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Roundtable | Dealing with Distress – The Impact Investor’s Dilemma


Roundtable | Dealing with Distress – The Impact Investor’s Dilemma

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In the current uncertain climate, investors for impact will be faced with a number of challenges as their borrowers and other investees find themselves struggling to meet payment and other obligations.

Alongside the contractual protections that all investors will look to call on, the investor for impact will be faced with further moral and ethical questions. Balancing the need to support and sustain the positive social and/or environmental impact created by investee organisations, with financial responsibility to internal and external stakeholders.

This virtual roundtable focusing on the UK environment starts the conversation for these funders – focusing primarily on debt impact investments - touching on the practical and legal (contractual rights, financial risks, impact management) and the ethical. Two practical case studies will be shared, to encourage meaningful peer-to-peer conversations.

A chance for all those currently active or interested in the UK market to take a moment to consider and discuss with peers how best they may – and already have - approached these types of situations.

Download the presentation here.

Watch the webinar recording here.



Introduction and welcome


Setting the scene (legal and practical)




Case Study 1 + Q&A


Case Study 2 + Q&A


Group discussion

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Meet the speakers

Louise Harman

Louise Harman - Bates Wells

Louise Harman is a Partner at law firm Bates Wells and co-leads the firm’s multi-disciplinary Impact Economy practice which advises clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business, investments and other activities. In particular, she advises on impact investing, social investment transactions as well as providing strategic structuring, governance and general commercial advice.

Sung-Hyui Park

Sung-Hyui Park - Bates Wells

Sung-Hyui Park is a Senior Associate in the Impact Economy practice at Bates Wells, the first UK law firm to be certified as a B Corp. Sung-Hyui advises on the full range of activities carried out by clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business and other activities, including capital-raising, formation, governance, and general not-for-profit and commercial law issues.

Nick Temple

Nick Temple - Social Investment Business

Nick joined Social Investment Business (SIB) in January 2018. SIB helps charities and social enterprises get the money and support they need to improve people’s lives. Since 2002, SIB has provided over £400m worth of loans and grants to charities and social enterprises

Peter Cafferkey

Peter Cafferkey - EVPA

Peter is the EVPA representative for the UK and Ireland since 2019. In addition, he is the CEO and Founder of Boncerto – a social good consultancy working with individuals, corporations and not-for-profits to help increase their effectiveness and enable them to do good, better.

Martin Lawson

Martin Lawson - Resonance

Martin Lawson is the Head of Impact and Innovation for Resonance, one of the UK’s leading Social Impact Investment organisations. He has worked as a consultant in impact investment and measurement in UK, European and North African contexts; and is now focused on helping Resonance’s investees and other clients grow and strengthen their impact, as well as supporting the development of the impact investment ecosystem.


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