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Arthur Cox is noted for its regulatory and compliance advice, as well as for handling transactional telecoms matters such as mergers and acquisitions, network sharing arrangements, and other joint ventures. Highlights included practice head Florence Loric advising eir on its €3.5bn acquisition by NJJ Group and Xavier Niel, and representing the same client in enforcement proceedings brought by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) regarding wholesale broadband and voice access. Other clients include Vodafone and Telus International. Colin Kavanagh and new partners Patrick Horan and Maeve Moran are also noted.

Mason Hayes & Curran's 'experienced and well-rounded team' has a 'tremendous breadth of knowledge in telecoms matters'. It is particularly known for its work for the regulator; practice head Michael Madden, who 'ensures broad and well-balanced support is always at hand', is advising ComReg on its next big spectrum award involving the 700MHz band. In another highlight, Edel Hartog is advising the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the implementation of Ireland's National Broadband Plan. Frank Flanagan and the 'highly skilled' Philip Nolan are also recommended.

Helen Kelly leads the practice at Matheson, which has experience in transactional work, as well as advising on regulatory issues, consumer and competition law, and data protection. Kelly and the newly promoted Kate McKenna are advising the enet Consortium on its bid for the National Broadband Plan, and assisting Three with the largest telecoms upgrade and network integration project in Irish history following its acquisition of O2’s business. The team is also advising An Post on the tendering and executing of telecoms contracts.

McCann FitzGerald advises clients including fixed-line operators, mobile phone operators, broadcasters and regulators on a range of telecoms matters. Practice head Philip Andrews and senior associate Laura Treacy are acting for the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in relation to the National Broadband Plan, and consultant Rosaleen Byrne and Catherine Derrig are advising ComReg on applications by eir for compensation for the net cost of providing universal service obligations. David Lydon heads the team.

The team at William Fry is noted for its advice on telecoms regulation, acting for Irish and overseas telecoms regulators, as well as private telecoms operators such as Tesco Mobile Ireland. Practice head Claire Waterson and associate Sarah Lynam are advising ComReg on the future regulation of the broadband market in Ireland, and Garrett Breen is representing the same client in an enforcement case against the incumbent telecoms operator. Cormac Little assisted Siro, a joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB, with its shortlisted bid for the National Broadband Plan. Laura Scott is also noted.

A&L Goodbody provides transactional and regulatory advice to telecoms companies, equipment suppliers and broadcasters, among others. John Whelan heads the group; he acted for a consortium led by NJJ Telecom Europe on the acquisition of a majority stake in eir and advised Bord Gais Networks on a telecoms infrastructure project. The team is also advising Analog Devices on the aspects of its business in Ireland relating to analog and digital signal processing applications. John Cahir, Mark Rasdale and Claire Morrissey are also key contacts.

Peter Curran and Sean Ryan lead the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which counts ComReg and Persona among its clients. Highlights included advising enet, the lead member of a consortium, on its bid for the National Broadband Plan and assisting electronic payments company Payzone with the reseller terms and end-user licence terms for a new system. IP and data protection specialist Marie McGinley is also noted.

Peter Bolger leads the team at LK Shields Solicitors, which advises Irish and international telecoms operators and regulatory bodies on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Gerry Halpenny and consultant Seanna Mulrean are also recommended.

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