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Stuart Blythe

Partner
Global Co-Head of M&A, TMC

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French
Corporate

Stuart Blythe is global Co-Head of M&A in the TMC sector at CMS.

He is dual US/UK qualified and advises corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions in the TMC sector, often of a global nature, including M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, debt financings and infrastructure projects. He has significant industry experience, having spent nearly ten years in general counsel roles for telecoms multinationals, including as international general counsel for MCI WorldCom (now Verizon). Stuart has also advised on a number of material US law transactions in the TMC sector.

Stuart has specific expertise in the construction and operation of submarine cable systems having advised on some of the largest deployed, including the USD 1bn Southern Cross project and is currently advising on projects in Europe, the Middle East , Africa and the Atlantic.

He actively supports the telecoms industry as a serving director of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP).

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Relevant experience

  • NASDAQ listed multinational operator on proposed acquisition of French/German listed telecommunications operators (aggregate sale value of USD 3bn), including advising on registration rights/dual listing issues relating to proposed use of US stock as consideration. 
  • A US investment bank on proposed sale of multinational telecommunications operator by way of auction process. 
  • A target company and institutional investor shareholders on proposed sale of multinational telecommunications operator including coordination of advice in nine jurisdictions. 
  • A multinational telecommunications operator on separation, by way of asset/business sale, of the company’s retail and network activities. 
  • A UK listed company on the sale of an electronic alarm business. 
  • A UK listed telecommunications operator with respect to the establishment of a joint venture for the development and marketing of interactive information telephones. 
  • A multinational corporation on a ‘going-private’ transaction (implemented by way of reverse stock split) to terminate the company’s status as an SEC registrant. 
  • A Danish multinational on its sale of wind energy projects. 
  • Boards on numerous corporate governance issues including as to obligations as a US ‘foreign private issuer’.
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Education

  • 1986 – LL.B (Hons) Law with French, Universities of Leicester and Strasbourg
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Memberships

  • Director, Institute of Telecommunications Professionals
  • New York Bar Association 
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Publications

  • Contributor to article: “Analysis: The end of European IRUs?” Capacity magazine, November 2012
  • Article:  “Corporate Venture Capital – Transforming Funding of Technology Innovation?” – Financier Worldwide Magazine June 2015
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Lectures list

  • Total Telecom Finance Summit 2012. Speaker and panel member: “Examining the impact of M&A activity in Europe”
  • Panel member on M&A in Telecommunications, CMS conference on Implications of a Digital Single Market Conference October 2015
  • Lecturing to 2016 MSC course, University College London, on M&A in Telecommunications
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Stuart Blythe is global Co-Head of M&A in the TMC sector at CMS.

He is dual US/UK qualified and advises corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions in the TMC sector, often of a global nature, including M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, debt financings and infrastructure projects. He has significant industry experience, having spent nearly ten years in general counsel roles for telecoms multinationals, including as international general counsel for MCI WorldCom (now Verizon). Stuart has also advised on a number of material US law transactions in the TMC sector.

Stuart has specific expertise in the construction and operation of submarine cable systems having advised on some of the largest deployed, including the USD 1bn Southern Cross project and is currently advising on projects in Europe, the Middle East , Africa and the Atlantic.

He actively supports the telecoms industry as a serving director of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP).

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Relevant experience

  • Various corporate restructurings, including the restructuring of the MCI WorldCom EMEA operations post the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of the US parent. 
  • Restructuring (across multiple jurisdictions) of multinational health care corporation in connection with an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. 
  • A partnership restructuring (under New York law) and loan financing affecting a number of California wind energy projects. 
  • A multinational telecommunications operator on an intra-group debt financing in aggregate value of approximately EUR 300m, involving the coordination of advice in eight jurisdictions and a related corporate restructuring in order to address potential shareholder tax liabilities. 
  • A multinational telecommunications operator in connection with debt financings in aggregate value of approximately USD 220m. The financings involved the grant of security in six European jurisdictions. 
  • Potential corporate/director liability issues in connection with various European restructurings.
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Education

  • 1986 – LLB (Hons) Law with French, Universities of Leicester and Strasbourg
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Memberships

  • Director, Institute of Telecommunications Professionals
  • New York Bar Association 
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Publications

  • Contributor to article: “Analysis: The end of European IRUs?” Capacity magazine, November 2012
  • Article:  “Corporate Venture Capital – Transforming Funding of Technology Innovation?” – Financier Worldwide Magazine June 2015
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Lectures list

  • Total Telecom Finance Summit 2012. Speaker and panel member: “Examining the impact of M&A activity in Europe”
  • Panel member on M&A in Telecommunications, CMS conference on Implications of a Digital Single Market Conference October 2015
  • Lecturing to 2016 MSC course, University College London, on M&A in Telecommunications
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Infrastructure & Projects

Stuart Blythe is global Co-Head of M&A in the TMC sector at CMS.

Stuart is dual US/UK qualified and advises corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions in the TMC sector, often of a global nature, including M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, debt financings and infrastructure projects. He has significant industry experience, having spent nearly ten years in general counsel roles for telecoms multinationals, including as international general counsel for MCI WorldCom (now Verizon). Stuart has also advised on a number of material US law transactions in the TMC sector.

Stuart has specific expertise in the construction and operation of submarine cable systems having advised on some of the largest deployed, including the USD 1bn Southern Cross project and is currently advising on projects in Europe, the Middle East , Africa and the Atlantic.

He actively supports the telecoms industry as a serving director of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP).

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Relevant experience

  • A multinational telecommunications operator on the sale of one half of its network assets along a network route of approximately 5,000km; the sale involved the negotiation of an ongoing operational agreement allowing the joint operation of pan-European network infrastructure and the acquisition of metro telecommunications networks in 7 European cities. 
  • Separate joint ventures to operate fixed-line telephony businesses in Singapore and Italy. 
  • A multinational telecommunications company on joint venture participation in ‘Southern Cross’ cable system linking US and Australasia. 
  • Operating and landing agreements in connection with the ‘Gemini’ transatlantic cable system. 
  • The construction of submarine cable system between Finland and Germany.
  • Rights of way/wayleaves with both private and public landowners, including the UK Crown Estate. 
  • French legal proceedings relating to alleged overcharging for right of way fees; amount in dispute exceeded EUR 13m. 
  • The roll-out of pan-European, national backbone and metro telecommunications networks including negotiation of joint construction agreements. 
  • A Board Director of a construction company involved in the construction of infrastructure networks throughout Europe and Asia Pacific.
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Education

  • 1986 – LL.B (Hons) Law with French, Universities of Leicester and Strasbourg
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Memberships

  • Director, Institute of Telecommunications Professionals
  • New York Bar Association 
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Publications

  • Contributor to article: “Analysis: The end of European IRUs?” Capacity magazine, November 2012
  • Article:  “Corporate Venture Capital – Transforming Funding of Technology Innovation?” – Financier Worldwide Magazine June 2015
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Lectures list

  • Total Telecom Finance Summit 2012. Speaker and panel member: “Examining the impact of M&A activity in Europe”
  • Panel member on M&A in Telecommunications, CMS conference on Implications of a Digital Single Market Conference October 2015
  • Lecturing to 2016 MSC course, University College London, on M&A in Telecommunications
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