The Communications Group at Skadden represents clients on a variety of transactions, litigation and regulatory matters with respect to the telecommunications and media industries and related services, including television and radio broadcasting; multichannel video programming; wired, wireless and satellite communications services; and e-commerce. Our clients include some of the world’s largest media, communications and investment firms, as well as entrepreneurial companies and telecommunications users.
Skadden advises clients in a variety of transactions and financings in the communications and media industries, often working closely with the firm’s corporate attorneys. We have provided assistance in acquisitions, sales, investments, joint ventures, public and private issuances of debt and equity securities, and privatizations of telecommunications companies by foreign governments. We advise banks and investment firms on the issues arising from holdings in communications companies and the methods for achieving goals without running into regulatory obstacles. We have counseled on restructuring communications companies worldwide and have represented clients dealing with the realignment of domestic and international regulations to adjust to rapidly changing communications technologies.
Skadden counsels clients on commercial matters, such as the structuring and negotiation of commercial agreements and contracts for multinational voice, data and video communications services. Our attorneys have handled a wide variety of agreements, including for telecommunications services, master services, technology licensing, content provider, capacity lease, private line, data protection, MVNO, technology development and distribution, resale, rights-of-way and pole attachment, cable and broadcast network affiliation, media rights, local marketing and time brokerage, and retransmission consent. In addition, our attorneys have structured both customer-facing and employee-facing information sharing, data privacy and network security policies.
We have handled diverse litigation, including for intellectual property and First Amendment-related issues, breach of contract suits, class actions and telemarketing complaints. We advise on antitrust and regulatory issues, often dealing with government agencies and international antitrust offices. We also advise clients on ways to address increasing threats to privacy and cybersecurity. Skadden has helped clients obtain federal and state regulatory approval to transfer control of communications companies and licenses, expand their businesses through innovative approaches to regulatory requirements, or enter the industry, including in hotly contested cases. We advise clients on issues related to communications facilities including rights-of-way; mandatory access; zoning; and tower, pole attachment and site regulations. When necessary, we assist clients in obtaining the necessary approvals of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Working with the firm’s Brussels office, our communications attorneys also provide European competition law advice to telecommunications companies.
The firm assists clients in developing positions and defending their interests in regulatory, policy-making, licensing and complaint proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Congress and the executive branch, as well as state and foreign governments. We have represented clients in connection with legislative proposals in Congress covering key aspects of communications regulation. We have advised entities regarding participation in FCC-conducted spectrum auctions. We also have worked with state public utility commissions and local authorities on issues affecting our clients’ ability to develop business and provide communications services.