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The Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors are experiencing significant change at the moment; creating great opportunities and posing equally great challenges. 

Few other industry sectors are as fluid, and few have the capacity to change businesses – or indeed society – as quickly or profoundly. The last few years have seen waves of disruptive technologies emerging, and that will continue. At the same time we expect the relentless digitisation of traditional industry sectors and business types to continue to give rise to fundamental changes in old markets, and re-write the rules on how businesses think and operate, and how they are put together. 

We are helping our clients on this odyssey. We are helping them to frame their opportunities, and we are helping them to navigate through the challenges. We are there with our clients when they are engaging in their most complex, market-defining, 'first of a kind' deals, and when they are managing their most difficult, unexpected, ‘first-of-a-kind challenges.

Our clients are engaging with all of these developments; looking for the opportunities, and dealing with the risks. They are asking themselves questions such as:

  • What are the right models to adopt?
  • What doesn’t work anymore?
  • Is our market changing under us, and if so how do we deal with that?
  • Where will the next wave of competitor come from?
  • How do you deal with the piecemeal regulation that is springing up to belatedly deal with all of the changes that are happening?
  • How do we change from within whilst keeping our core business running smoothly?

With unrivaled expertise and extensive resources across the globe in these sectors, we are able to provide practical, informed, sensible solutions. Our sector expertise is backed by strong practice expertise, including our award winning transactional, regulatory and disputes teams.

These sectors are giving rise to great opportunities and great challenges: we are there with you.

Recent Experience

China Telecom

Advising on its investment in the SEA-ME-WE 5 sub-sea cable system, a multi-regional superhighway that will provide the lowest latency and represent an additional network layer of diversity and resilience for the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. SEA-ME-WE 5 will connect 17 countries from Singapore to Europe (Italy and France). It covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Telefonica SA

Advising on its agreement to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, parent company of UK telecom operator Three. The acquisition would have merged the businesses of 02 and Hutchison's existing British carrier, Three, creating the largest mobile operator in the U.K., with a total of 33 million customers

XL Axiata

Advising one of the largest mobile operators in Indonesia and a subsidiary of Axiata, on its telecoms network joint venture with Indosat, one of the other largest mobile operators in Indonesia

Telstra

Advising in relation to the US$290 million acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Ooyala (US), a leading global player in over-the-top video advertising, and the subsequent acquisitions of Videoplaza (Sweden) and Nativ (UK)

Yahoo! JAPAN

Advising in respect of their joint venture investment with Skyscanner Ltd for the provision of web-based (including mobile) travel information and travel search engine services in Japan

Al Arab Channel

Advising on the launch, subsequent suspension and relocation of its 24 hour Arabic news channel. We were awarded 2015 TMT Team of the Year at Legal Week's British Legal Awards for our work on this matter

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