Recap of the Berkeley Law Social Enterprise Finance Symposium
On April 3rd, the Boalt Social Enterprise Group and Impact Law Forum presented a ground-breaking symposium on social enterprise law and finance. The symposium explored cutting-edge legal issues faced by social enterprises in different stages of growth. Two panels consisting of social enterprise attorneys, investors, and entrepreneurs discussed the unique legal issues faced by social enterprises raising capital in both early and late stages of growth. The first panel focused on the legal issues of securing early stage financing, and the second panel focused on overcoming challenges in later stage financing such as preserving social mission on exit and the potential legal implications for a social enterprise seeking exit through an IPO or merger/acquisition.
Panelists included Berkeley Law faculty Susan Mac Cormac (of Morrison & Foerster) and Eric Talley, Will Fitzpatrick of Omidyar Network, Kendall Baker of Revolution Foods, Mark Perutz of DBL Investors, Ayesha Wagle of Komaza, Rick Moss of Better Ventures, and Jan Piotrowski of Credit Suisse. The symposium was sponsored by Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. BCLBE is the hub of Berkeley Law’s research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the U.S. and global economies.
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