While Russell Coutts was capsizing his AC45 America’s Cup boat in San Francisco last week in front of the world’s media and Youtube generation, the America’s Cup Event Authority has been doing deals. With a new shiny logo, the 34th America’s Cup is a clean start – a way of trying to forget about the legal disputes that defined the 33rd event – and with that in mind, the ACEA has named the ‘Official Law Firm of the 34th America’s Cup’.
Every America’s Cup Defender and Challenger knows that to win the Cup, you need good attorneys. The America’s Cup Event Authority will get 3 years of services in kind from Hanson Bridgett LLP and in return, the firm gets the title – the Official Law Firm of the 34th America’s Cup.
According to a statement, Hanson Bridgett employs more than 150 attorneys in 5 offices across California and will be providing the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) with a full range of legal services for the 34th America’s Cup.
Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner of Hanson Bridgett said:
“The America’s Cup represents the highest level of sport and competition, and we are honored to be partnering with the America’s Cup Event Authority to help ensure its success here in San Francisco. As a long-standing San Francisco firm, our team has the expertise necessary to address the range of legal considerations inherent in an event such as this one, and we look forward to lending our assistance whenever possible.”
Sam Hollis, General Counsel, ACEA added:
“In its role as Official Law Firm, Hanson Bridgett will be an important partner in the delivery of the 34th America’s Cup and new properties such as the America’s Cup World Series events. The depth and breadth of Hanson Bridgett’s expertise provides us with a tremendous foundation to support our operations as we grow in San Francisco and around the world.”
The irony of a law firm being announced as one of the first partners for the 34th America’s Cup, given Russell Coutts’ statements about letting the sailors have a go and letting the lawyers sit this one out, seemed to be lost on Richard Worth. The Chairman of the ACEA said:
“Today’s announcement signifies yet another step in the transformation of the America’s Cup.”
Still, it’s nice to see the legal profession giving back to the sport that has funded so many of them through hard times in the last few years.