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  Tom Levine

Partner

London

Tom is a core partner in our Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) group and head of our Telecommunications practice globally. His experience includes telecommunications, technology, outsourcing, corporate and intellectual property law. He has spent over twelve years in the London communications practice as associate and partner, and five years as head of our outsourcing and TMT practice in the Middle East. Tom's experience includes working on a number of privatisations and regulatory projects for national telecoms companies, governments and regulators, as well as several project financings and mergers and acquisitions in the communications sector. His commercial transactions work includes IT outsourcing, telecoms and technology supply and licensing agreements.

“Tom Levine is ‘very good under pressure and an excellent negotiator’“ (Legal 500 2015, IT & Telecoms)

Experience highlights include advising:

M&A

Al Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate Company LLC, an investment company controlled by the Kharafi Group in Kuwait, in respect of the sale of a 51% stake in Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C. (Zain) for approximately USD12bn.

GTL, the preferred bidder on the acquisition of a stake in Saudi Telecom’s tower infrastructure by a joint venture process.

Outsourcing

Abu Dhabi-based investment holding company, Waha Capital PJSC, on the outsourcing of aircraft management services to AerCap Holdings, relating to the aircraft fleet held by AerLift Leasing Limited (a new joint venture vehicle owned by Waha and AerCap) and Waha’s retained aircraft, as part of an overall transaction valued at USD380m.

Privatisations and licences

Ofcom (the UK communications and media regulator) on its continuing programme of awards of spectrum licences, designed to put unused or under-used spectrum into the market.

UK Government on the sale by auction of the UMTS (3G) spectrum licences in the UK for GBP22.7bn.

Etisalat on an ongoing potential licensing opportunity in North Africa.

OCC on its bid for the second Saudi fixed licence and subsequent rollout.

France Telecom Group on its bid to take a strategic stake on the privatisation by auction of Lithuania Telecom.

Cable & Wireless on bids for the privatisation of a number of national telecoms operators, including regulatory aspects of the transactions.

Telkom in connection with its restructuring and the introduction of a strategic equity partner as well as SATRA, the former regulatory authority in South Africa. This included advising Telkom on the drafting of the proposed regulatory regime, drafting licences to be issued to it.

Roshan Telecom in connection with a dispute with the Afghan Government on its GSM licence (an attempted unilateral amendment of the license), and subsequently on mobile termination rate regulation.

IPO's & Rights Issues

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company in connection with its USD235m private placement.

The underwriters in the IPO of Libertel.

The IPO of Virgin Mobile.

Royal KPN in connection with its USD4.4bn equity offering.

Cable & Wireless on its demerger by the separate re-listing of its two separate businesses.

Marconi Corporation on its listing following the restructuring of its bank and bond debt obligations which exceeded GBP4bn.

Morgan Stanley on the initial proposed IPO of Inmarsat.

Jointly with a major investment bank, the Czech Government on the privatisation of Cesky Telecom, via a dual rights issue and trade sale route.

Regulatory

The Government of Pakistan on the redrafting of the local regulatory regime in the sale of a 26% stake in Pakistan Telecommunication to Etisalat.

Roshan Telecom in connection with a dispute with the Afghan Government on its GSM licence (an attempted unilateral amendment of the license), and subsequently on mobile termination rate regulation.

Telkom in connection with its restructuring and the introduction of a strategic equity partner as well as SATRA, the former regulatory authority in South Africa. This included advising Telkom on the drafting of the proposed regulatory regime, drafting licences to be issued to it.

France Telecom on advice regarding the rate regulation system applicable to local loop unbundling by the Spanish Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and competition precedents on price squeeze.

Cable & Wireless on bids for the privatisation of a number of national telecoms operators, including regulatory aspects of the transactions.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, New South Wales, Australia, 1997

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2000

Academic qualifications

BA, Philosophy, The University of New South Wales, 1995

LLB, Law, The University of New South Wales, 1995

Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice, The College of Law, Sydney, 1996

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