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John M. Beahn

Counsel

Counsel

Communications and National Security

Washington, D.C.

T: +1.202.371.7392

F: 1.202.661.9192

john.beahn@skadden.com

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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 has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications section of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars in 2016 and is listed in The Legal 500 U.S. in the areas of Telecom and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional.

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 and the “Team Telecom” executive branch agencies. 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:

  • Nokia Corporation in its:

    • $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. The transaction was structured as dual American and French tender offers and was one of the first large transactions to be implemented under the new takeover regime in France; and
    • $3 billion sale of its HERE digital mapping unit to a German consortium including AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG.
  • 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.;
  • Virgin Mobile USA in its acquisition of Helio, LLC;
  • 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; and
  • Mail.ru (along with Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies) in its acquisition of ICQ from AOL Inc.

Bar Admissions

Maryland
District of Columbia

Education

J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1998 (magna cum laude)

B.A., Boston College, 1993

Associations

Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

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Publications

"Third Time’s the Charm: Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Regulations"

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

"Skadden Explains CFIUS’s Annual Report To Congress Highlights Decrease In Investigations, Need For Transparency"

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