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Andrew D. Lipman

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Telecommunications, Media & Technology


Andrew Lipman, a partner and leader of the telecomm media and technology practice at Morgan Lewis, practices in most aspects of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative, and land use. Andrew's clients in the private and public sectors include entities in local, long distance, and international telephone common carriage; Internet services and technologies; conventional and emerging wireless services; satellite services; broadcasting; competitive video services; telecommunications equipment manufacturing; and other high-technology applications. Additionally, he manages privatizations of telecommunications carriers in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, view his bio at


For nearly a decade, Andrew was senior vice president, legal and regulatory affairs, for MFS Communications, the nation’s largest competitive local services provider. One of the founders of MFS, he helped guide the company from start-up to its eventual sale for $14.4 billion to WorldCom. A prolific writer on telecommunications, Andrew’s work encompasses more than 170 articles and five books, including two Dow Jones books on telecommunications. He has appeared on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Bloomberg News Network, and ABC News, and he served on the editorial advisory boards of Phillips Publishing Company, Internet Law and Regulation, Telecommunications Alert, Telecommunications Reports, Telecommunications Regulatory Monitor, and The Satellite Compendium.


Stanford Law School, J.D., 1977; University of Rochester, B.A., 1974, Summa Cum Laude

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is notable for its advice on wireline and fiber matters, as well as assisting foreign telecoms clients with national security issues. It earns praise for its 'deep industry experience, together with legal and regulatory expertise', while its 'enormous bench strength' allows it to provide a broad range of services. Practice head and veteran practitioner Andrew Lipman has particular experience in undersea cable work, and is considered both a 'brilliant legal tactician' and a 'savvy business and financial adviser', according to one client. Lipman leads the firm's advice to Hawaiki Cable on the construction of its trans-pacific cable and related regulatory approvals, along with Ulises Pin. Pin specializes in cross-border work , and has been handling telecoms infrastructure work for Facebook along with internet media and VoIP specialist William Wilhelm. Deputy practice head Catherine Wang 'provides creative and innovative legal and regulatory strategies', focusing on spectrum and wireless issues. Wang advised Cincinnati Bell on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, along with Lipman and Russell Blau, who specializes in telecoms litigation and regulatory policy. Other key team members include satellite and wireless specialist Timothy Bransford and Ronald Del Sesto, who is noted for his work on privacy matters and contract negotiation issues.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Leading lawyers

Andrew Lipman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its work with competitive and local telecoms providers on mid-market transactions, but also has a strong track record in large deals, such as Straight Path Communications' $3bn sale to Verizon. Andrew Lipman, a veteran in telecoms transactions and 'pre-eminent in the field', is most notable for his work with private equity firms and competitive carriers. Lipman advised Swedish private equity firm EQT on its $1.7bn acquisition of fiber company Lumos, as well as its acquisition of a majority stake in Spirit Communications. Russell Blau assisted Lipman in obtaining approvals for EQT's transactions, as well as handling GTT communications' $2.3bn acquisition of Interoute, along with Ulises Pin. Other key recent work highlights for the firm include its work on Impact Telecom's acquisition by Lingo Communications, on Cincinnati Bell's $650m acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, and on FirstLight's acquisition by Antin Infrastructure Partners. Catherine Wang 'offers practical solutions' and is another key contact at the firm, specializing in complex regulated transactions as well as wireless and spectrum matters, and is recommended by clients for her 'great judgement and very sound advice'.

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