Clifford Chance has been appointed as legal advisor to Rugby World Cup (RWCL) ahead of the 2015 competition, which is to be held in England.
The mandate followed a competitive pitch process and means CC will advise the International Rugby Board (IRB) and its commercial affiliate RWCL in connection for the preparation and staging of the tournament, which kicks off in exactly two years time today (18 September).
It is not known which other firms pitched for the work, but CC was a likely contender given its longstanding relationship with the IRB – the firm was selected as official legal adviser for the 2007 World Cup in France.
In 2009, the firm’s head of media Daniel Sandelson and associate Alex Denoon advised the IRB in selecting the winning candidate to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup (30 July 2009). England saw off competition from South Africa and Italy to stage the tournament for the first time in nearly two decades.
CC also advised the IRB on tendering for the 2019 World Cup, which is to be held in Japan.
Other sporting assignments for the firm include advising on the 1998 FIFA Football World Cup in France, the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, the sponsorship negotiations for the Barclays Premiership, the London 2012 Olympics, and more recently the 2016 UEFA European Football Championships and the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup.
The tournament takes place in England and Wales between 18 September 2015 and 31 October 2015.