Foley Hoag Attorneys Joseph Basile and Amy Lehr to Participate in ABA Section of International Law 2015 Spring Meeting

Foley Hoag LLP attorneys Joseph Basile and Amy Lehr will participate in the ABA Section of International Law 2015 Spring Meeting, taking place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 28 – May 2.

Partner Joseph Basile will moderate a session titled “Doing Well by Doing Good – CSR/ESG Considerations in the M&A Process” on Tuesday, April 28. Basile will be joined by panelists Yousuf Aftab of Enodo Rights, LLC, Dr. James Gifford of the Harvard University Initiative for Responsible Investment, Jonathan Macey of Yale Law School and Jackie Roberts of The Carlyle Group, who will focus their discussion on the interface between corporate social responsibility (CSR)/environmental, social governance (ESG) considerations and the M&A process. They will also explore the rationale for incorporating CSR/ESG considerations in M&A transactions, and the specific ways in which investors can include CSR/ESG considerations in due diligence, transaction documents and post-closing integration.

Basile is co-chair of Foley Hoag’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and Vice Chair of the International M&A and Joint Ventures Committee of the ABA Section of International Law. He provides strategic legal advice to Boards and C-suite executives, representing them in their most challenging transactional matters. He has extensive experience in M&A and investment transactions in which the integration of corporate social responsibility principles are important to the parties.

Associate Amy Lehr will serve as a panelist for “Open Disclosure: Trends and Perspectives of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting” on Wednesday, April 29. During the session, Lehr and fellow panelists Brad Brooks-Rubin of Gemological Institute of America and Chris Jochnick of Oxfam America will share insights into the implications of mandatory disclosures related to social responsibility, emergent de facto standards, and voluntary reporting practices. They will also offer tips on managing risks, particularly as related to site-level audits, data requests, and satisfying stakeholders' needs while meeting legal obligations. Amol Mehra of International Corporate Accountability Roundtable will serve as panel moderator.

Lehr is a member of Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice. She counsels major multinational corporations, international financial institutions, and governments on best practices with regard to human rights, including labor, land, and indigenous rights issues, as well as on stakeholder relations.

The ABA Section of International Law is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.

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