What is an impact lawyer? What does it mean to practice impact law? A global panel of legal leaders from GAIL’s membership explores the stories of lawyers using their legal practices for impact, different methods for engaging in impact law, and how each sees their role as lawyers contributing to wider systems change and the just transition.
The panel discusses:
What is impact law and what does a legal career in impact law look like?
How do you balance impact and income generation as a part of legal practice?
How can you establish your own impact law practice?
Can a law firm be a B Corp?
How are social enterprises developing across jurisdictions?
How are lawyers engaging with ESG in Latin America?
How has legislation and the B Corp movement developed in Argentina and Uruguay?
Why is India potentially one of the leading jurisdictions in which to be an impact lawyer?
What do the devastating floods in Pakistan have to do with lawyers?
What separates us across legal jurisdictions, and what unites us?
Louise co-leads the firm’s Purpose & Impact Strategy Group and advise clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business, investments and other activities. Her area of focus is on impact investing, social investment and social finance and she have advised on a number of high profile, innovative and complex social finance matters.
Louise is also particularly interested in businesses operating in the purpose & impact space and has 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.
Louise joined Bates Well’s 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.
Co-Founder of Keidos Legal Impact and Vice-President of GAIL.
Constanza Connolly is a lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires and obtained her Master’s Degree in Corporate Law from Austral University.
She is a specialist in corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and has vast experience with businesses seeking positive social and environmental impact. She advises on the design and development of impact funds aimed at promoting sustainable finance and with a focus on ESG (environmental social governance). In addition, she is a specialist in sustainable value chains and complex structures for creating solutions for non-traditional figures, including organizations with non-profit and for-profit “hybrid structures”.
She recently co-founded Keidos Legal Impact, a consultancy focused on generating, facilitating and/or scaling the impact of organizations seeking to make sustainability a core element of their DNA, building the impact market in Latin America and in the development of public policies for the new impact economy. She is co-founder of the “Latin American Network of Impact Lawyers” to promote impact businesses in the region and is a member of its Board of Directors. She has been named Vice President of the GAIL Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers. She is also a board member of Argentina NAB – GSG Impact Investment Task Force. She actively participates in the “Network of Payment for Results of Latin America.”
Founding Partner at YOUHUB (Uruguay B Corp), with extensive experience in the design of legal structures that seek positive social and environmental impact, with specialization in impact investments and sustainable finance.
PhD in Law and Social Sciences (UDELAR), Diploma in Mediation from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Diploma in Sustainable Finance from the Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile.
Legal advisor at BSE. Associate lawyer in prestigious law firms in the country.
Mentor and teacher in new economies and companies with purpose. UN Women Consultant.
Co-founds Legal Group B in Uruguay that drafted and promoted Law 19,969 dated July 23, 2021 that gives legal identity and protection and promotes the development of Benefit and Collective Interest Companies (BIC).
Member of the “”Latin American Network of Impact Lawyers””.
Integrates Impact Investment Group ARGENTINA – URUGUAY. GSG.
Founding Partner, Bromberger Law PLLC | Chair, GAIL North America
As GAIL North America’s chapter President, Allen Bromberger looks forward to supporting impact lawmakers in this new paradigm.
As Founding Partner, Bromberger Law, Allen is nationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the development of non-profit and for-profit legal structures that support the simultaneous pursuit of financial and social goals. Through his legal practice, as author of The Art of Social Enterprise, and as a speaker about the intersection of business and philanthropy, Allen has been at the forefront of the fourth sector and social enterprise movements that have risen to prominence in recent years. Allen’s expertise in corporate matters and business transactions includes social venture formation, finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic philanthropy, cause marketing, IP licensing, and regulatory compliance.
From foundations and family offices to funds and entrepreneurs, Allen offers counsel and serves as a trusted advisor and connector for his clients. Allen’s ambition is to build legal systems for social benefit that will thrive for years to come.
Director, Centre for Social Finance Law, Australia
Michael Ryland is the principal and founding director of the Centre for Social Finance Law.
Michael has over 35 years of broad ranging experience in corporate finance, investment funds and commercial law, including 20 years as a partner at global law firms Ashurst and Herbert Smith Freehills. He has worked in Australia, Japan and Indonesia, and has spent two years as a full time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).
Michael has particular experience in the law relating to social investment, working with a range of for-purpose and for-profit clients on social impact projects, both domestic and cross-border. This has included work on social investment fund structures, social impact bonds and other financial instruments, social infrastructure projects, social and affordable housing, disability services and accommodation, and community initiatives and projects.
Ammara Farooq Malik
Founder & Principal Attorney AFMalik Law & Seplaa Group
Ammara Farooq Malik is a Pakistani corporate and impact lawyer, international social entrepreneur, development and policy expert with over 22 years of professional experience across various multidisciplinary sectors such as academia, Law, social entrepreneurship, development, gender and green infrastructure development. She is Founder & CEO of
the Seplaa Group which is a conglomerate of different entities working in various sectors including sustainable empowerment opportunities for economic growth, green urban development, business incubations and responsible information dissemination.
As Founder Principal Attorney of AFMalik Law- Attorneys & International Development Consultants, she is also the first social enterprise and impact lawyer of Pakistan focusing on ESG, Business &; Human Rights. She has spoken as a legal and social enterprise expert at international conferences at New York, Singapore, Turkey, UK, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Iraq and Nepal at institutions and organizations such as New York University, ICIMOD, Asian Development Bank Urban Development Resilience Accelerator, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network’s Climate Change Adaptation Forum, UNEP, USAID and the Hollings Centre for International Development. She is author of ‘Building Bridges through Social Enterprises’ and is presently completing her Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from BSN Netherlands, focusing on ‘Sustainable Business Models for Social Enterprises in Developing Countries’.
Partner, GameChanger Law Advisors
I am a Partner at GLA, with over 16 years PQE. Prior to joining GLA, I co-headed the legal department of Goldman Sachs’ Bengaluru office and was Goldman’s sole employment counsel covering all their India offices during her stint there. My focus areas are social enterprises, assisting NPOs and for-profits alike, on a range of issues, including corporate, commercial, regulatory and employment and helping our clients navigate a complex legal and regulatory environment. I am well versed in enterprise risk assessment issues, handling sensitive investigations and regulatory inquiries. I graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru in 2006.