No, not that Bjork. We’re talking about a different idiosyncratic Scandinavian, who also harbors musical aspirations.
By way of introduction:
This email was sent to the whole of Linklaters by one of their Swedish
Oh those crazy Swedes…
Check out the email — which has made the rounds worldwide, is still being forwarded as we speak, and was going to wind up in your inbox eventually, so we feel no qualms about posting it — after the jump.
As we could tell from the email chain that led it to our inbox, this email has been endlessly forwarded by people. It was originally sent to every single Microsoft Outlook user at the global law firm of Linklaters (a member of the fabulous “Magic Circle”).
We have deleted the prior chain of FW: FW: FW:, reproducing only the original message. Here it is:
From: Björk, Joacim
Sent: 16 May 2007 19:20
To: DL ALL LINKLATERS OUTLOOK USERS Distribution List
Subject: Viva Linklaters!
Sw.: Tack för de bästa åren i mitt yrkesverksamma liv – thus far
(En. about: Thank’s for the best years in my professional life – thus far)
Sw.: Och när nu Ethel Metslow fräckt snodde mitt Elvis-hälsningskoncept får ni hålla till godo med följande omarbetade version av Viva Las Vegas – att sjungas på firmafester, klientträffar eller varför inte nere vid kaffeautomaten.
(En. about: And when now Ethel Metslow shamelessly stole my Elvis-greeting concept, you may put up with the following worked up version of Viva Las Vegas – to be sung at office parties, client events or why not, down at the coffee vending machine)
/Joacim/ (kontaktdetaljer kommer inom kort)
(Melodi: Viva Las Vegas)
I’m just a lawyer but my future looks bright, my future looks so bright I work all day yet I party all night, party all of the night There’s a thousand pretty women waiting out there Deep pocket clients everywhere A huge potential for a love affair, with Vivaaa Linklaters, Vivaaa Linklaters
Viva Linklaters, there’s a party going
There are lawyers working for you – 24 hours a day Viva Linklaters, bunch of alligators If you’ve met them once you’ll never be the same again
The high profile cases gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire Got a full hand of legal grounds so just stay cool, and get those stakes up higher There will be sues and counter sues, believe it’s real A million one or lost on every deal But all you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel So, Vivaaa Linklaters, Vivaaa Linklaters Vivaaaaa, Vivaaaaa, Linklaters!
We’re glad to see that Mr. Bjork has such unbridled enthusiasm for his Biglaw employer. And he’s probably not even on the $160K scale (since he works in Stockholm).
But we wonder whether, in the wake of this email, his “future” still “looks bright.”
Update: As it turns out, Bjork probably doesn’t care very much about what the Linklaters folks think of him, since he just left (and this was his farewell message). More details here (from TheLawyer.com).
Joacim Bjork bio [Linklaters]
Viva Las Vegas [YouTube]
Linklaters associate doubles his salary and goes out singing [The Lawyer]