Introduction

Preiskel & Co is internationally recognised in the top independent guides for its leading expertise in the telecommunications sector.

Our lawyers’ considerable telecoms industry experience extends across all the continents and they have been at the forefront of telecoms liberalization across the globe.   Our multi-lingual lawyers have the benefit of having worked within the industry for incumbent operators, MVNOs and start-ups, as well as in telecoms related investment banking. This deep industry and legal understanding enables our clients to benefit from cost-effective, strategic first class advice.

Preiskel & Co’s growing list of impressive clients include major international and national wireless and fixed operators, governments, regulators, incumbent operators, mobile application and service providers, MVNOs, MVNEs, alternative carriers, and equipment manufacturers and suppliers.  Many highly-innovative owner-managed operators have also turned to us, benefitting from the client partners’ knowledge of regulatory, corporate and commercial matters. In addition, we are routinely instructed by consultancy firms and by other law firms.

What Our Clients Say

We are proud of what our telecoms clients say about us.  According an independent survey by Archangel, our clients describe us as follows:

  • “They know the industry, they’re thorough and they’re time efficient.”

  • The personal touch. They’re specialists. They’re individuals. They’re not a corporate machine. They take ownership.”

  • “They align themselves to our business. They understand what we do.”

  • “They are knowledgeable and creative on interesting issues and always available/contactable and willing to listen. “

What the Experts Say

We are recommended as experts in the telecommunications sector in all the leading independent legal guides: for example, the Experts Guide to the World’s Leading Telecommunications Lawyers, Legal Experts, WhosWhoLegal Guide to Regulatory Communications Lawyers, Chambers Global, Chambers UK and other guides.

According to Chambers UK: “Daniel Preiskel leads the team and is regarded as the man telecoms companies turn to for strategic advice thanks to his grassroots understanding of the industry”.

Multi-National Telecoms Operators / Governments / Regulators

  • obtaining the whole range of fixed and wireless licences or other regulatory approvals
  • advising PTTs on the whole range of telecommunications regulatory issues such as interconnection, numbering, mobile termination charges, universal service obligations, bundling of services, VoIP issues, regulatory treatment of Mobile Virtual Network Operators, Codes of Practice
  • advising governments in emerging markets on the drafting of new telecoms legislation and ancillary regulations
  • advising PTTs, governments and mobile operators on strategic sales, spectrum auctions and complex telecoms financings
  • advising telecommunications regulators on the adjudication of  major interconnection disputes between the fixed telephony incumbent and mobile operators
  • advised a European PTT on the launch of its telephony services in the UK via carrier-pre-selection
  • advised the Government of Tanzania on its telecommunications privatisation regulatory regime
  • advised Cable & Wireless plc in connection with a number of strategic acquisitions and commercial projects
  • advised PCCW on telecommunications related transactions in the UK and in China
  • provided telecoms regulatory advice on the $300 million acquisition of a European PTT
  • advising Sky Italia on the latest regulatory and commercial issues

Cable Operators

  • advised a cable operator on establishing an MVNO
  • advised a telephony over cable telecoms provider on the regulatory treatment of bundling and joint-marketing by telecoms operators in the UK, Spain, France and Canada
  • advised a cable provider on issues relating to launching a telephony service, bundling of services
  • advised a cable operator on online gaming issues
  • advised a cable operator on music copyright issues
  • advised several major cable operators on a range of UK and EU regulatory issues

Alternative Telecoms Operators

  • negotiating interconnection, reseller, co-location, capacity purchase and all other telecoms related commercial contracts
  • achieved groundbreaking regulatory results for alternative telecommunications operators and ISPs
  • buying and selling international operations and networks out of administration
  • corporate advice such as M&A and formation of joint ventures
  • negotiating and advising on strategic alliances
  • advised a telecommunications service provider on setting up an innovative telephony service in the UK, France and the US
  • obtaining number ranges for an alternative operators
  • advised the purchasers in a number of telecoms resellers acquisitions
  • advised a personal numbering service on artificially inflated traffic issues
  • successful regulatory representation of a telecoms operator as regards ICSTIS on premium rate services
  • identifying and sounding out potential acquisition targets

Mobile Operators

  • provided pan-European regulatory and commercial advice to one of the world’s largest mobile operators on mobile interconnection matters
  • advised a major consortium on its bid for a GSM telephony licence in Iran, including suggesting changes to licence and interconnect regime to the Government Ministry
  • assisted a major consortium in considering an application for a GSM telephony licence in the Maldives
  • advising on a global mobile procurement deal
  • Mobile Content and Applications

Mobile Content and Applications

  • negotiated a global procurement deal with a major international mobile operator for a financial clearing house
  • advised the purchaser of a mobile content provider
  • provided regulatory advice to a number of mobile and on-line content providers
  • advising on distance selling regulation and ecommerce regulatory requirements
  • advising on content regulation issues (ethical standards, rating and classification requirements, explicit content issues, etc) and compliance with codes of practice
  • drafting terms and conditions for one of Europe’s largest mobile content providers
  • regulatory advice to a number of mobile and on-line content providers
  • advised on the regulation and sale of Adult content over the internet and via mobile phones
  • advised ringtone providers on copyright issues

Voice Over IP/Broadband

  • acted for leading provider of VoIP services Inclarity on various contracts/negotiations for the provisions of its services throughout the UK and internationally
  • advising on regulatory issues of providing VOIP across Europe

WiFi & Wimax & UWB, 5.4 GHZ

  • advising an innovative supplier of mesh networks (using 3G, WIFI and WIMAX) on funding and other matters,
  • advising an African fixed to wireless provider
  • advising a developer of UWB technology
  • advising a provider of WiFi hotspots and related software solutions

Satellite

  • advised an international satellite joint venture
  • advising on issues relating to Intelsat /Inmarsat and Eutelsat