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Bingham Representing Madonna’s Malawi Charity

The AmLaw Daily, March 23, 2011 — Bingham is representing Raising Malawi, a nonprofit founded by Madonna in 2006 to bring an end to poverty and other hardships endured by the African nation’s estimated 2 million orphans, in its restructuring. Madonna, who has an adopted child from Malawi, decided to change the organization’s focus and direction in order to increase its effectiveness. As part of that effort, Raising Malawi has partnered with Global Philanthropy Group (GPG), a business that works with high net worth individuals, charitable foundations and governments on philanthropic initiatives.

“Bingham’s advice has been invaluable as we work to shift both the leadership and strategy of Raising Malawi in an effort to serve more children,” said Trevor Neilson, co-founder of GPG. Partner David Butler, who is leading Bingham’s team in this matter, said the firm will handle corporate, tax, intellectual property and employment work as well as provide day-to-day legal advice regarding the nonprofit’s operations. “I think the fact that [charitable advising] is an established area of our firm’s practice was attractive to Raising Malawi,” Butler said. “We have people from a number of different disciplines within the firm who concentrate on this type of representation, which sets us apart from a lot of other fairly large firms.”

Bingham’s team also includes partners David Johanson and Rachelle DubowEileen Sullivan, paralegal specialist; Jennifer Kagan, senior paralegal; Michelle Bridges, legal secretary; and Charlene Dacko, secretarial administrator. News of Bingham’s involvement with Raising Malawi was also reported by the Boston HeraldBBA Week and Mail on Sunday.

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