Communications

Overview

Since the 1980s we have been at the forefront of developments in international communications law, advising on some of the largest, most complex and groundbreaking transactions and disputes the industry has seen.

We have acted for many of the world’s leading communications, broadcasting and internet companies, together with those providing new and innovative services, and are proud to have helped our clients achieve real commercial advantage. We are renowned for our creative and often original solutions, some of which have shaped the global communications landscape.
 
We are recognised internationally as an undisputed market leader in the communications sector and our team includes a significant number of lawyers who are acknowledged as leading individuals in the communications field. Our international team comprises more than 120 lawyers across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Legal 500 directory currently lists Bird & Bird in tiers one and two for communications in Belgium, China, Czech Republic, DenmarkFinland, France, GermanyHong Kong, Hungary, ItalyThe Netherlands, Sweden, PolandSpain and the UK, and we are ranked in a further five jurisdictions. We are increasingly working with local firms in emerging territories including Africa, South AmericaIndia and the Middle East. This cross border strength ensures our clients receive a consistently high level of service across jurisdictions and that our team can implement complex multi-jurisdictional transactions smoothly and efficiently.

Our team advises on the full scope of communications matters, from regulatory and commercial to M&A and disputes, using specialists from our different practice groups including commercial, corporate, finance, dispute resolution, IP and IT. We offer clients a one-stop-shop at which to address the issues they face, including:  

  • big data
  • cloud services
  • convergence
  • data centres
  • data protection
  • infrastructure projects
  • machine-to-machine
  • mobile payments and apps
  • network sharing
  • satellites
  • smart metering and networks
  • spectrum auctions, sharing and trading
  • undersea cables
  • wireless developments.

Heads of Group: Graeme Maguire in London and Marjolein Geus in The Hague.

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