Telecoms

We work with Telecoms organisations in all stages of growth, from early-stage start-ups to global operators.

As our lives are becoming increasingly connected and digitised, the role of telecoms companies in enabling this change is pivotal. While this change presents these companies with significant opportunities, it also presents them with challenges and competition in the supply of digital services is fierce. Our lawyers operate at the forefront of this challenging environment applying their unparalleled expertise in the communications and digital infrastructure space, all underpinned by a deep understanding of technology. We are experienced in providing integrated advice globally across all disciplines to communications, satellite and internet companies and their infrastructure and finance providers and investors, as well as to governments and regulators.

Recently, the increasing interest in digital infrastructure as an asset class has led to an explosion of transactions. Telecoms companies are looking to monetise capital intensive and non-differentiating assets such as towers and fibre, while new entrants are leveraging digitisation and the exponential growth in demand for high speed data services by investing in data centres and connectivity solutions such as 5G equipment, subsea cable and satellite transmission.

We help our clients maximise their opportunities in this fast evolving environment by offering telecoms lawyers that not only have a deep understanding of telecoms, but also understand technology, data and commercial arrangements. This depth and breadth of expertise means that we can provide a seamless, holistic advice geared to client foreseeable needs as well as their current projects. Our telecoms sector team is experienced in advising on all areas relevant to participants in the telecoms sector, including on M&A, large scale commercial transactions such as sale and leaseback and outsourcing, competition law, telecoms regulation, finance, tax and litigation.

Our global team is not constrained by location. We have a history of helping to build and transform telecoms companies – and industries – across all continents. We can support you anywhere in the world to deliver advice on anything from next generation networks and satellite launch services, to smart cities, data analytics and commercialisation, to new digital products and more.

We provide the legal assurance so that our clients can be confident in the commercial decisions they take

Our experience includes advising:

Vodafone

Vodafone on the structuring and regulatory clearance of many of its most transformational projects over the last 30 years, including the acquisition of Mannesmann and Cable & Wireless, its towers joint venture with Essar and Idea Cellular in India and its global outsourcing of application development and maintenance to IBM and HP

Zain

Zain on the commercial and regulatory aspects of the restructuring and sale of its mobile and fixed line telecoms business across 14 African countries to Bharti Airtel and subsequent infrastructure sharing transactions in the Middle East

MTN

MTN on various pan African propositions, such as its participation in a subsea cable project managed by a Facebook-led consortium and its roll-out of Android devices to its African markets

Arqiva

Arqiva on the sale of its telecoms division to Cellnex Telecom S.A. for £2 billion and the drafting and negotiation of the associated infrastructure sharing and development agreements

IPOs

On the IPOs of Helios Towers, Bharti Airtel Africa and Reliance Jio

Altice Portugal

The consortium on the acquisition of a 75% stake in the Altice’s Portuguese towers and fibre business, and its subsequent sale to Cellnex

Sumitomo

Sumitomo on its collaboration with KDDI to develop a new mobile network in Myanmar
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