Allen & Overy LLP

Telecommunications Department

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What the team is known for Best known for work on telecoms infrastructure transactions in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Advises on the structuring of new fibre optic joint ventures and on both the buy and sell sides of telecoms towers transactions. Assists with the negotiation of network sharing or outsourcing agreements. Broader team leverages corporate and competition law expertise to advise on major M&A deals that follow the trend towards consolidation of the telecoms sector. Acts on the bank side of satellite finance or capital markets transactions.

Strengths One source notes: "They are technically sound and really proactive in terms of client engagement, with a focus on practicality. They really tie things back into what commercially matters and are solutions-focused."

Another interviewee says: "Their technical expertise in financing and space-related matters is outstanding."

Clients remark favourably upon the firm's "truly international reach and consistency in quality."

Notable practitioners

Andrew Kenning
regularly advises on commercial acquisitions, disposals and financings in the telecoms sector. Clients describe him as a "technically strong lawyer who is also pragmatic."

Tom Levine
maintains an outstanding reputation for his broad telecoms practice, which encompasses financing and corporate transactions. He is also noted for his expertise in satellite project financing. "He has a rich and detailed knowledge of the telecoms industry and a practical approach to solving problems," according to clients.