Rémy Bricard and Laurent Szuskin lead the telecoms team at Baker McKenzie, which acts on consistently high-value and complex matters covering the spectrum of work in the sector. Its main areas of focus include advising its globally client base on regulations, licensing and contract negotiations; assisting institutional investors and funds with the full-range of network-related matters; and assisting corporate clients in negotiations involving outsourcing, strategic alliances and other high-stakes telecoms service agreements. It is well-equipped to handle matters international in scope, such as the laying of cables between countries, as well as complex satellite matters; Christian Blomet regularly leads on such cases.
Industry focus: Telecoms in France
Rémy Bricard; Laurent Szuskin
Other key lawyers:
Crédit Agricole Group
Anne-Solène Gay, noted for her ‘great efficiency and expertise’ in telecoms and space work, leads the team at Behring. Its workload includes assisting mobile operators, internet service providers and submarine cable and satellite operators with regulatory, commercial and contractual issues concerning internet and telephone service provision, satellite-related negotiations and novel product launches. In addition to its domestic work, the team is well-equipped to handle international matters, namely across Asia and Africa; notably, it is assisting World Bank in the Haiti Digital Acceleration Program.
‘Anne-Solène Gay is very efficient and competent, with great knowledge of the sector and extensive international experience.’
‘We look to Behring for assistance each time we have a telecoms issue because of their consistently outstanding work.’
‘Behring’s team is reactive, with an excellent knowledge of industry standards and practice. The team is supervised by the incomparable Anne-Solène Gay, who has great efficiency and expertise; we know that we can rely on her for both regulatory matters and in contractual negotiation matters.’
‘Behring delivers high-quality work in a timely manner. Anne-Solène Gay is a first-class lawyer. She prioritises well and does not get lost in details – she can identify key legal issues and knows how to deal with them, whilst always taking into account our own technical or commercial constraints.’
‘Behring have extensive experience and expertise in all political, legal and regulatory issues related to telecommunications. They also have unique technological and industry knowledge, which enables them to provide comprehensive TMT-related legal services. The team provides strategic and sophisticated legal advice. Anne is able to advise on the most difficult and complex projects.’
‘The partners have perfectly complementary skills and expertise. Anne-Solène organizes and supervises the team efficiently and remains very present throughout the projects.’
‘Behring has extensive expertise in the telecommunications sector, including on the African continent. This expertise and the excellence of Anne-Solène Gay make it an essential firm to work with in this practice area. Deadlines are always respected and work is always of high quality, meaning we can, in turn, respect our commitments to our clients.’
‘Anne-Solène Gay and her team have excellent expertise on specific subjects and a high quality of communication; their approach and their responsiveness are stand-out.’
Group Vivendi Africa (GVA)
World Bank (Haiti Digital Acceleration Program)
CFE CGC Orange
Ziff Davis (previously-J2 Global)
CanalBox (Groupe Canal+)
World Bank (Comoros Regional Communications Infrastructure Program – RCIP-4)
- Acting for Group Vivendi Africa (GVA), a telecoms operator specialising in the provision of very high-speed internet access, on fibre optic networks in a number of major projects.
- Advising Californian-based company Ziff Davis, Inc. on all telecoms matters in France, including dealings with the telecoms regulator (ARCEP).
- Acting for the World Bank in a major project supporting the Government of Haiti in improving its digital economy; the “Haiti Digital Acceleration Program (P171976)” seeks to address gaps in broadband connectivity, services and the overall digital economy.
The dedicated TMT team at Jones Day has a strong reputation for its ability to work across the full spectrum of regulatory, contentious and transactional work in this practice area. The group is particularly adept at handling complex and technical cross-border matters, including assisting leading European infrastructure operators with the negotiation of the landing of submarine cables, which is recent of counsel promotee Marta Lahuerta Escolano‘s specialism; and advising on a range of fibre broadband-related matters of high-value for clients including Orange. Team leader Rémy Fekete has international expertise and is active in matters involving the full scope of wireless and wireline services.
Other key lawyers:
Olivier Haas; Marta Lahuerta Escolano; David Guitton
Sipartech – IEX Cable
Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN)
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)
Bersay's telecoms team has a particular specialism in advising noteworthy public sector clients on primarily regional matters, an example being its advice to the lawyer of the Société du Grand Paris on the deployment of a fibre optic infrastructure for new Parisian metro lines. Claire Poirson, Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou and Martin Tissier are the practice heads; Tissier regularly interacts with the likes of ARCEP, and other major players in the industry in France, on regulatory and litigation issues regarding such elements as mobile issues, submarine cable deployments and local loop access.
Martin Tissier; Claire Poirson; Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou
Le Havre Seine Métropole
Département de Mayotte
Société du Grand Paris
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Guyane)
Collectivité de Corse
- Advised the national public administration in charge of supervising the conception and construction of four new metro lines in Paris: Société du Grand Paris.
- Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on a study on the mobile network in the French Guyana, in order to set up a joint venture with mobile operators.
- Advised Rennes Métropole to expand its Internet of Things LoRaWan network, used to connect utilities and facilities managements devices.
The telecoms team at Bird & Bird has considerable experience advising on cross-jurisdictional regulatory compliance work concerning the sector, including matters related to fibre optic broadband. It is also well-equipped to handle any related litigation. Stéphane Leriche and Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol lead the team. Jean-Claude Vecchiatto has particular expertise in global space and satellite work, and advises clients on regulatory, commercial and financial transactions in this area.
Stéphane Leriche; Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol
Other key lawyers:
Jean-Claude Vecchiatto; Willy Mikalef; Mélanie Bercot
‘The team has noteworthy skills in this sector; they are responsive in giving advice and proactive.’
‘Mélanie Bercot is a great team member.’
‘One of the few experienced and specialised teams in telecommunications in Paris.’
‘Frederique Dupuis-Toubol is worthy of particular mention.’
SELAFA MJA (on behalf of KOSC AND KOSC INFRASTRUCTURES)
SAGA AFRICA HOLDIND LIMITED (FREE SENEGAL)
Gambia River Basin Development Organisation
- Advised Aircall on their successful deal with Goldman Sachs to raise $120m, providing assistance on telecoms regulations in over twenty countries.
- Representing the SELAFA MJA in its capacity as judicial liquidator of Kosc and Kosc Infrastructures in a litigation before the commercial courts against Orange and SFR and Completel, for damages.
- Assisting Saga Africa Holdings Limited on a regular basis, to implement the telecoms regulation applicable to fixed and mobile operators in compliance with the legal and regulatory framework in Senegal.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s team is well-equipped to handle matters involving regulatory issues surrounding the implementation of connectivity services, and the rolling out of fibre broadband and networks. It has experience advising European operators on their regulatory obligations and the formalities across the sector; alongside its domestic work, the team has a particular presence in Africa, frequently advising on updates and modernisations to telecoms and the delivery and deployment of relevant equipment. Senior associate Dane Tacchini, noted for her 'mastery of telecoms law', is the practice head.
‘The team is very reactive and fundamentally interested and experienced in this area.’
‘Dane Tacchini shines with her mastery of telecommunications law, and does not hesitate to present a set of relevant solutions for often complex situations.’
State of Niger
- Assisted the government of Niger with the elaboration of a new ICT policy for 2022-2031.
François Hellot, who has a particular focus on TMT transactions, and Nick Elverston co-lead the practice at Ashurst LLP, which is experienced in advising on the sales and acquisitions of telecoms-related structures. In addition to this, a sizeable portion of the team's workload involves advising on regulatory matters concerning mobile network rollouts and cross-jurisdictional cable deployment.
François Hellot; Nick Elverston
Other key lawyers:
Jacques Dabreteau; Charles-Douglas Fuz
META (previously known as Facebook)
- Advised an investment fund in the context of the sale by Orange of a 50% co-controlling equity interest of Orange Concessions.
- Advised Meta on 2Africa, including the 2Africa Pearls extension, which will see the subsea cable project increase connectivity for approximately 3bn people.
- Advised 1&1 Mobilfunk GmbH, a subsidiary of 1&1 AG, on the conclusion of a framework contract with ATC Germany Holdings GmbH for the rollout of 1&1’s mobile network.
The telecoms team at Dentons‘ workload includes assisting with the establishment of fibre optic networks and submarine cables, as well as advising on regulatory matters involving the Cloud. Associates Camille Larreur and Laëtitia Flour are key names to note in the team. Former team lead Christophe Fichet and associate Adrien Morisse both departed to Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in January 2023.
Other key lawyers:
Camille Larreur; Laëtitia Flour
‘Experience in regulatory, cross-border operations in the telecoms sector.’
Phoenix Tower International
- Advised French multinational telecom operator Orange on the creation of Orange Concessions and the sale of a 50% equity share in the company to a consortium of investors formed by Banque des Territoires, CNP Assurances and EDF Invest.
- Advised Phoenix Tower International in connection with the acquisition of 203 mobile telephony towers and additional towers to be built over ten years in the French West Indies, in a so-called build-to-suit programme, from Outremer Telecom.
- Advised Riskpoint on the acquisition of Hivory SAS by Cellnex, a major Spanish wireless telecommunications infrastructure and services company.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's team is co-led by TMT specialists Etienne Drouard, noted for his 'remarkable expertise' in the area, Charlotte Le Roux, Mikael Salmela and privacy and cybersecurity expert Patrice Navarro. The group predominantly advises mobile network operators, telecoms infrastructure and broadcasting operators on compliance with EU and French regulations, as well as advising on launches of relevant services regionally. Additionally, the team has experience of work involving the deployment of satellites.
Etienne Drouard; Charlotte Le Roux; Patrice Navarro; Mikael Salmela
‘Hogan Lovells’ team is unique and regularly supports us with rigor, agility and punctuality. The deliverables are accompanied by advice framed in our best interests. The team allocates resources based on the complexity of the cases.’
‘The team is available, responsive, pragmatic and really listens to its clients.’
‘Etienne Drouard’s team has expertise on very specific subjects which require in-depth knowledge of technical and technological subjects.’
‘Etienne Drouard has a very pragmatic and practical approach to subjects and recommendations, advice is always sharp, precise and understandable.’
‘Excellent consulting expertise, which distinguishes this practice from other firms. There is a great quality of advice, both legal and technological, relating to the problems encountered in these very complex fields which evolve extremely quickly, plus a quick understanding and detailed analysis of legislative and regulatory developments in the area.’
‘Etienne Drouard has remarkable expertise atop a very good intrinsic knowledge of complex technologies, which distinguishes the advice of Drouard and his team from competitors; they can offer advice on innovative subjects. They are easy to contact, speedy, responsive and trustworthy.’
Gogo Air International GmbH
Ascendas REIT and REIT
Vitruvian Partners Limited
The team at Magenta is led by Sylvain Justier and Vincent Jaunet, both of whom have particular specialisms in competition in relation to telecoms. The team frequently advises on the regulatory obligations of data roaming services, and provides representation in disputes involving the conditions required to be met for the lawful implementation of fibre optic networks, and the modification and adaptation of such regulations. Its work is predominantly regional, but the group has experience of handling work with a cross-border element.
Sylvain Justier; Vincent Jaunet
ALTICE GROUP (SFR, SRR, OUTREMER TELECOM)
ONATI (OPT / VINI)
- Advising SFR FTTH in a settlement dispute with Free before ARCEP and the Paris Appeal Court regarding the financial and contractual conditions required to access SFR FTTH’s network in rural areas.
- Assisting Inwi in a litigation dispute before the ANRT, to challenge the conditions imposed by Maroc Telecom regarding civil engineering infrastructures and the deployment of fibre network.
- Assisting Onati in an antitrust probe regarding the roaming services offered by Onati to its competitors.