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Powering Commerce in the Impact Economy (SM)
Doing good while doing well. That is the mission of impact businesses and investors, who combine the desire to address a social problem with wealth creation.
The Impact Economy is a new market force underpinned by public and private companies, entrepreneurs and investors that strive to achieve an intimate connection between profit and purpose. Well-established, large-scale businesses —including many existing Womble Carlyle clients — are increasingly seeing the connection between financial success and social responsibility. New enterprises also are pursuing business opportunities that will both generate profit and address endemic social problems. With a rapidly expanding market and an increasing number of participants, the idea of “impact” as an economic force has hit the mainstream.
Increasing amounts of capital are flowing into the Impact Economy. The current size of the impact investing market is estimated to be between $50 billion and $70 billion. By 2020, an estimated $400 billion to $1 trillion globally is expected to be directed toward Impact Economy investing. Womble Carlyle has formed a dedicated Impact Team because we are committed to fostering the growth of the Impact Economy by championing Impact-focused businesses and investors. Our Impact Team serves clients from many sectors, including public and private companies seeking to increase their impact within their existing structure, as well as those seeking to expand into the burgeoning Impact Economy. We believe that Impact-focused businesses can be most effective when they engage trusted advisors to help them creatively respond to the unique challenges presented by the business of addressing seemingly insoluble social problems.
Womble Carlyle’s Impact Team strives to provide strategic and advisory services to our Impact clients in addition to legal services. The team guides companies and entrepreneurs in establishing sound organizational and operating principles that are tailored to their business models. We also work closely with businesses and investors to structure transactions that will provide the necessary access to, and effectively deploy, capital in support of sustainable, profitable and social responsible operations.
For early stage companies, we are open to structuring our fees in ways that work best for your budgeting needs.
Impact Economy Videos, Articles & Resources
Our Impact Team has experience in virtually all major sectors of the Impact Economy, including education, healthcare, clean energy, environment, financial services, housing and community facilities. The team’s services to Impact Economy clients include:
Womble Carlyle’s work in the Impact Economy includes representing U.S. Government developmental and export finance agencies in public/private social investments in developing nations.
Some of these projects include:
Womble Carlyle’s Impact Team has also assisted Impact clients in:
Our Impact Team provides assistance to public company clients in the following areas:
Representative Impact Economy Clients