20 Lex Mundi Member Firms Have Supported Kiva's Work to Provide "Loans that Change Lives"`

Driven by a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive, Kiva works to transform the landscape of microcredit and entrepreneurship in the developing world by offering a web-based system of microfinance that empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe.

Through its website, www.kiva.org, micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries make loan requests to create or expand their business enterprises to improve their lives and their families’ futures. After browsing loan requests, individual lenders select projects – funding as little as $25 and as much as the entire amount of the loan – and receive regular progress reports from the entrepreneur until the loan is repaid.

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and 20 Lex Mundi member firms have played critical roles in helping Kiva carryout its innovative mission for more than 10 years. Lex Mundi member firms have provided advice and support on projects including compliance, research, and registration in several countries. With the Foundation’s help, Kiva has successfully grown in every major region of the world.

Most recently, five Lex Mundi Member firms generously provided counsel to Kiva as they explore a new lending model in six jurisdictions. Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja (Paraguay), Rajah & Tann LLP (Singapore and Cambodia), Prez Bustamante & Ponce (Ecuador), Moghaizel Law Office (Lebanon), and Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles (Philippines) all provided Kiva with detailed research and guidance on local regulations to consider as they think through expanding their lending programming in these countries.

The Foundation’s work with Kiva clearly shows the power and breadth of the Lex Mundi network which Kiva’s General Counsel, Austin Choi, recognized stating: “[The Lex Mundi] network of global law firms has been extremely valuable in our efforts to expand and deepen our international operations.”

“Work by Lex Mundi is always top notch and pro bono work provides important benefits to the community that may not be readily obtained,” said Gianella Gallegos, an attorney at Prez Bustamante & Ponce who recently assisted on the Kiva project. “All lawyers should be involved in pro bono work not only because of professional responsibility but because of the great experience and the opportunity to assist people, thus enriching legal knowledge. I hope that our work for Kiva will allow the people of Ecuador and of other places to access funds that otherwise would not be available.”

Navigating Dobbs: Guidance for Companies

In light of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, Lex Mundi member firm Jenner & Block has issued an alert discussing risks and providing guidance on how companies can proactively respond to the changing legal landscape.

News On Purpose

In This Issue:

  • Connect, Collaborate & Celebrate (Annual Meeting Highlights)
  • Working to Address Gun Violence (Supporting Sandy Hook Promise)
  • Thought Leadership that is Making an Impact (Social Enterprise Report)
  • Coming Together for Ukraine (Crisis Resource Center)

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Honors Five Member Firms for Exceptional Pro Bono Contributions and Support

Awards Honor Lex Mundi Member Law Firms for Providing Critical Pro Bono Legal Services and Support to Social Impact Organizations

The 13th Annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awards were announced during the 2022 Lex Mundi Connect + Collaborate Annual Conference in Edinburgh on Thursday, April 28, 20022. These awards honor Lex Mundi member law firms that provide critical pro bono legal services – helping to strengthen the global rule of law, support the global social entrepreneurship movement, and improve lives, the environment, and communities around the world.

Coming Together for Ukraine: Legal Resources to Support those Responding to the Current Situation in Ukraine

Find guidance on immigration regulations and NGO/charitable organization registration requirements in bordering countries, as well as information on how to navigate restrictions. This is a living document. Additional resources will be added in the days and weeks ahead. Check back frequently for more information.

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Launches Definitive Guide to Growing Social Enterprise

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, in collaboration with more than 60 Lex Mundi member firms and led by Morrison & Foerster LLP, launches unprecedented report including recommendations to assist policymakers in accelerating the formation and growth of social enterprises.

News on Purpose - January 2022

2021 marked the 15th anniversary of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation! This newsletter reflects on 15 years of service, discusses the newly redesigned website, and highlights ways Lex Mundi member firms are having a positive impact in their communities.