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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Chicago Bar Association Presentation

Committee Meeting Details


Subcommittee on Private Equity - Business Law Committee

 Meeting Time:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 ― 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


Impact Investing:  What is it and Why is it Important?

Impact investing started as a niche, unprofessionalized hobby of angel investors.  It is transforming into a rigorous and disciplined investment strategy that has attracted the attention of the broader asset management and principal investment communities.  As a consequence, social enterprises can now access capital from pure for-profit investment funds in competition or along side traditional capital sources like foundations and other nonprofit grant-making entities.  As attorneys servicing venture capital and private equity fund clients come across impact investors and social enterprises in their transactions, they will need to understand the vehicles, instruments, investment objectives and desired non-financial outcomes of impact investing to best service their clients.


Brian Axelrad is a lawyer in the Business and Finance Group at Horwood Marcus & Berk.  Before joining HMB, Brian worked with several venture capital firms with an emphasis on investing in social enterprises.  Brian continues to serve as the chief investment advisor to an impact fund that invests in businesses in India and East Africa focusing on the alternative energy and clean technology, healthcare, water, waste and sanitation sectors and has also written several articles on impact investing.  He will discuss the core principles and recent trends of the industry while drawing on his experience as an investor in the field.

 MCLE Credit: YES

*Exact amount of MCLE credit will depend on actual length of program.  (You will need to bring your membership card to electronically record your attendance at a meeting.  If you need a replacement membership card, call the CBA Legal Bookstore at 312-554-2130.)


Jeffrey A. Hechtman, Esq. (Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered)


James L. Jerue, Esq. (Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered)


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