It’s my pleasure to welcome Professor Deborah Burand as a new author on socentlaw. She’s been a real leader in the sector over the years, and you can catch her at the upcoming Law and Finance of Social Enterprise Symposium at NYU.

Professor Deborah Burand is the Co-Director of the Law School’s International Transactions Clinic that she cofounded in 2008. She also teaches in the area of impact investment lawyering. Burand returned to the Law School in January 2012 after taking a leave of absence to serve as general counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States.

Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Burand worked in the microfinance sector, most recently as executive vice president of strategic services at Grameen Foundation, a global microfinance network. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior attorney in the international banking section of the Federal Reserve Board’s legal division, and at the U.S. Treasury Department, first as the senior attorney/advisor for international monetary matters and later as the senior advisor for international financial matters. She also worked in private practice at Shearman & Sterling where, among other things, she advised bank advisory committees in the negotiation and implementation of Brady Bond deals that restructured the sovereign debt of Vietnam and Peru, and she supported, on a pro bono basis, the development of the world’s first debt-for-nature swap.

Burand is a member of the faculty of The Boulder Microfinance Training Institute (Turin, Italy) where she teaches courses on securing debt and equity finance for microfinance institutions. She was the co-topic leader for finance for the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. In 1993-1994, she was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (during which she was seconded to the IMF and EBRD), and is currently a member of the Council. She is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia. She earned her BA, cum laude, from Depauw University and a joint graduate degree, JD/MSFS with honors, from Georgetown University.

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