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Eversheds Sutherland is the exclusive legal partner of the US College Football Classic 2023

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Today the firm welcomes Notre Dame star players Nana Osafo-Mensah and Audric Estimé to its Dublin office

Today, top 10 global law firm Eversheds Sutherland is delighted to announce its ongoing support of American Football as the official legal partner of the US College Football Classic 2023.

This year’s hotly anticipated fixture between one of the oldest rivalries in College Football - Notre Dame v Navy - will return to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 26th of August and the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The game is set to be a complete sell-out with 40,000 Americans expected to travel to Ireland. It will also be broadcast to millions in the US via broadcaster NBC.

This unique American Football experience will feature all the famous fanfare such as Notre Dame’s 300-member marching band, cheerleaders, tailgating parties, elements of the Brigade of Midshipmen Pageantry and the renowned half-time show!

The influx of fans is the largest transatlantic movement of Americans for any sporting event ever, boosting our Irish economy to the tune of an estimated €147m. The College Football Classic is also a major catalyst in the ambition to make Dublin the home of College Football outside of the US, while further strengthening business and academic ties between Ireland and the US.

To officially mark its support, Eversheds Sutherland is getting into the spirit of this unique American Football experience with a special event for its people. Today the firm is welcoming Notre Dame defensive lineman and Texas native, Nana Osafo-Mensah and New York running back Audric Estimé to its Dublin office for a chat about their football careers to date and impressive performance on the field.

Nana has appeared in all 13 games on the defensive for Notre Dame. Some of his highlights include finishing the season with 14 tackles (8 solo), earning a sack for a loss of eight yards, adding two quarterback hurries and forcing a fumble. In addition, Audric played in all 13 games, making two starts. He led the Irish with 920 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns during the season – ranking 10th-most all-time rushing touchdowns in a single season. He ran 156 times, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and caught nine passes for 135 yards and a score during the campaign.

Alan Connell, Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Ireland’s largest and most-established global law firm, said:

We are very excited to welcome Nana and Audric to our offices today to meet with our colleagues and we are delighted to be the exclusive legal partner of this year’s classic, following the huge success of the 2022 season opener.

“With our growing global footprint, including 9 offices across the US, we are the standout law firm of choice for internationally-focused US companies and financial institutions looking to do business, in and from Ireland, across Europe and beyond. Having regard to our extensive internationally-focused client base, with many of our clients doing business both in Ireland and the US, we are proud to support this important and unique US-Ireland event. We are really looking forward to another great spectacle for the 2023 season opener this summer.

Eversheds Sutherland has nine offices in the US. In addition to San Francisco, Eversheds Sutherland has opened new offices in Chicago and San Diego since 2019.


Photo (L to R):

Pictured outside the Dublin office of global law firm Eversheds Sutherland - the exclusive legal partner of the US College Football Classic 2023 returning to the Aviva stadium in August - are Audric Estimé, Notre Dame running back, Piaras Power, Partner and Head of Banking & Finance at Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Notre Dame defensive lineman, Nana Osafo-Mensah, and Alan Connell, Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

About Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is a global top 10 law firm that provides multidisciplinary legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals. The firm has more than 70 offices in over 30 countries.

Its Irish offices (Dublin and Belfast) serve as an important European hub for its international client base. Eversheds Sutherland LLP – Ireland’s most established and largest global law firm with an all-island offering - provides a full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and litigation, risk and investigations, energy and infrastructure, data protection, insurance and financial services, employment and pensions, intellectual property, real estate and construction, and tax.

With its multidisciplinary expertise and diverse practices, its Irish teams provide a seamless legal and tax service to its internationally focused clients right across Europe, the US, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Locally or internationally, Eversheds Sutherland LLP aims to help its clients unlock their global ambitions.

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