Checking In on the Status of Impact Investing

Checking in on the Status of Impact Investing by Aimee Davis

{3:15 minutes to read}  It’s been over three years since I learned and wrote about, Impact Investing.

What is Impact Investing?

Emerging in 2007, impact investments are made into companies, quasi-governmental organizations, and funds, with the intention of generating a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact along with a financial return to the investor.

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Maintaining Your Top Shelf Position

Maintaining Your Top Shelf Position by Aimee B. Davis

{3 minutes to read}  Richard Kestenbaum’s articles on M&A transactions in the fashion and consumer product industries are regularly published online in Forbes. Richard has been doing mergers, acquisitions, and capital-raising for over 35 years. I always read his articles and find his observations fascinating.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing him as a follow-up to his article about Nestle entering into a licensing deal in May 2018 to market, sell, and distribute Starbucks coffee globally. I wanted to better understand what I perceived to be his skepticism of the deal and his concerns about why this arrangement may diminish or dilute the Starbucks brand.

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The Inhumanity of Virtual Networking

The Inhumanity of Virtual Networking by Aimee B. Davis

{3:30 minutes to read}  As a corporate transactional attorney for the past 24 years, I think it’s fair to describe myself as a senior statesperson in the NYC business world. I’ve been at it so long I don’t remember who taught me the value of returning phone calls on a same-day basis.  Nevertheless, this good business practice persisted into the digital age, and I make an effort to respond to emails similarly.

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Legal Brush Strokes – The Convergence of Art and Technology

(4 minutes to read}  In July’s blog, I discussed the convergence of the fashion industry with new technology. Now, there’s a hot new convergence of the art world and technology.

In fostering her own “second act,” actress Portia de Rossi recently launched an online venture called GENERAL PUBLIC. The CEO/Co-Founder summarizes her art publishing and curation business below:

“I formed my company, GENERAL PUBLIC, with a view to bring good art to more people. As a long-time art lover and collector, I became fascinated with the concept of reproducing paintings using 3-D technology because I believe the artist’s work should be shared by as many people who wish to own it and not just enjoyed by one collector.”

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Real Estate Leasing and Consideration of the “Silent” Issues

{3:48 minutes to read}  At Aimee B. Davis Law P.C., I often represent tenants entering into either billboard leases or commercial space leases.

Real Estate Leasing and Consideration of the “Silent” Issues by Aimee B. Davis

In real estate leasing, it is customary for the landlord’s attorney to serve up the first draft, and for the tenant’s attorney to provide comments.  With billboard leasing, the tenant more likely presents the first draft, as they are the experts in this space. A billboard lease is unlike a general commercial space lease, and there are special provisions that are standard in the industry. Conversely, there are provisions that customarily arise in commercial space leases that are absent in billboard leasing.  

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When Legal Issues Become Business Decisions

When Legal Issues Become Business Decisions{3:30 minutes to read}

As a transactional attorney, I typically spend time trying to cap or limit my client’s indemnification obligations when negotiating contracts. The word “indemnity” is a legal concept, the meaning of which may not be familiar to non-lawyers.

According to Wikipedia, indemnity is defined as: “a contractual obligation of one party (indemnitor) to compensate the loss occurred to the other party (indemnitee) due to the act of the indemnitor or any other party.”

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The Value of Having Multiple Relationships Within a Client’s Organization

The Value of Having Multiple Relationships Within a Client’s Organization by Aimee B. Davis{3.30 minutes to read}  For over 20 years, I’ve represented clients in the fashion merchandising industry. Since launching Aimee B. Davis Law P.C., my expertise in this space has been enhanced by my other specialties in new media, telecommunications, and the outdoor advertising industries. This is due to the fact that the fashion industry continues to converge and grow with developments in new technology, from the use of high-tech fabrics to wearable technology (i.e. Apple Watches). It’s a privilege for me to have a broad-based experience in these practice areas because I’m a FASHION FAN!

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A Networking Lesson and Reflections on a Professional Journey

A Networking Lesson and Reflections on a Professional Journey by Aimee B. Davis{3:36 minutes to read}  Last month, I focused on the value of my mentors. Coincidentally, I recently came across a person on TV who refers to himself as “The Superconnector.”

Chris Winfield advises new college graduates to connect with the 20 most influential people in their lives — he recommends sharing the job they really want with them, and asking for their help.

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Do You Have Any Professional Idols?

Do You Have Any Professional Idols? by Aimee B. Davis{3:30 minutes to read}  Over the course of my 25-year career as a transactional attorney, I’ve developed an expertise representing clients in new media, as well as the cable television, telecommunications and outdoor advertising industries. As such, I’ve seen the creation and proliferation of multiple distribution channels for media and entertainment, including video streaming services (i.e. Netflix).

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The Importance of Maintaining Integrity

The Importance of Maintaining Integrity by Aimee B. Davis{3:12 minutes to read}  For over 10 years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing and being mentored by Debra Forman, a certified executive coach and the founder of Pinstripe Coaching, which specializes in consulting to lawyers and law firms.

Debra’s recent video blog entitled “After It Rains, Episode 23: Your Integrity” resonated with me because I’ve been thinking about the importance of acting with empathy. Continue reading

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