European Competitive Telecommunications Association


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 ground-breaking 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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Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS can work for you in 39 countries and more than 70 offices worldwide. 4,500 CMS lawyers offer you business-focused advice, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.
 
‘Your World First’ is our promise to you. This means we are client-centric, have world vision and are performance driven.
 
Client-centric – Being immersed in the industry sectors our clients operate in, including communications, is at the heart of what we do. Our business is structured according to the industries our clients work in, delivering technically excellent lawyers who talk your language.   
 
World vision – We have deep local expertise in many jurisdictions and major global centres. CMS has a track record of expanding to meet client needs.
 
Performance driven – CMS takes pride in first-class execution and project management – we deliver results, not just opinions. This approach to service delivery is the same everywhere, based on a common training programme and a shared understanding of what our clients value.

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Osborne Clarke is an international legal practice with 19 offices across the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and the US plus a formal Association with Koh Vass & Co in Hong Kong.

With over 200 expert partners and more than 700 talented lawyers we provide clients with consistently high standards of service and commercial cross-border legal advice tailored to their industry. Our discrete national firms combine the very best of OC with an understanding of the local business environment and in-depth legal expertise in each jurisdiction. 

We work with leading telecoms operators, mobile service providers and technology suppliers around the world. Our aim is to help our clients take advantage of the opportunities presented by providing new digital services and content to consumers and business users. The global nature of the telecoms industry means that our work is by nature international. As well as helping non-European providers enter the EU markets, we regularly advise on projects outside Europe. Our team advises on complex transactions, regulatory and competition issues and is highly experienced at handling regulatory and commercial contract disputes.

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