I got back from the (long) journey to Avrio’s latest meeting in Malta – of which more later – just in time to follow the last day of the English Premier League (EPL). As Alan Green said on Radio 5, “If this was a Hollywood movie, you wouldn’t believe the script”.
The timing for the EPL couldn’t be better, of course, as they are just about to renegotiate their commercial rights around the world. One of the many fascinating things about the EPL is just how international it is: not only in relation to the number of countries which follow the games, but also where all the players come from. And that leads me – albeit rather tenuously – back to Avrio.
My first Avrio meeting was (I think) in December 1990 – and since then there have been a very large number of meetings in many different locations, whether they were meetings of members or meetings of the board (as I was a Director for 10 years and President for 5). So, I think it a reasonable question for you to ask me, “Why is CCW involved in Avrio?”
There are two main reasons:
- CCW’s people who go to the meetings get an understanding of how law is dealt with elsewhere, and that should (in theory) make them better lawyers.
- More importantly, we can offer a better service to any clients or contacts who have legal needs in jurisdictions that we can’t service ourselves. Not only can we find out the answer that is needed but we can put you in touch with someone we know and trust. Recent examples involve transactions in Cyprus, Portugal and Italy.
What we have been guilty of – and the fault here is largely mine – is in not telling our clients and contacts more about Avrio. So, fresh from the Malta meeting, I’m trying to do that now. Please have a look at the Avrio website and if you are doing any business abroad – even in the near-abroad – think of our extended network of friends and contacts. Also, the next meeting will be in Croatia this Autumn – so expect a follow up email before then to try to find out if you have any business in Croatia and/or you have any legal problems you would like us to discuss with our Avrio colleagues at that meeting.
If that email doesn’t appear – remind me!