Capabilities
Telecommunications, Internet, and Media

Antitrust

The Telecommunications, Internet, and Media team includes experienced antitrust practitioners and works closely with the antitrust practice group to assist clients in addressing the antitrust issues associated with mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, and other litigation and to provide antitrust counseling services. We offer deep knowledge of global communications industries and a comprehensive understanding of our clients' technologies and business models. As a result, we can focus on a client's specific antitrust challenges from the start. We have guided communications companies involved in some of the largest acquisitions in history through merger reviews and approvals by both competition and regulatory authorities.

With extensive backgrounds in both US, EU, and other competition law—as well as offices in Brussels and London and a network of local counsel across the globe—we are well equipped to take on projects that require coordinated work in multiple countries. We help clients rapidly secure merger approvals from numerous governments, advise clients on the antitrust implications of joint ventures and other transactions, and represent telecommunications, media, and Internet clients in cross-border governmental investigations.

Experience

AT&T Inc. Acquisition of DirecTV

Obtained antitrust clearances associated with the company’s US$48.5 billion merger with DirecTV.

AT&T Inc. Acquisition of Allied Wireless/Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.

Represented client with the antitrust and FCC review of the company’s US$780 million acquisition of wireless regional provider Allied Wireless/Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.

SBC Communications SBC and BellSouth Wireless joint venture

Joint venture of SBC's wireless business with BellSouth Corporation's wireless business forming Cingular Wireless LLC (now AT&T Mobility LLC)

SBC Communications Acquisition of Ameritech Corporation

SBC's acquisition of Ameritech Corporation (the Regional Bell Operating Company serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

SBC Communications Acquisition of Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation

SBC's acquisition of Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation (the telephone company serving most of Connecticut).

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