Ann Buckingham, counsel in the firm's San Diego office, specializes in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity capital markets, technology transactions and general public company representation, with a particular focus on the communications and technology sectors.
Ms. Buckingham advises public and private companies on a broad range of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and bank finance, as well as on day-to-day corporate governance matters. In addition, in the communications sector, Ms. Buckingham advises equipment manufacturers and carriers (wireless, fixed line, satellite and submarine cable) on a broad range of commercial and regulatory matters. Ms. Buckingham has also advised numerous telecommunications regulators and governments in the developing world on regulatory reform and on liberalization and privatization initiatives.
Ms. Buckingham is the lead author of the chapter on international telecommunications regulation in Telecommunications Law and Regulation (4 ed., 2012, OUP).
Ms. Buckingham's mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures experience includes advising:
- Cricket Communications on numerous acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and “designated entity” structures
- ViaSat on various acquisitions relating to broadband satellite and encryption technologies
- SAIC on the sale of its oil and gas consulting business to Wipro in a divisional carve-out
- Flarion, a developer of OFDM wireless broadband technologies, on its US$805 million acquisition by QUALCOMM
- Simple Mobile on the sale of its MVNO business to TracFone Wireless
- On various international and cross-border acquisitions and divestitutures, including Trans-World Telecom’s sale of its cellular telecommunications business in Guyana to Digicel and advising a bidder in the sale of the pan-African wireless operations of Telecel
Ms. Buckingham’s capital markets and finance experience includes:
- Cricket Communications: over US$3 billion of unsecured high yield debt, US$1.1 billion of secured high yield debt, US$1.1 billion senior secured credit facility and US$1.2 billion bridge loan facility
- ViaSat: US$550 million of unsecured high yield debt and US$325 million revolving credit facility
- Leap Wireless, ViaSat and Extra Space Storage: multiple equity offerings, resale registrations and forward sales of common stock
- Nextera Enterprises and Charlotte Russe: senior secured credit facilities
Ms. Buckingham’s selected technology transactions include:
- Cricket Communications: the outsourcing of its network operations center function to Ericsson
- MVNO, wholesale and reseller agreements
- CDMA, GSM, 3G and 4G roaming arrangements
- Spectrum and capacity leasing, network sharing and build-out arrangements
- Software development