DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Scotland ("DLA Piper") today announced that it has been appointed to advise the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Team.
A team of DLA Piper lawyers will advise the Bid Team on matters relating to broadcasting rights, sponsorship and merchandising. The Bid Team will have access to both DLA Piper's local knowledge and its market leading team of sport lawyers, who advise major domestic and international sporting organisations including governing bodies, rights holders, promoters, event organisers and clubs. The appointment also follows DLA Piper's appointment to the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) legal panel, which was also announced this month.
The Bid Team has already made a number of high profile appointments including that of the world renowned sports administrator, Perry Crosswhite and former general secretary of the British Olympic Association, Dick Palmer, who are International Advisors to the Glasgow 2014 Bid Team.
Glasgow 2014 Bid Director, Derek Casey said: "I am delighted that we have DLA Piper on board. They are a global operation with an extremely strong Scottish team and bring with them extensive experience in the key areas of broadcasting rights, sponsorship and merchandising. Their local knowledge will be complimented by their ability to tap into best practice from around the world. Both will be a real asset to our Bid."
"This appointment underlines our determination to bring the 2014 Games to Scotland. In Glasgow we have the right city and our team continues to grow in strength. The expertise that we continue to recruit will go a long way to making sure that we win the Friendly Games for the Friendly City."
The DLA Piper team will be led by Nick Fitzpatrick and John McKinlay.
Nick Fitzpatrick, partner and co-head of DLA Piper's commercial sport team said: "Everyone at the firm is tremendously excited to have the opportunity to join the Glasgow 2014 team. The Bid is extremely strong and we are delighted to have the opportunity be able to use our team's extensive knowledge and experience of international events to help strengthen it even further. This is good news for the firm, and for the sports group it demonstrates we have a winning proposition that few, if any, other UK firms can hope to match: cutting edge experience of international events, and significant local presence where it matters".
John McKinlay, DLA Piper partner said: "Ours is a global firm with a strong Scottish presence. We bring with us an understanding of the Scottish market, with the ability to draw on experience from across the world. We also share the same determination as the rest of the team to win these Games for Glasgow and Scotland."
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