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Mr Brian Weimer
Brian Weimer is a corporate partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office and leader of the firm’s Communications Practice.
Mr. Weimer provides transactional and regulatory advice to clients in the telecommunications industry, with particular emphasis on satellite, wireless, and media companies. He acts as corporate counsel to telecommunications companies in M&A and financing matters and also advises on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory issues presented by these transactions. Mr. Weimer represents FCC licensees on a wide range of issues at the FCC, including rulemaking, licensing, and enforcement matters. He also advises foreign and domestic clients on international telecommunications issues such as satellite landing rights, cross-border M&A transactions and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). Mr. Weimer has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Communications Law. Mr. Weimer frequently speaks and writes on telecommunications-related matters at industry events. He is also actively involved in the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he has served as co-chair of the International Telecommunications Committee, the Transactional Practice Committee and the Wireless Committee. He is also a board member of the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) and a member of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI).
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1995, Olin Fellow in Law & Economics; B.A., University of Chicago, 1990, Phi Beta Kappa
United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is particularly strong in cross-border, CFIUS and national security work, with a client list that includes satellite operators such as OneWeb and Omnispace, and private equity clients such as I Squared Capital and Astra Capital Management. Team leader Brian Weimer focuses on satellite, wireless and broadcast companies, providing transactional and regulatory advice, as well as representation in FCC enforcement and national security proceedings. Weimer represents Korean satellite operator KTSAT in arbitration and litigation proceedings concerning satellite ownership and related damages, along with telecoms litigation specialist Paul Werner. Werner has experience in large-scale domestic consumer protection matters, with a particular emphasis on privacy matters, as well as arbitration and international disputes; he serves as regulatory counsel to social network and media company Snap. Weimer and Werner also advised NESS Technologies on a dispute with Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, raising novel issues concerning the CFIUS process, and on a purchase agreement for Ness’ digital solutions business. Focusing on broadband, cable and wireless issues, Dave Thomas is the key contact for Charter Communications; he advises the client on wireless infrastructure deployment, cable operational issues, the FCC’s one-touch infrastructure policies, and net neutrality. Other key team members include cable specialist Ray Rutngamlug and associate Drew Svor. Aaron George recently departed the firm for an in-house position.
United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has strong experience in satellite matters, as well as advising a range of private equity clients in their telecoms investments. Practice head Brian Weimer focuses on satellite, wireless and media companies, recently handling Astra Capital Management’s acquisition of Alpheus, a Texas-based competitive local exchange carrier, for $205m. Weimer also recently acted for I Squared Capital in connection with its $1.9bn acquisition of Hutchison Telecom’s fixed-line service, and assisted Global Eagle with satellite capacity purchases. Other key team members include Ray Rutngamlug, who specializes in communications service agreements, and associate Drew Svor. The firm’s work with Ness Technologies is one of its most notable engagements, having represented the company in the proposed $325m cross-border sale of its digital solutions business to China-based HNA Group, as well as in litigation arising out of the subsequent failure of the transaction due to national security issues. While Weimer handled the corporate and national security issues in Ness’ case, Paul Werner handled the litigation issues, and leads the firm’s advice to social network Snap, which includes transactional and strategic matters concerning its move into mass media content.
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