Lawyers play a critical role in determining how the necessary paradigm shift to a more fulsome impact economy is financed, and regulated, as well as how the ecosystem functions. This Conversation with a Catalyst will feature a discussion with a distinguished attorney, Chintan Panchal, who has co-created and facilitated the launch of numerous scalable and investible solutions that address social and environmental targets for clients around the world. Together with ICF Board Member, Michael Lear, we will explore why lawyers are needed to navigate the increasingly complex geography around the impact economy. In practice, when the triple bottom line enters seriously into the conversation, many conventional assumptions and methodologies break, and new models and instruments need to be crafted. This discussion will take us through the reasons why the foundational notions of stakeholder capitalism and a circular economy need not only clarifying principles and effective measures but also effective mechanisms for them to not only be usefully implemented but truly transformational. Please join us for what promises to be an exciting conversation along with Q&A.
A transformative figure and influencer since the early days of impact investing, Chintan Panchal is recognized for his ability to use the levers of finance and law to create novel transaction frameworks that have been used to address some of the most pressing global challenges around the world. Chintan is committed to the idea that success in impact investing often requires a multidimensional approach that combines traditional investment tenets and a commitment to transaction rigor with new thinking and approaches to drive multiple bottom-line outcomes for investors, entrepreneurs and growth enterprises.
Chintan has helped architect a number of groundbreaking transactions for clients around the world that have become templates for the rest of the industry, including innovative blended finance structures; a series of investments in Africa and other emerging markets that leverage capital and relationships from Development Finance Institutions and corporate investors; and a range of financing structures engineered to align social impact with financial performance.
Chintan is a Founding Partner and Head of the U.S. region at RPCK, Rastegar Panchal, a global boutique law firm whose mission is to co-create and facilitate the launch of scalable and investible solutions that address social and environmental targets. He has assembled a deep bench of senior talent who honed their craft at some of the world’s leading law firms and are highly skilled at building impact-investing concepts into complex financial transactions.
The firm works closely with leading family offices and foundations, high growth companies, and investment funds across a broad spectrum of industries throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America on a range of capital investments that generate social and environmental impact alongside market-rate, risk-adjusted financial returns.
Chintan has been recognized many times for his contributions to law and impact investing. He was a 2019 and 2021 Grunin Finalist, he has contributed to legal and business texts on impact investing, and he teaches lawyers impact finance.
Chintan is a regular speaker at a variety of industry conferences around the country, including at the Sorenson Winter Innovation Summit, Gratitude Railroad, the Impact Capitalism Summit, SOCAP, and the Grunin Center’s Legal Symposium on Impact Investing.
In addition to his corporate practice, he has performed pro bono work representing displaced U.S. workers denied retraining benefits under the Workforce Reinvestment Act, and also served as a member of the team representing 11 Yemeni detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Chintan is also a Board Member of Camelback Ventures, and a Beyond Capital Ambassador.
Chintan received a JD from Emory University and a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and is a member of the bar in New York.
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