Bagot will Head RPCK’s Washington-DC Regional Practice and Lead the Firm’s DFI Focus
Washington, D.C. — October 11, 2022—RPCK Rastegar Panchal LLP (RPCK), an international law firm focused on providing highly-tailored and innovative solutions to leading impact investors, entrepreneurs and growth enterprises around the world, announced today it has hired Stephanie Bagot as Senior Counsel. Ms. Bagot joins RPCK after serving as Deputy Associate General Counsel for Equity and Investment Funds at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (“DFC”), where her practice focused on direct equity investments and private funds in emerging markets. Ms. Bagot is based in Washington, D.C. and will lead the firm’s practice in this region. She reports to and will work closely with Founding Partner Chintan Panchal and Senior Partner Joshua Teitelbaum.
In her role as Senior Counsel at RPCK, Ms. Bagot’s practice will focus on impact-focused international corporate transactions, private equity, venture capital and investment funds, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and corporate advisory work. Ms. Bagot will also spearhead the firm’s growing development financial institutions (DFIs)-focused practice, which involves both representing DFIs on their direct and fund investments, as well as representing fund managers on navigating the unique aspects working with DFIs as LP investors.
Prior to DFC, Ms. Bagot was a Senior Attorney at FINCA Impact Finance, a global microfinance organization with subsidiaries in Latin America, Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East and South Asia. She was the lead attorney for equity/cross-border mergers & acquisitions in the network, and she also advised on general corporate matters and corporate governance. Ms. Bagot was a Senior Associate in the Business section at Holland & Knight before joining FINCA Impact Finance, where she worked across a variety of business lines, including the international private wealth, tax-exempt organizations, international cross-border transactions and mergers & acquisitions groups.
Ms. Bagot is a seasoned practitioner with significant law firm and in-house experience managing and leading legal projects and teams across the world. She held multiple leadership roles in the legal department at DFC. At FINCA Impact Finance, she managed and trained legal teams in the network subsidiaries. She graduated from the ACC Leadership Academy (Class of 2021), which also gave her a deeper expertise in leading teams and projects. She also served as board member of FINCA Jordan, a microfinance entity part of the FINCA Impact Finance network, and as vice president and board member of the French American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC and as co-chair of its International Business Committee.
Ms. Bagot received her law degree from the University of Paris-X, an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Master’s in International Affairs from Georgetown University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. Ms. Bagot also passed the French bar examination under Article 100. She is a bilingual English and French speaker and has good working knowledge of Spanish.
Since its founding in 2010, RPCK’s legal guidance to clients in the impact space has helped to deploy over $1 billion in impact capital in the U.S. and a wide range of developed and emerging markets. The firm’s expertise in venture capital, private equity, corporate securities and M&A, commercial lending, fund formation and growth company representation, combined with its unique understanding of impact drivers and mission alignment, enables the team to structure innovative multiple-bottom line transactions that achieve long-term, measurable results.
Chintan Panchal, Founding Partner, RPCK: “Stephanie is an important addition to the RPCK roster of leading legal practitioners in corporate finance and impact investing today. She brings a wealth of experience structuring and advising a range of private equity and direct equity investments in emerging markets. Her familiarity with the inner workings of DFIs and her ‘boots on the ground’ experience across emerging markets, especially in financial services and fintech, renewable energy and sustainable solutions will undoubtedly help our firm grow in these very significant areas of impact.
We are also especially excited for Stephanie to lead our practice in Washington, D.C. DFIs are essential to the growth of the impact investing marketplace, as is the growing role of public / private partnerships to catalyze innovative and scalable solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. In addition, Stephanie’s passion for social impact is inspiring and I am confident that her approach to the sector, along with her superlative legal skills, will be highly valued among our clients. We are thrilled to have Stephanie join the RPCK family of leading impact attorneys.”
Stephanie Bagot, Senior Counsel, RPCK: “In many ways, all roads have led me to RPCK. This is the kind of law firm I had always hoped to find at the culmination of my career because of its focus on social impact and impact investing. These are the fields of law that I care about most especially after seeing for myself the positive impact this type of work has in emerging markets and throughout the world. RPCK is uniquely situated among all of the firms that have an impact practice, in that it aims to maintain a role as a global leader in the space through innovation as well as a consistent, dedicated commitment to building the impact community.
What’s more, I am clearly in good company. RPCK has drawn those of us in law who want to have a more rewarding career. I truly believe that all of us at RPCK have chosen this path because we have similar values, and we want to work with people who are like minded and treat the social impact sector with the respect it deserves. I am so pleased to work alongside Chintan and his incredibly talented team so we can collectively work together and make real systems change.”
About RPCK Rastegar Panchal LLP
RPCK Rastegar Panchal LLP (RPCK) is an international boutique law firm with a practice focused on providing highly tailored and innovative solutions to investors, entrepreneurs and growth enterprises around the world. Among our clients are leading family offices and foundations, high growth companies, and investment funds across a broad spectrum of industries throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. RPCK has offices in New York, Vienna, and Denver.