Why we do it
It is important that our capital is used in a way that is consistent with our mission and obligations as an organisation. The legal agreements will set out what our investment can be used for and the governance arrangements in place to protect the mission.
The terms that we seek will be based on the conclusions of our due diligence, so they may vary between investments.
What do applicants need to provide?
Usually, applicants take the lead in preparing the first draft of the legal documents, with the assistance of their own legal advisers.
What will Big Society Capital do?
We will agree a heads of terms following Investment Committee approval which will set out key terms and conditions precedent to our investment being drawn down.
Our internal legal team will appoint legal advisers to help us review and negotiate drafts of the documents. Where possible we seek pro bono or discounted legal advice and if appropriate we will seek to share counsel with co-investors. This stage of the process will continue to be led by the investment team member, working alongside our internal counsel.
How long will it take?
It generally takes between one and four months to agree and sign documents following agreement in principle. This timescale will be shortened if you have already prepared draft documents and your legal advisers can be instructed quickly. We aim to reduce these time periods further over time, hopefully assisted by greater standardisation of documentation.
This stage is designed to quickly identify if your proposal meets with our investment criteria and strategy before we embark on due diligence.
This stage aims to build an externally tested understanding of the social issue and your proposed solution.
We adapt to proposals that fulfil our mission while living up the legal obligations linked to the sources of our capital.