Lawyers join the team as Brazil kicks off

Apparently something is going on right now in Brazil. Yes, as you’re aware, the world’s top law firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Baker Botts and Hogan Lovells have been queuing up in recent years to open up shop in and around Rio de Janeiro.

And then there’s the World Cup. This is a football tournament, we’re told. It features the globe’s finest teams. And England. Now, football is a game not without controversy. You may recall that the World Cup’s organising committee FIFA even went as far as to change elements of Brazil’s constitution in the run-up to today’s kick off.

So as this particular get together prepares to blow a sporty whistle you might like to remind yourself about how Brazil has joined countries such as India and China in revamping its anti-bribery laws; consider what impact a four-week showpiece international football event night have on your workplace; and dwell on the fact that if it wasn’t for the world’s top lawyers being on sparkling, first-touch form, Brazil’s summer of sport could well be the home of ambush marketing.

Will England win? No. But the lawyers might.

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