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Preiskel & Co LLP
4 KING'S BENCH WALK
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7DL
England

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Preiskel & Co LLP has a strong focus on advising UK-based and international telecoms clients, and has also recently been increasingly active in the IT space. Firm co-founder Daniel Preiskel is head of the non-transactional telecoms department with expertise across commercial and regulatory telecoms matters, advising MNOs, resellers and hosted telephony advisers. Fellow co-founder Ronnie Preiskel leads the transactional side of the team and advises on a wide range of TMT mandates. David Allen Green is also of note for his expertise in telecoms litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The Preiskel team have a deep knowledge of global telecoms, particularly across EMEA, and bring this insightfulness into the provision of their legal services, whether it be in M&A, compliance or general commercial. This is often invaluable for the client.’

‘Preiskal is highly responsive and gives sound advice. In addition, they perform extremely well with counter-parties, acting in a robust but fair manner at all times.’

‘Very easy to work with, highly practical and highly skilled. They work well as a team and are very expert in telecoms.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable in all aspects of telecoms. The team thinks outside the box when solving issues.’

‘Preiskel & Co add value by providing a depth of legal understanding that is pertinent to the industry and practical solutions to the questions that are posed to them.’

‘Ronnie and David Preiskel have been very helpful with regulatory issues and a great help with litigation.’

‘Danny Preiskel from the very start made himself available, taking time to understand, asking the right insightful questions.’

‘Danny Preiskel has a great deal of experience and is practical and commercial in his application of that experience.’

Key clients

NTT Data UK

IXAfrica

Globalgig inc

Bank of Telecom

NextGen Clearing

Ixcellerate Limited

Dubber Corp

RouteTrader

TMT Analysis

Orange Logic

DLocal

MetaMap

Vidya

Bitstamp

Elsewhen

Pollenup

Mellizyme

Tritex

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Preiskel & Co LLP is praised by clients for the depth of its behavioural competition capabilities in the tech, media, and telecom sectors. The ‘creative and engaged‘ practice chair Tim Cowen is particularly noted for his expertise in a range of CMA and European Commission-instigated abuse of dominance claims, acting for both defendants and complainants. Associate Raluca Sterian is also noted.

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Tim Cowen

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Testimonials

‘They have a deep understanding of the tech and telecoms industries with both technical and practical knowledge.’

‘Tim Cowen is always creative and engaged, and ready to explore new approaches.’

Key clients

Movement for an Open Web Limited

London Cremation Company

Connexity Inc

ICOMP

Unite the Union

Tobii Dynavox

Tobii Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Movement for an Open Web Limited in respect of a complaint to the CMA and other regulators against Google for abuse of dominance.
  • Advised the London Cremation Company (LCC) in relation to a CMA sector investigation into funerals.
  • Advising Connexity in relation to its High Court Claim for damages against Google.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Preiskel & Co LLP is noted for its expertise in advising clients on all aspects of film and television, from financing and production to distribution and exploitation. Consultants Peter Dally and Hannah Leader, who jointly head up the practice, have extensive experience in film and television industries. Associate Matthew Fox is a key contact in the team.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Active in both High Court litigation and cryptocurrency claims, Preiskel & Co LLP's dispute resolution department was established in late 2018 by former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner, Robert Dougans, who focuses on cross-border litigation, usually involving fraud.

Preiskel & Co is a business law firm, based in the City of London, which specialises in UK and international corporate, commercial (including IPR) and regulatory matters with a focus on TMT. The firm also has strong dispute resolution and film and TV departments.

The firm: Preiskel & Co was founded in 2004. Since inception, the firm’s practice has expanded beyond its core telecoms, media and technology expertise to build a leading competition law practice, as well as developing its general IPR, fintech, retail, franchising and cleantech practices.

There is also a significant international element to the firm’s work, with clients in continental Europe, Latin America, Russia, US, Africa and the Middle East. It advises governments, multinationals, regulators, and owner-managed businesses as well as other law firms and major consultancies. It is internationally recognised for its experience in the telecommunications sector, has won various awards such as UK Telecoms Law Firm of the Year, and is known for its TMT practice generally, including data protection, IPR protection, and commercial expertise.

Preiskel & Co is internationally recognised in leading guides such as The Legal 500 for its experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, competition law including merger control, and in social media.

The firm’s competition team is advising marketers for an Open Web in relation to its CMA complaint about Google’s Privacy Sandbox, and the ensuing CMA investigation. The team also runs competition law damages cases in the CAT and High Court, and advises on merger control laws and their applicability to client transactions, in particular in light of recent reforms.

The dispute resolution team, led by Robert Dougans, has been instructed in relation to a number of high profile commercial court actions, including one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases for 2021.

The firm benefits from the film and TV expertise of Peter Dally and Hannah Leader, who both have an impressive range of experience advising in the industry. The firm was credited for its legal work on the award-winning film “Blinded by the Light”.

On the social media side, the firm boasts one of the UK’s leading legal bloggers and commentators, David Allen Green, who also writes for the Financial Times. His practice includes advising on high-profile defamation cases, including Twitter-related defamation cases.

Types of work undertaken: The main industry sectors in which Preiskel & Co has expertise are telecoms and IT; complex telecoms regulatory advice; media (including social media); fintech; cleantech; retail (including restaurants, furniture and fashion); gambling including online gaming; and film and television.

The firm’s main practice areas are competition law (including merger control); commercial (including IT, data protection, telecoms, and franchising); regulatory (including telecoms and data protection); corporate; intellectual property (including filing trade marks and patents); online gaming; employment; film and TV and dispute resolution.

Preiskel & Co is internationally recognised for its international telecoms work advising some of the world’s largest telecoms operators and handset manufacturers as well as telecoms regulators/ministries. The firm boasts one of Europe’s leading EU competition lawyers, Tim Cowen, whose practice focuses on complicated second phase merger investigations, EU advocacy challenges, and competition damages claims. Daniel Preiskel and Ronnie Preiskel are also recognised in their own right as leading telecoms lawyers.

Preiskel & Co plays a leading role in various telecoms and other industry associations including: MEF (Mobile Ecosystem Forum), the International MVNOx Association, ISPA (ISP Association), ITSPA, FCS, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the International Institute of Communications, the British Institute or International and Comparative Law,  as well as being on the Communications Law Committee of the IBA.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Daniel Preiskel
Managing partner Ronnie Preiskel
Competition Tim Cowen
Competition Ronnie Preiskel
Competition Nick Bromfield
Telecoms and IT Daniel Preiskel
Telecoms and IT Ronnie Preiskel
Corporate in other sectors Ronnie Preiskel
Corporate in other sectors Tina Cowen
Corporate in other sectors Daniel Preiskel
Media (including social media) Daniel Preiskel
Media (including social media) David Allen Green
Fintech, cleantech, retail and other sectors Daniel Preiskel
Fintech, cleantech, retail and other sectors Ronnie Preiskel
Gambling including online gaming Daniel Preiskel
Gambling including online gaming Jose Saras
Other Ronnie Preiskel
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Tim Cowen photo Tim CowenTim Cowen focuses on EU and UK competition law and EU regulatory…
Daniel Preiskel photo Daniel PreiskelCurrent position: senior partner. Specialist area of practice: telecoms and IT. Daniel…
Ronnie Preiskel photo Ronnie PreiskelManaging partner, PREISKEL & CO LLP. Work on commercial, corporate and regulatory…
Jose Saras photo Jose SarasJose is a partner at PREISKEL & CO LLP and has international…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 25

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

Diversity of psychology, diversity of experience and diversity of viewpoints lead to the best and most innovative solutions and outcomes for our clients and for our own growth as a firm. We work hard to foster equality and diversity and an inclusive firm where people from all backgrounds across gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and disability can flourish. Our teams are truly representative of the multiple countries and continents in which we work.

From flexible working to training initiatives and building an environment of respect and trust, we empower every member of the firm to reach their full potential, at work, at home and in their other pursuits. We continue to challenge how we are shaped and how we approach our ethical responsibilities.

Social Responsibility

Our social responsibility can, we believe, best be provided through matters and on issues where we can add value to our core mission as lawyers. We support charities such as the British Institute of International and Comparative law and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, as well as not-for-profit organisations dealing with public and social policy affecting the technology, media and telecoms sector, such as the International Institute of Communications.

Tim Cowen is a board member of the Bingham Centre, which is reviewing what can and should be done to reform corporate governance and facilitate companies fulfilling their Environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility aims through legally enforceable governance systems.

We support David Allen Green’s highly respected and independent legal blog, Law and Policy, and his social media commentary on Brexit, blogging to over 200,000 followers and regularly writing for the Financial Times, the New Scientist, The Guardian and other publications. We also support educational charities, such as English Speaking Union (www.esu.org) which is a charity “working to give young people the speaking and listening skills and the cross-cultural understanding they need to thrive” and ORT UK, whose mission is “Impact Through Education”.

We are also active in supporting young people entering the legal profession and act as mentors to students at Queen Mary (University of London) and sponsor the Preiskel & Co Prize for their LLM students.

Pro Bono

As a leading TMT law firm, we understand that not all businesses can afford legal costs. We can help clients in suitable cases to obtain funding from third-party funders and are committed to supporting pro bono cases, ensuring that access to the best legal and commercial advice is not restricted to large corporates. We encourage SMEs and charities to contact us regarding pro bono work. We have, for example, supported pro bono, the Open Rights Group in their successful intervention in the UK Supreme Court in 2018, see more at this link.

We are also strong advocates of access to justice, supporting important organisations such as The London Legal Support Trust.