Community Engagement Concept
The Schalast & Partner Community Engagement Concept is compared of 3 elements:
- More than 20 years of experience with the transformation process and introduction of rule of law in Eastern European countries and developing countries in the Middle East.
- This inspired our Pro Bono work focussed on special needs children in Eastern Europe and the integration of young migrants into the German society.
- Finally our legal practice in the field of M&A/Venture Capital and Distressed Debt involved us in major non-profit activities like Frankfurt School VenCube – one of Germanys first university business angels – and the Federal Association Non Performing Loans and Servicing and the foundation of the German Kreditmarkt Standards/Deutsche Kreditmarktstandards e.V. which both work on standards for the German and the European credit market to increase its liquidity and to support the measures against the Financial Crisis.
Our Pro Bono work: Track record
- Streetkids in the Ukrainian– Support »Our Kids«
In a pilot project, the Berlin-based non-profit organization “Our Kids” is currently repairing a dilapidated kindergarten complex with three houses on the outskirts of Kiev for 80 homeless children. Here the street kids are for the first time being offer shelter, warm meals and help in leading a normal life. Additional houses are also planned for East Ukraine. “Our Kids” initiator Barbara Monheim has with her charity now assumed the trusteeship for the construction project for the next 49 years.
Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe. An increasing number of children are being forced to live on the street because their parents are dead, unemployed or violent. Without shelter and without any hope of a better future, these neglected children are forced to beg, steal or prostitute themselves just to survive. Today, there are already more than 150,000, often drug-addicted children on the streets and Ukrainian towns and villages. This number is increasing on a daily basis.
Schalast & Partner advises “Our Kids” in Germany and collaborates closely with Ukrainian attorneys with respect to registration and implementation in Kiev, as well as with the non-profit organization Deutsch-Polnisch-Ukrainische Gesellschaft e.V., which is planning further projects in Ukraine.
Our law firm also contributes towards the costs for foster parents and their training.
Since its establishment, Schalast & Partner has advised governments in Eastern Europe and supported local projects benefitting children in need.
- Pskov Neonatal/Infants Unit
Schalast & Partner has already assumed social responsibility here in the past and together with the non-profit organization Kindernothilfe e.V helped babies in the neonatal/infants unit in Pskov/Russia.
For 50 children aged from zero to three who are mentally or physically disabled a permanent support center has been created in the city which gives these children a dignified life. In the three years in which they stay in the area specially equipped for them, the children receive holistic psychological and pedagogical care and support.
They are therefore spared a life of vegetation in Russia’s psychiatric clinics. They now have the possibility to grow up and develop in a normal environment. The infants and young children, who before the project were merely kept in cots 24 hours a day, are now being lovingly cared for by professional staff.
This groundbreaking project for Russian social work has in the meantime been successfully completed and handed over to the city of Pskov. Schalast & Partner had in recent years assumed the personnel costs for the neonatal/infants unit.
- Erasmus Kindergarten und Schule gGmbH
Erasmus Kindergarten und Schule e.V. is the first and until today only trilingual (German/English/Spanish) kindergarten and elementary school in Frankfurt. Part of the concept of the school is that the knowledge of other countries and languages will avoid future racism. The privat financed school went into insolvency in 2011 and Schalast & Partner supported the transition process to a new owner and supports this process through Pro Bono consulting and Pro bono membership of the newly created advisory board of the school.
- Pro Bono e.V.
2012 Schalast & Partner joined Pro Bono e.V., an initiative for the promotion of Pro Bono activities in Germany founded by major law firm. Schalast & Partner is one of the few medium sized law firms with a strong pro bono focus.
Non-profit organisation initiatives connected with legal practice
Schalast & Partner is one of the leading mediumsized M&A and Venture Capital practices in Germany and has a well recommended specialization in the field of distressed debt. In strong connection with this legal practice partners of the firm engage themselves on a Pro Bono basis in leading market intitiatives. First of all one should name the Deutsche Kreditmarkt Standards e.V., which is the leading German equivalent to the Loan Market Association.
German Association of Non Performing Loan Investors and Servicers
Finally we initiated Frankfurt School VenCube, one of the first German university driven venture capital funds. Until today more than 20 investment proposals have been supervised.