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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Rated by clients for its ‘unparalleled know-how of the law and the industry', DLA Piper LLP (US) has been involved in some of the biggest deals in the wireless, satellite, broadcasting and broadband industries. Headed up by former chief of staff of the FCC Michael Senkowski and Nancy Victory, the team acts for a variety of major telecoms providers, satellite carriers, investors and communications-related associations. Of particular note, Senkowski and Victory jointly advised T-Mobile on a range of issues relating to its historic merger with Sprint. Other key contacts include wireless specialist Eric DeSilva and Edward Smith, who is a former FCC official and spectrum policy specialist. Associate Peter Shroyer is a promising name at junior level.  All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Senkowski; Nancy Victory

Other key lawyers:

Edward Smith; Eric DeSilva; Peter Shroyer

Testimonials

‘Unparalleled know how of the law and the industry and knowledge of the decision makers.’

‘Creative thinking beyond the existing case law.’

‘The FCC Team we work with at DLA is very knowledgeable and quick to react when we have issues.’

‘ Nancy Victory has been extremely reactive to our requests and gets answers to issues when requested. She is exceptionally pleasant to work with and I respect her breadth of knowledge.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile as lead regulatory counsel in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Advised T-Mobile with respect to the divestiture of Sprint’s prepaid wireless business to DISH after the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Advised Polhem Infra KB on its acquisition of Telia Carrier.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has continued its activity at the very top of the market, having recently acted for T-Mobile in its landmark merger with Sprint. In addition to major telecoms operators, the team is also sought out by investment houses as well as new market entrants such as Facebook. Space and satellite operations are another area of strength, largely owing to the experience of Washington DC-based Steven Kaufman and Randy Segal. Kaufman and Segal lead the team alongside former chief of the FCC's wireless telecommunications bureau Michele Farquhar. Trey Hanbury helped lead advice on the T-Mobile/Sprint deal and, alongside traditional communications, is also skilled in advising on robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Other key figures include Ari Fitzgerald, Alexander Johnson, and senior associate Arpan Sura.

Practice head(s):

Randy Segal; Steve Kaufman; Michele Farquhar

Other key lawyers:

Trey Hanbury; Ari Fitzgerald; Alexander Johnson

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, comprised of industry-leading functional experts (lending, M&A, tax, venture) and all around athletes. They have the ability to assist principals in thinking through issues before they emerge, prioritizing what’

‘Randy Segal is exceptional in her ability to understand the ins-and-outs of a transaction in a way that makes her input invaluable for an investor or owner. She brings an energy and passion that is unsurpassed in the industry.’

‘Gabrielle Witt has been a critical part of our Hogan team, able to work through details but also ratchet up to identify what is important in any transaction. She often identifies issues that we as owners might miss, but are important to minimizing risk and confusion later.’

‘The team at Hogan Lovells is incredibly competent, responsive, and effective. They understand the specific nuances of our industry and are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Randy Segal is the absolute best, I can trust her with anything. Her partner Steve Kaufman also jumps in when needed and he’s fantastic too.’

Key clients

Columbia Capital

T-Mobile

GE

Vodafone

CBS

Spotify

HC2, Inc.

Sprint

ABC

CNN

Lockheed Martin

Daimler/Mercedes-Benz

SNR Wireless

KBR, Inc.

Dell

MSD Capital

Facebook

21st Century Fox

Honeywell

Airbus

ABL Space

S15 Space Systems

Akash

Planet Labs

Orbit Fab, Inc.

Loft Orbital Solutions, Inc.

Space Logistics, LLC

BeamTrail

Firefly Aerospace

Hunter Communications

Momentus Inc.

General Atomics

Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Advance/Newhouse Communications

HawkEye 360

Astroscale

The Aerospace Corporation

Barings LLC

NextNav

SES

Gogo

Omnispace

Melody Investment Advisers

Bell Canada

PTC 220

Aireon

HB Spectrum

LB Spectrum

TerraPact

Dun & Bradstreet

Speedcast

Asian Development Bank

MEAG

CTIA – The Wireless Association

The Walt Disney Company

ACA International

Navient

LiveVox

United Healthcare

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management

TCN

The Internet Association

Work highlights

  • Provided regulatory support for Barings LLC on their investment in GigaMonster.
  • Advised Facebook on its $5.7bn investment for a stake in Jio Platforms.
  • Advised T-Mobile US Inc. on its $146bn merger with Sprint Corp. that has transformed the US telecoms sector.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is an established name for corporate, commercial and financing transactions in the areas of telecoms, broadcasting and satellites. Among its many recent highlights, the practice group took a lead role in the historic merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Practice co-chair Matthew Brill has a notably broad skill set with expertise in advising service providers, investors and lenders on transactions in the satellite and broadcasting sectors. Fellow practice head James Barker is a key name in the market for spectrum auctions. Matthew Murchison is another important name and is highly skilled in obtaining regulatory approvals in the broadband, wireless, video and satellite industries. Counsel Elizabeth Park is noted for her expertise in telecoms-related M&A and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brill; James Barker; Anthony Klein

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Park; Matthew Murchison

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc. (MIRA)

Viasat, Inc.

LogMeIn, Inc.

J.P. Morgan

Telefónica S.A

Ribbon Communications Inc.

Keybase, Inc.

CradlePoint, Inc.

One Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised T-Mobile US, Inc. on its acquisition of Sprint Corporation.
  • Advised MIRA on communications regulatory issues relating to MIRA’s “take private” acquisition of Cincinnati Bell.
  • Advised Viasat on the deployment of new satellite systems, and Wi-Fi connectivity on commercial airlines.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's New York team is a leading name for M&A, bank financing and capital markets transactions, and that expertise extends to the areas of telecoms and broadcasting. Practice head Robert Townsend is an expert in telecoms-related M&A, and counts Cincinnati Bell and Univision as key clients. On the broadcasting side, Faiza Saeed and George Schoen are both highly experienced in high-value M&A. Also recommended are Tatiana Lapushchik, a name to note for bank financing work, and William Fogg, who co-heads the firm's financing practice and focuses on capital markets transactions. Johnny Skumpija moved to Sidley Austin LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Robert Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Faiza Saeed; Georrge Schoen; Tatiana Lapushchik; William Fogg

Key clients

Bharti

Cable One

Cincinnati Bell

Cox Communications

Crown Castle

Deutsche Telekom

Frontier Communications

Partner Communications

Rogers Communications

Univision

Viacom’s Transaction Committee of the Board

Work highlights

  • Advised Cincinnati Bell Inc. on its pending $2.9bn acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc.
  • Advised Deutsche Telekom AG on its Master Framework Agreement with SoftBank Group Corp. and T-Mobile US, Inc.
  • Advised Univision Holdings, Inc. on its pending sale of a majority ownership interest to Searchlight Capital Partners, LP and ForgeLight LLC.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has expertise in both the telecoms and broadcasting sectors, with a varied client roster including traditional communications and media companies, new market entrants and financial investors. Michael Diz is a key name and has recently handled deals for broadband, mobile and video conferencing providers. Diz jointly leads the team alongside Jonathan Levitsky, an expert in TV broadcasting deals, and Michael Gillespie, who has been particularly active in the areas of electric and driverless vehicles. Clients in this sector also benefit from the wider M&A expertise of lawyers including Paul Bird, William Regner and Jeffrey Rosen. All named lawyers are based in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Jonathan Levitsky; Michael Gillespie

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bird; William Regner; Jeffrey Rosen

Testimonials

‘Exceptional technical ability and attention to detail. I feeling strongly when working Jon and the team all angles of risk will be covered.’

‘Have worked extensively with Jon Levitsky. He’s extremely smart and I find him much more into the detail than many other partners. Also has huge expertise and thought power when thinking through risks and anticipating areas of potential issue.’

‘They have a deep knowledge of our business and great experience in big and complex deals.’

Key clients

Liberty Broadband

Verizon Communications Inc.

Gogo, Inc.

Amazon

Tribune Media Company

Nexstar Media Group

Elliott Management Corporation

Milbank

Milbank has noted strengths in telecoms and satellite financings, as well as in satellite and space sector transactions. Washington DC-based Dara Panahy jointly leads the practice and focuses on satellite related financing and service agreements with expertise cross-border matters involving Europe and Asia.  Other key individuals include Peter Nesgos, who advises satellite operators and financiers on space and satellite projects; and Patrick Campbell, a specialist in procurement and joint ventures. Senior associate Bijan Ganji and associate Alexis Sáinz are standout names on the more junior end.

Key clients

WorldVu Satellites Ltd. (d/b/a OneWeb)

NetLink NBN Trust

Es’hailSat (Qatar Satellite Company)

PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara

Avanti Communications

Iridium Communications Inc.

Spaceflight Industries

ING Group (Bank)

Panasonic Aviation

Goldman, Sachs & Co., Mizuho Securities and J.P. Morgan

Work highlights

  • Advised OneWeb on the development of a global satellite constellation, including procurement contracts.
  • Advised the official committee of unsecured creditors of global satellite operator Intelsat S.A., in relation to the company’s Chapter 11 cases filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Advised Pasifik Satelit Nusantara on the project procurement and financing of the “SATRIA” Public Private Partnership project sponsored by the Indonesian government.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has been especially active in M&A on behalf of private equity house and telecoms companies, but has also handled a number of transactions relating to infrastructure developments. The team is jointly chaired by Andrew Lipman and Catherine Wang, both of whom has extensive experience in obtaining regulatory approval at national, regional and international levels. Lipman has led on a number of high-profile transactions, most recently assisting the US private equity firm Digital Colony Partners and Swedish infrastructure investment fund EQT AB with its £14.3bn purchase of Zayo Group Holdings Inc. Highlights for Wang have included advising FirstLight Fiber on its major expansion into the northeastern US, which involved the acquisition of five separate independent companies. Ulises Pin, who is highly skilled in the acquisition of submarine sea cables, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lipman; Catherine Wang

Other key lawyers:

Ulises Pin

Key clients

Crown Castle International

Uniti Group

Huawei Technologies

EQT AB

Hawaiki Submarine Cable

Securus

China Telecom Americas

Zayo Group

Cincinnati Bell

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advised US private equity firm Digital Colony Partners (DCP) and Swedish infrastructure investment fund EQT AB on the $14.3bn purchase of Zayo Group Holdings Inc.
  • Advising Cincinnati Bell Inc. on its sale to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for $2.9bn.
  • Advised FirstLight Fiber on the expansion of the company’s service network in the northeastern US.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a diverse skill set covering the broadcast, satellite and telecoms sectors, with particular strengths in transactions surrounding major telecoms towers. The client base includes cable TV companies, private equity investors, as well as data centre corporations. Bruce Gutenplan leads the practice and is a well-known name in the market for tower transactions. He also has expertise in M&A and corporate finance in the telecoms and broadcast sectors.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a strong track record in mergers and takeovers, equity investment and bankruptcies, acting for a range of telecoms, broadband and broadcasting companies. Michael Aiello chairs the corporate department and advises and has an active public companies practice with a number of clients active in these sectors. Fellow practice head Frederick Green is an expert in corporate and securities transactions, with a particular focus on telecoms infrastructure. Michael Lubowitz, is another key name and recognized here for his transactional work in the wireless and wireline spaces. All lawyers are based in New York. Former practice head Howard Chatzinoff has retired.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello; Fred Green

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lubowitz

Key clients

Apax Partners

Antin Infrastructure

Apollo Infrastructure

Berkshire Partners

Discovery, Inc.

Fiera Infrastructure

FirstLight Fiber

GI Partners

Goldman Sachs

Guggenheim Securities

Picture Head Holdings

Providence Equity Partners

PSP Investments

Scripps Network Interactive

Speedcast International

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Global Management on its acquisition of Lendlease (US) Telecom Holdings LLC, a developer of cell towers, from Lendlease Americas Inc.
  • Advised GI Partners on its acquisition of Vast Broadband.
  • Advised Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition, together with APG Group, of the equity interests not already owned by Fiera in Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has been the port of call for Cable One and Global Tel Link Corporate for all of their corporate transactions, which often cover assets and operations in multiple states. Regular work flows include M&A and capital markets transactions. Practice lead Cherie Kiser is highly skilled in transactional matters, and has assisted both traditional telecoms companies as well financial institutions entering the market. Counsel Angela Collins is also very experienced in transactional work, including commercial contracts and inter-connector agreements. Both lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Chérie Kiser

Other key lawyers:

Angela Collins

Key clients

Cable One, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

BofA Securities

JPMorgan Securities

Deutsche Bank Securities

Citigroup Global Markets

Credit Suisse Securities

Mizuho Securities USA

Wells Fargo Securities

BNP Paribas

SMBC Nikko Securities America

Work highlights

  • Represented Cable One, Inc. in its recent transactions with three communications service providers: Valu-Net LLC, Wisper ISP, LLC, and AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC.
  • Worked with Charter Communications throughout the year, advising the underwriters and initial purchasers in deals totaling $13.4bn.
  • Worked with Comcast Corporation throughout the year, representing the underwriters in various deals, including concurrent public cross-border foreign multi-currency offerings.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP operates under the leadership of Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, and as such is a popular choice for transactions that require FFC approval. Basile's recent workload has included advising private equity house Apollo Capital Management on its acquisition of 31 TV stations and 59 radio stations, while McDowell has been assisting Microsoft with extending its wireless broadband connectivity. Other noteworthy individuals in the team include Travis LeBlanc, who has deep experience in internal investigations, and JG Harrington, a name to note for financings and bankruptcy work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Basile; Robert McDowell

Other key lawyers:

Travis LeBlanc; JG Harrington

Testimonials

‘Cross-functional lawyers who understand different approaches in the space and use learnings from other segments of the same broad industry to improve.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Meredith Corporation

Gray Television

CBS Affiliates Association / Fox Affiliates Association

Scripps Media

Kylie Jenner / Kim Kardashian West

Recorded Books

Anheuser-Busch

National Public Radio (NPR)

Cox Media Group

Work highlights

  • Acts regulatory counsel for the CBS and Fox TV stations.
  • Assisted Microsoft Corporation with its pursuit of a federal regulatory construct to enable unlicensed use of television “white spaces,” for wireless broadband connectivity.
  • Represents SpaceX in corporate, regulatory and litigation matters.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP’s bicoastal team handles both telecoms and broadcasting-related deals. Contacts on the East Coast include Nigel Howard in New York and Washington DC-based Matthew DelNero, while on the West Coast, Robyn Polashuk is a name to note in Los Angeles.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP has a very strong reputation in the broadcasting space, with expertise in M&A, financing and commercial agreements. Los Angeles-based  Scott Edel works at the helm and advises on both traditional media as well as OTT services and digital media. In New York, Marc Chamlin is highly focused on the TV industry, where he advises clients on investments, joint ventures and licensing issues. Also in New York is Carol Kaplan, a name to note for broadcast and cable transactions.

Practice head(s):

Scott Edel

Other key lawyers:

Marc Chamlin; Carol Kaplan

Paul Hastings LLP

Led by the 'incredibly talented' Sherrese Smith, Paul Hastings LLP advises a diverse range of clients including telecoms companies, broadcasters, satellite operators and major investors. Included among its client roster are household names such as Twentieth Century Fox, Walmart and Bank of America. Based in the Washington DC office, Smith is highly skilled in obtaining regulatory approval for transactions and has recently advised on spectrum auctions, M&A and private equity investments. Associate Andrew Erber is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Erber

Testimonials

‘Creative lawyering and exceptional strategic advice.’

‘Sherrese Smith is incredibly talented in mixing great legal and business advice.’

Key clients

Francisco Partners

Novacap Technologies

Ericsson

Walmart

National Association of Broadcasters

Walt Disney Company

Fox Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

EchoStar Corporation

Cox Enterprises

TEGNA

Work highlights

  • Advised Francisco Partners on the $4.3bn acquisition of LogMeIn, a leading provider of cloud-based remote connectivity services.
  • Advised telecom equipment company Ericsson AB on the acquisition of Cradlepoint, a wireless networking company, for $1.1bn.
  • Acted for the unsecured creditors of OneWeb Global Ltd. in relation to the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding and approximately $1bn buyout.

Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein LLP has a longstanding history in both the telecoms and broadcasting industry, with a recent highlights including M&A, restructurings and major distribution agreements. The practice group is led by Kathleen Kirby, a name to note for broadcasting matters, and Ambassador David Gross, who takes the lead on telecoms sector work. Kirby has advised both TV and radio stations, and is well versed in navigating FCC approvals, licensing and media ownership issues. Eve Reed is also highly skilled in handling media ownership issues, as well as regulatory issues involving foreign ownership. Ari Meltzer is another key name, noted for her background in advising on the auction of TV and radio stations.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Kirby; David Gross

Other key lawyers:

Eve Reed; Ari Meltzer

Testimonials

‘The Wiley firm, especially Ari Meltzer, is SO well connected – always ahead of the curve.’

Key clients

Alpha Media

ViacomCBS

Estrella Media

Gray Television

iHeartMedia

National Association of Broadcasters

New York Public Radio

Nexstar Media Group

Radio Television Digital News Association

Salem Media Group

Work highlights

  • Advised iHeartMedia after it attracted new foreign investment in the wake of its emergence from bankruptcy.
  • Advised CBS on its merger with Viacom.
  • Advised the National Association of Broadcasters on various issues.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has handled the lion’s share of AT&T’s transactions, with practice head Maureen Jeffreys being a go-to adviser for the telecoms giant since 2001. In addition to telecoms operators, the firm also acts for a range of broadcasting and media companies, and financiers. The group has expertise on regulatory issues surrounding spectrum policy, new technology and First Amendment issues. Other notable members of the team include Peter Schildkraut, an expert in M&A and restructuring, and Scott Feira, who focuses on FCC merger reviews.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Jeffreys

Other key lawyers:

Peter Schildkraut; Scott Feira

Key clients

AT&T

Crowley Technologies

Digital Promise Global

Greater Washington Education Telecommunication Association, Inc. (WETA)

Intellicom Inc.

KCETLink

KQED Inc.

North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.

Warner Bros.

Work highlights

  • Advised AT&T on the sale of foreign subsidiaries as it works to execute its plan to sell off non-strategic assets.
  • Advised a group of lenders to Cumulus Media in  controlling 83% interest and for foreign investors to hold a more than 25% interest in the reorganized company.
  • Advised a group of lenders to iHeartMedia on successfully petitioning the FCC to allow investors to exceed the 25% foreign investment cap.

Dentons

Dentons is experienced in handling transactions involving telecoms companies, ISPs, software developers and broadcasters. Todd Daubert leads the practice and is noted for his track record in obtaining FCC approval for transactions. He is supported in the DC office by managing associate Lauren Wilson, an expert in privacy and data security. Elsewhere, New York-based Victor Boyajian specializes in venture capital transactions in this space, and Michael Cochrane in Atlanta is a name to note for M&A and private equity work.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert 

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Wilson; Victor Boyajian; Michael Cochrane

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP has been involved in some significant deals in the market, including acting for Softbank in relation to its involvement in the Sprint and T-Mobile merger. The team also handles work for T-Mobile, having recently assisted the client with developing its broadband network in Puerto Rico. The team is co-chaired by Samuel Feder, who has a very strong reputation in the market, both through his work at the firm and for his previous experience as general counsel at the FCC. The team also includes John Flynn, who was a former FCC commissioner and Rebekah Goodheart, who has worked at both the FCC and DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Feder; John Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Rebekah Goodheart

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Elliott Management Corporation

SoftBank Group Corporation

T-Mobile USA

TEGNA Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted SoftBank with securing regulatory approvals of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger.
  • Advised TEGNA on acquisitions totaling over $1bn.
  • Helped T-Mobile secure over $80m to upgrade and harden its mobile broadband network in Puerto Rico.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Based in New York, Proskauer Rose LLP is experienced in handling transactions involving both traditional and digital broadcasting platforms, with particular strengths in the sports broadcasting space. Robert Freeman is a key contact in this regard, and is noted for his experience of media rights, content distribution deals and M&A. He works alongside M&A expert Lauren Boglivi, who recently advised Discovery on its acquisition of Golf Channel Latin America. Also recommended is TMT specialist Jeffrey Neuburger, who recently assisted iHeartMedia with its acquisition of podcasting network Voxnest.

Practice head(s):

Robert Freeman; Lauren Boglivi; Jeffrey Neuburger

Key clients

Altice USA

AMC

Bain Capital

Cox Communications

Digicel

Discovery

DISH Network

Fan Controlled Football League

ForgeLight LLC

fuboTV

Hulu

iHeartMedia

Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee (LA 2028)

Minute Media

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

National Football League

Spectrum (Charter Communications)

Tegna

The Ivy League

United States Golf Association

Work highlights

  • Advised ForgeLight LLC, an operating and investment company led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Univision Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised Discovery Inc. on its acquisition of Latin American Golf.
  • Advised The Stars Group on the formation and launch of a media and sports wagering partnership in the US with FOX Sports, including the launch of FOX Bet.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP commands a steady stream of telecoms and satellite-related transactions, with experience in matters ranging from smaller regional transactions through to large-scale international deals. Practice head Brian Weimer is best known for his work in the satellite industry, where he regularly handles corporate and commercial deals, as well as financing transactions. Weimer recently advised the global satellite operator OneWeb on bankruptcy matters arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Key clients

SES S.A.

OneWeb

Ness Technologies S.A.R.L.

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Vero Fiber Networks

Work highlights

  • Advised OneWeb on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Rakuten on the 2020 global launch of Rakuten’s new 5G mobile network.
  • Advised fiber optic network provider Vero Fiber Networks on the construction of its network.

Telecommunications Law Professionals

Telecommunications Law Professionals is a telecoms specialist boutique with expertise in M&A transactions, spectrum auctions and implementing space-based cellular broadband networks. Founding partner Carl Northrop has over 40 years' experience in the telecoms space and jointly oversees the team alongside fellow founding partner Michael Lazarus, who is an expert in transactions pertaining to spectrum and wireless infrastructure. Dennis Corbett is another key figure and is highly experienced in FCC clearance work, as is Gregg Skall, a new arrival from Womble Bond Dickinson.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lazarus; Carl Northrop

Key clients

AST & Science

GCI Communications Corp./The Alaska Wireless Network

Cox Media Group

Skyriver Spectrum and Technology LLC

Cellular South, Inc. d/b/a C Spire

American Tower Corporation

KCST USA, Inc.

Optivon, Inc.

Go Long Wireless LLC

Locke Lord

Work highlights

  • Advised AST on the FCC rulemaking proceeding which proposes to make $9bn available to promote 5G wireless service in  underserved areas.
  • Assisted GCI with the implementation of roaming arrangements with nationwide carriers which includes a number of strategic spectrum purchases.
  • Advised SS&T on a reconfiguration of its 24 GHz spectrum licenses.