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Our international team has an in-depth understanding of the telecoms sector and brings the right mix of industry knowledge and experience to telecoms transactions.

We invest time to understand our clients’ strategic objectives, offering relevant and practical advice.

Transactions in the Telecommunications sector continue to be primarily cross-border, and our seamless integrated legal service provider spans the world's major business jurisdictions. Our internationally integrated telecoms team works on transactions across the globe, together with local specialists based in our offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

We were one of the first firms to establish a dedicated telecoms team, and have always seen telecoms as part of a broader communications and technology sector. We bring expertise from the wider sector to bear wherever relevant.

Client experience

Leading Telecoms experience in Africa

Our Telecoms experience in Africa sets us apart from our competitors. We have Telecoms specialists who focus on Africa and who are supported by the Firm's top-tier Africa practice. We have experts based in London, New York, Paris and Dubai as well as an office on the ground in Casablanca. We have been involved in a number of leading Telecoms deals in the region, including advising:

  • American Tower Corporation (ATC) on its purchase of the Nigerian communications tower business of Indian global mobile telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel Limited. The deal launches ATC into the Nigerian communications market and is valued at about US$1.1 billion, adding more than 4,800 towers to ATC's global portfolio
  • the lenders on an €8 billion acquisition financing facility for Ooredoo (Qatar Telecom) to finance a proposed offer by Ooredoo for shares in Maroc Telecom
  • Wendel on its investment in the IHS Group, active in the telecom tower infrastructures business in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun and Côte d’Ivoire)
  • American Tower Corporation (ATC), a leading global owner and operator of wireless and broadcast communications sites in the Americas, India and more recently Africa, on a joint venture with MTN Africa’s largest mobile-phone company to own, operate and manage communications infrastructure in Ghana and Uganda
  • Etisalat, the UAE’s leading telecommunications company, on its proposed acquisition of a US$12 billion majority stake in Zain, the leading telecommunications company in Kuwait, which also owns or has equity interests in seven other Middle East North Africa telecommunications carriers