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“Clients are drawn from across the industry and include companies in the radio and television, satellite and network infrastructure spaces. [The Latham team] draws on impressive global platform to handle market-leading cross-border mandates, whether transactional or contentious.”

 Chambers USA 2020


Clients in the communications sector turn to Latham & Watkins for its unique combination of regulatory, transactional and litigation counsel, enhanced by the perspective of a global, interdisciplinary team.

Strategic Counsel to the Communications Industry

To help clients meet their needs, the firm’s lawyers have relevant industry and government experience, as well as invaluable insight into the strategic objectives and commercial realities facing communications businesses.

The firm’s clients represent all sectors and sub-sectors of the industry, including:

  • Broadband and internet service providers
  • Broadcast radio and television
  • Cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), satellite radio and other multichannel distribution
  • Content providers and programmers
  • Data storage and security
  • E-commerce and value-added services
  • Entertainment and multimedia
  • Fiber optics
  • Internet
  • Networks and infrastructure
  • Satellite firms
  • Telephone
  • Wireline and wireless telecommunications companies

Latham's capabilities in this area are drawn from across the firm’s global network of offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and the firm's professionals are able to draw on the strength of its industry practice group in Washington, D.C., which is consistently ranked in the top tier of telecommunications, broadcast and satellite practices.

Key Practice Areas

Latham's team of communications industry lawyers has significant experience and know-how in all aspects of communications law and business, including:

A sampling of Latham & Watkins’ recent work includes representation of:

  • Leading US provider of video, high-speed data and phone services, on a wide variety of matters involving its cable television, broadband Internet access and digital phone services. These matters include a successful defense of two federal class action lawsuits; FCC proceedings regarding net neutrality, set-top box regulation, retransmission consent, and various other media and telecommunications issues; and federal and state administrative and court proceedings regarding the interconnection of telecommunications networks and treatment of Voice over IP services
  • Major US wireless telecom provider in M&A and commercial transactions; advice on US spectrum auctions; representation in numerous regulatory proceedings, including wireless voice and data roaming and network neutrality issues; capital markets transactions; defense of patent infringement litigation and defense of a securities class action
  • Major provider of media services in its acquisitions and other corporate and regulatory matters
  • Radio broadcasting company in a patent infringement matter
  • Global asset manager on its US$3.9 billion acquisition of a provider of network services.  Also represented the company and issuer in the US$1.4 billion term loan and revolving credit facility and US$1.5 billion senior notes offering in connection with the acquisition
  • Global asset manager in the US$1.5 billion term loan and bridge financing for the acquisition of a telecommunications technology company
  • Global provider of telecommunications and Internet protocol-based services in a stock for stock US$3.0 billion merger with a leading global provider of communications services, including the FCC regulatory and antitrust regulatory aspects of the deal
  • Leading financial services firms in the repricing of the existing US$751 million term loan facility for a wireless telecommunications company
  • Leading wireless trade association in FCC and appellate matters
  • Global automotive company in connection with regulatory advice for in-vehicle entertainment and information systems
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