Norton Rose becomes exclusive National Supplier for legal advice on Munich’s application to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018

30 June 2010

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International legal practice supports Munich Bid Committee “München 2018”

As a new National Supplier international legal practice Norton Rose LLP supports the application of Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land, to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018. Norton Rose LLP will advise the Bid Committee “Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH” on legal and organisational issues. Today, the partners presented the legal practice’s commitment at a press conference which was held in the practice’s offices in Theatinerstraße in Munich. CEO of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee Willy Bogner and Munich 2018 Ambassadors of Sport Martina Ertl-Renz and Anna Schaffelhuber are delighted about our support as a new National Supplier.

Dr. Alexander von Bergwelt, Managing partner of Norton Rose LLP in Germany, explained the motivation behind the practice support of Munich’s bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games:

“Norton Rose is a sports-minded law practice. Naturally, we support Munich’s application to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018. We have local roots and at the same time are globally represented with our network of 30 offices. Legal issues pervade every aspect of day-to-day life - one realises this time and time again. Consequently, a variety of legal structures is also required to protect and facilitate the organisation of major sports events, such as the Olympic Games. With its lawyers Norton Rose covers all relevant areas of legal expertise, and on an international scale. This allows us to provide optimal support to the bid committee, in particular, in drafting the bid book which will form the important basis in electing the Host City 2018.”

Willy Bogner expressed his delight that the Munich 2018 Bid Committee will now be able to call on our wealth of experience and industry-leading specialists:

“Norton Rose’s support comes at exactly the right time to boost our preparation of the bid book. We need a large number of contracts and guarantees with local authorities, so we will make full use of their extensive legal expertise. This partnership will enable us to continue uniting every level of German society, from individuals to governments, from local businesses to international corporations, in passionate support of Munich’s bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

“With Norton Rose we have won a partner with a highly influential international network. During the Candidate City stage, these international contacts will be an invaluable asset in helping us tell our story all over the world.”

Candidate City stage
With its nomination as “Candidate City“ by the IOC on 22 June 2010, Munich has for now cleared the final hurdle before the ultimate decision on the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2018 is made. The decision will be taken on 6 July 2011 at the IOC general meeting in Durban, South Africa. Together with Munich, Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (South Korea) are still in the race.

As Candidate City Munich needs to present another bid document - the bid book - by January 2011 which is to answer questions on 17 criteria, such as the vision of the Games, the Olympic legacy, communications, sports, sports venues, traffic, accommodation, doping controls, medical care, security, politics, economy, and culture. In addition, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Bavaria, the City of Munich, the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the district Berchtesgadener Land are required to provide certain guarantees. Norton Rose LLP will advise the bid company, in particular, on the preparation of the bid book and the guarantees.

The IOC’s evaluation commission will use the bid book as an assessment basis. Following a visit to Munich in the spring of 2011, the Commission will prepare a report for the members of the IOC general meeting. Together with a presentation of the bid company, such report will be crucial to the selection of the host city at the IOC general meeting on 6 July 2011 in Durban, South Africa. There, the decision on which city will host the XXIII Olympic Games and the XII Paralympic’s 2018 will be taken.

Olympic Spirit
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bender, external advisor at Norton Rose LLP and new supervisory board chairman of German football club Eintracht Frankfurt, was confident that the new partnership will provide the Munich 2018 Bid Committee with even greater momentum as they seek to build on last week’s positive report from the IOC Working Group:

“I am confident that Munich will win the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018. The public’s unity and enthusiasm for such a major sports event - on a local, national and international level - are of crucial importance. This is being demonstrated effectively by the Football World Cup. Sport brings people together and builds bridges. Sharing this view, Norton Rose is committed to the Olympic spirit - meaning team spirit, fairness and mutual collaboration - not only on a client level but also on a social level by assisting in major sports events and supporting numerous sports coaching projects. I too would like to use my network and contacts in the sports field to contribute to making Munich’s bid a passion of all the people in our country.”

“Five times I had the chance to experience the incredible atmosphere of the Olympic Winter Games as an athlete. The international and at the same time intimate flair, but also the tension which inspires top performances,” remembers Olympic champion Martina Ertl-Renz. “The compact concept, the heartiness and hospitality of the Bavarian people and our passion for winter sports would make the athletes feel completely comfortable and at home in Munich in the year 2018.”

Anna Schaffelhuber, who won bronze in super-G at the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010, adds: “The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Munich 2018 give us the chance to integrate the paralympic sports much more strongly in the consciousness of the German people. Thus, paralympic athletes can benefit even more from the strong enthusiasm for sports.”

For further information please contact:

Christine Wolf, manager PR and communications, Germany

+49(0)89 212148-339 christine.wolf@nortonrose.com

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About Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH:
Munich, in collaboration with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The application will be put together and managed by Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH, whose management is chaired by Willy Bogner and whose managing director is Bernhard Schwank. Shareholders in the application organisation are the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with 51 per cent, the City of Munich (30 per cent), the Free State of Bavaria (nine per cent), the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (eight per cent) and the district of Berchtesgadener Land (two per cent). The bid is being supported by national sponsors the Adidas, BMW Group, BayWa, Flughafen München GmbH, Lufthansa and the Sparkasse Finance Group, along with national equipment sponsors Deloitte, GfK Verein, Messe München GmbH, Norton Rose LLP and Stadtwerke München GmbH. More information about the concept, the progress of the application and many other aspects can be found at www.muenchen2018.org.