Communications

Overview

For three decades Bird & Bird has 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 remain active in fixed technologies and helping our clients work through the challenges and opportunities raised by next generation networks whilst also embracing mobility as the heart of modern life.

We have acted as a full service legal provider for many of the world’s leading communications, broadcasting and internet companies as well as banks and government bodies. We assist on strategic, operational, corporate and contentious aspects of our clients' business and are proud to help our clients achieve real commercial advantage.

Our global team advises on the full scope of communications matters, from regulatory and commercial to M&A, intellectual property and disputes, using specialists from our different practice groups: banking & finance, commercial, competition & EU law, corporate, dispute resolution/arbitration, franchising, intellectual property (including electronics patent litigation, copyright, trademarks /brands and transactional IP), HR services, employee incentives and benefits, outsourcing, privacy and data protection, public projects and procurement, real estate, regulatory and administrative, tax and trade and customs. These specialists have extensive experience of advising communications businesses and on communications related matters. Our extensive and ever-developing experience has provided us with a deep understanding of how customers source communication services and the legitimate concerns they have on their side of the table. We offer clients a one-stop-shop at which to address the issues they face, including:

  • big data
  • cloud services
  • convergence
  • cyber and IT security
  • data centres
  • export control
  • infrastructure projects including broadband roll out
  • internet of things / M2M
  • mobile payments and apps
  • MVNOs
  • network sharing
  • satellites
  • smart metering and networks
  • spectrum auctions, sharing and trading
  • undersea cables
  • wireless developments.

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