In early April, leading full-service firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados launched a new humanitarian initiative amidst the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, the setting up of a pro-bono donation taskforce.
Led by the firm’s associates, the pro-bono taskforce is part of Pinheiro Neto’s Social Responsibility Committee and is presently offering free legal advice to clients - be they individuals, companies or organizations - wishing to make donations but which have legal queries regarding the practical aspects involved.
“Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, many people and entities are mobilizing to donate to those which have been affected, to NGOs and also to the Federal, State and Municipal governments. We will join this chain of good deeds and contribute with our best product, our work.”, announced the firm via an official statement.
On April 30th, Pinheiro Neto hosted a webinar featuring high profile speakers such as the mayor of São Paulo, Bruno Covas, and secretary of Social Development of São Paulo State, Célia Parnes, to discuss, alongside partners of the firm’s Social Responsibility Committee as well as managing partner Alexandre Bertoldi, initiatives promoting charitable donations from both major companies as well as individuals.
Government transparency and unity between major sectors of the economy were key points brought up by Ms. Parnes, who believes that "we must win this war together."
The firm's Social Responsibility Committee has already assisted over 40 companies in making significant donations, with Pinheiro Neto standing out as a pioneer in the Brazilian legal market regarding pro-bono initiatives related to the coronavirus pandemic.
On a similar note, in early May, the Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CAM-CCBC), in collaboration with the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr), announced the donation of R$ 300,000 to Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (HC-FMUSP) for the purchase of equipments and hospital beds required for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in Brazil.
“CAM-CCBC and CBAr wish a rapid recovery to the world and that the arbitration community continues as close as ever.”, said Eleonora Coelho, president of CAM-CCBC, and Giovanni Nanni, president of CBAr.