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Telecommunications pushes global boundaries in an ever-growing network, from internet cables laid beneath the sea to broadcast satellites orbiting in space.

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It is a challenging field, where a single project can demand a depth and breadth of understanding of physical, commercial, technical and regulatory conditions across multiple jurisdictions and legal disciplines. Whether it’s protecting the global IP for a game-changing semiconductor, or drawing up an international agreement safeguarding colocation of broadcast facilities, being able to swiftly assemble effective teams that can take on jobs across the spectrum is one of Mayer Brown’s greatest strengths.

We work with our telecoms clients to create effective and commercially intelligent strategies with a close eye on risk and corporate governance. Telecoms pose some particularly acute challenges in emerging markets, where in many cases the legal frameworks needed for dealing with innovations haven’t been fully developed – but that doesn’t diminish universal consumer appetites for data, speed and bandwidth. We help our clients meet those appetites.

Our dedicated and global M&A, EU Antitrust and Competition teams are highly regarded by telco clients who act quickly when new M&A opportunities emerge and deal-makers are needed. Our success in helping clients deal with legislative barriers, identifying downstream issues and structuring finance is reflected in our deal history.

Relationships with third parties underpin many aspects of telecoms work, and this is another area where Mayer Brown’s blend of industry knowledge with legal and regulatory knowledge is particularly valuable. From outsourcing and supply chain contracts to strategic partnerships and international competition, our lawyers are skilled in negotiating, contracting and managing complex and far-reaching relationships across all parts of the telecoms sphere.
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