Managing Partner: Ronnie Preiskel
Senior Partner: Daniel Preiskel
Number of partners: 4
Assistant solicitors: 20
Other fee-earners: 5
THE FIRM Preiskel & Co is a City law firm which specialises in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.
Areas of Practice:
Telecoms & IT (broken down as follows): 60%
-- Regulatory (including satellite and IoT): 10%
-- Competition Law (including merger clearance & damages claims): 40%
-- Commercial & Corporate (including Robotics & SaaS MSAs): 40%
-- Dispute Resolution (including telecoms cross-border disputes): 10%
Media (including Social Media): 10%
Lifesciences, Cleantech, Retail & Other Sectors: 6%
Dispute Resolution: 7%
Trademark & Patents: 1%
Other Commercial: 10%
Data Protection: 6%
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Industry Focus – Technology Media & Telecoms (‘TMT’): The firm is internationally known for its regulatory, commercial and corporate expertise throughout the TMT sector, including fintech, robotics, connected cars, digital media and ad-tech. It understands these sectors and markets, and represents clients from all parts of the ecosystem. The firm’s clients include governments, regulators, all manner of mobile, satellite and fixed communications providers, broadcasters including major movie streaming providers. Its film and television team advised on the 2019 summer hit ‘Blinded By the Light’. The firm’s telecommunications clients are drawn from all over the globe; the firm advises on with issues arising in relation to IoT, MNOs, MVNOs, OTTs, as well as representing those providing cloud based telephony, technology service providers to MNOs, data centres and robotic cars. The practice advises internationally on fintech, robot/AI, SaaS as well as all manner of IT agreements.
Commercial & Corporate: With regards to corporate transactions, the firm advises on M&A, JVs, venture capital, fundraising structures and ancillary transactions, all regularly on an international basis. The firm also advises on a broad range of commercial contracts and documentation.
Competition Law: The firm has a commanding reputation in competition and regulatory work more generally. The firm acts on cutting edge competition matters including litigation and complaints against the major digital platforms. The firm has unparalleled experience in EU and UK phase 2 merger cases for both parties to transactions and third parties. Recently the firm has advised on Tobii/Smartbox and TopCashback/Quidco before the CMA and has been involved with major transactions in the sector e.g. BT/EE, H3G/O2, PCCW/HKT/ Hutchison Whampoa, Facebook/WhatsApp and Google/Double Click. It acted against Google in a string of high-profile cases before the EU Commission and English Courts for damages. It is advising a range of clients involved in multiple CMA market studies and market investigations, including the Online Platforms and Digital Advertising market study.
Telecoms Regulatory Law: The firm advises clients across the globe on telecoms regulatory matters, often with no connection to the UK or English law. Preiskel & Co advised satellite regulator IMSO in relation to the $6+bn private equity purchase of Inmarsat on the Internet of Things and connected car side, the firm has been advising a leading German car manufacturer on telecoms regulatory aspects of their innovative connected car services and a number of leading IOT providers on international telecoms regulatory aspects. Firm advised one of the world’s largest movie streaming providers on zero rated MNO offerings from a net neutrality perspective. CityFibre in a leading regulatory review related to the pricing of leased lines, and level of investment in the UK in fibre involving representations to UK ministers and the EU Commission for failure to comply with EU Telecommunications law and in challenging Ofcom’s price control before the CMA and on CityFibre’s subsequently successful regulatory appeal of Ofcom’s price capping for leased lines brought before the CAT. The outcome has changed the nature and extent of investment in the UK in fibre networks. The firm also advises on Critical National Infrastructure issues and the firm’s competition and regulatory partner, Tim Cowen, is a member of the Challenge Panel at the National Infrastructure Commission. The firm provides a leading voice on economic regulation and policy and authored the report ‘Technopoly and What to Do About It’ for ResPublica, which triggered HM Treasury to launch the Furman Review of digital markets and its subsequent recommendations for the sector. Other advice includes satellite regulatory advice in relation to OneWeb, the satellite provider that the UK government is reputedly negotiating a $500m investment in.
Dispute Resolution: The firm is known for advising on and resolving disputes and successful resolution of administrative action in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal. The firm regularly appears in the higher courts and represented the ORG in its successful 2018 Supreme Court case. New head of dispute resolution, Robert Dougans, runs a wide spectrum of cross-border litigation and international arbitration, including complex IPR disputes.
Intellectual Property: IPR comprises an important aspect of most of the firm’s commercial work, and the firm files trade marks and patents across the globe and advises on all aspects of IPR.
Privacy: UK and cross border advice on data protection (including GDPR audits and compliance).
Media: Advice across all areas of film and TV, including finance, production, distribution, and disputes.