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 Previous Events


The 2020 online series explored the role of law in building sustainable economies in a post-COVID world

The esela Online Series #1

June - July 2020

Asia-Pacific Impact Lawyers

Thursday 11 June

9 am UK| 4 pm Singapore | 6 pm Sydney

Join the lawyers who are building practices focused on clients that create positive social and environmental impact in the APAC region. Hear how the pandemic is affecting impact investing and social enterprise clients in Hong Kong, India, China and Australia, and how lawyers across the region are responding to this changing environment.

At this interactive meeting, you will meet with peers online, as well as hearing from specialist practitioners at the first virtual meeting of ‘Asia–Pacific Impact Lawyers’, hosted by esela - The legal network for social impact.



Ranajoy Basu - Partner and Head of India practice at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP

Jon Cheung -  Partner at Prolegis Lawyers, Australia

Sarah Dobson - Executive Director of esela - The legal network for social impact

Giana Lin - Partner and co-founder of FuGuan Law Firm, Shanghai

Roberto Randazzo - President of esela - The legal network for social impact and a Partner at R&P Legal, Italy

Vivien Teu - Founder & Managing Partner at Vivien Teu & Co LLP, Hong Kong


Tze-Wei Ng -  Lawyer, ESG & Impact Practice Lead at Vivien Teu & Co LLP and member of the board of esela - The legal network for social impact


The meeting will explore the challenges and opportunities that COVID-19 has presented to impact lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region.

*This event is taking place during the week of the AVPN Virtual Conference 2020, 8-12 June. There are a limited number of complimentary registrations for the AVPN conference available to esela members. 

Law and the Climate Emergency

Wednesday 1 July 

8 am EDT | 1 pm BST | 2 pm CEST | 8 pm HKT


CPD | 90 minutes self-certified CPD points

How are lawyers and law firms contributing to the fight against climate change? Will the pandemic slow or quicken the transition to a net zero world? 


esela - The legal network for social impact and The Chancery Lane Project will host an online panel on the topic of ‘Law and the Climate Emergency’ during London Climate Action Week Digital. 


Many commentators have suggested that the pandemic is a dress rehearsal for the social and economic challenges of the climate emergency. This event will explore the role of law, lawyers and collaboration in the fight against climate change. 


Join the event to find out about initiatives driven by collectives of lawyers, investors and businesses who are showing leadership and contributing to a coordinated response, and how you can be part of the transition. 



  • Simon Davis, President of the Law Society of England and Wales

  • Ellie Mulholland, Director of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (Moderator)

  • Matthew Gingell, Chair of The Chancery Lane Project and General Counsel at Oxygen House

  • Silke Goldberg, Chair of the Legal Response International (LRI) and Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills 

  • Mark Campanale, Founder & Executive Chair of Carbon Tracker Initiative

  • Lina Pimentel Garcia, Head of Environmental Law at Mattos Filho and Senior Vice Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Environment, Health & Safety Committee


Starting at the event, The Chancery Lane Project will be hosting a 48 hour virtual hackathon. The purpose of the hackathon will be to generate the ‘origin stories’ for the next version of their Climate Contract Playbook, the second version of which will be published as part of the week’s events.


To download the first editions of the Climate Contract Playbook and Green Papers of Model Laws, click on the links in this sentence.

Fiduciary Duty in a Changing World: Impact Investing - the Why and How

Wednesday 8 July 2020

11 am BST | 12 noon CEST | 6 pm HKT | 8 pm AEST 

CPD | 75 minutes self-certified CPD points

How should pension funds, which hold some of the largest pools of capital in the world but have strict fiduciary duties, approach impact investment? 


esela - The legal network for social impact and the Impact Investing Institute host an online panel on the topic of ‘Fiduciary Duty in a Changing World:  Impact Investing - the Why and How'. 


This event will explore - from legal and investor perspectives - why and how pension trustees can engage positively with impact investment in a way which is consistent with their fiduciary duties. It will also examine some of the governance and practical principles pension trustees and other fiduciaries will wish to follow in a rapidly changing world.

Speakers will present and discuss the conclusions of recent work by the Impact Investing Institute and its legal panel. Join the session for a first look at the ‘Impact Investment Code’, which outlines good governance principles for pension trustees.


The Impact Investing Institute warmly invites feedback on the discussion and the Code, and will provide opportunities to engage both during and following the event.


  • Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive of the Impact Investing Institute

  • Ida Levine, Principal at Two Rivers Associates (Moderator)

  • Stuart O’Brien, Partner at Sacker & Partners LLP and Chair of the Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group

  • Luba Nikulina, Global Head of Research at Willis Towers Watson

  • Jill Youds, Trustee Member of NEST Corporation (National Employment Savings Trust)


Growing the Pie: Wealth, Ownership and the Law

Wednesday 15 July 2020

8 am EDT | 1 pm BST | 2 pm CEST | 8 pm HKT

CPD | 60 minutes self-certified CPD points


esela - The legal network for social impact will host an online panel on the topic of ‘Growing the Pie: Wealth, Ownership and the Law' featuring Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at London Business School and author of 'Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit' [Financial Times Business Book of the Month, March 2020].  This session will be chaired by Sarah Ellington, Legal Director at DLA Piper.

Following the interview, there will be a period of Q&A. You are invited to submit questions for Alex Edmans about purpose and profit and his most recent publication in advance of the session. 



esela - The legal network for social impact is a non-profit global network of lawyers and allies, working to create a sustainable and inclusive economy that promotes positive social impact.


We are interested in the role of the law and lawyers in reshaping legal systems and practice for good through impact investing, social entrepreneurship, business and human rights, the response of business to the climate emergency, 'profit with purpose' and related disciplines

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