From the outset, the law firm’s telecoms practice has been built around its expertise in IT and telecoms law, two areas which converge in many respects, given the extent to which the technologies complement and merge.
In this respect, the law firm also has recognised expertise in sector-specific regulation – both national, Community and extra-Community – in telecoms law, including space and satellite law and related technologies.
The demand for and availability of bandwidth continues to grow as applications diversify and content becomes richer.
They have become a factor in regional development, and social demands have made them a major policy issue, for example in terms of equal access for all to information and knowledge.
These challenges are shared by the entire planet, and telecommunications networks have become a key factor in the globalisation of trade, as have transport, electricity and water networks and infrastructures.
In addition, the rapid growth of the Internet of Things and of objects that communicate, whether they use the Internet or fixed or mobile telecoms networks, is leading to the emergence of new issues relating to the management of scarce resources such as frequencies and numbers, but also to the increasingly pronounced internationalisation of the issues at stake and to the open and rapid disruption of the positions acquired by players in traditional value chains.
The law firm’s advisory and litigation practice focuses on legal and technical issues relating to
- Audit of contractual compliance;
- Contractual and regulatory audits;
- Compliance and verification of compliance with laws and regulations on the protection of personal data in the network and telecommunications services sector;
- Management of issues specific to the telecoms sector as well as general issues relating to the collection, processing; storage and transfer of personal data (preparation of impact analysis files, management of personal data breach notifications, outsourced DPO services);
- Implementation of the entire telecoms contractual framework for new entrants to the market (MVNOs, electronic communications service providers, micro-payment solution providers, etc.);
- Organisation of distribution policies;
- Drafting contracts for operators and service users for all technologies (2G, 3G, 3G+, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, IP, VOIP, WiMax, PLC, unbundling, fibre, satellite, etc.);
- Drafting contracts for operators and users of satellite services (uplink, signal transport, broadcasting, satellite operation, operator-to-satellite operator contracts);
- Negotiations with manufacturers and suppliers of equipment for telecommunications networks and services;
- Advice and litigation before regulatory authorities and the French competition authority (abuse of dominant position,
- abuse of economic dependence, vertical and horizontal agreements, restrictive practices);
- Expertise in the management of major international projects, in particular assisting public players (national regulators, government agencies, governments, European or international banks) in the establishment of new legislative and regulatory frameworks, public-private partnerships, concession agreements and the privatisation of incumbent operators;
- Drafting of user contracts (corporate and consumer)
We can provide your company with temporary in-house lawyers for a specific project (outsourcing) or as data protection officers.
In order to provide you with the most effective solution, we offer to replace litigation with arbitration, collaborative law or mediation if this is the most appropriate way to resolve your case. As well as defending our clients’ interests in these procedures, some of our lawyers are regularly appointed as arbitrators or legal experts.
We carry out exequatur proceedings to ensure that foreign judgments are enforceable in the countries where we are established.