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The challenge of our generation is to make a just transition to a zero-carbon global economy, and move towards a new economic paradigm, underpinned by a legal framework that works for all stakeholders. If we are successful, it will be humanity’s greatest ever political, economic and social transformation – and achievement.
The world needs lawyers to step up to protect our planet and ensure justice and equity are served. GAIL’s impact lawyer community is redefining the law and legal practice by designing new corporate and financing structures, drafting new legislation, policy and guidance, and bringing seminal cases.
GAIL’s Mid-Year Global Event will bring together our global community to explore the role that lawyers can play in facilitating a just transition and moving towards a new economic paradigm. It will include:
2 Global Mainstage Events
Headline speakers from B Lab, Global Commons Alliance, GSG & The Chancery Lane Project
Impact law leaders from Argentina, Australia, India, Pakistan, UK, Uruguay, and USA
6+ Regional Events
The Regulation of Impact Funds
Should Impact Investing be ‘Efficient’?
Business & Human Rights in the European Context
Gender Finance – How Lawyers Can Break Barriers
The SEC Takes on Greenwashing
ABC of Green Taxonomy in Latin America
Member Only Events
Opportunities to become involved in projects and initiatives
Practical insights on themes to support your legal practice
Agenda: The Role of Lawyers in a Just Transition
We’re proud and excited to announce the agenda for GAIL’s Mid-Year Global Event!
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Moderated by: Simon Witney, Senior Consultant, Travers Smith
Regulatory interventions could give a helpful boost to the market for impact funds, but defining an impact fund and designing an appropriate regulatory framework is challenging. This panel will discuss various proposals to regulate or label impact funds, in particular the UK FCA’s proposed disclosure and labelling regime. Panellists will also cover Article 9 of the EU SFDR, recent SEC proposals in the US, and the proposed “Just Transition” Label, an initiative led by the Impact Investing Institute.
This panel will discuss what ‘efficiency’ might mean in the context of impact investing, asking questions such as: How might we define efficiency in impact decision making and the allocation of impact capital? Who controls that definition and do the beneficiaries get a say? How could efficiency be integrated into an impact strategy? What does efficient impact investing look like and what role could the law play in mandating efficiency through contract or regulation?
We invite GAIL members to join us for networking with drinks in central London. This will be an opportunity to meet event speakers and other GAIL members. GAIL Members can register for this member-only events on the agenda by clicking on the event title and logging in to their GAIL account by following the instructions here. Non-members can sign up for GAIL membership here to gain access to this and other member-only sessions.
What is an impact lawyer? What does it mean to practice impact law? Join a global panel of impact law leaders from GAIL’s membership at this GAIL Mainstage event, including Louise Harman Partner, Bates Wells (UK), Allen Bromberger, Founding Partner, Bromberger Law PLLC (USA), Ammara Farooq Malik, Founding Principal Attorney, AFMalik Law- Attorneys & International Development Consultants (Pakistan), Constanza Connolly, Co-Founder of Keidos Legal Impact (Argentina), Ivana Calcagno, Founder, YOUHUB (Uruguay) Michael Ryland, Director, Centre for Social Finance Law (Australia) and Samheeta Rao, Partner, GameChanger Law (India).
What is gender lens investing? Why is it important and how broadly can we apply a gender-lens to investing? Hear from lawyers and impact investors from across Asia Pacific and discover where lawyers find the resources they need.
Moderated by: Elizabeth Lange, Partner, Faegre Drinker
While the ESG landscape has evolved rapidly, regulators in the U.S. have been slower to act. Responding to growing concerns over greenwashing and the lack of standards in ESG measurement and reporting, the SEC announced three major rule proposals in 2022 targeting these issues. This panel will provide an overview of the SEC’s proposals regarding public company climate risk disclosure and ESG investment strategies and amendments to the Fund Names Rule, and lead a discussion of the risks, challenges and considerations that face legal practitioners in the evolving U.S. regulatory environment.
Moderated by: Emiliano Giovine, Senior Associate, RP Legal & Tax and Roberto Randazzo, Partner, Legance
An overview and discussion on the Draft Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD), with an evaluation of the draft European legislation in the context of the construction of sustainability systems as a whole in EU jurisdictions.
Moderated by: David Hunter, Senior Consultant, Bates Wells
A GAIL members-only event featuring three hands-on mini training sessions for lawyers on (1) Purposely, a tool to embed purpose in constitutional documents (2) The Chancery Lane Project’s toolkits to incorporate climate clauses in legal contracts and (3) LISI (Legal Innovation for Sustainable Investments) project to embedding impact in legal term sheets. Learn about practical and tangible ways in which lawyers across jurisdictions can leverage their legal practices to have a positive impact on people and the planet and to facilitate a just transition. GAIL Members can register for the member-only events on the agenda by clicking on the event and logging in to their GAIL account by following the instructions here. Non-members can sign up for GAIL membership here to gain access to this and other member-only sessions.
Este evento está orientado a poner en conocimiento de la comunidad de impacto, los avances y retos de la implementación de la Taxonomía Verde en américa Latina. * Este evento visa informar a comunidade de impacto sobre o progresso e os desafios da implementação da Taxonomia Verde na América Latina. * ABC of the Green Taxonomy in Latin America: Join experts from across Latin America for this panel, which is aimed at informing the impact community about the progress and challenges of the implementation of the Green Taxonomy in Latin America.
Impact lawyers and legal leaders who are working to have a positive impact on people and planet – for whom personal success is measured in positive impact, not profit. Many are business and finance lawyers, some are litigators, some have other forms of expertise. Some work at large global firms, others at small or boutique practices. Some are senior, some junior. All are interested in the use of law to accelerate the just transition and bring about a paradigm shift.
Attendees at GAIL events typically include private practice and in-house lawyers, legal academics, policymakers, impact funds, institutional investors, financial institutions, NGOs and others interested in this space.
Confirmed speakers are from organisations including:
Speaker lists and participating organisations will be regularly updated.
Membership of GAIL is open to law firms, organisations and individual lawyers. Join us to be a part of our journey to create a culture in which impact lawyers actively support, share and collaborate with each other to multiply the impact of our community.