 2007
  • Admitted as a solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP, 2009
  • Secondment to the legal team of EMEA Leveraged Finance of Citibank, 2011
  • Secondment to the legal team of Barclays Corporate Transaction Management, 2013
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2014
  • Secondment to the Social Investment Team at the Cabinet Office (now known as the Government Inclusive Economy Unit) to help develop recommendations to Government and industry on Mission led businesses as part of the Mission led Business Review;
  • Partner Bates Wells, 2019

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Company secretary of B Lab (UK)
  • Secretary of the Policy Council of B Lab (UK)
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Pro bono advice to a range of charities and social enterprises, campaigning for freedom of expression, education and childcare