Industry focus: Telecoms  in France

Behring

Headed by founder Anne-Solène Gay, a telecommunications, media and information authority, advisor to multiple governments (Togo, Benin, Car) and the World Bank, Behring remains a market leader in the field. Covering telecommunications regulation, data protection, IT and outsourcing, the group specialises in the space industry, advising space agencies, members of the aeronautical industry and new space corporates. The caseload also includes work with mobile operators, fixed line providers and internet service providers. In addition, the group’s reach extends to assisting professionals with telecoms contracts in the health sector.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Solène Gay

Testimonials

‘The team has solid technical expertise and extensive experience in telecommunications law.’

‘Behring is a firm with a strong expertise in the telecommunications practice. They are particularly proficient in public policy aspects, sector regulation and advice to private operators. They therefore have a fairly broad spectrum in the field and know how to deliver with great responsiveness and excellent mastery (practices, technologies, specific regulations).’

‘Anne-Solène Gay has an extremely professional approach, but at the same time it is very pleasant to work with her because she remains very attentive. She has a human approach and excellent communication.’

‘Behring provided high-quality and detailed work. The availability and responsiveness of the partners was a determining factor in concluding our commercial negotiations.’

Key clients

Group Vivendi Africa (GVA)

CFE CGC Orange

WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Africa50

World Bank

Governments: Togo, Benin and Car

EWIA (European Wireless Infrastructure Association)

Eti Y

Encotel

La Porte Verte

Work highlights

  • Assisted CFE CGC Orange with a twofold judicial review of ARCEP’s decisions on the awards of 5G frequencies, as follows:an informal appeal to ARCEP; and an appeal on the grounds of abuse of power (ultra vires).
  • Advised Encotel, a distributor of telecom equipment, on its relationship with one its suppliers and clients in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Advised WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) on public policies and regulation to promote the development of digital services in the eight WAEMU member states.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. continues to be a leader in the telecoms space, taking a multidisciplinary approach to advise market players in both the public (international organisations, regulators, government) and private (operators, financial institutions, service providers) sectors, including real estate and financial services clients. Senior associate Dane Rimsevica‘s specialisms include IoT-related matters and internet move service implementation.

Other key lawyers:

Dane Rimsevica

Testimonials

‘A very good firm and a frontline team.’

Key clients

SOGEM (Société de Gestion de l’Energie du Manantali) MALI

ARCEP Burkina Faso – Burkina Faso High Speed Broadband

Work highlights

  • Assisted SOGEM (Société de Gestion de l’Energie du Manantali) with the drafting and implementation of a call for tenders related to the selection of a telco company for the building and operation of telecommunication infrastructures of a communication network lying on the energy infrastructure owned by the OVMS entity (international treaty for energy distribution network) among Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea.
  • Assisted the Burkina Faso telecommunications regulator ARCEP with the elaboration of a study for the improvement of high-speed broadband connectivity in Burkina Faso.
  • Advised Expedition Capital Partners for the investment of €10m in the capital of French telecommunications operator Ringover.

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats

The digital & IP team at Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats remains a dominant force across the telecoms practice area, advising global clients in the public and private sectors. The group’s comprehensive service covers integration agreements, AI matters, internet site development, the handling of personal data (GDPR), and the dealings between major telecoms players and the regulatory authorities. Headed by sector authority Térence Cabot in Paris and backed by associate and space law specialist Charlotte Barraco-David in Bordeaux, the group’s client base, in addition to telecoms clients, also spans the health, government, energy, finance and e-commerce sectors.

Practice head(s):

Térence Cabot

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Barraco-David

Testimonials

‘We appreciate Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats for its recognised expertise in the IT field, the quality of the product deliverables and the relevance of the advice given.’

Key clients

Appscho

Axione

Bein Sports

The State of Burkina Faso

Carambar

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Clear Channel

European Space Agency

Fiters

Fnac Darty

France TV

Free, Free Mobile

The State of Gabon

Nikon

Jones Day

The TMT, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection group at the Paris office of global firm Jones Day builds bespoke solutions to advise telecom operators, media and digital platforms, governments, investment funds, and financial institutions across Europe and Africa. Led by cybersecurity and digital strategy expert Rémy Fekete and data protection specialist Olivier Haas, the group assists clients with issues concerning connectivity, e-commerce, infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). Associate David Guitton brings experience with electronic regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Rémy FeketeOlivier Haas

Other key lawyers:

David Guitton

Key clients

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Eutelsat

Agence nationale d’aménagement des infrastructures minières (ANAIM)

Monaco Telecom

Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal services (“ARCEP”) – Republic of Burkina Faso

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Orange

Marjane

Sigfox

Société Générale

Ministry of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation (MENTD) – Republic of Togo

Presidency of the Republic of Togo

Baker McKenzie

The information technology and communications group at Baker McKenzie provides a one-stop-shop for major corporates, fixed and mobile operators, and investors and multinational infrastructure funds involved in high-value multi-jurisdictional telecoms transactions. The group’s full service covers regulatory compliance, licensing matters, contract negotiations, construction, infrastructure network purchases and M&A. Experienced telecom contract negotiator Rémy Bricard and IT compliance matter expert Laurent Szuskin lead the team, which is supported by digital transformation specialist Christian Blomet and Emmanuel Guillaume who is an expert in network regulation.

Practice head(s):

Rémy Bricard; Laurent Szuskin

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Covage

Evernex

IES Synergy

Roquette

Sodexo

Crédit Agricole Group

Egis

Oracle

Bird & Bird

The tech and comms team at the Paris office of Bird & Bird offers the strength of its global network and experience in advising operators, public entities, governments and international institutions across the telecoms area. Headed by information technology expert Stéphane Leriche  and network rollout specialist Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol, the group’s full service covers regulatory compliance, commercial agreements, infrastructure deployment and public law issues, competition regulation, emerging markets and contentious litigation in the sector. Counsel Willy Mikalef advises on ePrivacy regulation. Senior associate Mélanie Bercot represents telecom operators in disputes before administrative authorities.

Other key lawyers:

Willy Mikalef; Mélanie Bercot

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird has an in-depth knowledge of French actors and ecosystems in and around the telecoms sector.’

‘Excellent expertise for cross-border transactions with many complex issues associated.’

Key clients

Aircall

Celeste

Selafa Mja (on behalf of KOSC and KOSC Infrastructures)

Dauphin Telecom

Société du Grand Paris

Saga Africa Holdind Limited (Free Senegal)

Telma

Onoff Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advised French telecom Aircall on regulatory issues in France and in 26 countries in their successful deal with Goldman Sachs to raise $120m.
  • Advising Celeste, a French optical fiber operator, on a regular basis on its acquisition and refinancing operations and on drafting its standard contractual policy.
  • Advised Société du Grand Paris on the exact scope of its telecom specific competence and the conditions under which it may deploy and operate a telecom network and provide services.

Bersay

The public law team at Bersay (founded in 1995) advises major public bodies and telecoms operators on a broad range of issues. These include fibre optic concession contracts, the annulment of regulations before administrative jurisdictions, regulatory issues involving local loop access and submarine issues, as well as related projects in the transport infrastructure sector. Telecoms regulatory expert Martin Tissier is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Tissier

Key clients

Société du Grand Paris

Syndicat Mixte Gers Numérique

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

SMO PACA THD

Le Havre Seine Métropole

Canal+ Telecom

Société du Canal de Provence

Fastned

Métropole de Toulouse

Syndicat Mixte Berry Numérique

Work highlights

  • Advising Société du Grand Paris on the designing and granting of a public concession contract regarding the deployment of a fibre optic infrastructure that will be incorporated in the new metro lines infrastructure.
  • Advised Canal+ telecom on the creation of a SPV intended to provide wholesale access (bitstream) on the copper local loop (XDSL).
  • Advised SMO PACA THD on the organisation of a tender to sell its public initiative fibre optic network.

Dentons

The telecoms group at the Paris office of Dentons leverages global bench strength and the experience of its team to assist governments and regulators, broadcasters, ISPs and wired and wireless service providers on a wide span of issues. The caseload includes matters regarding fibre optics, data centres, submarine cables, cybersecurity and network construction and maintenance. TMT regulatory and licensing matters are also handled. Sector expert Christophe Fichet leads the team. Associates Maxime D’Angelo-Petrucci and Adrien Morisse provide key support. Clients include players from the health, life sciences, distribution and transport areas.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Fichet

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise for cross-border transactions with many complex issues associated.’

‘Christophe Fichet has a top background and long experience in the field.’

Key clients

Orange S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Orange SA on the creation of Orange Concessions and the sale of a 50% equity share in the company to a consortium (transaction values Orange Concessions at €2.675bn).