John M. Beahn
Communications and National Security
John Beahn advises on a broad range of legal issues arising in commercial, regulatory and transactional matters affecting wireline and wireless service providers, media and content providers, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and information technology providers. He also represents private equity firms, investment firms and commercial banks in communications, media and technology matters.
Mr. Beahn’s advice on commercial matters includes structuring and negotiating telecommunications services agreements, master services agreements, technology and content licensing agreements, content provider agreements, capacity lease agreements, private line agreements, data protection agreements, satellite transponder agreements, MVNO agreements, and technology development and content distribution agreements.
Mr. Beahn’s regulatory practice includes counseling on federal and state regulatory issues related to carrier licensing requirements, universal service matters, media ownership and customer privacy, network neutrality and cybersecurity matters. He also has substantial experience with issues involving wireless carriers and wireless broadband technologies, including spectrum leasing arrangements, auctions-related issues and regulatory compliance obligations.
Mr. Beahn’s transactional practice includes negotiating advice and assistance to U.S. and international telecommunications carriers, wireless providers and media and content providers regarding mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance activities, including debt placements and equity offerings. He represents clients in the negotiation of strategic relationships in a variety of telecommunications, wireless and broadband business alliances. He also assists carriers, content providers, financial advisors and investment firms in obtaining federal and state regulatory approvals regarding mergers and acquisitions, debt offerings and corporate finance activities.
Mr. Beahn also has broad experience representing telecommunications and information technology clients in national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Mr. Beahn’s representations include structuring and negotiating national security agreements for some of the largest and most complex transactions in the telecommunications and technology sectors.
Significant representations include:
- Sprint Nextel Corporation in its $21.6 billion sale of a 78 percent stake to Softbank Corporation. This is the largest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese company (named as the “Global M&A Deal of the Year: Grand Prize” by The American Lawyer); and its acquisition of the shares of Clearwire Corporation it does not already own. Both transactions were recognized in the Corporate & Commercial category in the Financial Times’ 2013 U.S. “Innovative Lawyers” report.
- Alcatel in its $13.4 billion merger of equals with Lucent Technologies Inc.;
- Global Crossing in its sale to Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte. Ltd.;
- Gateway, Inc. in its $710 million acquisition via tender offer by Acer Inc.;
- Tumbleweed Communications Corp. in its $150 million acquisition by Axway, Inc.;
- Nokia Siemens Networks in its proposed $650 million acquisition of the CDMA and LTE assets of Nortel Networks Corporation;
- Virgin Mobile USA in its acquisition of Helio, LLC; and
- Mail.ru (along with Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies) in its acquisition of ICQ from AOL Inc.
J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1998 (magna cum laude)
B.A., Boston College, 1993
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association