Taft’s Social Enterprise practice combines sophisticated business and finance acumen with a genuine understanding and appreciation of socially responsible and environmentally conscious business practices. Purpose-driven social entrepreneurs will find innovative, like-minded attorneys at Taft who can help their company thrive in the dual pursuit of making a profit and a positive impact.
Our social enterprise clients work with Taft attorneys from diverse practice areas who understand the distinct legal issues that social enterprises commonly encounter. Taft's social enterprise attorneys have experience with start-ups and growth-stage companies, venture capital and private equity investment, corporate finance, intellectual property and technology issues, environmental law, employment law, healthcare law, nonprofits and international business. We are well-versed in the evolving landscape of legal entities designed for social enterprises in states throughout the country. Our attorneys also work with impact investors and are experienced in the unique aspects of transactions involving social enterprises.
In Taft's Indianapolis office, for example, social enterprise attorneys were involved in bringing the benefit corporation business model to Indiana, providing a new legal structure to help social entrepreneurs build resilient and successful purpose-driven companies that appeal to investors, employees, consumers and clients. Taft represented the first benefit corporations in the state when the law went into effect on January 1, 2016, and is deeply involved in promoting the social enterprise eco-system in Indiana. For a guide to benefit corporations, click here.
Our attorneys regularly meet with boards, management, employees and investors to guide them in considering the benefits and complexities of various legal entities and certifications designed for social enterprises. Since Taft is a full-service law firm, our social enterprise clients have access to a complete range of core business law services and specialties related to purpose-driven entities.
Taft’s Social Enterprise practice builds on a strong tradition of community engagement and experience representing businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Our attorneys serve as philosophically-aligned partners for leading companies in the emerging new economy of conscious capitalism and purpose-driven enterprise.