Member Guidance

Welcome to the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL). As a member, you have joined a community of practitioners across countries and continents who are seeking to learn from each other.

GAIL supports members to develop in their professional lives across areas of impact law.

Our members are legal leaders using the practice of law to have a positive impact on people and the planet, and to accelerate the just transition. They are shaping the market as they structure transactions, advise clients and deliver impact.

Use this guide to discover the benefits and how to make the most of your membership.

This guide covers:

  • Getting started
  • Setting up and managing your GAIL membership account for Corporate Members and Individual Members
  • Adding Key Contacts to the GAIL Member Directory
  • Searching the Member Directory
  • Joining the member forum
  • Accessing Insights and sharing member content
  • Participating in member elections

If you have any questions, contact us.

getting
started

Access your member account

Login here or by clicking the person icon at the top right of gailnet.org.

Navigating your account

Once logged in, go to your Account Dashboard.

From there you can view your recent orders, manage your billing address, and edit your password and account details.

Former members

If you were previously a member of esela, your profile has been transferred to GAIL. To log in using your previous account you will need to reset your password.

If your membership has lapsed, navigate to ‘My Membership‘ to renew your membership.

Law firms and organisations are corporate members of GAIL.

First, navigate to your Account Dashboard and edit your Corporate Profile. You will be asked for company information, including your logo, countries of operation, contact information and areas of specialism.

In the About tab, enter an overview of your organisation. This will be profiled in GAIL’s Corporate Member Directory. You can enable draft mode to hide a profile that is part completed, but remember to disable draft mode when your profile is completed – this will allow it to appear in GAIL’s Corporate Member Directory.

Next, add Key Contacts to your account. Key Contacts are the lawyer personal profiles shown on the GAIL Member Directory. Each Key Contact will have access to a GAIL account. They are also the designated voting members of GAIL, which means they are able to vote in the elections for GAIL’s regional and global board and can nominate themselves (or other GAIL members) for positions on GAIL’s board(s).

Corporate members are able to add between 0 – 16 Key Contacts depending on your membership level. You will be asked for a profile photo for each Key Contact, as well as contact information, with space to include their areas of specialism. You can choose whether the corporate account holder would like to manage (edit and update) the Key Contacts associated with your corporate profile, or whether the Key Contacts themselves would like to manage (edit and update) their own Key Contact profiles and the information that will appear about them in the GAIL Member Directory.

Allow your key contacts to edit their own profiles, by sending a registration link or sending an email inviting them to manage their profile through the Add Member page.


GAIL is a democratic organisation. Each voting membership must be held by an individual lawyer. Votes will be called to elect members of the GAIL Regional Boards at the time of elections. Each individual member receives one vote.

Each corporate member is able to assign its votes to lawyers working at their firm or organisation. Where corporate members have multiple offices, they may wish to consider the geographic spread when allocating their voting memberships, and to allocate membership to lawyers across different impact specialisms, teams and levels of seniority.

Manage your profile

  • Go to the Account Dashboard
  • Edit your Corporate Profile – enter information about your law firm or organisation in the General Information, Contact Information and About tabs
  • Add Key Contacts – add individual profiles to represent your organisation

First, navigate to your Account Dashboard.

Update your profile using the My Profile or edit your profile links. You will be asked for a profile photo and contact information, with space to include your areas of specialism. This information will form your personal profile on the GAIL Member Directory. It is also how you will register your voting membership of GAIL.

Enable draft mode to hide your profile if it is part completed.


GAIL is a democratic organisation. Each voting membership must be held by an individual lawyer. Votes will be called to elect members of the GAIL Regional Boards at the time of elections. Each individual member receives one vote.

Manage your profile

  • Go to the Account Dashboard
  • Update your profile using the My Profile link to add an individual profile which will appear on the website

Connect with fellow GAIL members through our member forum, Mighty Networks. Use this platform to communicate directly and privately with other members.

How to join?

If you are already a GAIL member, go to your Account Dashboard to access the private invitation link to the member forum. Click request to join and we will activate your forum account soon.

If you are not already a GAIL member, head to gailnet.org/join to become a member first.

Member led

GAIL is member led, and so is our community forum. We hope you will use the platform to connect, collaborate, and find inspiration from lawyers who are using their careers to have a positive impact on people and the planet. 

Insights pages include resources, news and thought leadership created by and for the community. They also include recordings of past GAIL events.

Using GAIL’s Resources

Search for content by region, country or topic. Insights are intended tap into the knowledge of lawyers working across the spectrum of impact disciplines.

Previous event recordings and materials are available either as member only content, or as open access content. If you are already a GAIL member, please log in to your GAIL account to gain access to all content (including member-only content). If you are not already a GAIL member, head to gailnet.org/join to become a member first, in order to access all content.

Sharing your Insights

If you are a GAIL member or partner and want to share news or an opportunity with the community, get in touch.

We invite you to share articles, events, news, videos, reports and policy.

GAIL will hold elections for positions on our Regional Boards in December.

Find out more about the current members of GAIL’s Regional Boards below, and through our Regions homepages.

To ensure you are registered as a GAIL voting member, add yourself as a Key Contact in the member Account Dashboard.

gail elections

Call for Nominations

  • The call for nominations will be announced to our members in advance of the vote

Call for Votes

  • Members will be invited to vote for candidates in their voting region

Elections to the Board of Directors

  • Regional Board members elected in December will be eligible to stand for available roles on GAIL’s global Board of Directors during the following year

Constanza Connolly

President

Co-founder, Keidos Legal Impact

Constanza Connolly is an attorney at law from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and she obtained her Masters in Corporate Law from Universidad Austral.

She is specialized in corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions. She has a vast experience in business seeking social and environmental positive impact. She advises on the design and development of impact funds aimed at boosting sustainable finance and focusing on ESG (environmental social governance). She specialized in sustainable value chains and complex structures for the creation of 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 escalating the impact of organizations seeking to make sustainability central to their DNA. building the impact market in Latin America, and on developing public policies for the new impact economy.She co-founded the “Latin American Impact Lawyers Network” to boost impact businesses in the region and she is a member of its Board. She has been appointed as Vice President of 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 “Latin America Payment by Result Network.

Michael Ryland

Vice President

Director, Centre for Social Finance Law

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.

Melissa Manzo

Board Secretary

General Counsel, AgDevCo

Melissa heads up AgDevCo’s legal team and has a background in international debt financing. Melissa and her team advise on the structuring and documentation of AgDevCo’s investments, on regulatory, compliance and governance matters applicable to AgDevCo in the UK and in its countries of operation in sub-Saharan Africa, and on the development of AgDevCo’s policies and procedures. Melissa sits on AgDevCo’s Executive Committee and is the Chair of AgDevCo’s Technical Assistance Committee. Prior to joining AgDevCo, Melissa worked at the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP for 12 years, where she advised on cross-border banking and restructuring transactions. Whilst at Allen & Overy, Melissa founded and managed its microfinance and social investment group and worked on a number of pro bono matters. She has also spent time on secondment to the emerging markets desk at Citigroup. Melissa has a BA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University and a postgraduate diploma in law from BPP Law School.

Elizabeth Lange

North America Representative

Attorney, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Emiliano Giovine

Europe Representative

Senior Associate, RP Legal & Tax

Gina Pereira

North America Representative

Managing Director of Client & Fiduciary Stewardship, Meritus Trust

Juan Diego Mujica Filippi

Latin America Representative

Evolution Guide, Nativa

Julie Wynne

Europe Representative

Partner, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

Luke Fletcher

Emeritus Director

Partner, Bates Wells

Naomi Sander

United Kingdom Representative

Senior Consultant Lawyer, Bank of America

Oliver Hunt

Secretariat Representative

Senior Associate, Bates Wells

Rachel Avellar Sotomaior Karam

Latin America Representative

Partner, Trotta, Eberhart, Sotomaior Karam

Roberto Randazzo

Emeritus Director

Head of ESG and Impact, Legance

Tze-Wei Ng

Asia Pacific Representative

Associate, Stephenson Harwood

Vivien Teu

Asia Pacific Representative

Partner and Head of Asset Management & ESG, Dentons Hong Kong LLP

Dr. Ammara Farooq Malik

Chair, GAIL Asia Pacific

Founding Principal Attorney, AFMalik Law- Attorneys & International Development Consultants

Pakistan

Dr. Ammara Farooq Malik is a Pakistani corporate and impact lawyer, international social entrepreneur and international development expert with over 23 years of professional experience across various multidisciplinary sectors such as academia, Law, social entrepreneurship, international development, gender and green infrastructure development.

She is Founder of the Seplaa Group (CEO of Seplaa Canada, Seplaa Enterprises-Pakistan, AFMalik Law, SEPLAA Foundation and Impact World Press). As Founder Principal Attorney of AFMalik Law- Attorneys & International Development Consultants, she is also the first impact lawyer of Pakistan focusing on the integration of ESG (Environment, Sustainability & Governance) clauses in companies’ legal compliance documents and has created the 5 Cog Wheels for Sustainable Business Strategy Tool for impact law, impact investing and policy integration in impact businesses for a transdisciplinary holistic approach towards development.

She has presented as a legal, gender, climate change and social enterprise expert at international conferences at UNESCO (Kazakhstan), CGA New York University (USA), University of Kent (UK), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development-ICIMOD (Nepal), Asia Pacific Adaptation Network’s Climate Change Adaptation Forum (Colombo and Manila), Hollings Centre for International Development (Maldives & Turkey) and the Asian Development Bank (Singapore).  She is a US World Learning IVLP Alumna, Former Chairperson of the Lahore High Court Bar Association Committee on ‘Climate change, Infrastructure, Gender & SE Laws’ and is presently the Co- Lead for the ICIMOD Nepal Technical Working Group for ‘Data Analysis’ for Climate change adaptation’s scientific research in the Upper Indus Basin.

Brian Tang

Founding Executive Director, LITE Lab at Hong Kong University

Hong Kong

Dr Joseph Chun

Partner, Shook Lin & Bok

Singapore

Giana Lin

Partner, Fuguan Law

China

Jon Cheung

Partner, Prolegis Lawyers

Australia

Michael Ryland

Director, Centre for Social Finance Law

Australia

Phillippa Wilkie

Special Counsel, Chapman Tripp

New Zealand

Sotaro Hotta

Associate, Nishimura & Asahi

Japan

Steven Moe

Partner, Parry Field Lawyers Limited

New Zealand

Takahisa Watanabe

Senior Associate, Nishimura & Asahi

Japan

Tze-Wei Ng

Associate, Stephenson Harwood

Hong Kong

Vivien Teu

Partner and Head of Asset Management & ESG, Dentons Hong Kong LLP

Hong Kong

Emiliano Giovine

Chair, GAIL Europe

Senior Associate, RP Legal & Tax

Italy

Emiliano is the head of the Impact & Sustainability team at RP Legal & Tax.

He mainly deals with nonprofit entities, social enterprises, socially oriented corporate vehicles, NGOs and international organizations. He advises these entities in the phases of incorporation, reorganizations, extraordinary transactions and adjustments required by the Third Sector Code.

He also provides support on ESG matters to leading national and international companies. More specifically, he deals with the adoption and implementation of sustainability models, corporate policies and ethical codes, the acquisition of the Benefit Corporation status and the B Corp certification, as well as ESG/human rights due diligence, non-financial reporting and impact measurement.

Emiliano has ten years of experience in the impact economy sector. In particular, he has been involved for years in several international cooperation projects and policy-making activities, led by NGOs and by the United Nations, focused on the integration of migrants and refugees through entrepreneurial initiatives. He is also tutor of the “Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic” legal training program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Turin. He cooperates with Tiresia – Politecnico di Milano on legal issues related to social business and social innovation.

In the past years, Emiliano was a consultant of the United Nations at UNEP and a Legal Officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Law and management from Cà Foscari University of Venice and is currently a PhD candidate in Public International law at Utrecht University.

Since 2019 he has been board member and legal coordinator of the NGO “ResQ Onlus – People Saving People”.

Alberta Longanesi Cattani

Senior Associate, Ince

Alexander Vielwerth

Attorney at Law, Winheller

Germany

Alissa Pelatan

Alissa Pelatan

Founder & Partner, AMP Avocats

France

Anh-Thu Thai

Counsel, id est avocats Sàrl

Switzerland

Benoit Spitaels

Founding Partner, Impact Advocaten

Belgium

Dan Fuochi

Partner, Impulsius

Switzerland

Dr. Alexandra von Westernhagen

Partner, EU Sustainability at LiberiusLegal

Belgium

María Peña

Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance, Symbiotics SA

Switzerland

Raluca Radu

General Counsel, The Impact Facility and Co-founder and Board Member at The LISI Foundation

Netherlands

Roberto Randazzo

Head of ESG and Impact, Legance

Italy

Rutherford Hubbard

Manager Legal (Private Equity and Structured Finance) at FMO , The Dutch Development Bank

The Netherlands

Paola Fonseca

Co-Chair, GAIL Latin America

General Counsel, Viva Idea

Costa Rica

Paola Fonseca is VIVA Idea ́s General Counsel, and Public Policy Director. VIVA Idea is a Latin- American organisation dedicated to strengthening sustainable development across the Global South through Action Research projects; it offers solutions to enhance collective impact strategies focused on social inclusion and sustainability.

She is a lawyer with more than 18 years of experience in international corporate law and governance; she has an MBA and a Post-MBA from INCAE Business School and is developing her PhD (focused on how to design a public policy that promotes Impact Investment) at the United Nations University for Peace and alumni of the University of Oxford ́s Social Impact Program. She also teaches MBA courses on incorporating the in-house lawyer perspective into the decision-making process, focused on ESG compliance.

After a long career in the for-profit sector, where she held the roles of Regional In-House Counsel for the Americas and Head of Governance for Iberia-America (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Spanish Speaking Latam and North America) at TMF Group, a global corporate compliance services company, she moved to the non-profit sector to promote public policies that foster Impact Investment, where she leads, among others, important regional projects such as the GSGII Latin American NABs strategic alignment processes and the implementation of the Central American governments impact investment program for SMEs.

Paola also sits on the board of directors of the International Association for Human Values, an NGO with consultative status at the UN, the Vance Center ́s Woman in the Legal Profession (Costa Rica Chapter), is the President of the Central American In House Counsels Association and Secretary of the World Compliance Association (Costa Rica Chapter), among others.

After studying creative writing at the University of Oxford, she developed her passion for creative writing; she has published her first novel, Pen Pal Feathers and short stories in various languages.

Guillermo Tejeiro Gutiérrez

Co-Chair, GAIL Latin America

Director of Sustainability and ESG for LATAM, Citi

Colombia

Accomplished sustainability/ESG lawyer, with a background on environmental law, climate change, energy transition, Nature Based Solutions – NbS, ethnic law and green business, holding a master’s degree in environmental and energy law, and several certifications and postgraduate diplomas on ESG and sustainable business. Experience in law firms, NGOs, research groups and companies across Europe and Latin America.

Almost 2 decades of specific experience advising in sustainability, environmental and social compliance, environmental and social due diligence, environmental litigation, Nature Based Solutions – NbS, climate change and natural markets, industrial reconversion and innovation, just transition, environmental tax breaks, circular economy, water management, air quality, stakeholder engagement and social license, B-corps, ethnic communities and FPIC, environmental and social risk management, and purpose driven companies. Also, experienced sustainability project leader in charge of defining and implementing internal ESG/sustainability strategies, engaging with internal and external stakeholders, boards, and C-suites, and promoting sustainability as a core value of the business.

Experience in several jurisdictions working with multicultural partners in multilingual environments. Guillermo performs his work in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and currently serves in several international professional associations related with environmental, social and sustainability/ESG/Impact issues, with a focus on LATAM. Lecturer at several universities in Colombia and author of several publications on environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable finance, sustainability, ESG and law.

 

Agostina Coniglio

Partner, Keidos Impacto Legal

Argentina

Alexandro Cea

Legal Advisor in International Affairs, Ministry of Finance

Chile

Aline Gonçalves Videira de Souza

Partner, Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher and Figueiredo Lopes Advogados

Brazil

Annalucia Fasson Llosa

Socia Senior del Área Corporativa, Muñiz Olaya Melendez Castro Ono & Herrera abogados

Peru

Bruno Camargo

Partner and Head, Latin America Desk at Liance Legal

Brazil

Daniela Solis

Senior Associate, Ritch Mueller

Mexico

Ivana Calcagno

Founding Partner, You Hub

Uruguay

James E. Ritch

Counsel, Ritch Mueller

Mexico

Juan Diego Mujica Filippi

Latin America Representative

Evolution Guide, Nativa

Juliana Miranda

Founding Partner, Hernandez Lerner & Miranda Advocacia (HLMA)

Brazil

Lila Gasca

Pro Bono Director – Responsible Business, Hogan Lovells

Mexico

Magdalena Enei

Directora fundadora, La Siembra SpA

Chile

Elizabeth Lange

Chair, GAIL North America

Attorney, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Elizabeth Lange co-leads the ESG team at Faegre Drinker. Based in Philadelphia, she advises clients on M&A, Governance and B Corp matters.

Lizzie represents public and private clients, including Fortune 50 and startup companies, in mergers and acquisitions, governance, and other corporate and securities matters. Recognized for her involvement in social enterprise and impact finance law, Lizzie has written extensively on legal and regulatory issues relating to social enterprise legal forms.

Allen Bromberger

Founding Partner, Bromberger Law

Amaris White

Impact Investing Principal, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Amy Willey

Attorney , McDonald Hopkins LLC

Gina Pereira

Managing Director of Client & Fiduciary Stewardship, Meritus Trust

Karyn Polak

Founder and President, Shift the Prism Advisory

United States

Kevin Christopher

Founder & Principal, Rockridge Venture Law

Leslie Cornell

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Policy Advisor, Social Finance

Scott DeWald

Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Ranajoy Basu

Chair, GAIL UK

Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP

Ranajoy Basu Heads McDermott, Will & Emery’s impact finance practice having extensive experience in debt capital markets and impact finance transactions. Ranajoy is recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers in cross-border climate change and impact finance structures, including social and development impact bonds, renewable energy and “green” structured finance transactions as well as being a legal expert in adaptive and sustainable finance. He advised on the very first impact bond and has since, advised on some of the most innovative financial inclusion structures around the world targeting both environmental and social sustainability. Ranajoy’s key clients include supranationals, multilateral development banks, NGOs, not-for profit entities, impact funds, industry bodies, regional authorities, banks and corporates on structuring social impact finance solutions. He is a regular speaker on climate change, social sustainability and innovative finance.

Chris Garner

Associate General Counsel, SunFunder

Christina Bartholomew

Lawyer, co-Founder of Stories Evolved, a UK-based ESG Consultancy, Sustainability Teaching Fellow (FHEA)

United Kingdom

David Hunter

Consultant, Bates Wells

Dominica Cole

Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

Fenella Chambers

Counsel Responsible Business (Pro Bono) Lawyer, Hogan Lovells

United Kingdom

Frances Holliday

General Counsel, LeapFrog Investments

Jonathan Gilmour

Partner, Head of Derivatives & Structured Products, Travers Smith

Mark Kenderdine-Davies

Chief Legal Officer, CDC Group

Matthew Hobbs

Senior Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

United Kingdom

Melissa Manzo

General Counsel, AgDevCo

Naomi Sander

Senior Consultant Lawyer, Bank of America

Rhian Thomas-Turner

R&D Lead, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales

United Kingdom

Richard Gerrard

Senior Legal Counsel, AgDevCo

Sarah Ellington

Legal Director, DLA Piper

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