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Paul Hastings LLP
875 15TH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20005
United States

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United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

The ‘very responsive and practical’ team at Paul Hastings LLP is headed by Behnam Dayanim, who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy, fintech and payments as well as advertising and gaming. Dayanim and Robert Silvers acted for international money remittance company MoneyGram before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in relation to national security concerns linked to the bid by Ant Financial, a $150bn fintech company backed by Alibaba, to acquire the client. The practice has also been advising Barclays on a number of data security matters. Sherrese Smith, who has in-depth expertise on GDPR legislation, is a ‘great leader’. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

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Sherrese Smith



Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is noted for representing broadcasters in matters regarding new technologies, as well as matters requiring novel legal approaches. Department head Eric Greenberg is an experienced transactional lawyer, while Sherrese Smith is the key contact for clients requiring regulatory advice. Smith and Greenberg recently acted for ION Media with a series of innovative transactions arising from the FCC’s incentive auction. Associate Andrew Erber is experienced in the regulatory aspects of broadcast transactions, and assisted Greenberg and Smith in their work for ION Media. Smith handles work for Cox Media regarding its expansion into new areas of content delivery – alongside cybersecurity expert Behnam Dayanim – as well as advising the National Association of Broadcasters on issues connected to the emergence and deployment of new broadcast technologies. Other key clients for the practice include 21st Century Fox, Nexstar Communications, and Univision Communications. Employment lawyer Carson Sullivan is also a member of the interdisciplinary group and defends AT&T in employment cases.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Paul Hastings LLP‘s ‘top-notch transactional practice‘ is noted for its work in broadcast transactions, particularly those involving spectrum issues. Eric Greenberg heads the transactional group, and forms a ‘great team‘ with regulatory key contact Sherrese Smith, both bringing ‘strong skills‘ in their respective specialisms. The firm recently acted for FirstLight in connection with its the financing of its acquisition of fiber optic networks, with Greenberg working alongside associate and transaction specialist Andrew Erber. Other highlights for the firm included its representation of Hemisphere media in its joint ventures with Univision communications in the mainland and Puerto Rican markets, its advice to the Royal Bank of Canada on the financing of Standard Media’s acquisition of a television station portfolio from Tribune media, as well as handling 21st Century Fox’s proposed $1bn acquisition of television stations due to be spun off in Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media, terminated along with the main deal. A key recent mandate for the firm was its work with ION media on the acquisition of expiring broadcast licences in the wake of the FCC’s incentive auction, expanding ION’s portfolio through a first-of-its-kind series of transactions.