Telecoms

We advise on the full range of transactions carried out in the telecoms sector.

Our telecoms practitioners understand the particular requirements of the telecoms sector and are familiar with a broad range of technologies including internet, wireless and satellite communications. Through our initiatives with relationship law firms in other jurisdictions, we offer a multi-national and multi-disciplinary capability focused on the telecoms sector.

Given the overlap and convergence with the technology sector, our Telecoms group works closely with our multi-disciplinary Technology group.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Vodafone:

– on the proposed acquisition of certain operations of Liberty Global (Liberty) in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania, for a total enterprise value of €18.4 billion. The Transaction will be subject to review by and approval from the European Commission. Vodafone anticipates that completion will take place around the middle of calendar 2019

– on the proposed merger of Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers to create a pan-Indian tower company with over 163,000 towers and a pro forma equity value of US$14.6 billion that will be the largest of its kind outside China

– on the US$23 billion merger of its subsidiary Vodafone India (excluding its 42% stake in Indus Towers) with Idea Cellular, to create India’s largest telecom operator with the country’s widest mobile network.

Cable & Wireless Communications:

– on its recommended acquisition by Liberty Global plc for approximately £3.6 billion

– on its acquisition of Columbus International for US$1.85 billion

PCCW on the HK$8.53 billion sale of an approximate 11.10% shareholding in HKT. Both PCCW and HKT are listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The disposal was effected by way of a placing, with Goldman Sachs acting as placing agent

Reliance Communications (RCOM) on its transaction with Maxis Communications Berhad (MCB) to combine RCOM’s Indian wireless business with Aircel. The transaction is the largest-ever consolidation in the Indian telecom sector and has created an operator ranked in the top 4 operators in India by customer base and revenues. The merged company has combined assets of US$9.7 billion and a net worth of US$5.2 billion. The transaction was implemented by way of a court-approved process of demerger. We advised RCOM alongside J. Sagar Associates who provided Indian law advice to RCOM

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on a range of competition and regulatory matters, including the auction of two national fixed wireless services licences and the associated radio spectrum.

Ofcom in the drafting of regulations regarding the auction of further radio spectrum in the UK.

Ericsson on the competition aspects of its patent infringement suits with Samsung.

Ericsson on its Article 82 complaint to the European Commission requesting that it investigate and stop alleged anti-competitive conduct by Qualcomm.

Cable & Wireless Communications in proceedings in the High Court regarding substantial claims brought against it by its Caribbean competitor, Digicel.

telent on a recommended cash offer pursuant to the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.

Ericsson in connection with its managed services partnership with Hutchison 3G UK which appoints Ericsson the exclusive manager of the H3G network and its IT infrastructure in the UK.

Symbian on a global licensing of its operating system for a new generation of wireless devices.

Marconi on the disposal of the telecommunications equipment and international services businesses to Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson for £1.2 billion in cash.

Reuters on a global network services agreement with BT Group, thought to be one of the biggest telecoms outsourcing deals in the world.