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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Michael Senkowski

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing; telecom; Media, Sport and Entertainment

Position

Partner; Co-Chair, Global Telecom Practice

Career

For more than 30 years, Mike has represented both startup entrepreneurs and industry leaders in telephony, wireless, international, and Internet issues. He has handled hundreds of telecommunications transactions, ranging from small deals to five of the largest telecom mergers in history. He has engaged in virtually all aspects of telephony issues resulting from the Telecommunications Act of 1996. 

Mike is highly experienced in spectrum allocation and wireless policy issues for both service providers and manufacturers. He is experienced in the full range of advocacy venues important to telecom decision making. Businesses turn to him when they are facing investigations of compliance forfeiture proceedings.

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School; B.A., Yale University


United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

The ‘highly skilled, incredibly competent and professional’ practice group at DLA Piper LLP (US) is well known for its ‘extensive global connections’ and is rated by clients for its ‘quick turnaround on complicated projects’. Palo Alto-based Jeffrey Aronson (‘an exceptional and knowledgeable transactional attorney’) assisted Silicon Laboratories with its $282m acquisition of the semiconductors company Sigma Designs. Further, Washington DC-based Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski acted for T-Mobile US and Deutsche Telekom in FCC negotiations regarding the announced merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation. Silicon Valley-based global co-chair Victoria Lee is also recommended.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael Senkowski - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Within: 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.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: 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.

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