Cleary Gottlieb has an international structure and cross-border experience that supports telecommunications clients as the industry continues to diversify, consolidate and become increasingly global.

With a network of 16 integrated offices on four continents, Cleary handles multinational and regional telecommunications transactions involving multiple jurisdictions with differing regulatory requirements, and lawyers from all of our corporate practice areas, as well as from the intellectual property, restructuring and litigation groups, regularly advise industry clients.

Cleary’s antitrust lawyers in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong and throughout Europe represent telecom clients in global antitrust and M&A matters. We also advise issuers, governments, private sector companies and underwriters on telephone system transactions, implementing appropriate regulatory structures, sales of equity to strategic partners and global offerings.

Notable Experience

  • American Tower in its $5 billion acquisition of various wireless communications towers from Verizon Communications.

  • BTG Pactual, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Espirito Santo Investment Bank, HSBC, Banco do Brasil Securities, Bradesco BBI, Caixa Banco de Investimentos, Goldman Sachs, Itaú BBA, Morgan Stanley and Santander, as underwriters in a R$7.7 billion (approximately $3.4 billion) SEC-registered global offering of common and preferred shares (including in the form of ADSs) by Oi S.A.

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., as financial advisor to DIRECTV, in its $48.5 billion merger with AT&T Inc.

  • Google in the sale of Motorola Mobility's mobile devices business to Lenovo Group Limited.

  • Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane (INWIT) and the selling shareholder Telecom Italia in INWIT’s €784 million IPO. 

  • PJSC MegaFon, a leading Russian telecommunications operator, in its $282 million acquisition of 49.9% interest in Glanbury Investments.

  • Rothschild Inc. as financial advisor to the Board of Directors of Level 3 Communications, Inc. in connection with its $5.68 billion acquisition of TW Telecom Inc.

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