Hall Of Fame

Industry focus: Telecoms  in France

Baker McKenzie

The telecoms team at Baker McKenzie has an excellent track record in advising fixed and mobile operators on regulatory work, licensing matters and contractual issues, as well as assisting institutional investors and infrastructure funds with the construction and operation of networks. The group is also well placed to represent corporate clients in outsourcing negotiations and transactional matters, to name a couple of key areas. The practice is jointly led by Rémy Bricard and Laurent Szuskin; the duo bring expertise in handling telecoms contracts and dispute resolution. Christian Blomet and Emmanuel Guillaume are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Rémy Bricard; Laurent Szuskin

Other key lawyers:

Christian Blomet; Emmanuel Guillaume

Key clients

BNP Paribas



IES Synergy



Crédit Agricole Group




Behring has a strong offering for telecoms matters, and is regularly sought after by a client base of mobile operators, internet service providers, satellite operators, international development organisations, and government bodies. The ‘responsive and pragmatic' team fields expertise in transactional, regulatory, and contractual issues in the area. Practice head Anne-Solène Gay 'stands out for her professionalism’ and her 'excellent understanding of telecoms regulations'. Valentin Morel-Lab, Myriam Bennari, and Noam Fitoussi are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Solène Gay

Other key lawyers:

Valentin Morel-Lab; Laurent Bruneau; Noam Fitoussi


‘The firm is a specialist on Francophone telecoms regulation. They are responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Anne-Solène Gay has an excellent understanding of telecoms regulations and she explains the position thoughtfully and succinctly. We would always go to her for telecoms questions.’

‘All employees are efficient. The team is always available, attentive and proactive. Responses are provided on time.’

‘Within the Behring team, Anne-Solène Gay as a partner particularly stands out for her professionalism, her mastery of subjects surrounding telecommunications, digital and space, and her ability to work internationally in complex contexts. These are valuable qualities which make working with her on these subjects a valuable asset.’

‘Anne-Solène Gay leads the team and follows the files closely. It has extensive expertise in the telecoms sector. It is able to handle files in different countries and in different market segments. Among the collaborators, we were led to work more particularly with Valentin Morel-Lab, Laurent Bruneau and Noam Fitoussi.’

‘The Behring team is particularly at the cutting edge on subjects including telecommunications, digital and space. They know how to be available and very efficient on their files. The mode of collaboration is very fluid and the value for the work carried out is very interesting.’

‘Anne-Solène Gay – very responsive, highly focused, sound commercial advice.’

‘Extensive knowledge and experience in the French regulatory framework. Proactivity.’

Key clients









Ministry of Telecom of Niger


Work highlights

  • Advised Group VIVENDI Africa (GVA) on a number of major telecoms projects.
  • Advised MITEL on various telecoms regulatory matters, including dealings with ARCEP.
  • Advised the World Bank on a major project supporting ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), involving improving the international telecoms capacity for the West African region.


The telecoms team at Bersay is well versed in advising public sector clients on rollouts of public networks across France. The practice is jointly led by Bradley Joslove and telecoms expert Martin Tissier, who has a solid track record in assisting French regional bodies with digital development mandates. In a recent highlight, Tissier is leading the advice to the Société du Grand Paris on the deployment of a fibre optic infrastructure for new Parisian metro lines. Claire Poirson left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Martin Tissier; Bradley Joslove

Key clients

Bordeaux Métropole

Société du Grand Paris

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Guyane)

Toulouse Métropole

Collectivité de Corse

Rennes Metropole

Metz Metropole

Département du Loiret

Communauté d’Agglomération Paris-Saclay

Département de Mayotte

Work highlights

  • Assisted Société du Grand Paris with setting up a fibre optic network infrastructure to be incorporated into the new metro network.
  • Acted as counsel to Rennes Métropole on the expansion of its Internet of Things LoRaWan network.

Bird & Bird

At Bird & Bird, the team is well equipped to assist electronic communications operators and investors with regulatory and transactional matters, both in France and in emerging markets. Contentious telecoms issues are another key driver of work for the group, which has a solid track record in acting for clients before ARCEP. Stéphane Leriche and Willy Mikalef co-head the practice; Leriche fields expertise in telecoms-related commercial contracts and transactional matters, and Mikalef focuses on satellite work. Mélanie Bercot, Jean-Claude Vecchiatto and UK-based Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Leriche; Willy Mikalef

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Claude Vecchiatto; Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol; Mélanie Bercot


‘A very dynamic and flexible team with perfect knowledge of the telecommunications market. The work was carried out with intelligence and finesse and obtained the full satisfaction of those involved.’

‘Willy Mikalef, a brilliant lawyer, with perfect knowledge of the telecommunications sector, listens to the needs of his clients down to the smallest detail and has a demonstrated capacity for adaptation, being able to work in Europe and in emerging countries. Mélanie Bercot has perfect knowledge of the sector and complements Willy Mikalef wonderfully. She is available and always provides tailor-made answers to customers.’

‘Very specialized team in telecoms; great responsiveness.’

‘Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol and Mélanie Bercot: a very complete and very experienced team.’

Key clients

Aircall Sas

Selafa Mja (Kosc And Kosc Infrastructures)

Dauphin Telecom

Saga Africa Holdind Limited (Free Senegal)

Gambia River Basin Development Organisation

Airbus Defence And Space

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aircall with telecom regulatory matters, both in France and in over 20 countries, as part of its global expansion.
  • Advised the Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (OMVG) on the commercialisation of fibre optic cables in accordance with the regulatory framework applicable in four member states.

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

Thierry Dor, who specialises in IT, data protection and telecoms matters, and Frédéric Mion co-lead the practice at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., which is very experienced in advising on the rolling out of fibre broadband and communications networks. The group brings expertise in regulatory matters and contentious issues, and is well known for representing government bodies and private entities in mandates. Dane Tacchini left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Dor; Frédéric Mion


‘Recognized expertise in the regulation sector in West Africa.’

Key clients

Government of Guinea-Bissau

State of Niger

Ashurst LLP

The practice at Ashurst LLP has a solid track record in advising clients on the sales and acquisitions of telecoms-related structures, as well as handling the regulatory aspects of digital infrastructure matters, often pertaining to the rollout of mobile and fibre networks. The team is jointly led by London-based Nick Elverston and François Hellot, who has an excellent reputation for assisting with TMT transactions. Jacques Dabreteau left the firm.

Practice head(s):

François Hellot; Nick Elverston

Key clients

Safran Group

Altitude Telecom

1&1 Mobilfunk


META (previously known as Facebook)

Eiffel Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meta in the 2Africa Pearls extension, a subsea cable project for increasing connectivity for approximately 3bn people.
  • Advised the local subsidiary of a leading global mobile operator in a sub-Saharan African country on the sale of its mobile tower portfolio to Eastcastle, including handling associated leaseback arrangements.
  • Advised Eiffel Investment Group on the structuring of an SPV.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The 'responsive' team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a solid track record in advising on regulatory, transactional, and contentious telecoms matters for an established client base of mobile network operators, telecoms infrastructure and broadcasting operators. Etienne Drouard is lauded as 'an undeniable expert' in the telecoms space, and is sought after for his expertise in regulatory matters; he co-heads the practice with Mikael Salmela and Charlotte Le Roux, whose broad practice includes telecoms litigation and cybersecurity work.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Charlotte Le Roux; Mikael Salmela


‘Responsiveness, strength of proposal, good understanding of customer needs.’

‘The team led by Etienne Drouard is very expert on very specific subjects and very aware of short and medium term developments in regulations. Response times are always correct and Etienne and his team are always available to support their clients on urgent matters.’

‘Etienne Drouard is an undeniable expert in data and privacy protection.’

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats' telecoms team has a particular specialism in handling regulatory matters relating to fibre optic, mobile and satellite networks, and is equally strong in acting for clients in dispute resolution. Practice head Térence Cabot is sought after by corporations, public bodies and nation states to advise on telecoms issues, including regulatory and compliance matters and related litigation. M&A and private equity expert Hervé Castelnau is active on transactional work in this area.

Practice head(s):

Terence Cabot

Other key lawyers:

Hervé Castelnau

Key clients

Altitude Infrastructure

Auvergne Rhones-Alpes Region

Amazon Web Services


Bordeaux Métropole

Clear Channel


Eure Normandie Numérique

Free / Free Mobile

Gabon State

Grand Est Region

Maroc Telecom

Region Normandie

Seine Maritime Numérique


Territoire d’Energies 44

University of Lille

Val de Loire Numérique

France Télévisions

Mintee Sudio

Asacha Media Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Free and Free Mobile on regulatory matters.
  • Advised Grand Est, the administrative region of the North East of France, on all aspects of the public concession for its high-speed fibre optic network as part of a €1.3 billion infrastructure project.
  • Advised Region Normandie on major public data centre infrastructure matters.


At Magenta, the team's workload is predominantly made up of assisting assisting telecoms operators in French overseas territories, as well as in other external jurisdictions, with the negotiation of contracts, regulatory issues, and dispute resolution. In a recent matter, the group advised on the rollout of new 4G sites on islands in French Polynesia. Sylvain Justier heads up the practice and regularly advises on telecoms regulatory and antitrust issues. Vincent Jaunet has expertise in handling competition and public law matters pertaining to telecoms work.

Practice head(s):

Sylvain Justier

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Jaunet


‘The levels of professionalism, expertise and quality of this team are very evident. The quality of the advice given and timeliness of their responses is exceptional.’

Key clients

Altice group

Onati (OPT / VINI)





Work highlights

  • Assisted XpFibre with an appeal before the Paris Appeal Court against a settlement decision issued by the ARCEP.
  • Represented ONATi before the Polynesian Competition Authority and the Paris Appeal Court in an antitrust probe regarding roaming services offered by the client in French Polynesia.
  • Acted for Wana before the ANRT in Morocco concerning a €250m fine.