Bruchou behind covid-19 pro bono initiative in Argentina
Latin Lawyer Elite firm Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has helped the Argentine Ministry of Health implement a project to raise funds and strengthen local hospitals by providing equipment to fight the covid-19 pandemic.
The project, called “Argentina Needs Us”, is run by the Ministry of Health, a select group of representatives from the medical community, several private sector companies, and the Argentine division of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – the world's largest humanitarian organisation. The project aims to improve the capacity of intensive care units across the country’s public and private hospitals. Funds will help to equip hospital units with beds, artificial respirators, and virus detection kits, as well as other necessary equipment and supplies.
Bruchou helped the Red Cross and the companies involved in the legal structuring of the campaign, which included drafting agreements and advising on banking and customs matters, as well as tax and compliance. To ensure the transparent handling of money donated to the campaign, funds are deposited to a current account of the Argentine Red Cross, audited pro bono by professional services company Deloitte in Argentina.
Despite the firm having recently shifted to remote working – like many other firms enduring the covid-19 pandemic – Bruchou was able to help its pro bono clients effectively during the campaign. “We believe that those that have the opportunity to help others need to be involved and committed to providing effective and real solutions to fight covid-19,” says partner Eduardo Mallea, who advised on customs matters. “The firm was in the midst of switching to remote working, but we had the technology and capabilities to assign a full team of partners who committed their time to this campaign.”
Other partners involved include banking lawyer Hugo Bruzone, tax lawyer Daniela Rey, public law attorney Ignacio Minorini Lima, compliance lawyer Guillermo Jorge, corporate lawyer Exequiel Buenaventura, and antitrust lawyer Gabriel Lozano.
The president of the Argentine Red Cross, Diego Tipping, says the campaign helps to bring different professional bodies together to create a united response to covid-19. “‘Argentina Needs Us’ seeks to create a channel for all people, organisations and companies to respond with unity, professionalism and transparency to covid-19.”