John M. Beahn
John Beahn advises on a broad range of legal issues arising in commercial, regulatory and transactional matters affecting wireline and wireless service providers, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and information technology providers. He also represents private equity firms, investment firms and commercial banks in communications and technology matters.
Mr. Beahn’s advice on commercial matters includes structuring and negotiating telecommunications services agreements, master services agreements, technology licensing agreements, content provider agreements, capacity lease agreements, private line agreements, data protection agreements, MVNO agreements, and technology development and distribution agreements.
Mr. Beahn’s regulatory practice includes counseling on federal and state regulatory issues related to carrier licensing requirements, universal service matters, and customer privacy 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 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, 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 Exon/Florio 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:
- Global Crossing in its sale to Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte. Ltd.;
- Alcatel in its $13.4 billion merger-of-equals with Lucent Technologies Inc.;
- 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
“Reno v. ACLU: The Communications Decency Act Hits a Red Light on the Information Superhighway,” Catholic University Law Review (Vol. 47)
“Convergence and Competition - At Last,” Federal Communications Law Journal (March 2005)