Telecommunications, Media and Technology > Overview

There are few industries as dynamic as telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), and the needs of our TMT clients are as diverse as the issues they face. Rapid advances in this sector have impacted many business models and the way companies operate. As our clients evolve and seek new markets, our TMT team works alongside them to find innovative solutions for this ever-changing and challenging market. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides a multidisciplinary approach to address the increasing consolidation, competition and regulation that our global TMT clients face. With deep experience in multiple, critical practice areas, our TMT team offers full-service capabilities to our clients, including domestic and cross-border transactions, regulatory approvals, intellectual property, private equity, litigation and appellate, restructuring, outsourcing, antitrust and unfair competition, global investigations and compliance, international arbitration, and public law and policy. The team is global in scope and includes lawyers in both our firm’s U.S. and international offices.

Akin Gump’s TMT team leverages industry knowledge, a global reach and in-depth experience from a range of practice areas to provide an integrated, client-centered approach to challenges faced by our TMT clients around the world. One of the distinguishing factors for our TMT practice is our extensive experience assisting companies in emerging markets. We help our clients pursue opportunities and navigate and manage risks in challenging business and political landscapes. We have advised on some of the most important TMT matters in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States region for more than 20 years. Our experienced Africa and Middle East practices, which recently won TMT Finance’s MENA TMT Deal of the Year and The American Lawyer’s Global M&A Deal of the Year for Africa, provide a truly global offering to our clients. In addition, our Cuba practice has become increasingly active in the TMT sector, advising on international trade matters and licensing and regulatory issues.

Our clients also are on the cutting edge of developing new technologies that are innovating how customers are reached, either through e-commerce; behavioral advertising; wireless devices; spectrum sensing and management technologies; robotics; and unmanned systems, such as drones. In the fast-paced TMT arena, with ever-growing demands for speed and broadband, we advise network operators and service providers, and operators of broadband, cable, wireless and satellite networks on a host of issues from infrastructure to cyber and privacy concerns. Our media clients range from financiers, borrowers and investors in media and entertainment, to producers and distributors, motion picture studios and independent production companies. We are helping clients navigate and monetize a shifting landscape where new content and new distribution technologies are disrupting the entertainment industry. We have one of the most prominent practices in Hollywood and have helped bring blockbuster programming from The Hunger Games to Orange Is the New Black to screen.

Our TMT practice brings together lawyers with a proven track record in industry and government services. Members of our team have held high-level positions at various communications companies. Among our team members are former senior management and general counsel, as well as lawyers with significant spectrum and privacy experience, and technologists. From the public sector, our team members include a former bureau and office chief from the Federal Communications Commission, a former deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust in the U.S. Department of Justice, a former chief counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration, former high-level House and Senate staff, and a former White House advisor.

Our areas of substantive focus for TMT clients include:

  • Broadband networks and services
  • Robotics and unmanned systems (drones)
  • Satellite
  • Towers and infrastructure
  • Wireless services and devices
  • Broadcasting and incentive auctions
  • Cloud computing
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Spectrum acquisitions and transactions
  • Spectrum sensing and management technologies
  • Content creation and distribution
  • Digital content distribution and digital rights management
  • E-commerce and online retailers
  • Film and television production, financing and distribution
  • Network sharing
  • Online gaming
  • Over-the-top services
  • Public safety communications
  • Social media
  • Behavioral advertising
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance
  • Universal Service Fund and Information and Communication Technology Fund.