whoswholegal – Analysis – Telecoms & Media 2022

Global Elite Thought Leaders Ernesto Apa – Portolano Cavallo, Rome Rolf Auf der…

Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Ernesto Apa – Portolano Cavallo, Rome
  • Rolf Auf der Maur – VISCHER AG, Zurich
  • Rob Bratby – Bratby Law, London
  • Peter Bräutigam – Noerr, Munich
  • Mike Conradi – DLA Piper, London
  • Steven De Schrijver – Astrea Advocaten, Brussels
  • Clara-Ann Gordon – Niederer Kraft Frey, Zurich
  • Robert Nešpůrek – HAVEL & PARTNERS, Attorneys at Law, Prague
  • Danny Preiskel – Preiskel & Co, London


Leading firms

Bird & Bird

Sven-Erik Heun is a deeply knowledgeable practitioner who specialises in all areas of regulatory compliance and outsourcing for clients in the telecoms sector.
Graeme Maguire is a go-to name for his top-notch advice on the full spectrum of transactional matters involving communications companies.
Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is a highly regarded TMT lawyer and has been offering clients in the telecoms sector first-rate advice on regulations for over 25 years.
Marjolein Geus is renowned for her well-respected practice in the telecoms and media space which covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

Stefan Schicker is a standout practitioner in the media sector thanks to his expert advice on digitalisation projects, IP matters and regulatory compliance.
Matthias Nordmann ranks highly among peers thanks to his top-notch practice which deals with structuring and M&A transactions in IT-driven industries.
Mathias Schwarz is a widely respected media lawyer, sought after by clients for his advice on personality rights, licensing and financing.
Andreas Peschel-Mehner is highly esteemed by peers for his broad practice which encompasses compliance, data protection, advertising and competition law.


Paul Barton is “an excellent lawyer” who continues to impress peers with his deep expertise in outsourcing and digital transformation projects.
Stijn Debaene is a renowned litigator in all areas of IP law and dedicates his expertise to clients in the media and telecoms industries.
Hakim Haouideg is a strong IP litigator, well versed in software licensing and film production and distribution.
Nuria Pastor excels in the data protection space where she frequently advises a diverse range of clients on regulatory and privacy-related matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Laurent Garzaniti is a top name for complex cross-border transactions and offers his expertise as both counsel and litigator.
Natasha Good has 25 years’ experience advising clients in the telecoms sector on the full range of M&A matters in addition to regulatory compliance.
Bertram Burtscher is an established figure for media and telecoms law with deep industry knowledge.
Winfred Knibbeler is a well-regarded name who garners plaudits for his TMT practice which focuses on cartel and abuse-of-dominance cases.

Baker McKenzie

Harry Small is a well-established figure in the market who acts for communications service providers in contract negotiations and IP-related disputes.
Robbie Downing has over 25 years’ experience advising firms in the telecoms sector on the full range of data protection matters.
Ian Walden is recognised by peers as “an excellent lawyer” with deep knowledge of information and communications law.


Christopher Watson is a revered communications expert who concentrates on advising on competition and regulatory matters, particularly those involving transactions.
Susan Barty regularly acts for both customers and suppliers in the advertising, marketing and media sectors on high-profile technology disputes.
Dirk Van Liedekerke is an expert in telecommunications law who focuses his practice on regulatory compliance, merger control and litigation.

Jones Day

Bernard Amory is a prominent name in the European market as a competition specialist who frequently represents clients in the media and telecoms industries before a range of courts.
Yvan Desmedt is highly regarded for his work on a wide range of competition-related matters at both a national and EU-wide level.
Jonathon Little has a wealth of experience advising clients on transactions in the telecoms sector in addition to a range of other issues, including contract negotiation and IT licensing.


Other leading individuals


DORDA Rechtsanwälte’s Axel Anderl is a top-tier practitioner, recognised for his knowledge of IT and media law as well his experience working on social media-related matters.


Steven De Schrijver at Astrea Advocaten has over 30 years’ experience advising firms on complex transactions in the entertainment industry. Market sources are impressed with his “client-orientated” approach and “quick understanding of business matters”.


George Dimitrov from Dimitrov Petrov & Co continues to impress market respondents with his first-rate practice comprising skilful representation in regulatory matters and litigation.

Czech Republic

Robert Nešpůrek with HAVEL & PARTNERS is a prominent name in the Czech market as an IT specialist who regularly advises clients in the entertainment industry on a range of data-related issues.
Richard Otevřel ranks highly among peers thanks to his stellar practice which focuses on data transfers, licensing agreements and compliance for clients in the telecoms sector.


Plesner’s Niels Christian Ellegaard come highly recommended by peers for his contract negotiation skills as well as his advice on disputes, particularly those arising from the telecoms industry.


Rob Bratby from Bratby Law is a “highly knowledgeable” data lawyer who stands out among peers for his specialism in sector-related transactions and regulation.

DLA Piper’s Mike Conradi is co-chair of the firm’s international telecoms practice and offers institutional and commercial clients expert advice on regulatory compliance.

Danny Preiskel at Preiskel & Co is a renowned telecoms specialist who is highly regarded in the market for his regulatory, commercial and corporate advice.

Richard Kemp of Kemp IT Law is a seasoned practitioner whose first-rate IT law firm focuses on the intersection of regulation and intellectual property.


At Castrén & Snellman, Pia Ek has a well-established practice advising clients in the media sector on digital transformation projects and contractual agreements.
Eija Warma-Lehtinen is “a superb privacy lawyer” who uses her expertise to advise clients on cross-border data transfers and all aspects of data privacy.


Noerr’s Peter Bräutigam is highlighted for his impressive expertise handling software licensing and outsourcing agreements for clients in the entertainment industry.
Daniel Rücker is renowned in the German market for his sweeping knowledge of data protection law. He is a top choice for clients seeking advice on all data privacy matters.


Ernesto Apa from Portolano Cavallo is an established media specialist whose respected practice spans an array of contractual and regulatory matters.
Francesco Portolano has 30 years’ experience advising on the full spectrum of transactional matters for clients in the media sector, particularly for US companies investing in the Italian market.


Alfred Meijboom of Kennedy Van der Laan impresses market sources with his work as both litigator and adviser on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.


Mónica Oliveira Costa from Coelho Ribeiro e Associados has a stellar reputation in the market as a data specialist who advises clients on advertising and telecommunications law.
Jaime Medeiros is an established lawyer who has extensive experience advising on IP, M&A and contractual matters in the telecoms space.


Gabriel Nadal from Ecija has a fantastic reputation in the market where he is a leader for the full spectrum of transactional work for clients in the media industry.


VISCHER’s Rolf Auf der Maur possesses significant expertise in new communication technologies and regularly advises telecoms and media companies on issues such as licensing and advertising.

Clara-Ann Gordon of Niederer Kraft Frey is lauded as “one of the most prominent names in telecommunications law” and focuses her practice on compliance, data protection and outsourcing matters.

At Bär & Karrer, Michele Bernasconi ranks highly among peers thanks to the first-rate advice he provides to clients on compliance, broadcasting and sponsorship agreements.

Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Grant Buchanan – McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
  • Laurence J E Dunbar – Fasken, Ottawa
  • David B Elder – Stikeman Elliott LLP, Ottawa
  • Samuel (Sam) Feder – Jenner & Block LLP, Washington DC
  • Charles S Morgan – McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Montreal
  • Robert Stankey – Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Washington DC


Leading firms

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis

Christopher Wright is a top-notch communications lawyer who has a well-established practice advising notable clients in the media industry.
Scott Blake Harris is a senior figure in the market who enjoys a strong reputation thanks to his expertise in communications and technology law.
John Nakahata is a leading practitioner in the telecoms space with over 20 years’ experience advising clients on legislation, compliance and transactional diligence.

Wiley Rein

David Gross possesses profound industry knowledge and dedicates his expertise to advising companies in the telecoms sector wishing to expand their business.
Richard Wiley is a seasoned practitioner who impresses peers with his sweeping knowledge of telecoms law and work on high-profile cases.
Anna Gomez is a well-respected name in the telecoms space thanks to her work on regulatory, policy and transactional matters for both domestic and international clients.

McCarthy Tétrault

Grant Buchanan ranks highly among peers thanks to his deep understanding of the telecoms sector and his extensive experience advising on a wide range of regulatory matters.
Charles Morgan is an established figure in the Canadian market and an authority on cybersecurity matters. He regularly advises clients on commercial transactions and outsourcing.


Laurence Dunbar is a formidable lawyer with extensive experience of cross-border issues in the telecoms sector, such as investments and broadcasting.
Gerald (Jay) Kerr-Wilson co-heads the firm’s technology, media and telecoms practice and frequently represents domestic and international companies on regulatory and copyright matters.

Davis Wright Tremaine

Robert Stankey is an internationally focused lawyer with deep knowledge of telecoms regulation in the US, Europe and Asia. He is sought after for his advice on commercial contracts and compliance.
Kelli Sager has over 35 years’ experience representing media companies, such as broadcasters, filmmakers and publishers on a wide range of issues.

Covington & Burling

Matthew DelNero is a highly respected lawyer, sought after by companies of all sizes in the telecoms and media sectors for his counsel on all aspects of regulatory compliance.
Jennifer Johnson has extensive experience representing media and technology companies on complex regulatory issues, with a particular expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Other leading individuals


David Elder of Stikeman Elliott is highly esteemed by market commentators for his leading expertise in communications, competition and privacy law.

Peter Ruby at Goodmans is a go-to name for disputes arising from technology issues and frequently works with clients in the film and television industries.


Samuel (Sam) Feder with Jenner & Block is co-chair of the firm’s communications, internet and technology practice and regularly represents media and telecoms firms in litigation proceedings and transactions.

Fábio Cesnik from Cesnik Quintino & Salinas offers both litigation and advisory expertise to clients in the media sector. He is known for his special ability to guide US companies seeking to enter the Brazilian market.

Matthew Brill of Latham & Watkins is a standout practitioner thanks to his first-rate practice which represents service providers, investors and lenders on a range of telecoms and media issues.


Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Ana Paula Bialer – Bialer & Falsetti, São Paulo
  • Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga, São Paulo
  • Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto, Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados, São Paulo
  • Florencia Rosati – Beccar Varela, Buenos Aires


Leading firms

Beccar Varela

Florencia Rosati is a notable IP specialist who dedicates her expertise to advising telecoms clients on trademarks, copyright and data protection.
Emilio Beccar Varela is a long-standing practitioner in the market, highly regarded for his work on a broad range of IP and transactional matters.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher is a standout practitioner in the field, noted for his work on a range of IP-related matters for clients in the telecoms sector.
Fabio Kujawski comes highly recommended by peers for his excellent practice which concentrates on corporate, regulatory and transactional matters for clients in the telecoms and media sectors.

Other leading individuals


Diego Fernández with Marval O’Farrell Mairal is a technology expert who advises clients on a range of IT and privacy matters in the media space.

Marcelo Bombau from Bomchil is a distinguished practitioner who specialises in transactional matters in the audio-visual media sphere.


Ana Paula Bialer of Bialer & Falsetti continues to impress peers with her first-class practice which represents clients in the media and telecoms sectors on legal, regulatory and policy matters.

At Cesnik Quintino & Salinas, Rodrigo Salinas is a highly experienced individual whose practice focuses on regulatory, contractual and licensing issues for domestic and international clients.


Guillermo De la Jara of Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados receives widespread plaudits for his in-depth knowledge of public law matters arising from the telecoms sector.


Clara Luz Álvarez at Bufete Quijano is “an outstanding telecoms lawyer”, commended for her significant experience in the sector.


Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Philip Catania – Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
  • Sajai Singh – J Sagar Associates, Bengaluru
  • Peter Waters – Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney


Leading individuals


Peter Waters from Gilbert + Tobin is “still one of the best” in the market according to respondents, impressed with his exceptional knowledge of the telecoms sector and experience working with national and international clients.

Philip Catania with Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a highly regarded practitioner in the Australian market who advises clients on a range of IP and data privacy matters.

Webb Henderson’s Angus Henderson possesses over 30 years’ experience working in the telecoms sector, where he advises domestic and international clients on regulatory and transactional issues.

At Maddocks, Brendan Coady is an expert when it comes to the telecoms sector where he regularly advises clients on the full spectrum of commercial and regulatory matters.

Hong Kong

Mayer Brown’s Gabriela Kennedy is a recognised expert in media and telecoms law and focus her practice on all areas of data protection and cybersecurity issues.


Sajai Singh at J Sagar Associates is a vastly experienced M&A lawyer, highlighted for his work on transactions in the telecoms and media sectors at both a domestic and international level.


Takashi Nakazaki from Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a highly regarded lawyer in the telecoms space thanks to his leading work advising clients on related regulation.

New Zealand

Malcolm Webb at M Webb Ltd is a renowned specialist in telecoms who handles the full spectrum of legal and regulatory matters, particularly for clients in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.


Rajesh Sreenivasan with Rajah & Tann Singapore is a revered practitioner with over 20 years’ experience representing clients in the telecoms sector on legal, regulatory and policy issues.

Joyce Tan of Joyce A Tan & Partners excels at providing top-tier advice to telecoms companies on corporate and commercial matters and is highly regarded for her transactional work.–media-2022—legal-marketplace-analysis