Communications lawyers

The communications sector is undergoing a fundamental and rapid evolution, with new digital companies accompanied by challenging long-standing business models, runaway technological development, convergence, disruption and significant change to the regulatory landscape. Deregulation in certain areas is going arm in arm with greater regulatory control in others, such as data breach,consumer privacy and merger.

In face of these challenges, communications businesses need to adapt, diversify into new business lines, and often to grow, whether organically or through acquisition. Additionally they need to understand and comply with the new regulatory requirements.

You need lawyers who understand your sector to tackle these challenges head-on, often on an international basis in this most international of businesses. This is where our international team of sector specialists come into play. We have over 200 experts, many with in-depth experience in the industry, across our 65 offices.

We support communications companies within all aspects of their operations, including acquisitions, data protection network sharing, pricing sales, operations, product development, regulatory compliance, licensing and distribution arrangements, and issues relating to cyber breaches and intellectual property protection.

Their geographic spread globally and in the UK is really useful and makes them quite unique.
Chambers UK, 2015

Our team frequently advises on complex or ground-breaking transactions or issues. In the past year alone, CMS has advised on M&A transactions in the sector with an aggregate value of over EUR 10bn.

Additionally, we advise mobile and fixed line operators on the complex issues around network sharing agreements, helping our clients to realise huge cost saving potential, as well as preparing their business and infrastructure for future technologies and investments.

We have advised on network sharing deals for clients in the UK, Belgium, Germany and several CEE countries, and have also advised on their feasibility in other European countries. This makes us one of the market leaders in that field.

Our dedication to achieving a commercial solution coupled with our understanding of your industry sector, means you can remain focused on your business.

Our Global Head of TMC, Chris Watson, is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK 2015 for Telecommunications.

 
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Emma Burnett
Emma Burnett
Part­ner
Head of Data Protection
United Kingdom, London
Emma Burnett is a partner in the Commercial Team and her practice focuses on data protection, technology and outsourcing. She regularly advises high profile international clients on her core specialism...
Dr Sam De Silva
Dr Sam De Silva
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dr Sam De Silva is a Partner in the IT and Outsourcing team. Sam specialises in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing...
Rachel Free
Dr. Rachel Free
Part­ner
Patent Attorney
United Kingdom, London
Rachel is a UK and European patent attorney with an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a DPhil in vision science. She helps clients protect their technology through patents in a wide variety of fields...
Louis Glass
Louis Glass
Part­ner
Head of TMT M&A, UK / Managing Partner, Tel Aviv
Louis heads CMS's TMT-sector M&A group in the UK and is also managing partner of our Tel Aviv office and a non-executive member of our management board. He's a generalist corporate lawyer with specialist...
Lee Gluyas
Lee Gluyas
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Lee is a commercial lawyer who specialises in the resolution of disputes, particularly those arising out of IT projects, outsourcing agreements, software licenses and contracts relating to the provision...
Paul Guite
Paul Guite
Part­ner
Co-Head of Media
United Kingdom, London
Paul is a partner in the corporate team and co-head of the media practice. Paul advises on all aspects of corporate work with particular experience in private company and business acquisitions and disposals...
Caitlin Heard
Caitlin Heard
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Poland, Warsaw
Caitlin is a highly experienced intellectual property litigator and solicitor advocate specialising in technology related disputes. She has acted on a number of ground-breaking cases across the full spectrum...
John O'Connor
John O'Connor
Part­ner
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
John O'Connor is a partner and head of our Corporate and Commercial Practice in Dubai where he has been practicing since 2012. His expertise covers all manner of corporate and commercial transactions...
Valentina Santambrogio
Valentina Santambrogio
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Valentina Santambrogio is a partner in the international M&A, private equity and venture capital team. Valentina has a focus on cross-border deals and a particular expertise in the private equity and...
Neeraj Thomas
Neeraj Thomas
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Neeraj Thomas is a partner in our Technology, Intellectual Property and Media team specialising in contentious intellectual property and sports and disciplinary work.Neeraj has significant expertise...