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We embrace convergence.
The EU Law Firm’s experience in addressing convergence issues in the field of electronic communications, ICT and media, spans a time frame of almost two decades.
We have been advising industry players, their associations and sector regulators in various European jurisdictions and overseas.
We have particular expertise in advising our clients on and in representing their interests in regulatory proceedings relating to ex ante regulation before national regulatory agencies (NRA) and at the EU level, involving both the European Commission and the Body of European Regulators. In this respect, we provide expertise gained by working within NRAs, in-house and as external advisors. We advise on and represent our clients in highly technical and economic issues from a legal perspective, such as on detecting and addressing margin squeezes, the regulation of bottlenecks, in addition to analysing and advising on the impact of imminent legislative reforms in the sector
We have been deeply involved in negotiating, structuring and drafting network access and interconnection agreements, in addition to other commercial agreements, such as IRUs, infrastructure swaps and infrastructure sharing agreements. Where necessary, we do so by supporting our negotiating strategy by regulatory instruments in our clients’ best interest.
More recently, our practice extended significantly to advising on different business and financing models relating to the rollouts of Fibre to the Home NGA networks in a variety of European countries. We put a particular emphasis on developing such models and managing the implementation of infrastructure rollouts projects for municipally owned owners or operators of either passive layer or active layer NGA infrastructure, which increasingly involve PPP structures. We assist in designing and drafting cooperation agreements between operators and infrastructure sharing agreements in accordance with EU competition rules. This service package is rounded up by advising and structuring the related financing which involves the application for national or EU funding and the compliance with state aid rules.
Our lead expert has been serving as the Brussels representative of the main FTTH trade association in Germany for the past 5 years.
Most recently, our services were called upon to assist in overseeing all legal and regulatory aspects of a large national high security backhaul project in a major EU Member State, ranging from corporate over financing to complex contractual and regulatory aspects.
Our services equally address legal, commercial and regulatory issues relating to secure solutions in satellite communications and to ICT services, such as Smart Cities, e-health, e-governments, in addition to IP related aspects, including the access to (Premium) content and its cross border use within the EU.
We work in a close cooperation with an economic expert. Thus, we are in the position of providing the highest level of quality in analysis, advice and representation across disciplines.
See our briefing notes on Telecommunication ICT and Media issues under the section publications.