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Rebecca Perlman

Rebecca Perlman

Senior Associate

Rebecca is a corporate and charities lawyer, specialising in ESG, sustainable investment, impact finance and charity law advisory.



Rebecca heads up our global impact investment and social finance practice, HSF Impact, and is the UK/EMEA lead for our ESG, Sustainability and Responsible Business practice. 

She is also a senior member of the firm’s Charities Practice and oversees our Pro Bono Practice across 12 offices in the UK, US and EMEA.

Rebecca was seconded to the Government of Sierra Leone as legal adviser in the Office of the President in 2014, where she advised on the country’s response to the commercial impact of the Ebola crisis. She has also previously worked on secondment with the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Rebecca has been recognised in NatWest's WISE100 list of the UK's most influential women in impact investment and is listed as a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500 rankings, in which she is recommended for “providing a stellar service, with advice that is commercial, practical and technically excellent” and for “excellence in propelling the work of her clients”.

Rebecca's experience includes advising:

  • Numerous corporates and financial institutions, including listed companies, major investment banks and PE houses, in relation to ESG regulations in the UK and EU
  • The Big Issue Group on the development of The Big Exchange, a financial marketplace providing access to ESG and impact investment opportunities for retail investors
  • Impact Investment Partners on its commercial agreements and capital raise for the development of CreditEnable, a data analytics platform to improve access to capital for SMEs in emerging markets
  • The Shell Foundation regarding strategic governance issues and programme-related and mixed motive investments, including in relation to the FMO-backed $120million Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund
  • The Stone Family Foundation in relation to programme-related and mixed motive investments, and its wider social investment strategy
  • The Social Tech Trust in relation to social investments and arrangements with the Social Tech Venture Fund
  • The United Nations Refugee Agency in relation to the launch of its global consumer goods platform MADE51 and the establishment of its UK-based charity
  • The Nesta Foundation on the spin-out of a major UK public service innovation programme
  • GoFundMe regarding regulatory issues relating to the establishment of a presence in the UK 
  • Various corporates, including VivoPower and a major consumer goods plc, on issues relating to B Corp registration
  • Beam, the world's first crowdfunding platform to tackle homelessness, on corporate structuring, capital raising and commercial agreements
  • Numerous charities on incorporation, charitable registration, social investment, corporate governance and the duties of charitable trustees
  • The Government of Sierra Leone in relation to energy and infrastructure PPPs
  • UnLtd in relation to arrangements with its partners, funders, investees and volunteers
  • The Government of Uganda on its investment legislation
  • AgDevCo in relation to the restructuring of potential investees




Rebecca studied Modern History at the University of Oxford, after which she completed her law conversion in London.

She holds a range of board and committee positions:

  • Chair of Trustees, UK for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • Board Member, Big Issue Invest Trust, The Big Issue Group
  • Advisory Committee Member, London Impact Investing Network
  • Member, Charity Law Association of England and Wales
  • Trustee, Freetown Foundation CIO
  • SME Advisory Board, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council 

Prior appointments include:

  • Director, African Commercial Law Foundation
  • Trustee, Prisoners' Advice Service
  • Member, Oxfam Lawyers Against Poverty Steering Committee
  • Member, European Banks Alliance Against Human Trafficking Expert Group