Technology, Media and Telecommunications

ITV hunts for new GC as Garard steps down

ITV’s longstanding general counsel Andrew Garard has stepped down after over a decade in the role. The television network has confirmed that Garard will leave his position on 31 July. He joined ITV in 2007 as group legal director and GC, before becoming company secretary two years later. He also sits on the board of […]

Clifford Chance bags role for Inmarsat as it snubs hostile US takeover

Clifford Chance has taken the lead for UK satellite company Inmarsat as it rejects a hostile £3.2bn takeover bid from US rival EchoStar, advised by White & Case. Clifford Chance advised Inmarsat, fielded by corporate and M&A partners Jonny Myers, David Lewis and Lee Coney.  Following a last-minute snag at Inmarsat, EchoStar, which is controlled by […]

Financial services GCs on tech: “Growth is slower than we thought”

Legal technology will change the way the financial services industry works – but at a slower pace than many might have thought. That was the conclusion reached during The Lawyer‘s In-House Financial Services conference held in London on Wednesday 4 July, with general counsel acknowledging that their organisations needed to respond to the changing world, […]

India: Telecoms regulator amends licensing laws

On 19 June 2018, the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India (DoT) finally provided its nod to several key recommendations (Recommendations) made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the Regulatory Framework for Internet Telephony in October 2017. DoT has released a clarification (Clarification) and certain amendments to existing licenses (Amendment), both of […]

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A&O and Freshfields take the lead on £2bn telecoms buyout

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised telecoms giants Veon and CK Hutchison on the £2.2bn buyout of Italian mobile phone venture Wind Tre. A&O’s global managing partner Andrew Ballheimer, TMT partner Simon Toms and global head of telecoms Tom Levine led the deal for Veon. Global co-head of antitrust Antonio Bavasso and senior associate Ross Ferguson provided […]

The bank of the future, Monzo, selects Apperio to increase visibility over legal spend

Apperio has announced that revolutionary mobile-only bank, Monzo, has selected Apperio. Apperio is an automated legal spend management and analytics SaaS platform that enables in-house lawyers to track and analyse their legal spend across all law firms, in real-time, in one place. Monzo was frustrated with the limitations of its current manual process where it […]

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Dentons-backed ‘Space Camp’ unveils six new startups

Six European startups have been chosen to join the first round of a SpaceTech startup accelerator backed by Dentons. The nine-week programme called ‘Space Camp’ is being hosted in Dentons’ London HQ and is sponsored by the global firm. The scheme was established by spacetech-focused venture capital fund Seraphim Capital, which claimed that it had […]

Karanović & Nikolić advises PPF Group on Telenor Banka acquisition

PPF Group, a Czech investment firm, signed a contract with Telenor Group, the Norwegian telecoms giant, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Telenor Banka, the first online bank in Serbia. The Karanović & Nikolić legal team – led by partner Miloš Jakovljević and associates Sava Drača and Marija Vićić, having previously advised […]

London

California powerhouse Wilson Sonsini to launch in London

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is to open its doors in London, making it the first major US law firm to launch in the capital since Cooley three years ago. The US firm’s London office will be based at 41 Old Street and led by partner Daniel Glazer who will relocate to the English capital […]

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Pinsents swoops in to investigate Dixons Carphone data breach

Pinsent Masons has been brought in to advise Dixons Carphone after the company admitted it had suffered a data breach affecting millions of payment cards. The firm is advising on Dixons Carphone’s investigation into the breach, which will look at what extra security measures should be put in place to prevent future attacks. Pinsent Masons […]

Eversheds and HSF lead on £700m engineering deal

Eversheds Sutherland and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have acted on the near £700m sale of British-owned engineering company, John Guest Holdings to Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC). Eversheds acted for John Guest’s shareholders, led by M&A partner Chris Halliday, with legal director Wyn Jones and senior associate Hannah Kaye. John Guest is one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of plastic fittings […]

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