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Michele Farquhar

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Technology, Media, and Telecoms

Position

Michele is the Practice Area Leader of the Communications Practice and co-head of the global TMT sector team. She practices telecommunications and wireless regulation and advocacy, including international telecom, and new technology issues.

Career

Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC, 1995-1997; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1993-1995; Senior Advisor and Mass Media Legal Advisor, FCC, 1990-1992; Advisor to the General Counsel, FCC, 1989-1990; President of the FCBA from 2005-2006

Member

Member, D.C. Bar Steering Committee on Administrative Law and Agency Practice, 2014-present; Board Member, Visitors of St. John's College; President, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2005-2006; Former President, Land Mobile Communications Council; Member, Board of Trustees of Duke University, 1997-1999; President, Duke University Alumni Association, 1997-1998

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1984; B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1979


United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

Hogan Lovells US LLP has extensive expertise in the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts and technology licensing agreements in industry sectors including healthcare, software, media and fashion. The team has been assisting Regal Entertainment Group with the development and licensing of software and technology usage rights in connection with the IPO of an affiliated business partner. Northern Virginia-based Cullen G. Taylor has acted for Incyte Corporation in a licensing and collaboration agreement with MacroGenics in relation to the development and commercialization of an antibody. Other key individuals include San Francisco-based John Brockland, Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele C. Farquhar, and Meryl Rosen Bernstein and William J. Curtin III, who both divide their time between the New York and Washington DC offices.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

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Michele Farquhar - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

'There is no better firm', according to one client, than Hogan Lovells US LLP, which provides clients with a broad range of regulatory services, as well as counsel on high-profile telecoms litigation. The firm is distinguished by its ability to assemble and represent stakeholder coalitions in responding to developing issues, such as practice head Michele Farquhar's work for PTC-220, a consortium comprising leading rail companies and trade associations, which pertained to its implementation of new Positive Train Control safety systems and included spectrum buyout and swap arrangements, as well as substantial FCC representation in rulemaking and waiver proceedings. The firm also advises satellite television operator DISH Network on its proposal to deploy 5G services in the 12Ghz band, and its attempts to prove the viability of the proposal to the FCC. Wireless spectrum policy and 'telehealth' expert Trey Hanbury led the representation of DISH, and is also assisting T-Mobile in securing third-party support for its merger with Sprint, in one of the largest and most contested wireless transactions in recent years. Spectrum policy expert Ari Fitzgerald recently acted for SNR Wireless in negotiations concerning bidding credits from the FCC's 2015 AWS-3 auction, following a 2017 court victory establishing SNR's eligibility for the credits. Another key contact, privacy and communications law expert Mark Brennan, handles privacy and cybersecurity work for the Internet Association, a trade association with members including Google, Facebook and Amazon, in connection with the FCC's informational injuries workshop and the impact of GDPR on US-based internet companies.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Hogan Lovells US LLP's full-service, interdisciplinary practice stands out for its expertise in new technologies, particularly unmanned aircraft systems, Internet of Things, and healthtech. Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele Farquhar serves as lead counsel for the PTC-220 stakeholder coalition, a rail industry group implementing positive train control systems, which recently sought to purchase additional spectrum for its operations. DC-based Steven Kaufman and Northern Virginia-based Randy Segal lead the firm's space and satellite team, acting for clients including Planet Labs, which retains the firm in several transactional matters including launch service agreements and contracts. The team is also involved in big-ticket deals such as 21st Century Fox's merger with Disney, where it is one of Fox's regulatory counsels, and Sinclair Broadcasting's terminated deal with Tribune Media Group, where it operated as Fox's lead transactional counsel in the purchase of divested stations. New York-based M&A specialist Alexander Johnson is another key contact in the cross-practice team; he advised Anschutz Corporation on its sale of the majority shareholding of Regal Entertainment Group to Cineworld Group as part of a $5.9bn deal. Senior associates Sean Spivey and Arpan Sura are up-and-coming names within the firm.

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