Industry focus: Telecoms in France

Behring

At Behring, Anne-Solène Gay's four-lawyer team provides strategic advice to new French alternative and leading international telecoms providers on entering the French telecoms market. The practice also advises on various other regulatory matters, including negotiations of VOIP and MVNO projects, and also represents clients before telecoms regulators. Additionally, the team takes on satellite-related instructions. Other work includes assisting leading French telecoms operators with their operations in Francophone Africa and advising various African institutions on the feasibility of telecoms money transfers and broadband internet projects on the continent.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Solène Gay

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional, efficient and responsive. They are real telecom experts, and have very good credentials in telecoms and in Africa. They always deliver on time.’

‘Anne-Solène Gay provides excellent legal advice. She is very pragmatic and is very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

HUTCHINSON GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS (HGC)

TELEFONICA (TIWS)

LIBON

J2 GLOBAL

GABOCOM

PEOPLEFONE

BRUNEAU

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AfDB)

WEST AFRICAN MONETARY UNION

Work highlights

  • Advised HUTCHISON GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS on issues relating to entering the French telecoms market.
  • Advised TELEFONICA on issues relating to entering the French telecoms market.
  • Assisted BRUNEAU with the negotiations of a MVNO contract with KEYYO.

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

At Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., Olivier Cousi, who became the new chairman of the Paris bar in January 2020, chairs the firm's telecoms practice. Cousi's extensive experience is notably sought after by blue-chip French, US and Chinese telecoms operators in relation to France's, Europe's and Africa's legal telecoms framework. With the support from associate Dane Rimsevica, Cousi's team has a strong involvement in Africa where it regularly assists telecoms operators, state entities and international organisations with strategic legal studies on the development of the telecoms regulatory and infrastructure market in various African countries.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Cousi

Key clients

SOGEM MALI

WARCIP Togo

Marpij Consulting – ECOWAS

ARTEC MADAGASCAR

Teyliom

Cabo Verde Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advised SOGEM MALI on the implementation of a call for tenders related to the construction and operation of a telecoms infrastructure network that will rely on current energy infrastructures owned by the client in Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea.
  • Advised Teyliom on its acquisition of Senegal’s second telecoms operator Tigo Sénégal from Millicom International Cellular.
  • Advised Cabo Verde Telecom on a public sector telecoms service concession contract concluded with the State of Cape Verde.

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats' public law partner Térence Cabot has strong telecoms regulatory expertise. Instructions frequently involve advising local public sector entities on the negotiations of large-scale public procurement contracts with telecoms infrastructure operators regarding the development of new high speed broadband networks across the country. Cabot also advises on the establishment and operation of 4G mobile networks. Leading French telecoms operator Free is a longstanding client who turns to the firm for assistance in relation to its strategic regulatory issues, infrastructure projects and disputes with competitors. The practice also handles some Africa-related work, notably for the State of Gabon.

Practice head(s):

Térence Cabot

Testimonials

‘Public-law partner Térence Cabot is a remarkable lawyer.’

Key clients

Clear Channel

Free

Free Mobile

Région Grand Est

Région Bretagne

Région Normandie

The State of Gabon

Work highlights

  • Assisted US outdoor advertising company Clear Channel with the deployment of optic fiber networks in various street advertising locations.
  • Advised public sector entity Eure Normandie Numérique on the establishment of its internet broadband network.
  • Advised Free on the deployment of high speed broadband networks in France.

Magenta

Public and competition law boutique Magenta has a strong focus on the telecoms sector. The seven-lawyer firm is notably a key adviser to one of France's leading telecoms operators, and also assists incumbent French Polynesian telecoms operators, a Moroccan telecoms operator and several telecoms infrastructure companies. The team has in-depth regulatory and competition law expertise and recently acted in several antitrust and regulatory disputes opposite key telecoms players in France and its overseas territories. Finally, the practice also assists infrastructure telecoms companies with the signing of public law procurement concessions for the development of broadband infrastructure networks in France. Practice head Sylvain Justier and Vincent Jaunet are particularly recommended for their competition law and regulatory knowledge. Counsel Fanny Mahler, a public law expert, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sylvain Justier

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Jaunet ; Fanny Mahler

Key clients

SFR

OPT / VINI

INWI

Adista

Nerim

Outremer Telecom

SRR

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Outremer Telecom in an abuse of dominance dispute with TDF.
  • Assisted incumbent French Polynesian telecoms operators OPT and VINI in dealing with an abuse of dominance case before the Polynesian competition Authority, achieving the negotiation of commitments and no fine.
  • Represented Inwi in an abuse of dominance case against Maroc Télécom before the Moroccan telecom regulatory agency and commercial courts.

Bersay

At Bersay, public law partner Martin Tissier assists French public sector entities, especially départements, with telecoms and broadband infrastructure project issues.  Recent examples include several cases regarding the launch of tender offers regarding the setting up of new high speed internet infrastructures throughout the country. Litigation and compliance are also dealt with.

Practice head(s):

Martin Tissier; Claire Poirson; Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou

Key clients

ENR’CERT

Ct Corse

Syndicat mixte Gers Numérique

SASU Arteria

CDC Habitat

EPARI

Eurometropole de Strasbourg

Pyrenees-Atlantiques SMO

Syndicat intercommunal de l’energie et de l’e-communication de l’Ain

Sarthe Numérique SMO

Work highlights

  • Advised CT Corse on the setting up of a public tender offer relating to a 25-year concession contract to build and operate an internet broadband network in Corsica.
  • Assisted Syndicat Mixte Gers Numérique with the launch of a public tender relating to a 25-year concession contract to build and operate an internet broadband network in the South of France.