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DLA Piper LLP (US)
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Intellectual Property and Technology; Technology; Media, Sport and Entertainment




John Beahn has extensive experience in commercial, transactional and national security matters affecting wireline and wireless service providers, submarine cable operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, media and content providers and information technology companies. He also represents private equity firms, investment firms and commercial banks in communications, media and technology matters.

John’s advice on commercial matters includes structuring and negotiating content distribution and licensing agreements, cable affiliation agreements, telecommunications and wireless services agreements, master services agreements, capacity lease agreements, private line agreements, data protection agreements, satellite transponder agreements and technology development agreements.

John’s transactional practice includes structuring advice and regulatory assistance to domestic and international media and content providers, telecommunications carriers and wireless providers regarding mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance activities, among them debt placements and equity offerings. He represents clients in the structuring and negotiation of strategic relationships in a variety of content, telecommunications, wireless and broadband business alliances. He also assists content providers, carriers, financial advisors and investment firms in obtaining federal and state regulatory approvals regarding mergers and acquisitions, debt offerings and corporate finance activities.

John also has extensive experience representing telecommunications providers and vendors, information technology companies and defense/aerospace clients in national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the “Team Telecom” executive branch agencies and the Defense Security Service. His representations include structuring and negotiating national security agreements for some of the largest and most complex transactions ever approved by the U.S. government.


J.D., Catholic University of America; B.A., Boston College

Lawyer Rankings

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

Attorneys named in this section are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong track record of advising clients in cross-border matters and is recommended for its ‘business-oriented approach‘, ‘broad industry expertise‘, and the ‘remarkable team of experts‘ it fields. CFIUS and Team Telecom specialist John Beahn handled national security issues for T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint, working alongside security specialist Sarah Kahn. Beahn was a new arrival to the practice from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2018. Practice co-heads Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski also act for T-Mobile – and controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom – in the regulatory aspects of its proposed merger with Sprint. Victory is lauded by clients for her ‘high-quality strategic guidance‘, while ‘stellar regulatory lawyer‘ Senkowski is also highly recommended. Wireless regulatory specialists Edward Smith and Eric DeSilva, who are ‘stronger individuals in their own right than practice group leaders at other firms‘, according to one client, advise trade association CTIA, which represents all major wireless carriers, on the emergence of new technologies, particularly 5G and Internet of Things. New client Viziv Technologies has been a significant source of work for the firm, which has advised the wireless power company on obtaining regulatory approvals for the testing of its products. Other key names at the practice include associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer, both of whom assist Beahn in his role as lead regulatory counsel to 21st Century Fox in connection with its merger with Disney.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s team is, according to one client, ‘the strongest transactional practice in the telecom space‘, and is highlighted for its work in wireless transactions. Nancy Victory, who jointly leads the group, is praised by clients as a ‘relentless, organized and smart‘ dealmaker, and recently advised Verizon on its multi-step reorganization. Fellow co-head Michael Senkowski is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced‘, and forms a ‘stupendous‘ team with Victory that ‘instills confidence and trust ‘. Senkowski and Victory are acting for T-Mobile in its proposed acquisition of Sprint, in one of the largest telecom transactions in recent years. The ‘tireless‘ Edward Smith, who focuses on wireless and satellite matters, is assisting on the T-Mobile deal, as well as handling joint venture work for OneWeb in cooperation with Senkowski and the firm’s engineering team. John Beahn, a 2018 arrival from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, recently advised GTT Communications on its $40m acquisition of Access Point along with Reston-based transaction specialist Thomas Hendershot. In addition, Beahn is serving as lead regulatory counsel to 21st Century Fox in its $71bn acquisition by Disney, serving as national security counsel toT-Mobile in its acquisition of Sprint, and advising the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Initiative Program on its investment in third-party broadband infrastructure deployment. The team is lauded for its ‘strong bench‘, which includes wireless expert Eric DeSilva and associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.