The satellite sector is evolving rapidly, giving rise to many opportunities but also risks, including ensuring sustainable access to spectrum – Bird & Bird can stand by your side to help you navigate this developing landscape.

Bird & Bird has an extremely broad and unique breadth of experience in satellite communications. We differentiate ourselves from other full-service law firms by bringing to bear a specialist and international team of expert lawyers combining a wealth of regulatory and commercial expertise gained from working at in-house regulators, the European Space Agency, the European Commission and in international institutions. The team is complemented by a wider group of corporate, IP, competition, insurance and dispute resolution practitioners who have an in-depth understanding of all aspects relating to satellite communications and technology industry clients and projects.

Our clients include satellite owners, operators, manufacturers, service providers, Governments and regulatory agencies. By working with us, you can benefit from an outstanding track record we have established, including assisting with:

  • advocacy at national, EU and international level
  • assisting SMEs in the satellite industry, including raising finance
  • commercial exploitation arrangements (often incorporating local and international regulation and licensing issues)
  • competition advice
  • dispute settlement
  • export control advice
  • filing/over-filing disputes
  • frequency filings, orbital slot allocation, coordination and notification issues at national or ITU level
  • issues relating to satellite applications  such as energy, surveillance, telemedicine and maritime
  • mergers and acquisitions in the satellite arena
  • operations and services contracts
  • PPP agreements
  • procurement and launch contracts
  • regulatory and licensing (including landing rights, launch and operations licences) advice at national, EU and international level
  • risks of liability involving the spacecraft itself, transmission of content, regulatory compliance and contravention satellite-related disposals and transfers
  • uplinking and downlinking services, for voice, data, and video communications as well as on transponder leasing


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