Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO download
Kazakhstan has signed a protocol on accession to the WTO and will be an official member of the WTO on the 30th day after the ratification by Parliament of Kazakhstan.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has represented private equity house Silver Lake in its $1bn (£644m) investment in equipment provider Motorola Solutions, advised by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised CK Hutchison Holdings and VimpelCom in their €21.8bn (£15.4bn) agreement to form one of Italy’s largest telecommunications companies.
Cyber bullying and cyber privacy download
Revenge porn; Belgium takes on Facebook; and more.
London businesses to grow by 44 per cent in 10 years, whereas Northern ones predict just 33 per cent.
With a grounding in both telecoms and M&A, Sarah Binder is well placed to face the challenges that come with being director of legal and compliance at entrepreneurial and fast-growing PlusNet.
DLA Piper advised Dixons Carphone on its foray into the US market through a 500-store deal brokered with US telecoms company Sprint, represented by Morrison & Foerster.
Italian mobile marketing company buys SMS outfit DigiTel.
Olswang posts 7.7 per cent revenue increase to £126.7m in 2014/15 results while debt drops to £10.1m
Olswang has reported a 7.7 per cent increase in revenue from £117.6m to £126.7m in 2014/15, while its net debt dropped 54.1 per cent from £22m to £10.1m.
Baltics telecoms company Eesti Telekom has purchases Green IT.
Jones Day has hired a five-strong team of lawyers from Gide Loyrette Nouel to join the Paris office’s TMT practice.
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Cabinet Bompoint and Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners have taken lead roles as multinational media company Vivendi spends around €1bn to increase its stake in Telecom Italia to 14.9 per cent.
Scope to make it easier for intermediaries to finance stock acquisition and develop their own distribution systems.
Technology can be utilised in a vast number of ways to and by franchisors. But it also creates questions for a franchisor to consider.
Lost in Myspace download
Keen to stop yesterday’s photos becoming today’s gossip? Remove old social media profiles for good. It’s relatively straightforward.
A round-up of the latest intellectual property issues, including parody and theatrical copyright, Instagram and copyright, an album copyright dispute, and Rihanna.
A host of French and Brazilian firms have advised on the €7.5bn sale of Vivendi’s Brazilian telecommunications company Global Village Telecom (GVT) to Telefónica Brasil.
Ofcom’s proposed ‘dark fibre’ remedies could affect the review of the merger between BT and EE.
Ex-Tesco senior counsel Phil Warren has been named head of legal at Vodafone and Telefónica joint venture Cornerstone Telecoms Infrastructure Limited (CTIL).
Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have all taken lead roles in data centre operator Equinix’s £2.3bn offer for London-based rival TelecityGroup.
A raft of US firms are representing Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC) as the pair merge in a $78.7bn deal.
The European Commission formally unveiled its plans for a digital single market within the European Union on 6 May.
The battle for your digital pocket/wallet, wrist and biometric data is on and everyone wants to help you pay in a more mobile/digital way.
NOW TV: Supreme Court confirms that passing-off needs ‘goodwill’ in the UK, not just reputation download
The UK Supreme Court has confirmed, in Starbucks v B Sky B, that the law on passing off only protects ‘goodwill’ within the territory of the UK, not mere reputation.
Weil Gotshal & Manges and Covington & Burling have advised Verizon Communications in its $4.4bn acquisition of AOL, with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz advising the target.
Among the questions addressed in this Q&A is: am I obliged to set up a manned office in the Bailiwick?
IP update, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore: advertising on social media; legal concerns over ‘m-commerce’; and more download
Also: no landlord liability in Malaysia; first ASEAN examining authority; protecting shape marks; and more.
Data Issues Roundup, 29 April: China/US dataflows; Twitter falls under EU control; and more download
Also: cultural differences could wreck the single EU data protection law dream; data protection authorities face resource challenges due to digital boom; and more.
Now Google has said ’no mobile-friendly, no go’, it’s time to pay more than lip service to the digital world. Article includes top tips from legal marketers.
The growing risk of hacking download
Recent cases show that the risks of hacking are growing. Time to wise up, warns Keith Schilling
Domain name TaylorSwift.porn has been bought by the singer to safeguard her image as naming restrictions are lifted. Your clients had better consider the implications too.
Your conference call dial-in number can become known or guessed. (After all, some numbers are hard to forget, such as Jenny/867-5309, according to Tommy Tutone.) Here’s how to avoid problems.
Data Issues Roundup, 20 April; AT&T's $25m privacy settlement; Facebook case in Austria; Google loses out in Germany; and more download
Also, UCAS gives data protection undertaking’.
Charities can now receive donations from members of the public via Twitter, as the fundraising landscape continues to evolve.
Court kills off controversial Section 66A.
Dixons Carphone has hired BT Group’s Nigel Paterson as general counsel, less than a year after the companies merged.
Richard Naish and Ed Brown advised on the transaction.
JB Eversheds is recommended as a top-tier firm in the practice area of IP.
Users’ personal data can be kept for a maximum of six months and cannot be used for other purposes, such as marketing.
Number of threats is now close to a million a day.
Council of Europe recommends that employers should avoid interference with employees’ right to privacy, this being applicable to information technology devices.
Data Issues Roundup, 13 April: Cloud contracts; US crackdown on hackers; nuisance calls fine; and more download
Also; UK court strikes down part of the Data Protection Act; Australia passes ‘retention law’; and more.
Too many violations “relating to the processing of personal data”.
Organisations likely to be affected should urgently revisit their cyber resilience plans.
AdTech and monetisation update: US privacy bill of rights; Safari security bypass rap; and more download
Developments in the fields of information privacy and online advertising regulations.
Data Issues Roundup, 27 March: unlimited fines; cross-device tracking; a provocateurs database; and more download
Also; South Korea passes world’s first Cloud law; Russia says companies can store personal data abroad; and more.
Agreement to deliver new generation of data and analytics, cloud and business solutions.
Lack of a clear and prominent ‘unsubscribe’ mechanism sees Plentyoffish shell out $50k in Canada.
ICO warns financial call centre to stop sending pensions texts, alluding to the fact that the messages were “misleading”.
Data Issues Roundup – parties unite against SNP ‘super ID database’ plan, enforced subject access, and more download
A look at data issues in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Mr Justice Birss has refused an application by the defendant in patent proceedings to re-open the trial and to permit it to amend its pleadings to plead new prior art.
How executives can protect their reputation in a world of online profiles, posts and public records.
Data Issues Roundup, February 2015: Visa to track smartphones, revenge porn, UK named worst for data breaches and more download
A look at data issues in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Schoenherr advised Telekom Slovenije on its acquisition of Slovenian mobile virtual network operator Debitel Telekomunikacije from sellers ACH and Svema Trade.
The agreement envisages co-ordinated inspections also on Italian call centres established in Albania.
As known, on 7 August 7 2012, the Italian Parliament approved the Law no. 134, which converted into law the Decree no. 83/2012, of 22 June 2012.
Ofcom is proposing the regulation of all electrical apparatus to ensure it does not cause undue interference to wireless telegraphy equipment.
Competition News: February 2015 download
Dentons has released the February 2015 edition of its Competition News update.
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Technology, media & telecommunications is a highly innovative and progressive sector.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised high-street retailer and long-standing client Argos on its arrangement with Sainsbury’s to launch a series of new Argos digital stores within a number of its UK supermarkets.
Reed Smith has advised Sky on an agreement with Telefónica UK to launch its first mobile phone network service next year.
Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters are among the firms to win roles on Hong Kong giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed acquisition of O2.
Decree-Law 133/2014, known as the ‘Unlock Italy Decree’, has significant implications for the telecoms sector. In particular, a 50 per cent tax credit is envisaged for wideband in ‘white areas’.
The UK Government published draft legislation on 22 January that aims to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission for further devolution to Scotland.
On 13 January 2015, the Government announced that a new Electronic Communications Code has been inserted into the Infrastructure Bill.
We offer advice to telecoms companies, government bodies, regulators and industry participants on all aspects of Bermuda’s telecommunications regime.
We advise major telecommunications companies on commercial and regulatory issues arising under the Telecommunications Act.
Data Issues Roundup — council warned after employee surveillance; T-Mobile to pay at least $90m to settle cramming case; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 5 January 2014 issue of its Data Issues Roundup.
Crimea and Sevastopol: substantial EU additional sanctions on investment, services and trade download
To strengthen the EU’s policy of not recognising the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia, the Council of the EU has reinforced the package of restrictive measures.
Emmanuelle Ragot, IP/TMT partner, has been nominated by Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading technology, media and telecommunications practitioners.
Macquarie Radio Network and Fairfax Media are to merge their respective radio businesses. Minter Ellison acted as legal adviser to Macquarie Radio Network.
CASL applies to the installation of ‘computer programs’ — software, apps and other programs — on the computer or device of another person.
Saudi Arabia Update — Shoura Council focus on monopolies; liberalisation of healthcare sector; and more download
Dentons’ latest Saudi Arabia Update covers healthcare liberalisation, employment law, consumer protection and judicial corruption.
Optus has reached an agreement with NBN Co on the future of its Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to enable the accelerated roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is leading negotiations for BT on a £12.5bn deal to acquire telecoms operator EE, whose joint owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom are being represented by Norton Rose Fulbright and Clifford Chance.
We advise both listed and privately-held companies on matters relating to media and intellectual property law, draft contracts and conduct litigation.
Spain reforms its tax regime download
Spain’s recently published tax reform measure modifies the tax regime for companies, individuals and non-resident taxpayers.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence: more good news for the creative sector; product recalls and brand reputation
The December issue of Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence discusses brand reputation, broadcasting, data protection, gambling and more.
Verizon vice president of public policy Craig Silliman will take on the additional role of general counsel at Verizon from 1 January 2015.
Product placement — and the law and regulations governing it — is becoming increasingly important as the way in which we watch television changes.
Mourant Ozannes advises Big Yellow Group, Cable & Wireless, Informa and Workspace Group on equity placings
Mourant Ozannes has advised four FTSE 250 companies on their recent equity placings, which have raised in a total in excess of £495m.
The Smith Commission download
The Smith Commission has published its recommendations for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.
The Italian government has powers to intervene in certain transactions involving Italian defence companies under Italian Law Decree No. 21 of 15 March 2012.
Memery Crystal’s employment team has come up with the top five things that it sees as the most relevant for employers to consider when using social media in their workplace.
The Advertising Standards Authority has warned video bloggers — vloggers — that they need to be clearer when they are accepting payment for promoting products.
The amended Universal Services Directive 2002/22/EC requires EU Member States to ensure that their respective national regulatory authorities are able to oblige all providers of publicly available telephone services to make ’itemised bills’ available to their subscribers on a free-of-charge basis.
The Court of Appeal has handed down a further significant judgment in the patent dispute between British Telecommunications and ASSIA.
Wanambwa has experience advising major corporates, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners on a broad range of large commercial disputes.
Goodman Derrick has received recommendations in all of its core commercial practice areas from Chamber & Partners and The Legal 500 in their 2014 editions.
Indian technology boutique TMT Law Practice has expanded its offering in the Chennai market by taking over local firm APR Associates.
The Supreme Court of Poland has refused to accept for hearing a cassation appeal by the president of the Office of Electronic Communications.
Carlyle and Cinven have returned to longstanding adviser Clifford Chance to sell 7.5m shares in European cable and telecoms company Altice in a deal valued at €337.5m.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s experts advise clients on legal, regulatory and strategic matters in the telecommunication and technology sectors.
The litigation team at Colibri Kazakhstan deals with all aspects of commercial dispute resolution cases, most of which result in success.
The media has reported that the Premier League is intending to clamp down on the unauthorised uploading of clips from televised football matches.
Luxembourg’s audio-visual environment has been diversified with the creation of infrastructure for production and post-production.
Bombay High Court provides breather to Vodafone: no ‘income’, no transfer pricing adjustment on issue of shares download
Recently, a longstanding dispute between Vodafone and the tax authorities has been put to rest by the Bombay High Court.
This broadcast station advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO rule.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 1 December 2014 for various non-commercial radio stations and television stations download
The staggered deadlines for non-commercial radio and television stations to file biennial ownership reports remain in effect.
Special attention has been paid to technology, media and telecommunications by the government of Uzbekistan in recent years.
Development in the ICT sector is one of the top priorities of the Kazakh government.
Fear of defeat prompted the UK government to announce an intention to devolve further powers to Scotland.
Our telecommunications practice spans the full range of significant legal issues arising in today’s telecommunications industry.
KPMG International’s ‘Infrastructure 100: World Markets Report’ highlights key trends driving infrastructure investment around the world.
The CRTC has released new guidance on the provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) dealing with the installation of computer programs.
Schoenherr is advising the América Móvil group in its participation in the up to €1bn capital increase announced by Telekom Austria.
Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, lawyers think Kazakhstan is benefiting.
IP lawyers from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co have secured an important Court of Appeal victory for US client ASSIA against BT.
20 Essex Street advises on all types of commercial disputes and has expertise in disputes with an international dimension.
Latency is the delay experienced in an IT system between an input being sent and an output being received.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — Google privacy case in Japan; FIFA Women’s World Cup; and more
GRATA Law Firm has been recommended as one of the leading law firms by Asialaw Profiles.
Data Issues Roundup — government increases ICO fining power for nuisance calls and spam messages; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 4 November 2014 issue of its Data Issues Roundup.
Telecommunications in Serbia download
There are three operators licensed for both mobile networks and mobile services: Telenor, Telekom Srbija, and Vip mobile.
DLA Piper and Gallastegui Lozano are to combine in Mexico City. Locally, the combined firm will adopt the name DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano.
The Competition Policy Review panel has recommended that the regulatory functions of the ACCC be spun off into a new national access and pricing regulator.
Samantha Betzien, a partner in the human resources and industrial relations group in Brisbane, has won the Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year award.
US & The Americas: FCC Enforcement Monitor — $86,400 fine for unlicensed and unauthorised BAS operations; and more download
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor for October 2014.
Kemp Little has become a 2015 FinTech50 partner. FinTech50 recognises businesses in Europe’s technology sector for their innovation.
Eversheds has advised Investec Bank as nomad, broker and sole bookrunner on the £165m AIM IPO of Gamma Communications.
Tomasz Zalewski from Wierzbowski Eversheds, has been elected to the Expert Group in the field of intellectual property at PIIT.
The Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 has implications for media mergers and media business in Ireland from 31 October 2014.
On 7 October 2014, the AGCM and the IVASS signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the consumer protection on the insurance market.
Orange was represented by Dr Arwid Mednis, head of the privacy, information and communication technologies team and electronic communications team.
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 October 2014.
US & The Americas: 2014 third-quarter issues/programmes list advisory for broadcast stations download
The next Quarterly Issues/Programmes List must be placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 October 2014.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s contentious trusts team has won The Legal 500’s Private Client Specialism of the Year award.
Pillsbury has assembled a new team to help clients with their global security strategy and compliance needs.
Banks launch fresh cybercrime drive download
Financial Fraud Action UK has published figures showing that internet and telephone banking fraud increased 59 per cent to £35.9m during the first six months of 2014.
According to The Legal 500, following the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in May 2014, the firm has ‘more strength and depth as well as wider international coverage’.
Pillsbury has announced that Osama Abu-Dehays will join the Abu Dhabi office as a partner in the corporate and securities practice.
KPMG has acquired certain assets of Qubera Solutions, a privately held cyber-security firm that provides IAM services to Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — French legislation on evening advertising on public channels; and more
The October issue of Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence discusses evening advertising on public channels, gambling, paid television and more.
Kemp Little has been ranked again as a tier-one firm for M&A advice by The Legal 500 legal directory published on 1 October 2014.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — September 2014: unenclosed and unpainted tower leads to $30,000 in fines; and more download
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor for September 2014.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the 2014 8th Annual China Law & Practice Awards ceremony.
King & Capital’s lawyers can provide timely and high-quality legal services to the high technology information and media industry at home and abroad.
Conyers has provided BVI law advice to Ziraat Bank on a new financing of $1.65bn to fund the redemption by CFI of security granted in favour of Alfa Telecoms Turkey.
WesPay has announced that Pillsbury partner Deborah S Thoren-Peden is the recipient of the Frank E Zima Award for Payments Advocacy.
EU/ECJ: voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide clean bill of health for awarding a contract without prior publication download
The ‘voluntary ex ante transparency notice’ does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in various US territories download
TV, Class A TV and LPTV stations licensed to communities in various US territories must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 October.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 1 October 2014 for non-commercial radio and TV stations in various US territories download
The deadlines for non-commercial radio and television stations to file biennial ownership reports remain in effect and are tied to each station’s respective licence renewal filing deadline.
This Broadcast Station Advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
In the China Business Law Journal annual selection, Dacheng picked up a China Business Law Award and a 2013 Deal of the Year award.
Eversheds partner Paul Pugh has commented on the latest advancements in automation technology.
Can the Premier League take down online goal videos and should it?
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — broadcasters’ ownership; television advertising; data protection; and more
The FCC’s declaratory ruling re TCPA vicarious liability — one year later: trends and takeaways download
A year ago, we reported on the FCC’s declaratory ruling about telemarketing robocalls. How has the declaratory ruling been applied since then?
New threat to ‘bring your own device’ policies: employer required to reimburse personal cell phone expenses download
California employers must reimburse employees who are required to use personal mobile phones for work calls for a reasonable percentage of their phone bills.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has hired telecommunications expert Gordon Moir from Webb Henderson.
The road ahead: what’s coming in the final months of the 113th Congress and the Lame Duck session download
Dentons’ look at the road ahead in Washington provides a snapshot of the key issues on the agenda before 4 November and in the ‘Lame Duck’ session to follow.
Shepherd & Wedderburn today announced the hire of partner Gordon Moir and a team of four from Australian firm Webb Henderson to its litigation, regulation and markets team based in London and Edinburgh.
The firm is capable of dealing with the most complex commercial, regulatory, and technical issues in the telecommunications and media sector.
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This article outlines the extent of EU sanctions targeted against Russia, Crimea and Sevastapol and provides some general guidance to TMT companies doing business in Russia.
On 22 July 2014, a new law amending the Law on Data Protection and Law on Information was signed off by the Russian president and thus was officially adopted.
A California court has told employers that if employees must use their mobile phones for work calls, they must be reimbursed part of their mobile phone bills for that use.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — missing public inspection file and staff result in increased fine; and more download
Pillsbury has released the August 2014 issue of its FCC Enforcement Monitor.
With a diverse client base and varied work load, the property team has an unusual breadth of vision and understanding.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been nominated in eight categories in the China Law and Practice awards.
On 31 July 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, which implements Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP of 31 July 2014.
Pillsbury has announced the opening of its Beijing office. This is Pillsbury’s second office in the People’s Republic of China, along with its office in Shanghai.
We understand the interface between telecoms and utility companies, land and property owners and the public sector.
In a recent case, the Court of Appeal examined the relevant principles when a party seeks to challenge the report of an expert and re-affirmed previous decisions.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — Aereo ‘astonishes’ broadcasters with new legal strategy; and more
Restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in relation to events in Ukraine: how will they affect you? download
The Council of the European Union has adopted new restrictive measures targeting co-operation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.
EU sanctions update download
Are your policies and procedures adaptable enough to deal with future changes if the crisis in Ukraine is unresolved?
Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy has commented on the latest projections for future UK construction industry growth.
In its 20th anniversary year, Kalo & Associates has won several important mandates.
The government is seeking views on implementing enhanced powers to ensure the continuity of the supply of essential services to insolvent businesses and individuals.
Mobile payments has been heralded as a growth area in technology, retail and financial services for some time now.
Re:Sound’s Tariff 8 is already the subject of an application for judicial review and has been the impetus for a public debate about the appropriateness of licence fees.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in certain states download
TV, Class A TV and locally originating LPTV stations licensed to communities in some states must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on 1 August 2014.
Biennial ownership reports are due for non-commercial radio and TV stations in certain states download
The staggered deadlines for non-commercial radio and television stations to file biennial ownership reports remain in effect.
Annual EEO Public File Report deadline for stations in California, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin download
This Broadcast Station Advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO rule.
Linklaters, its Asia alliance partner Allens and US firm Squire Sanders have all advised on a deal that will see nationwide fixed and mobile telephone networks developed across Myanmar.
The High Court has found numerous Newzbin defendants liable for copyright infringement and conspiracy to injure by unlawful means.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — cramming scheme results in $1.6m fine; violation of retransmission consent rules; and more download
Pillsbury has released the July 2014 issue of its FCC Enforcement Monitor.
Eversheds has joined the Vodafone panel for the first time following a review of the telecoms giant’s roster of legal advisers.
London Technology Week showcases London’s role as the digital capital of Europe and allows the industry’s top professionals to share ideas.
Following loss before the Supreme Court, Aereo ‘astonishes’ broadcasters with new legal strategy download
Aereo has asserted in federal district court that it is entitled to a compulsory licence to carry over-the-air broadcasts under §111 of the Copyright Act.
On 18 July, Ofcom published a consultation document proposing important changes to the TV advertising rules.
Eversheds recently hosted its annual Technology, Media and Telecoms conference in front of personnel from some of the UK’s largest technology companies.
Emergency phone and internet data storage laws are set to be brought in by the UK government. Liz Fitzsimons and James Walsh discuss the laws.
Tunisia — telecommunication sector download
The field of telecommunications is attracting more and more interest from Tunisians, especially within the political class.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills have advised on the sale of British Sky Broadcasting’s (BSkyB) minority stake in ITV to Liberty Global.
The recovery in global M&A markets is developing a broader base, according to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index.
Walker Morris has advised nominated adviser and broker WH Ireland in connection with the placing of shares in Software Radio Technology on AIM.
US broadcasters have won an important battle in their efforts to prevent an unlicensed service from providing online real-time streaming of their broadcasts.
FTSE 250 outsourcer Serco has hired BT Global general counsel David Eveleigh as its legal chief in the wake of accusations that it overcharged the Government for electronic tagging.
The Aereo and TVC cases illustrate a trend for the courts to look beyond technical differences between innovative and traditional broadcasters and distribution platforms.
Wildgen has announced that Emmanuelle Ragot, head of the IP/TMT practice group at Wildgen, has been named ‘IP Star’ by Managing Intellectual Property.
Pillsbury has announced the appointment of 10 partners to firm-wide practice and industry leadership posts.
Croatia: recent news highlights — increase in mobile operator prices and mass termination of subscription agreements; and more download
Karanovic & Nikolic discusses the recent news highlights coming out of Croatia.
FCC Enforcement Monitor: bad legal advice leads to admonishment for public file violations; and more download
Pillsbury has released its FCC Enforcement Monitor for June 2014.
Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules — coming impact for streaming and cloud services? download
The Supreme Court has held that Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when it transmits the programmes to its internet subscribers.
Osborne Clarke’s head of technology Mark Webber and head of telecoms Angus Finnegan have both left the firm, moving to Fieldfisher and Reed Smith respectively.
From 1 July, all commercial electronic messages sent from a computer in Canada or to an electronic address in Canada are regulated by CASL.
US Court of Appeals backtracks from application of §1782 discovery in international commercial arbitration download
In a surprising reversal, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has vacated its ruling in Consorcio Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones SA v JAS Forwarding.
Goodman Derrick’s media team has acted in the arrangements for the launch of Freeview’s internet-connected TV service, provisionally known as Freeview Connect.
Czech Republic: recorded telephone conversations — legal evidence in administrative proceedings download
A recent decision considered a telephone conversation between two individuals as legitimate evidence in administrative proceedings.
On 8 April 2014, the European Court of Justice in the Digital Rights Ireland case declared the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC invalid
Memery Crystal has acted for mobile payment provider MPayMe on its acquisition by UK-based Powa Technologies for an undisclosed sum.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has issued new compliance and enforcement guidelines for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation.
Ofcom is seeking to establish whether end user repeaters/enhancers have the necessary characteristics to provide enhanced coverage solutions without causing interference.
Ilyashev & Partners has successfully acted on behalf of Kyivstar, a Ukrainian mobile operator, in administrative proceedings against the National Communications Commission.
Mexico’s president has signed a bill formalising the implementation of important amendments to the Mexican Constitution that primarily cover telecommunications, media and antitrust.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law.
The European Commission has cleared the proposed merger between Hutchison 3G (H3G) and Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland), subject to conditions.
Clifford Chance has advised China Mobile on its $880m investment in Thai telecommunications company True Corporation, which turned to Linklaters for advice.
French decree extends the number of sectors in which foreigners cannot invest without state authorisation download
On 14 May 2014, France issued a decree extending the number of sectors in which foreigners cannot invest without state authorisation.
Working with clients throughout the UK, we have become one of the most respected groups in this dynamic area of the law.
Among the most controversial of the Connected Continent Regulation amendments proposed are those dealing with net neutrality.
In this video on Reuters TV, Tom Levine, head of the global telecoms group at Allen & Overy, comments on trends in telecoms consolidation.
Conyers has acted as Cayman counsel to HKT Group Holdings and provided Cayman legal opinions and condition precedents confirmation.
The telecom industry has traditionally been highly regulated and restricted in terms of foreign investment in China.
NCTM has announced the integration of Studio Panetta & Associati into the firm at its Rome office, with equity partner Rocco Panetta and seven other professionals, including salary partners Giorgio Telarico and Domenico Rinaldi, becoming part of NCTM.
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor for May 2014.
KPMG has launched a virtual R&D centre that will serve as a global innovation hub with the aim of incubating and developing data-driven business solutions.
Pillsbury has announced that for 2014, Chambers USA has ranked 86 individual Pillsbury lawyers, with 12 partners recognised in two or more categories for a total of 98 individual lawyer rankings.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
The High Court of Australia handed down a significant decision late last year in the ACCC’s prosecution of telecommunications services provider TPG.
Swedish telecoms operator TeliaSonera has invested in audio fashion house Zound Industries — which was advised by Eversheds’ Swedish office.
Memery Crystal has announced that Tim Ryan and Andrew Priest have joined the firm as partners, and Shereen Elkins as a solicitor, with immediate effect.
Schoenherr has represented Carso Telecom in a takeover offer for all shares in Telekom Austria AG not held by Carso Telecom, AMX, Telekom Austria or the OIAG.
The French Data Protection Authority has announced its 2014 inspection targets, with the goal of reaching 550 inspections for the year.
Are your helpline charges lawful? download
From 13 June 2014, all businesses that operate helplines need to check that they are lawful.
It is critical that all stations adopt and apply political broadcasting policies that are consistent with the Communications Act and the FCC’s rules.
We advise clients in relation to regulatory, policy and compliance issues, IT outsourcing, data privacy and protection and contractual and interconnection agreements.
This Broadcast Station Advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
Walker Morris has been appointed by NHS Shared Business Services following a successful tender to help deliver quality legal services and savings to the NHS.
All Class A and full-power television stations must comply with online political file requirements as of 1 July 2014 download
Class A and full-power television broadcasters in all markets must comply with the online retention of political programming materials as of 1 July 2014.
Chambers & Partners has published the latest Chambers Europe 2014 guide. Wierzbowski Eversheds has been recommended in numerous fields of law.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to enter into Myanmar, with the launch of an office in Yangon.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — FCC Proposes fines for contest violations; fine for unlicensed operation and interference; and more download
Pillsbury has released its FCC Enforcement Monitor for April 2014.
Wierzbowski Eversheds has achieved a 50 per cent reduction on the appeal of a fine imposed on PTK Centertel by Poland’s competition regulator.
Joaquin Almunia has stated that any review of the successful purchase of Vivendi’s French telecom subsidiary by Numericable will remain with the French Competition Authority.
A raft of firms, including Slaughter and May and Shepherd & Wedderburn, have lined up to advise on Wolfson Microelectronics on its acquisition by Texas-based Cirrus Logic.
Schoenherr has advised AMX and Carso Telecom in connection with the negotiation of a shareholders’ agreement with OIAG regarding their respective participations in Telekom Austria.
A series of recent cases may oblige TMT employers to include average overtime, commission/bonuses and allowances when calculating holiday pay.
California’s privacy statute regulates companies, but not against out-of-state plaintiffs: a recent decision, two takeaways download
Throughout 2013 and into the new year, the plaintiffs’ bar has continued to file a steady stream of privacy-related class action claims.
Eversheds holds leader position in TMT and is recommended in the field of public procurement law in Rzeczpospolita’s 12th annual ranking of law firms.
In Legalease’s latest Legal 500 EMEA directory, Wierzbowski Eversheds has earned a number of recommendations.
Ontario’s government has introduced a bill that would result in harsher penalties for distracted driving.
New rules provide a framework for Shanghai free-trade zone to open the doors on VATS: a cause for optimism? download
Since the establishment of the Shanghai free-trade zone, investors have been closely monitoring the liberalisation policies in the telecommunications sector.
A video program distributor’s work is never done.
Allen & Overy’s Antonio Bavasso will co-chair the GCR Live 3rd Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology conference at the firm’s London office on 26 June 2014.
The implementation of the directive will have a significant effect in modernising consumer law, much of which was written around 30 years ago.
The AVCA conference was held in Lagos, Nigeria, at the beginning of this month. Here are Dentons’ top five takeaways from the conference.
ICT suppliers and their public sector customers both need to take action following the publication of the results of the OFT’s market study into the sector.
Dorset County Council Trading Standards Service has prosecuted Apple Group Holdings for making direct marketing calls to people who have registered on the TPS’s ‘do not call’ list.
Ofcom has consulted on regulations that would permit the use of 3G and 4G technologies on aircraft.
An attack on a California electrical substation highlights the urgent need to protect the nation’s energy, communications and other critical infrastructure from threats.
The OFT finds a significant imbalance of power between ICT suppliers and public sector buyers that prevents effective competition.
Australian businesses supplying electronic, telecoms and broadcasting services need to be aware of changes to EU VAT rules download
These changes will apply in relation to a number of e-commerce services, to the extent the services are supplied to a non-VAT registered consumer
We offer many years of experience ‘under the bonnet’ of project negotiations and strategy, enabling us to act astutely and effectively.
It is the ECJ’s view that the directive interferes with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.
On 3 April 2014, a clear majority of the European Parliament voted in favour of measures aimed at guaranteeing the openness of the internet.
Data & Information E-Alerts — nuisance calls action plan; £50,000 fine for unlawful calls; simpler security classifications; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 4 April 2014 edition of its Data & Information E-Alerts publication.
According to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index, all the ingredients for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity to prosper are now in place.
The Data Retention Directive requires public electronic communications providers to retain certain communications data to help in the fight against serious crime.
The Office of Fair Trading has published its final report on its market study into the supply of information and communication technology to the public sector.
GRATA Law Firm provides legal consultancy services to companies that carry out activities in the area of telecommunications and transport.
The UK government has announced the finalised wording of its proposed reform of UK copyright exceptions. This briefing focuses on caricature, parody and pastiche.
The UK government has announced the finalised wording of its proposed reform of UK copyright exceptions. This briefing focuses on fair dealing with quotations.
The UK government has announced the finalised wording of its proposed reform of UK copyright exceptions. This briefing focuses on personal copies for private use.
The UK government has announced the finalised wording of its proposed reform of UK copyright exceptions. This briefing focuses on contract overrides.
Over the past few years, the FTC has provided guidance regarding mobile platforms and app providers’ practices of collecting data about consumers’ locations through their mobile devices.
Allen & Overy advised Macquarie in a complex transaction that led to Macquarie being named winner of the Acquisition of the Year Energy & Natural Resources award.
The FCC has adopted two decisions that affect compliance obligations for a wide range of organisations that make or facilitate voice calls to consumers.
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 April 2014.
The next Quarterly Issues/Programmes List must be placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 April 2014.
Hogan Lovells has advised Ecuador in the negotiation of a multi-million-dollar facility agreement that was executed by JBIC and the Ministry of Finance of Ecuador.
Mr Justice Arnold has handed down his decision in the case of Starsight Telecast and United Video Properties v Virgin Media, Virgin Media Payments and TiVo.
Class certification properly denied where individual questions predominated under California’s telephone recording statutes download
The California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court ruling denying class certification in a lawsuit filed under California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.
Head of the telecom and technology practice
Pillsbury has launched an interdisciplinary legal team focused on unmanned aircraft systems that is led by Kenneth Quinn.
The ICO has launched its guidance for app developers to help combat the perception that personal information collected through apps is not being appropriately protected.
Allen & Overy claims it has completed a clean sweep of all overall legal adviser awards possible, in addition to topping the major league tables in 2013.
In TruePosition Inc v LM Ericsson et al, it is claimed that member companies of 3GPP and the SSO colluded to exclude TruePosition’s technology from the 4G standard.
DLA Piper has advised Vodafone Holdings Europe SLU on its acquisition of Grupo Corporativo Ono SA for €7.2bn on a debt- and cash-free basis.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — March 2014: failure to disclose rules violations leads to $40,000 fine; and more download
Late last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two essentially identical orders against co-owned Milwaukee and Chicago Class A TV stations.
Dacheng has won two China Business Law Journal awards in technology, media and communications and private equity and venture capital.
New rules will apply to most businesses selling to consumers in the EU, including to those selling online from outside the EU, from no later than 13 June 2014.
Those who have had any involvement with Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation in the last year will be unsurprised to learn that TCPA lawsuits are on the rise.
BDK’s media and entertainment practice provides expert legal and regulatory advice of relevance to the sector, media-sensitive businesses and the public.
Our ICT practice is multidisciplinary and gathers lawyers specialised in regulatory work, competition law, IP, commercial law and data protection and privacy issues.
BDK has extensive experience in the M&A sector in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, both in the context of privatisation and private transactions.
Wildgen’s Emmanuelle Ragot recently negotiated a co-production agreement concerning Mr Hublot with a major European television channel.
Retired senior partner and immediate past chair of Pillsbury Mary Cranston will receive the inaugural Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award by the Center for Women in Law.
Allen & Overy has advised Deutsche Bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Société Générale as mandated lead arrangers on two murabaha facilities for Mobily.
The Bosnian Competition Council has issued a decision finding that IKO Balkan abused its dominant position on the relevant market in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nabarro is investing in the growth of its dispute resolution team with the lateral hire of Lee Gluyas, a partner with a specialist focus on complex IT disputes.
A consistent message is that there is a rapidly approaching ‘data capacity crunch’.
Praveen Goyal has joined Hogan Lovells’ government regulatory practice as counsel. Goyal will be based in the Washington DC office.
Schoenherr’s regulatory expertise and longstanding experience is recognised as the standard bearer for regulatory-related advice.
In order to meet today the demands of tomorrow’s technologies, the newTech team combines the strength of leading experts in IP, IT, privacy, and telecommunications law.
Our core practice is advising and representing clients on transactions and complex corporate and commercial matters.
The private equity team at Wragge & Co has advised Mobeus Equity Partners on a £6m investment in the management buyout of Entanet International.
Catering to the cutting-edge internet cable needs of the likes of BT and C&W, and taking on heavyweights for consortia tenders is all in a day’s work for Ciena’s Fred Linker
DLA Piper has achieved a victory for Sabre in a putative class action brought by a passenger of Hawaiian Airlines accusing the company of sending unsolicited text messages.
BT has hired a new competition general counsel from Sky following last year’s internal restructuring of BT Retail and a subsequent reorganisation of the telecoms company’s legal teams.
Giles Salmond has said that countries such as Luxembourg are likely to lose out when EU rules on VAT on e-commerce transactions come into force in 2015.
Wragge & Co’s intellectual property (IT) team has won TMT Team of the Year at The Legal Business Awards.
This alert provides a preliminary assessment of the cybersecurity EO and observations that may be helpful in considering how new standards may affect your company.
DLA Piper has announced that James Brogan, Paul Hall, Joseph Kernen and Norman Leon have been recognised in a BTI Consulting Group report.
Hogan Lovells has recruited partner Don McGown to join its London corporate practice. He joins on 3 February 2014.
This inaugural report highlights the current key trends and themes in the global data centre industry and provides an outlook for the data centre market in 2014.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 3 February 2014 for non-commercial radio and television stations download
Biennial ownership reports are due by 3 February 2014 for certain non-commercial radio stations in and non-commercial television stations.
1 February 2014 is the deadline for broadcast stations licensed to communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and Oklahoma to comply with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
This bi-annual China TMT report analyses some of the key developments in the TMT sector over the past few months.
The investment landscape in Africa has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Not only have the demographics of the continent altered, but so has its constitution.
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor communication for January 2014.
Arendt & Medernach has launched The Arendter magazine. Topics covered in this first issue include tax, regulatory, international, art, training and innovation.
The Prism scandal has boosted awareness of vulnerability, says Mike Janke of Silent Circle
Mobile device security is about more than the consumer offer, says Lookout’s Thomas Labarthe
Investors are enchanted by Morocco’s promise, particularly its political stability
President Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related information.
We already know that consumer protection law will change in June 2014. Is 2014 also the year of new EU data protection and communications legislation?
The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance urging app developers towards ‘privacy by design’ and highlighting the need for transparent privacy policies and flexible settings.
White paper — connected health download
This white paper from Wragge & Co summarises definitions pertaining to the European Connected Health Alliance.
Wierzbowski Eversheds announces new senior associates and litigation team hire.
Hogan Lovells has recruited Mark Parsons into its corporate/commercial team in Hong Kong as a partner with a particular focus on complex commercial transactions and regulatory matters in the TMT sector.
Hogan Lovells has announced the promotion of 29 new partners, effective 1 January 2014.
Cloud computing: key telecommunication regulatory issues for foreign service providers in China download
This briefing discusses key telecommunication regulatory issues for foreign companies that want to provide cloud computing services in China.
The next Quarterly List must be placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 January, reflecting information for the months of October, November and December 2013.
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 January 2014.
The three-year-long licence renewal cycles for broadcast stations in radio services and for television services continue in 2014.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and King & Wood Mallesons have secured roles on Hong Kong Telecommunications’ (HKT) $2.4bn (£1.5bn) acquisition of CSL from Telstra.
DLA Piper has advised NASDAQ-listed HomeAway on its purchase of Stayz Pty, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Media, for AUD220m.
Minter Ellison has provided legal advice to TPG, which has entered into a binding sale agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Telecom New Zealand Australia.
Taylor Wessing looks at the latest news and updates in the data protection and information technology sectors.
Addleshaw Goddard has released its Data & Information E-Alert for 15 November 2013.
Pinsent Masons is expanding its French presence with the acquisition of six-lawyer boutique Ichay & Mullenex Avocats.
The Italian DPA has issued a decision introducing more stringent obligations for the transfer of data to call centres located in countries outside of the EU.
OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, has released results of its analysis of gambling advertisements on television.
Wragge & Co’s intellectual property team has secured a High Court judgement against British Telecommunications.
Queensland recently brought an interlocutory application seeking a declaration that its laws were valid until a court finally determined otherwise.
Taylor Wessing has published its Radar: Technology & Communications Update for December 2013. This section focuses on communications.
The most frequently complained-about breach of etiquette in this age of constant cyber communication is the failure to reply to an email.
Taylor Wessing’s new fixed-fee service is specifically designed to ensure technology SMEs are fully compliant with the law.
Pillsbury has selected 10 lawyers for promotion to partner, effective 1 January 2014. The new partners span the firm’s offices and practice areas.
The considerable duration of EPO proceedings will continue to point in favour of refusing a stay of English proceedings in most cases.
Caroline Atkins discusses how Australian government agencies can gain the commercial solutions they need in ICT procurement while avoiding the pitfalls of open source licence risks.
The place of supply rules determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit VAT due on their supplies and in which member state.
Annual DTV ancillary/supplementary services report due for commercial and noncommercial digital television stations download
All commercial and noncommercial educational digital television broadcast station licensees and permittees must file FCC Form 317 by 2 December 2013.
Licensees must file using FCC Form 323-E and must also place the form as filed in their stations’ public inspection files.
The EU General Court has upheld an OHIM Board of Appeal decision, allowing Boomerang TV’s opposition to Cartoon Network’s CTM application for BOOMERANG.
Personal data processing — are the operators of public communication networks in compliance with the law? download
A procedure of supervision of operators of public communication networks and services has been initiated.
KPMG Capital is an investment fund created to accelerate innovation in data and analytics that will help clients of member firms unlock tangible value of their big data.
Hogan Lovells has hired partner Eduardo Ustaran to join its global privacy and information management practice.
DLA Piper has advised Vocalocity, a provider in the SMB-hosted VoIP market, on the sale of Vonage Holdings.
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James Walsh, partner and telecoms expert at Eversheds, has responded to Ofcom’s announcement regarding increased annual licence fees.
On 29 September 2013, China officially launched the pilot free trade zone in Shanghai.
Our IT and telecoms practice is handled by lawyers who have an intimate understanding of the technicalities involved and who are therefore best positioned to provide advice on related legal matters.
The rise and rise of patent assertion entities (PAEs) in the US has become so serious that the problem is now being tackled at the highest political levels.
The consultation sets out Ofcom’s proposals for calculating TV white space availability in the UK in a way that will enable the devices to coexist with licensed spectrum users.
A panel review resulting in a network of advisers rather than a formal roster, plus a client-serving ABS to nurture, shows BT group GC Dan Fitz is ready to push boundaries
The Eversheds infrastructure group comprises in excess of 150 lawyers across our international offices.
New FCC regulations to take effect regarding telemarketing robocalls: all businesses marketing by telephone or text must prepare download
On 16 October 2013, revised rules adding further restrictions on telemarketing ‘robocalls’ (telemarketing calls or texts that are auto-dialled or pre-recorded) take effect.
Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Justine Campbell is leaving the company to take up the re-created GC role at British Gas.
We are at the cutting edge in terms of our understanding of the shifting technology environment and can help you with the resulting legal issues.
The FCC issued a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture in the amount of $20,000 to an Alaskan telecommunications company for tower lighting violations.
Dacheng has acted as the exclusive legal adviser on the launch of a CSRC hotline.
Eversheds has successfully represented PTK Centertel in a case involving a fine imposed by the Polish telecoms regulator for the company’s Zetafon offer.
Ofcom has published a consultation on its proposals for authorising land-based, aircraft-mounted and ship-mounted Earth stations on mobile platforms.
After confirming the exit of Hogan Lovells partner Christoph Wagner last week The Lawyer can reveal that he was asked to resign for criticising a major IP client.
New legislation is intended to enable a single market for telecoms services in the EU in order to accelerate economic growth and restore Europe’s leading role in mobile technology.
Telecoms giant BT has launched a review of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) provision, The Lawyer can reveal.
KWM recognised by Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey 2013
King & Wood Mallesons has been named Firm of the Year 2013 in China across six practice areas.
Taylor Wessing has been crowned Best Marketing and Communications Team 2013 at The Lawyer Management Awards.
The European Commission has published a first draft of its controversial Connected Continent proposals intended to consolidate the European telecoms market.
There is no general requirement to report data breaches under German law. Whether a notification has to be made will depend on the type of personal data affected and the nature of the data controller.
Covington & Burling, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken lead roles in advising telecoms giants Microsoft and Nokia on a £4.6bn deal, which will see Nokia’s mobile phone business sold to Microsoft.
On 1 August 2013, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to an individual in New Jersey for repeated use of a GPS jamming device.
Macfarlanes, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Slaughter and May and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz are all taking lead roles in the much-anticipated deal between Vodafone and Verizon Communications.
The FCC has announced that full payment of all applicable regulatory fees for the 2013 fiscal year must be received no later than 20 September 2013.
Despite the apparent sidelining of the draft Personal Data Protection Law, China has been very busy stepping up the battle against the abuse of personal data.
The European Commission has published amendments to the state aid Enabling Regulation (Council Regulation 994/98) and the state aid Procedural Regulation (Council Regulation 659/99).
Last year in a case called Carolyn Anderson v Domino’s Pizza Inc, a district court dismissed a claim filed under a state version of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
BlackBerry has turned to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Canadian firm Torys for advice on a review that could result in the sale of the business.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill going through Parliament will merge the OFT with the Competition Commission, creating the Competition and Markets Authority.
Ooredoo, one of the two winning bidders for Myanmar’s hotly contested foreign telecommunications licences, has appointed Norton Rose Fulbright and Australian boutique firm…
The law surrounding defamation has always had a unique standing among civil proceedings in England and Wales.
The Court of Appeal has today handed down an important decision that concerns a patent for a synthetic copolymer known as copolymer-1.
From now on, any transfer of personal data from Germany to the US should be regarded unlawful under German data protection law. This was stated by the German data protection authorities in a press release issued on 24 July 2013.
The July 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News (UK) publication is available now.
The Paris offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gibson Dunn have picked up the lead roles on Etisalat’s proposed €4.2bn acquisition of Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom.
DLA Piper has advised an infrastructure investment fund managed by BTG Pactual on the central ‘take or pay’ contract that is part of the acquisition of the Globenet submarine cable network.
Mexico’s minister of communications and transportation has announced a new investment programme for transportation and telecommunication for 2013–18.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised Norwegian telecom company Telenor in winning one of the first two licences for foreign companies to provide telecommunications services in Myanmar.
DLA Piper in Ukraine has been highly ranked in a number of sectors by legal magazine Gvardia.
US: A hitchhiker’s guide to technology, media and cultural innovation in the new frontier states of the American West download
More than Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, social media as a concept covers a diverse range of applications, techniques and issues.
Hong Kong — use of social media networks by listed companies or those dealing in securities download
The rapid explosion of social networking has changed the way many companies in Hong Kong promote their brands and distribute their products and services.
In our age of telecommunications convergence, it is unremarkable that satellite communications would face the same risks of cyber attack as are facing the telecoms industry generally.
A High Court patents judge has handed down his decision in the cases of HTC Corporation v Gemalto SA and HTC Corporation v Gemalto NV.
DLA Piper has advised on the £264m Step Change agreement, which is intended to deliver improvements in broadband services for Scotland.
The Supreme Court has changed the interplay between the national court and the EPO when considering a defendant’s liability to pay damages.
Shearman & Sterling and Slaughter and May have won roles on Nokia’s €1.7bn (£1.5bn) acquisition of Siemens’ 50 per cent stake in Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).
Cloud security remains a key concern for SMEs and is still often cited as a chief impediment to moving to the cloud.
Mourant Ozannes has advised O3b on the launch of a satellite network that will bring fibre-quality broadband communications to three billion ‘disconnected’ people.
Taylor Wessing has advised Electra Partners on the acquisition of mixing console manufacturer Allen & Heath from D&M Holdings.
Linklaters and German firm Hengeler Mueller have advised on Vodafone’s €7.7bn (£6.6bn) takeover of Kabel Deutschland.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ratcheted up its City partner recruitment by hiring three lawyers from a trio of firms covering corporate, finance and tax.
The Law Commission has published a report recommending a new electronic communications code.
Antonio Bavasso, a partner in Allen & Overy’s global antitrust team, will co-chair the 2013 GCR Live Telecoms, Media and Technology event on 2 July.
Hogan Lovells has been recommended by the Legal 500 US 2013 edition in 35 practice areas, including seven rankings in the Tier-1 category.
The opening up of China’s telecommunications industry has failed to match the expectations of foreign investors going into WTO.
This month, Taylor Wessing’s Download site focuses on a converging media landscape and the challenges of regulating that landscape.
Re-allocation of the C-band: satellite operators face uncertainty about the future of their spectrum download
Satellite service providers want the C-band maintained for their use and are reluctant to share the band.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
Telefonica UK’s general counsel Edward Smith has shaken up the company’s in-house legal team, taking advantage of two departures to promote internally and change the structure of the group.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the English court has cross-border non-infringement jurisdiction.
Taylor Wessing has advised on a deal that will secure the long-term future of the former Olympic press and broadcast centre.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on ‘bring your own device’.
DLA Piper has acted for the Los Angeles Lakers in a putative class action brought by a ticket holder accusing the basketball franchise of sending unsolicited text messages.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has appointed Tetra Pak general counsel Maria Varsellona as its new legal chief following the exit of Joyce Norcini from the Finnish telecoms group.
Judgment of the UK Court of Appeal in the patent case HTC v Apple (Case nos. A3/2012/2043 and 2044) has been delivered.
The May 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence briefing is available now.
The April 2013 edition of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News (UK) briefing is available now.
This month’s issue focuses on the new Defamation Act 2013 and the Supreme Court’s view on browsing the internet without permission from the relevant copyright holder.
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Osborne Clarke (OC) have advised on Best Buy’s £471m exit from Europe
The EU digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has indicated that the EU plans to accelerate its proposals for a single market for European telecoms.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 19 April 2013 edition of its Data & Information E-Alerts.
Olswang has acted for Scripps Networks Interactive in its acquisition of the Asian Food Channel.
The Financial Services Authority (now replaced by the FCA) took action against Digital Satellite Warranty Cover Ltd to wind it up ‘in the public interest’.
The federal government released Australia’s Satellite Utilisation Policy on 9 April 2013.
The Coalition’s long-awaited alternative plan for the NBN has substantial implications for the Australian telecommunications industry.
Taylor Wessing has announced that it has appointed Mark Owen to its international technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group.
Young, dynamic industries such as the technology sector have perhaps felt rather smug that they are not embroiled in the complexities that surround pension provision.
Olswang has been recognised by Legal 500 in its 2013 EMEA edition.
Eversheds and Osborne Clarke (OC) have taken the lead UK roles on networking giant Cisco’s $310m (£205m) acquisition of Swindon-based technology group Ubiquisys.
This issue of Radar looks at privacy issues with apps on smart devices in the context of a recent Article 29 Working Party Opinion.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Leighton Holdings on the sale of its telecommunications assets to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Hogan Lovells has gained an ECJ referral on behalf of client ZTE in its patent dispute with Huawei.
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
BT has finalised a new ‘network’ of law firms to advise it around the world, with Carter-Ruck, Olswang, Sheridans and Wiggin winning spots.
Olswang has announced a series of partner promotions.
Truphone GC Greg Mappledoram has his work cut out to help the legal function keep pace with the business - it has just had a £70m investment from Roman Abramovich
Simmons & Simmons has advised Equinix on its acquisition of a data centre facility in Dubai and alliance with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company.
Olswang has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as one of only four band-one international TMT practices in Singapore in the guide’s 2013 Asia-Pacific edition.
Mr Justice Floyd has given two judgments in the case of Samsung Electronics v Apple Retail UK and others, concerning three patents owned by Samsung that were alleged to be infringed by Apple’s 3G devices.
Two partners at Olswang have been recognised by the International Law Office in its Client Choice Awards 2013.
Chadbourne promotes four attorneys to counsel in New York and Washington DC.
Pamboridis acts as head counsel for Hellas Sat purchase negotiations.
Akin Gump and Skadden scoop lead advisory roles as a eurobond issued by mobile phone operator Vimpelcom raises $2bn to refinance company’s debt.
Olswang’s arbitration team has been chosen to write the ‘Arbitration in the TMT Sectors’ practice note for LexisNexis’s new legal knowledge site, LexisPSL.
Krogerus has a leading technology, media and telecommunications practice in Finland. We regularly advise clients on challenging, complex and high-profile assignments.
Al Tamimi & Company has announced a series of partner promotions across the Middle East.
Curtis counsels some of the telecommunications sector’s most prominent public companies, underwriters and governments.
Simmons & Simmons has advised UK mobile telecoms company Truphone as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich pays £70m for a 23.3 per cent stake.
FTC announces important settlement with social networking app and releases new mobile app report download
The FTC announced a potentially groundbreaking settlement with the social networking app Path and released an important new staff report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures late last week.
Recent development in digital technology has rendered the borders between telecommunication, media and technology obsolete.
The decision to commission the construction and launch of a satellite system is a multi-year strategic decision for any entity, whether commercial or governmental.
Things are never dull in the fast-paced telecoms sector but 2012 was a particularly busy time for Telefónica UK as general counsel Edward Smith explains.
After a year chock-full of judicial review proceedings, what stood out most for Baker & McKenzie partner Tom Cassels (scroll down for video interview) was his ongoing role as adviser to the BBC Trust.
A City litigator has won back nearly £600 in data roaming charges incurred on holiday in Australia after successfully fighting T-Mobile over her new mobile phone contract.
Mayer Brown JSM and Slaughter and May have taken advisory roles on Cable & Wireless Communications’ (CWC) agreement to sell its controlling stake in a Macau telecom company to CITIC Telecom International for $750m (£466m) in cash.
RPC has won a three-way pitch to advise Ofcom on the bidding process for the auction of 4G mobile broadband bandwidth.
Latham & Watkins and Ropes & Gray have fielded London teams to advise on a deal that sees a consortium led by Goldman Sachs invest $1.1bn (£680m) to restructure the debt of Israeli telecoms group HOT-Telecommunications Systems as the company’s owner takes the business private.
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have all clinched roles as Kazakh mobile operator Kcell looks to list in London and Kazakhstan.
DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are set to share an estimated £775,000 in legal fees after winning advisory roles on British Telecommunications’ (BT) acquisition of IT services company Tikit.
BT Group company secretary Andrew Parker has stepped down from the role, with his responsibilities passing to group general counsel Daniel Fitz.
US firms Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom took the lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese telecoms group SoftBank enter the US market by acquiring a 70 per cent stake in American mobile carrier Sprint Nextel.
The mobile technology sector is moving so fast that Telefonica UK counsel Edward Smith is always on call
TMT and sports firm Halebury has made a series of major hires in an ongoing recruitment drive ahead of a planned conversion to an ABS model.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell have joined Chinese firm Jingtian & Gongcheng advising Hong Kong-listed China Telecom Corporation on its $13.4bn (£8.5bn) acquisition of 3G network infrastructure from its parent company.
Virgin Media general counsel Scott Dresser has resigned “for personal reasons” a little more than 18 months after taking on the role.
Paul Hastings, Slaughter and May and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have secured roles for longstanding clients on Samsung Electronics’ $310m (£198m) acquisition of UK chipmaker CSR’s mobile technology development business.
Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Olswang and Wragge & Co have all landed roles on a joint venture between O2 and Vodafone that will see the phone companies unite to create a single national grid in the UK.
BT has given Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer an extra year on its commercial panel before it carries out a review originally due for next month.
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has added Ted Mercer to the firm’s London TMT sector group.
The head of BT’s real estate legal team Geoffrey Beedham, who took up his role just last year, is moving to a new role in the telecoms giant.
Beachcroft has picked up a partner from Eversheds following a successful pitch for work for telecoms giant O2.
The head of internet giant Yahoo! Sarl’s legal operations Grainne Brankin is leaving the company to join CBS Outdoor International (CBSOI).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised the Azerbaijan government on the launch of its first communications satellite.
Wragge & Co has been appointed to the first-ever legal panel for Airwave, a company that helps the police and security services communicate without fear of eavesdroppers.
Mourant Ozannes has completed work on the fundraising for a $1.2bn (£770m) space satellite programme aimed at providing internet connections to global developing markets.
Siemens IT Solutions and Services, the IT and outsourcing outfit spun off from global electronics company Siemens, has appointed a new UK general counsel.
US duo Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have landed the prize mandates on a deal to create a $21.5bn (£13.58bn) mobile phone group.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has signed its second five-year deal with a major client to manage its legal needs.
Deutsche Telekom has taken its new head of legal from Ashurst’s Frankfurt office.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has hired Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Europe legal chief as its general counsel.
Telefónica O2 UK has restructured its senior in-house legal team, promoting Ed Smith to head of the group.
Taylor Wessing has named Alcatel-Lucent corporate counsel Patrick Clark as its new head of telecoms, replacing Ted Mercer who joined Edwin Coe earlier this year.
BT group general counsel Anne Fletcher has stepped down, with former Misys general counsel Daniel Fitz poised to take over her role.
Vodafone Group has appointed a new general counsel to replace Stephen Scott, who is to retire after 30 years with the phone company.
Clifford Chance and Norton Rose are advising on the potential merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a deal that would create the largest mobile phone operator in the UK.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed by South African company MTN Group to advise on its merger with mobile operator Bharti Airtel.
CARPHONE Warehouse is preparing to split in two, with the high street retail arm separating from the TalkTalk telecoms business.
Avanti Communications Group has appointed Patrick Willcocks to the newly-created role of general counsel.