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Goodwin launches impact and responsible investing practice

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Law firm Goodwin has launched an impact and responsible investing (IRI) practice as increasing numbers of investors are looking to become more mindful of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues without sacrificing investment returns.

“Impact and responsible investing is among the fastest growing, most prolific forms of global financial innovation,” says David M Hashmall, chairman of Goodwin. “With the depth of experience needed to design successful structures and systems for impact and responsible investing, Goodwin is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of investors and investment managers alike in this increasingly important space. The establishment of our IRI practice speaks to Goodwin’s history of being on the forefront of unprecedented trends that affect our clients.”
 
Worldwide assets in the ESG space increased more than 60 per cent between 2012 and 2014, rising to USD21.4 trillion from USD13.3 trillion and outpacing growth among all professionally managed assets.
 
Goodwin maintains a strong client foothold in the global sustainable investment market, which includes participants at banks, development finance institutions, FinTech companies, foundations, fund-of-funds, investment funds, insurance companies, retirement funds, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments and wealth management firms.
 
Co-led by partners Luciana Aquino-Hagedorn, Laura Hodges Taylor, Liz Roberts and Elise Zoli, Goodwin’s IRI practice is organised on a cross-disciplinary basis and brings together experience across the full spectrum of asset classes and practice areas to identify and address the unique legal issues that arise in this space. These include ESG and sustainability certification, B-corp formation and certification, ILPA compliance, FCPA compliance, tax exempt status, ERISA and others. 

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