NEW YORK (Nov. 17, 2010) – The USA Bid Committee today announced the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP as an official partner of the organization’s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2022.
Latham & Watkins has been primary counsel to the USA Bid Committee, providing general corporate, tax, government affairs, intellectual property and other legal advice. Latham’s involvement with soccer spans more than 20 years, with a long track record advising governing bodies, organizing and bid committees, and companies in connection with high profile soccer tournaments including FIFA World Cups and the Olympic Games.
"We appreciate all the work Latham & Watkins has done so far for the USA Bid and throughout the years supporting the sport of soccer," said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. "We welcome them as a bid partner in the final weeks of our campaign."
Founded in 1934, Latham & Watkins has grown into a full-service international law firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys in 30 offices around the world. The firm’s founders instilled an ethic of hard work, commitment and quality that flourishes today and has nurtured the firm's dramatic growth into one of the world's premier business law firms.
"We are deeply honored to be involved in this exciting and momentous campaign. Few sporting events can rival the passion, intensity and drama of the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament," said Paul Tosetti, a partner in Latham & Watkins Los Angeles office. Tosetti previously served as outside counsel to World Cup USA 1994, Inc., the organization responsible for coordinating the international soccer championships. He has also acted as counsel to Major League Soccer, LLC, the Division One soccer league in the United States.
The United States and the other eight bids submitted their official bid book to FIFA in a formal ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on May 14, 2010. FIFA’s Executive Committee has studied the bids and conducted site visits and will name the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments on December 2, 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process.
The United States withdrew its bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on October 15, 2010, joining Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea as nations bidding exclusively for the 2022 tournament. England and Russia have formally declared their desire to host in 2018, along with joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain. Indonesia withdrew its bid in March 2010, while Mexico withdrew its bid in September 2009.