Leveraging the Power of the Lex Mundi Network for Impact

2017 Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Year in Review:
44 Lex Mundi Members Support 79 Social Entrepreneurs on 105 Matters

With 2018 already off to a great start, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation would like to thank the 44 Lex Mundi member firms that provided pro bono assistance to 79 social entrepreneurs on 105 unique matters in 2017. Since inception, the Foundation has connected 94 Lex Mundi member firms with more than 600 social entrepreneurs on more than 1,300 unique matters in 64 countries across the globe! The Foundation is grateful for the consistent, high-quality, critical pro bono legal support that Lex Mundi member firms provide to the world’s leading social entrepreneurs each day and for the firms’ generous support of the Foundation, our work and our mission.

As impressive as these numbers are, they are just a small part of the overall pro bono commitments of the Lex Mundi network. According to the most recent annual Lex Mundi Member Firm Survey, the Lex Mundi network collectively provided more than 550,000 hours of pro bono work with a total approximate value of nearly $200 million USD! This represents an incredible contribution and commitment to improving lives and communities around the world!

The following stories are powerful illustrations of the unique impact the Lex Mundi network has in support of social entrepreneurs globally through the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.

18 Lex Mundi Member Firms Support the Convergence Investment Platform in 21 Countries Around the World

In January 2016, Convergence launched the first and only platform that helps public and private investors find and connect with each other to co-invest in blended finance deals in emerging and frontier markets. Through its platform, Convergence has worked to enable more investment in these markets by leveraging public and philanthropic funding to unlock billions of private sector dollars for global development. By allowing investors to quickly search databases for credible deals or co-investors that match their investment needs, Convergence seeks to broaden investors’ networks and simplify their screening process. You can read more about their innovative approach and rapid growth in this recent case study by the Global Development Incubator.


 Through the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, 18 Lex Mundi member firms have played a critical role in enabling Convergence’s development. Over the past several months, these 18 firms in jurisdictions around the world have assisted Convergence to form charitable entities in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., and, have provided in-depth advice on local security registration requirements for Convergence’s investment platform. Through Lex Mundi, Convergence was able to secure assistance in countries spanning all major regions of the world.

The collaboration with Convergence clearly shows the power and breadth of the Lex Mundi network.  Convergence’s CEO, Joan Larrea, has been quick to recognize the importance of the partnership stating: “We owe so much to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation for the deep support from a number of your talented member firms over quite a long period. We could not have gotten to our launch date without your backing. We remain so impressed with Lex Mundi!”

Thank you to participating member firms: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Canada), Morrison & Foerster LLP (U.S., UK, Hong Kong, China), Brigard & Urrutia (Colombia), Bowmans (Kenya), Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (Nigeria), Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick (Belgium), Arendt & Medernach (Luxumbourg), Nishimura & Asahi (Japan), Clayton Utz (Australia), Uria Menendez (Spain), Afridi & Angell (UAE), Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. (Mexico), Rajah & Tann LLP (Singapore), Demarest Advogados (Brazil), Kromann Reumert (Denmark), Roschier, Attorneys Ltd.(Finland), Advokatfirman Vinge KB (Sweden)

6 Lex Mundi Member Firms Provide Comparative Regulatory Analysis for Rainforest Conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Late in 2017, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation partnered with Lex Mundi member firm for Mexico, Basham, Ringe y Correa, and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) to assist Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) in an effort to carry out a comparative analysis of environmental regulations In Latin America. ISLP approached Lex Mundi seeking support from law firms in six countries for the project (in addition to three other, non-Lex Mundi member firms).

Basham, Ringe y Correa (Mexico), GUFA Law (Honduras), Alvaradoy Asociados (Nicaragua), C.R. & F. Rojas (Bolivia), Perez Bustamante & Ponce (Ecuador), and Demarest Advogados (Brazil) combined to provide DAR an overview of the environmental legislation of each of their jurisdictions for the project. The analysis will form the basis of a regional review of regulations on environmental management with the dual goal of proposing the adoption of regional best practices and improving the regulatory environment in Latin America, starting with Peru.

Without hesitation, Lex Mundi member firms joined the effort and were critical in its success. “Working with such a variety of local law firms on such an expansive project seemed challenging at first,” ISLP’s Program Director, Diana McGinley, said. “But, with the help of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and the willingness of our volunteer law firms the project is exceeding our expectations and it has the potential to make a real impact in the environmental regulatory sector across Latin America.”

“When the ISLP/DAR project came knocking on Basham’s door, one of the biggest challenges for its ambitious objective was securing committed, high-level counsel in multiple jurisdictions,” added  Basham’s Pro Bono Counsel, Julio Copo. “ISLP had been doing a very thorough job screening and reaching out to potential targets to invite them to be part of the project one by one, but this process was also very time consuming. The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation was able to quickly provide the project with the necessary high-level counsel in multiple jurisdictions with Lex Mundi member firms readily taking on the project. In the end, it was the Lex Mundi member firms’ participation that made the DAR project a reality.”

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Announces New Appointments to its Board of Directors

During the Lex Mundi Annual Connect & Collaborate Conference in London on May 10, 2024, Carlos Velázquez De León was elected as the new Chair of Lex Mundi and Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation’s Board of Directors also elected Aniekan Ukpanah, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (Nigeria), to the position of Chair-Elect and Christel Van den Eynden, Liedekerke (Belgium), as a new director. The three new members join the Foundation’s current directors in seeking to embody the highest ideals of the legal profession. By promoting and facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services, they support those positively improving lives worldwide.

2024 Pro Bono Foundation Annual Award Winners

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (the “Foundation”) was proud to recognize the following 2024 award recipients:

  • Day Pitney LLP, Lex Mundi member for USA, New Jersey
  • Deacons, Lex Mundi member for Hong Kong
  • Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP, Lex Mundi member for U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Shalakany Law Office, Lex Mundi member for Egypt
  • Wardyński & Partners, Lex Mundi member for Poland


News on Purpose

In This Issue:

  • Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Leading the Way in Support for Social Entrepreneurs: The Rise Ahead Pledge and Corporate Social Innovation Compass
  • Increasing Access to Assistive Technology
  • Arthur Cox, a Pro Bono Champion in Ireland

News On Purpose

In This Issue

  • Another Banner Year, 2023 in Review
  • Activating Humanitarian Resources Near Rafah
  • Bringing Safe Water to Schools
  • New Canadian Bar Association President Leading By Example

Legal Resources to Support those Responding to Humanitarian Needs Near Rafah

In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis near Rafah, our Lex Mundi member for Egypt, Shalakany, has generously provided high-level guidance for NGOs seeking to activate resources in the area.

Find answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the regulatory framework for incorporating a foreign NGO in Egypt?
  2. What are the challenges associated with the incorporation of a foreign NGO in Egypt?
  3. What are the available alternative forms of registration?

News on Purpose

In this Issue

  • Landmark UN Resolution on the Social Economy Passes with the Help of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and its Collaborators
  • Congratulations to Alfredo Silva, an Incredible Lex Mundi Member Lawyer and Champion
  • Afghan Musicians Find a New Home Thanks to Lex Mundi Member Law Firms