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Telecommunications

Our international Telecommunications practice is consistently ranked as a market leader because of our all-round strength and depth, in particular for our regulatory, commercial and transactional expertise.

Among our clients in the sector are some of the world’s largest telecoms companies, government bodies, regulators, industry participants, financial institutions and major corporations (suppliers and customers). We take time to listen to our clients in order to gain an understanding of their needs, aspirations and goals.

One reason these companies choose Allen & Overy is the complete range of services on offer. As well as the firm’s renowned M&A and corporate finance practice, we advise telecommunications sector clients on banking, regulatory, intellectual property, antitrust, tax, employment, litigation, commercial contract and outsourcing matters.

The team has a broad range of experience, acquired not only in private practice but also in-house at leading telecoms companies and on secondments to corporates and regulatory bodies. This mix of expertise, dedicated knowledge and hands-on commercial experience enables us to provide you with legal services of the highest quality.

News & insights

News: 30 OCTOBER 2019

International tier one telecoms carrier fined for sanctions breach

The UK financial sanctions enforcer, the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), announced on 28 October a fine of a UK subsidiary of an international tier 1 telecoms carrier (the Company)  for indirectly facilitating international telephone calls to SyriaTel, a designated entity  under EU financial sanctions on Syria, implemented by the Syria (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2012.   

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Publications: 02 OCTOBER 2019

Cookies consent does not escape the GDPR: The CJEU issued its decision in the Planet49 case

On 1 October 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its long-awaited decision in the case Planet49 (Case C‑673/17). The decision clarifies the requirements for valid cookie consent under Directive 2002/58 (ePrivacy Directive).

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Publications: 19 DECEMBER 2018

Stablecoins

Over the recent months there has been a proliferation in the development of stablecoins, namely crypto-assets pegged in value to fiat currency or other assets. While the price fluctuations of other crypto-assets make them perhaps more attractive for speculation, the relative stability of stablecoins offers the possibility of cryptocurrencies being adopted for use in everyday transactions.

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Publications: 23 AUGUST 2018

The new law of 1 August 2018 clarifies data protection in Luxembourg

Just before summer recess, Luxembourg Parliament has adopted the law of 1 August 2018 which implements certain parts of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and repeals the former data protection law of 2 August 2002. This new law has been eagerly awaited as it puts an end to the legal uncertainty surrounding the applicability of the old law since the entry into force of the GDPR on 25 May 2018. The new law enters into force on 20 August 2018.

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