Commercial LawSocial Enterprise and Impact Investing

Social enterprises are devising innovative commercial solutions to address the social and environmental challenges around the world through their inventive business models, investments and measurable impact. They are being increasingly adopted as effective ways of delivering services to the public beyond the conventional bottom line of profit returns.

We are passionate advocates of creative business models and mission-focused investments solving the world’s biggest problems. As such, we are excited to support social enterprises and impact investors to do well by doing good so that they achieve the ‘triple bottom line’ for the benefit of society, the environment and financial returns.

We recognize that impact investing and social entrepreneurship in Nigeria have unique legal and commercial challenges on matters related to business formation, impact finance structuring, governance, impact measurement and how impact investors embed social and environmental missions into governing documents, investments, and the business strategies of these social businesses.

We help social enterprises integrate their business models and purpose with mission-focused investments so that they can create the desired social value and growth potentials to improve the quality of life for the people and communities they serve on climate change, agribusiness, employment, education, financial inclusion, affordable housing, healthcare, sanitation technology, water and sustainable ecosystems or sustainable energy matters.

We assist investors considering ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors in their investments, to make positive social and/or environmental impact through their investments, without sacrificing investment returns.

We represent social enterprises of all sizes and sectors including female led ventures, nonprofit organizations and hybrid enterprises, We also connect them to our network of experienced ESG, Impact Investment and Impact Measurement experts for advisory or technical support to ensure that their social value goals are achieved under the best possible terms.

Under our pro bono program, we also deliver free legal support to socially responsible investees, investors and intermediaries.

Our legal services include;

  • Social enterprise formation and corporate structuring
  • ESG
  • Impact Finance and Funding
  • Dispute resolution
  • Governance and regulation
  • Commercial Agreements
  • Employment and Volunteering
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Tax

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