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21 April 2011

We understand spectrum assets

Radio spectrum is a strategic business asset. Hogan Lovells puts business strategy at the forefront when advising on fast-moving regulatory trends. Our lawyers know the wireless industry inside-out, having worked for wireless companies and trade associations, and served in high-level government positions with responsibility for regulating the wireless industry. Our inside knowledge of how companies and government agencies operate gives us a competitive edge when representing clients in this rapidly changing environment.

Full life-cycle advice

We advise clients on spectrum-related aspects of merger review and competition policy, licensing, spectrum policy, regulatory compliance, ITU matters, capital raising, law enforcement issues, and foreign investment. We accompany clients in the full life cycle of the wireless business, including spectrum auctions, equipment certification, equipment procurement and sales, network deployment, network roaming, resale, and spectrum leasing. Our wireless policy experience ranges from legislation and law enforcement to consumer protection and privacy.

Global coverage

With offices in cities across the globe, we assist wireless clients operating in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. In many jurisdictions, Hogan Lovells is considered a top legal practice for advising national regulatory authorities on spectrum related projects, particularly in Europe, where Hogan Lovells has advised NRAs in Belgium, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, as well as the European Commission on future spectrum reform. Hogan Lovells has conducted “best practice” assessments of spectrum-related regulation, covering North American, Latin American, and Asia Pacific regulatory structures. Our Washington, D.C., office includes leaders who have served in high level positions at the Federal Communications Commission and with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as serving within the industry. Our European wireless team is in the top tier of legal practices advising on spectrum regulatory matters in Europe. Hogan Lovells lawyers across offices routinely advise on all aspects of spectrum regulation on multijurisdictional issues.

Transaction and commercial support

Hogan Lovells' regulatory team works closely with our M&A lawyers to identify strategic opportunities in deals involving wireless assets, including advising on game-changing regulatory trends that affect valuation and deal structure. We help structure innovative spectrum leases, infrastructure sharing, roaming arrangements, mobile content deals, as well as advise on sensitive privacy, location data, and net neutrality rules that may affect commercial transactions.

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