The Impact Economy requires a fundamental reassessment of the goals and practices of business and finance. Policies and laws can be either a help or hindrance in moving the economy toward authentic sustainability and supporting businesses that have measurable social and/or environmental aims built into their DNA.
Lawyers play a critical role in determining how the necessary paradigm shift is done, financed, and regulated, and how the ecosystem functions. For example, the foundational notions of stakeholder capitalism and circular economy need not only clarifying principles and effective measures but also a bulletproof set of mechanisms for them to not only be usefully implemented but truly transformational.
In practice, when the triple bottom line enters seriously into the conversation, many conventional assumptions and methodologies break, and new models and instruments need to be crafted. Lawyers are needed to navigate this increasingly complex geography — testing their values, legal acumen, and creativity.
In this live fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes distinguished attorney Chintan Panchal, who has co-created and facilitated the launch of numerous scalable and investible solutions that address social and environmental targets for clients around the world. The conversation will center on the role of the law and of lawyers in a rapidly changing landscape driven by impact enterprise and finance.
A transformative figure and influencer since the early days of impact investing, Chintan Panchal is recognized for his ability to use the levers of finance and law to create novel transaction frameworks that address some of the most pressing global challenges around the world. Chintan is a Founding Partner and head of the U.S. region at RPCK, Rastegar Panchal, a global boutique law firm that specializes in co-creating and facilitating the launch of scalable and investible solutions that address social and environmental targets.
RPCK works closely with leading family offices and foundations, high growth companies, and investment funds around the globe and across a broad spectrum of industries on a range of capital investments that generate social and environmental impact alongside market rate, risk-adjusted financial returns.
Chintan has helped architect a number of groundbreaking transactions for clients around the world that have become templates for the rest of the industry, and is a recognized speaker at industry conferences around the country.
Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and publishes Impact Entrepreneur Magazine. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing.