26 – 29 September 2022


Join legal leaders from around the globe
virtually (or in person in the UK) at
GAIL’s Mid-Year Global Event.

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Overview

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.

To do this, we will need to rethink almost everything, including law, legal practice, and the role of the lawyer. In this new and evolving context, we believe the lawyers of the future will be impact lawyers.

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. 

Highlights

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 EventsHeadline speakers from B Lab, Global Commons Alliance, GSG & The Chancery Lane ProjectImpact law leaders from Argentina, Australia, India, Pakistan, UK, Uruguay, and USA
6+ Regional EventsThe 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 EventsOpportunities to become involved in projects and initiativesPractical 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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Monday 26 September

GAIL UK Presents:

4 – 5:15 pm London
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The Regulation of Impact Funds

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.

5:30 – 6:45 pm London
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Should Impact Investing be ‘Efficient’?

Moderated by: Naomi Sander, Legal Counsel,
Bboxx

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?

6:45 – 8 pm London
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GAIL UK Networking Drinks (members only)



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.

Tuesday 27 September

GAIL Mainstage Events:

7: 30 am New York I 8:30 am Buenos Aires I 12:30 – 1:45 pm London I 1:30 pm Milan I 4:30 pm Pakistan I 5 pm India I 7:30 pm Hong Kong I 9:30 pm Sydney
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GAIL Mainstage: The Role of Lawyers in a Just Transition

Moderated by: Bill Clark, President,
Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers

Lawyers are powerful advocates, champions and gatekeepers. How can lawyers use their practices to create a shift in corporate models and capital to make business a sustainable force for good and accelerate a just transition? Join us at this GAIL Mainstage event, to be part of an inspiring and thought-provoking set of conversations with Cliff Prior CBE (CEO, GSG), Dr Natasha Matic (Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator), Matthew Gingell (General Counsel, Oxygen House Group and Founder, The Chancery Lane Project), Becky Clissmann (Managing Director, The Chancery Lane Project) and Marcel Fukayama (Head of Global Policy, B Lab Global) in discussion with Bill Clark (President, Global Alliance of Imapct Lawyers) on the role that lawyers can play in facilitating the transition to a just and sustainable economy.

8:15 am Lima I 9:15 am New York I 10:15 am Buenos Aires I 2:15 – 3:30 pm London I 3:15 pm Milan I 6:15 pm Pakistan I 6:45 pm India I 9:15 pm Hong Kong I 11:15 pm Sydney
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GAIL Mainstage: How to be an Impact Lawyer: Stories from Around the World

Moderated by: Louise Harman, Partner,
Bates Wells

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).

Wednesday 28 September

GAIL Asia Pacific Presents:

GAIL North America Presents:

7 – 8 am London I 11 am Pakistan I 11:30 am India I 2 pm Hong Kong I 4 pm Sydney I 7 pm Christchurch.

Gender Finance – How Lawyers Can Help Break Barriers


Moderated by: Tze-Wei Ng, Associate, Stephenson Harwood

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.

9:30 LA I 12:30 pm New York I 5:30 – 6:30 pm London
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The SEC Takes on Greenwashing – Proposed Rulemaking on Impact & ESG

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.

Thursday 29 September

GAIL Europe Presents:

GAIL members only event:

GAIL Latin America Presents:

9 – 10 am London I 10 am Milan, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Berlin
Business and Human Rights in the European context: The Draft Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

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.

8 am New York I 1 – 2 pm London I 3 pm Milan I 5 pm Pakistan I 8 pm Hong Kong

Legal Toolkits for a Just Transition
(members only event)

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.

Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador: 9 am I Chile, DR: 10 am I Buenos Aires, Brasília, Montevideo: 11 am I London: 3 – 4:30 pm

ABC de la Taxonomía Verde en América Latina

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.
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Este evento visa informar a comunidade de impacto sobre o progresso e os desafios da implementação da Taxonomia Verde na América Latina.
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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.

Who Attends

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:

AFMalik LawKeidos Impacto Legal
B Lab GlobalLeapFrog Investments
Bates WellsLISI (Legal Innovation for Sustainable Investments)
BboxxLegance
Brigard UrrutiaMetrix Finanzas
Bromberger LawMeyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd
Centre for Social Finance LawOrrick
Climate Bonds Initiative RPCK
Faegre DrinkerRP Legal & Tax
GameChanger LawSaïd Business School, University of Oxford
GIIN – Global Impact Investing NetworkStephenson Harwood
GSG – Global Steering Group for Impact InvestmentSweef Capital
Global Commons AllianceThe Chancery Lane Project
Global Innovation FundTravers Smith
GreEnergy DominicanaYOUHUB
Hogan Lovells 9 Bedford Row Chambers
Impact Investing Institute

Speaker lists and participating organisations will be regularly updated.

GAIL Membership

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.

Sponsorship

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WITH THANKS TO:

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United Kingdom

Multinational

United States

Australia

Global

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Global

Multinational

Global

Belgium

Argentina

Italy and United Kingdom

Multinational

Global

Global

Multinational

Italy

The Netherlands

Kenya

Uruguay