Mintz Levin is thrilled to serve as the exclusive legal mentor for Hult Prize finalists and host of the annual Hult Prize Welcome Reception for the third consecutive year.

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator and enabler for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people.

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On April 6, a consortium of leading financial institutions and investors pledged $8 billion to join Bank of America Corporation’s Catalytic Finance Initiative (CFI), which plans to raise at least $10 billion for investments in clean energy, high impact, and sustainable development projects. Partners joining the initiative include AllianceBernstein, Babson Capital Management, Credit Agricole CIB, European Investment Bank, HSBC Group, International Finance Corporation, and Mirova. Members of the partnership have all pledged capital and expertise to develop and advance innovative financing structures in the clean energy and sustainability space. Furthermore, the Aligned Intermediary—a group of long-term institutional investors—will collaborate on specific investment opportunities with members of the CFI. For more on the CFI, read on!

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On Monday, April 13, The Alliance for Business Leadership hosted “Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy” at Mintz Levin’s Boston office. The program outlined the economic, political, and environmental impacts of B.C.’s carbon tax. R.J. Lyman, a Mintz Levin Member and Senior Advisor at ML Strategies, gave opening comments, describing B.C.’s carbon pricing as “an economic policy with environmental benefits, not an environmental program with economic benefits.” The event featured a panel discussion moderated by Roger Freeman, President of Solventerra, and included Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett; Ross Beaty, Founder and Chairman of both Pan American Silver and Alterra Power; and Merran Smith, Director of Clean Energy Canada. After the panel, Mike Bernier, British Columbia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment, made closing remarks. As the Massachusetts legislature considers carbon pricing legislation, the following are takeaways from these recognized leaders on this issue:

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