Womble Bond Dickinson LLP Helps Access Afya Disrupt Primary Healthcare Access in Kenya

Access Afya is a data-driven primary social enterprise delivering easy and affordable healthcare to residents of Nairobi’s informal settlements through a chain of micro-clinics, diagnostic centers and pharmacies.

Founder Melissa Menke started Access Afya to disrupt the unsafe, informal health sector operating in slums, replacing it with healthcare that is convenient, affordable and effective. To achieve its mission, Access Afya has developed and implemented technology solutions to support their operations, automate patient conversations, measure clinical and operational excellence, and increase quality improvement through a digital training academy.

Access Afya came to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation seeking advice on the best corporate structure to achieve its social mission while attracting capital as they prepared for a Series Seed funding round. By connecting Access Afya with Lex Mundi member firm Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (USA, North Carolina), the Foundation was able to secure critical pro bono legal support for Access Afya at a pivotal juncture. Not only did Kristina Schwartz, the attorney leading the firm’s efforts, help with the corporate conversion initially flagged, she and her colleagues at Womble went above and beyond to advise on a new corporate structure and set up Access Afya for fundraising success. Kristina’s efforts were supported by her Womble partners Jane Jeffries Jones on employee benefits matters and Mike Cashin on tax matters.

“Kristina from Womble helped me set-up a Public Benefit Corporation, which makes it clear to our investors and team members that we are committed to achieving social returns through our business,” said Menke. “Her advice on this structure was instrumental in us going down this path and Kristina helped me every step of the way – from incorporating our Public Benefit Corporation, to creating an employee stock option plan, to negotiating with investors and closing our Series Seed equity raise. As a social enterprise you can’t always afford to have someone strong on your side, which I was lucky enough to have in Womble Bond Dickinson because of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.”

“It is a privilege to work with committed social entrepreneurs like Melissa,” said Schwartz. “We really collaborated on the most effective way to approach Access Afya’s restructuring and capital raising, always keeping the integrity of the company’s mission front of mind. It’s a great result when you close the round and both the investors and the company are satisfied and just eager to get to work on growing the business. I think that happened here and we at Womble are thrilled to have had the opportunity to help move the business forward.”

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.