Moscow Pro-bono Team Wins Hogan Lovells Good Citizenship Awards 2012

Moscow, March 2012 - Hogan Lovells (CIS) pro-bono Youth Business International project wins the inaugural Hogan Lovells Good Citizenship Awards. Besides Youth Business International ("YBI"), 20 other nominations from Europe, The United States and Asia received an award.

Hogan Lovells together with Youth Business Russia ("YBR"), a non-government organisation implemented in Russia in 2007 by a partnership between the Russian Branch Office of the International Business Leaders Forum, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and British non-governmental development agency, Oxfam, has developed an inspiring support programme for young entrepreneurs in Russia, aiming to tackle the growing youth unemployment situation in Russia, particularly outside the major cities. The project's aim is to develop a programme of support for young entrepreneurs to help them realize their dreams of establishing and developing  their own businesses.

YBR and Oxfam provide a range of services, including grants and help the young entrepreneurs with budgeting and business planning. Hogan Lovells supports by providing on-going legal advice to YBR and the young entrepreneurs, including training sessions for young entrepreneurs, usually involving travel to the Russian provinces.

Michael Pugh, a partner in Hogan Lovells Moscow office, leads the project and heads a team from the Hogan Lovells Moscow office, including Natalya Gulyaeva, Ekaterina Petrova, Eugene Perkunov, Ksenia Andreeva, Konstantin Kontievskiy, Serafima Pankratova, Vironika Pilyugina, Arthur Sanikidze, Andrew Robinson, Tatiana Danilova and Tatiana Andreeva. We also involve lawyers from other jurisdictions as required to assist YBI with matters arising. John Young (London office) and Frances le Grys (London office) provide global strategic help on legal issues.

Commenting on the Award, Michael Pugh said:

"This Award is a huge boost for the Moscow Pro-bono practice and the outstanding result of our fruitful cooperation with YBR. Young people are the future and our involvement in this project allows us to support young entrepreneurs at grass root level, including outside of Moscow, where resources and access to top-drawer level services are limited. We are looking forward to growing our cooperation with YBI and YBR and further developing the project throughout Russia and elsewhere. "Pro Bono means Vita Bona" and it is a great pleasure to see that this is a win-win project for all involved."


Full list of winning nominations:

  • Ashoka (Germany)
  • Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Washington, D.C. area)
  • Breaking Barriers (Hong Kong)
  • Carbon Emissions Project (London)
  • Christmas Gifts for Socially Disabled Children (Warsaw)
  • Chrysalis Clothing Drive (Los Angeles)
  • Freedom Now (multiple offices)
  • Gifts for the Homeless (Washington, D.C. area)
  • Hell's Kitchen "Love Food Give Food" team (London)
  • Hua Dan (Beijing)
  • Hunt v AB (London)
  • It's Not Just Peanuts (London)
  • The Liberia Project (Washington, D.C. area)
  • The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (covering the Derek Tice and Thomas Haynesworth cases)  (Washington, D.C. area)
  • New York State Bar Association Attorney Mentoring Program (New York)
  • People Team Volunteer Challenge (London)
  • Project "All" (Madrid)
  • St. Stephen's Fete (Hong Kong)
  • Touch Fundraising (covering La Semaine Juridique and Telethon) (Paris)
  • Wii Bowling Tournament (Washington, D.C. area)
  • Youth Business International (Moscow)

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