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Blanca Escribano

Partner

CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
Paseo de Recoletos 7–9
28004 Madrid
Spain
Languages Spanish, English

Blanca heads the Digital and Data group at CMS Spain. She has practiced law for more than 20 years in international firms, advising clients operating in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors. She provides advice on commercial, regulatory and litigation matters to different agents across the entire communications value chain, from content producers to network providers, including applications, software, websites, service providers, distributors and manufacturers. Blanca has experience working in an international environment and on multijurisdictional matters, normally with a pan-European and/or Latin-American dimension.

Currently, Blanca is focused on advising clients on their digitalisation and adaptation to industry 4.0, as well as complying with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation.

She has been named as a leading individual in Communications and TMC by the legal directories Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal and Media Law International.

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Relevant experience

In the Technology industry, Blanca has vast experience in internet and e-commerce matters, as well as in negotiating and drafting sophisticated agreements such as outsourcing, software licenses, applications development, data centers, cloud computing and adTech. She has dealt with complex privacy issues that arise from the provision of new services such as cutting edge electronic payment platforms, the Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, connected cars and digital health.

In the Media and Entertainment sector, Blanca has particular experience of issues relating to the development, licensing and distribution of digital content. She represents clients before the Spanish regulator and courts. She has advised film makers and other content producers, TV and radio broadcasters, platforms, social media companies and content distributors providing services through different and emerging technologies.

In the Telecommunications field, Blanca has acted for fixed (wired, wireless, satellite, terrestrial) and mobile (network and virtual) operators in matters such as interoperability, interconnection, network sharing, service and network/spectrum licenses, ex ante market reviews and pricing issues (e.g. margin squeeze, bundling). She has advised public and private operators in the deployment of NGA networks, MVNOs, M2M/IoT and OTT services.

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Education

1993 - Diploma in International and EC law, KU Leuven (Belgium).

1994 - Graduate of Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).

1995 - LLM in EU Law, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

1997 - Doctorate in Law. Doctoral thesis on technology transfer agreements and competition law (Cum Laude).

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Publications

Connected Cars and other challenges in the EU IoT privacy ecosystem. IBA Communications law Newsletter. 2016. 

The knight rider, Consejo General de la Abogacía/ENATIC. 2016. 

Spain: Overview. In: “Thomson Reuters Outsourcing Global Guide”. 2016. 

Privacy as the IoT corner stone. Consejo General de la Abogacía/ENATIC. February 2015.

Company’s legal liability in the event of cyberattack. In: “Informe ISM-Forum Spain y ENATIC”. 2014.

Some ideas on the Internet of Things and M2M communications. Consejo General de la Abogacía/ENATIC. October 2014.

Regulatory and commercial considerations around M2M. In: “Digital Life” (TM Forum Inform). 2013.

Unmasking M2M and the Internet of Things. IBA Communications Newsletter. Spring 2013.

The European Regulatory Approach to NGNs. In: “Antitrust Connections”, a publication of the Communications Industry Committee of the Section of Antitrust, American Bar Association. Spring 2009.

Functional separation as an ex ante remedy in the Telecom Industry: The debate in Europe. In: "The Partyline", Communications newsletter (Section of Antitrust law) of the American Bar Association. Spring 2008.

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Lectures list

Blanca is regularly invited to conferences in her area of practice and has recently spoken at the IBA Communications and Competition law conference (April 2017, June 2016, May 2014), Telecoms law and Regulations (2015, 2016), The 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit (Brussels, March 2014), Digital World (London, 2013), Mobile Roaming World Summit (London, November 2013) and the MVNO World Congress (2013, 2014, 2015). 

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