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Tom Wheadon

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Information, communications and technology.


Tom is head of the firm’s international information, communications and technology practice. He advises a wide range of clients within the TMT, finanical institutions, and asset management and investment funds sectors, and has been the client partner for clients such as Avaya, Equinix, Sitel, Riyad Bank, Truphone, Verizon and Virgin Media in many cases for over a decade. He specialises in the law, regulation and policy of telecommunications, satellite, media, the internet and e-commerce. Recent work highlights include advising on the UK’s 4G spectrum auction, Truphone on the £70m investment by Roman Abramovich, network and data centre sharing for various clients, new UK telecoms network builds (PCCW/UK Broadband’s 4G network and CityFibre Holdings’ FTTH network in ‘second cities’), orbital slots for Reliance Globalcom and others, on a wide range of data centre matters from a Moscow market entrance by IXcellerate to Middle East and European expansion for Equinix, on the development of SaaS by companies such as Webpuzzle, Hullomail, Theomobex and Kewill, on the application of cleantech to the TMT and other industries for companies such as Highview, and advising numerous MVNO businesses, from established players on International Money Transfer services to advising start-ups targeting niche markets, as well as fundraising to continue growth and development. Tom is quoted in The Legal 500 2011 as a ‘telecoms guru’ and in Chambers 2012 as ‘a pleasure to work with’.


In-house lawyer Videotron Holdings plc (covering legal, regulatory and corporate affairs); joined Simmons & Simmons 1996, partner 1997; joint author of ‘Telecommunications – The EU Law’ and ‘E-Commerce Law’.


International Bar Association.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The information and communications technology team at Simmons & Simmons provides 'speedy, relevant and timely advice that is always succinct and commercially focused' to clients such as Samsung, Telefónica UK, Virgin Media and BT plc. The team is also instructed by OneWeb on complex TMT regulatory issues concerning satellite broadband, in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In another work highlight James Cotter led a team acting for VEON on a project for the transformation of the clients supply chain, including drafting and renegotiating terms of procurement as well as automating certain contract templates. Tom Wheadon attracts praise for 'his tireless and selfless ability to be there whenever needed to provide  measured legal advice'. He heads the practice, which includes head of TMT Alexander Brown, and Hinal Patel, who advises  buyers and suppliers in the technology and telecoms sectors. Changes to the team includes Lawrence Brown's promotion to the partnership and Tony Woodgate's retirement.

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