Telecommunications, media and technology companies are constantly evolving and seeking new markets. As new enabling technologies are developed and regulations continue to change, TMT players need innovative business models to fully exploit market opportunities and fend off competitors. As a result, our work supporting TMT clients is increasingly diverse.
Many of today’s TMT players are fundamentally shifting their focus to the promise of higher growth offered by emerging economies. Having connected the "next billion" consumers with the low hanging fruit of voice and SMS services, the rules of the game in emerging markets are changing fast. Choosing where and how to participate in evolving and emerging markets will be key challenges for those active in the TMT space. TMT leaders face new frontiers in geography and technology, but more importantly, in how they remake their organisations and ways of working and partnering to meet the demands of this radically different landscape.
Supporting clients across sectors and borders
Our global TMT sector team combines market-leading TMT lawyers with corporate/M&A, competition, data protection/information management, intellectual property, commercial and financial specialists who work together to deliver exceptional insight into the complexities of the commercial and regulatory TMT environment.
Multinational telecommunications, media and technology clients rely on us for full-service legal advice in the areas of M&A, joint ventures, regulatory issues, asset protection, restructurings, information governance and major commercial contracts with customers and suppliers. Some of the drivers on which we regularly advise include:
- infrastructure sharing, collaboration and procurement—attractive alternatives to M&A or divestment, especially in low-margin/high-competition mobile markets.
- rapid expansion of mobile payment systems—making it easier to pay and be paid—a major development in Africa, Indonesia and other emerging markets.
- cloud computing—bringing new challenges such as data protection.
- fibre optic expansion—influencing investment in new distribution models, raising challenges to such issues as protection of content rights and forcing telcos to focus on content as a way to finance new networks.
- content and applications—the growth of mobile data access, combined with the decreasing cost of larger screen smart devices in emerging markets, is driving mass access to content and applications for billions of new users. Protecting IP and monetising content across platforms is a key concern.
Complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and those with significant regulatory challenges are a particular area of strength for the team. We use our vast experience, expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.
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To discuss legal issues with Linklaters’ global telecommunications, media & technology sector team, please contact sector leaders: Julian Cunningham-Day, Iain Fenn, Jóse Gimenez or Robert Henrici.
You can find out more about Linklaters’ TMT sector capabilities from sector manager Devonee Welch on (+44) 20 7456 5771.