The role of a corporate lawyer really depends on the type of client they are serving. However, most corporate lawyers, no matter the industry, size, or type of client is responsible for advising on the clients’ legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations in their business. They may work as outside counsel, either for themselves at their own legal advisory firm or at a small-to-large sized law firm, or they may work as employees of a company as their general counsel.
Impact investing is the combination of investment and philanthropy – doing social “good” while making financial gains. Intentions and measurable impact are the two most important aspects of impact investing.
Areas of investment may include affordable or sustainable housing, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy infrastructure, healthcare services, education, and micro-finance.
Due diligence is one of the most important parts of executing any deal. Whether your firm is undergoing a Merger, Acquisition, IPO, or Strategic Investment, due diligence is the act of investigating a company to understand how they function down to the smallest details.
One of the challenges with both climate change and pollution is that it’s very gradual in its impact, and any progress is very slow like trying to move a battleship. This is one of the reasons Venture Capital in the biggest industries in the world, energy, water, and food, has been an uphill battle. I’ve been talking about addressing issues in these areas for over 20 years, but it feels like it’s only been in the last 12 months that people have been responsive and want to do something BIG.
“Food is not lacking, it’s just poorly managed.” – Irene Banos Ruiz, Deutsche Welle13
Although we currently produce enough to food to feed everyone in the world 1.5x the amount of calories they need daily, there are millions of people starving, and a global food crisis looming. The reason for this includes inefficiencies in the application of agriculture technologies, infrastructure problems, and waste.
Co-Authored By Walter Schindler, Ed Hirs and Victoria Brodsky, Transformation LLC
I had the honor and the privilege of attending the AIM Summit in Dubai as an invited speaker on November 26-27. Not only was it my first AIM Summit, but it was also my first experience visiting the incredible and fabulous city of Dubai. As one might expect, the ambience and grandeur of the setting, combined with the professionalism of the Summit, well organized by Conference Director Raha Moradi, exceeded all of my expectations for the quality of the participants as well as the content, topics and substance of the speeches and panels. Continue reading “Beyond Renewables: Investing in Energy Infrastructure”
When researching green investment opportunities, it’s easy to be drawn to the transportation or energy sectors. Not only have new technological developments created a lot of activity in these arenas, but both have been traditional focuses for investment over many decades. This article takes a look at a different sector that has not attracted a lot of attention over the years, but is a resource that is even more fundamental and critical: water. Continue reading “Investments in Water and Desalination”