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We offer clients an internationally integrated team of telecoms specialists, working on transactions across the globe and leveraging our local specialists based in our offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

The telecommunications sector has been undergoing radical transformations across the globe for decades, driven by technological innovation and changing regulatory landscapes. That trend shows no sign of abating and the challenges (and opportunities) in this sector continue to grow.

Yet telcos are not passive in the face of these transformations. Rather, it is the telcos which drive the deployment of new technologies and provide critical infrastructure and platforms for entire ecosystems of innovative businesses. The telcos are the key players at the forefront of the ongoing technological revolution and the new business models it enables.

You need lawyers who reflect the complexity, diversity and innovative spirit of the businesses they represent.

We offer an exceptional network of telecommunications-savvy specialists across many areas of legal practice and across jurisdictions, so you can expect the same world-class service and sector knowledge wherever you do business.

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Leading Telecoms experience in Africa

We have Telecoms specialists who focus on Africa and who are supported by the Firm's top-tier Africa practice, based in London, New York, Paris and Dubai and on the ground in Casablanca. We have been involved in a number of leading Telecoms deals in the region, including advising:

  • CDC Group plc on its investment in Pan-African fibre operator, Liquid Telecom
  • Unitel S.A. on its successful bid for the fourth mobile operator licence in Zambia
  • American Tower Corporation (ATC) on its purchase of the Nigerian communications tower business of Indian global mobile telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel Limited, valued at about US$1.1 billion and 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 Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire
  • American Tower Corporation (ATC) 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