Legal Marketplace Analysis

Our previously distinct Information Technology and Telecoms & Media editions have been amalgamated to form Telecommunications Media & Technology 2015, which comprises 716 IT specialists alongside 317 telecoms and media experts from a combined 539 firms across 60 countries.

We have highlighted five firms that stand out for their international reputation in our research. Bird & Bird is the preeminent force in this market, with listings in eight European countries, as well as in China and Hong Kong. Baker & McKenzie provides cutting-edge expertise with a large contingent of leading practitioners across its extensive network. DLA Piper displays its global reach with recognition in nine countries; following closely behind, Hogan Lovells achieves numerous listings in Europe, the US and Asia. Similarly, Fieldfisher is famed for its TMT practice group and is considered by many to be a dominant firm in the UK and European market.

We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, for both the information technology and the telecoms and media segements.

Who's Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology 2015
Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Information Technology
Lawyer Firm
Steven De Schrijver Astrea Advocaten, Brussels
Peter Bräutigam Noerr, Munich
Philip Nolan Mason Hayes & Curran, Dublin
Mark Watts Bristows, London
Laura Liguori Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Milan
North America
John Beardwood Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
Peter Brown Peter Brown & Associates, New York
William Tanenbaum Kaye Scholer, New York
Marc Friedman Dentons, New York
Françoise Gilbert IT Law Group, Palo Alto
Rest of the World
Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher Barretto Ferreira e Brancher, São Paulo
Sajai Singh J Sagar Associates, Bangalore
Stephen Mathias Kochhar & Co, Bangalore
Ceylin Beyli CBL Law Office, Istanbul
Peter Leonard Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
Telecoms & Media
Lawyer Firm
Bernard Amory Jones Day, Brussels
Christopher Watson CMS Cameron McKenna, London
Dirk Van Liedekerke Olswang, Brussels
Marco Dalla Vedova Dalla Vedova Studio Legale Associato, Rome
Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol Bird & Bird, Paris
North America
Richard Wiley Wiley Rein, Washington DC
Andrew Lipman Bingham McCutchen, Washington DC
D E Boehling Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby, Washington DC
Cheryl Tritt Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Washington DC
Hank Intven McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto
Rest of the World
Alfonso Silva Carey, Santiago
Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher Barretto Ferreira e Brancher, São Paulo
Malcolm Webb Webb Henderson, Auckland
Peter Leonard Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
Rob Bratby Olswang, Singapore


Bird & Bird is the leading international law firm in this market with 33 listings. The strength of the firm lies in its strong network of offices spread across Europe, and the London office alone houses six listings. Roger Bickerstaff is internationally acclaimed for his “immense knowledge” of the IT market. His “world-leading” practice focuses on infrastructure contracts, procurement procedures, contract management issues and dispute resolution in relation to large-scale IT projects. The “accomplished” Ruth Boardman heads the firm’s international privacy and data protection group. Clients praise her “brilliant grasp of the regulatory environment” and her “ability to cover the full spectrum of legal needs”. Graeme Maguire is one of the most highly rated telecoms lawyers in our research, with a regulatory and commercial understanding of the market that is “second to none”.

The firm also boasts an “outstanding” German contingent with five leading lawyers. Alexander Duisberg, in Munich, is “highly adept” at handling complex commercial, outsourcing and data protection issues for a range of clients in the IT sector. The “excellent” Paul Jörg-Alexander specialises in IT outsourcing and also advises a range of institutions on complex software, database and e-commerce projects. Sven-Erik Heun is “one of the leading telecoms lawyers in Germany”, who provides “first-rate” advice to network operators, service providers, investors and corporate customers in the communication sectors. In France, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is a “world-class” lawyer in both the IT and telecoms markets. Her command of the European regulatory environment and commercial transactions in communications and digital technology is widely praised. Benoit Van Asbroeck, in Brussels, is also nominated in both sections for his “authoritative” counsel on non-contentious and contentious matters, including drafting and negotiating complex contracts. The firm also has a number of listings in The Hague, including the “brilliant” Gerrit-Jan Zwenne who heads the data protection team. Javier Fernández-Samaniego is the head of the IT, commercial and dispute resolution groups in Spain. His “accomplished” practice has been a “driving force” in the local market for many years.

Baker & McKenzie has a prestigious presence in this market and continues to impress with 24 listings across Europe, Australia and the US. Harry Small in London heads the firm’s global technology practice and is “one of the top five IT lawyers in the country,” most notable for his “prodigious work” in high-tech disputes. The “outstanding” Michael Hart is head of the intellectual property department and is widely praised for his handling of contentious and non-contentious cases involving IT law. Steve Holmes is a “leading expert” in both segments of our research, focusing on outsourcing, communications and digital media transactions. Head of the firm’s telecommunications group Peter Strivens advises on a range of corporate transactions, contracts and disputes. He is known to be a “fantastic dealmaker” with a “wide insight into the telecoms industry”.

The Frankfurt office is well represented with three listings. Matthias Scholz is well known for his “creative approach” to contentious and non-contentious IT matters, as well as providing “technically gifted” counsel to outsourcing and cybersecurity requirements. Joachim Scherer is “in a class of his own” when it comes to regulatory requirements in the telecoms sector. He has worked on numerous regulatory projects and privatisations in Germany, eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. In Brussels, Daniel Fesler is considered an “important continental player” with a “very strong practice” in database rights, e-commerce and data protection.

In the US, Lothar Determann runs a “superb practice” from Palo Alto. He provides “shrewd” and “creative” advice to both multinationals and start-ups in relation to software licensing, e-commerce and data protection matters. Michael Mensik is “one of the first names that come to mind for outsourcing matters in Illinois”; he is also well known for his “first-rate” privacy and data protection practice. The firm also provides a strong contingent of TMT lawyers across the Asia-Pacific. In Singapore Chia Ken is a “highly intelligent and very savvy” lawyer who provides “authoritative advice” on large-scale procurement, outsourcing and regional transactions, as well as on privacy and e-commerce matters. In Sydney, the “resourceful and knowledgeable” Anne-Marie Allgrove represents her clients on outsourcing agreements, procurement procedures as well as privacy and protection matters.

DLA Piper has one of the strongest networks of leading lawyers in our research with 15 listings hailing from nine different countries. The firm’s standout practitioner in Germany, Jan Geert Meents advises on a range of corporate, transactional and intellectual property issues specific to the technology sector. He is praised for his “focused approach” that “consistently achieves results”. Patrick Van Eecke provides “sharp technical knowledge” and a “personable approach” to his clients on internet law, data protection, e-commerce and e-government matters. Sabine Fehringer, who heads the firm’s Austrian intellectual property and technology practice, acts on licensing and technology transfer projects, as well as on M&A transactions with an IT focus. She is praised for having “a great sense of client needs and a solutions-driven approach”. In France, Stéphane Lemarchand has a “fantastic command of international IT outsourcing transactions” as well as representing clients in contentious IT issues. In London, Mike Conradi is an “exceptionally bright and talented” lawyer, who is widely considered a “leader” on regulatory matters and infrastructure projects in the telecoms sector.

Eamon Holley has an “extremely strong practice” operating out of the Gulf region, advising multinational and regional clients in regulatory, commercial and contentious issues in the telecoms market. In Silicon Valley, Mark Radcliffe is known for his “sophisticated” and “meticulous” approach to advising clients on software licensing, internet licensing, cloud computing and trademarks. Vincent Sanchez in Chicago has a “fantastic knowledge of the technologies market” and is at the “leading edge” of complex commercial transactions in this space.

Fieldfisher is a dominant firm in the UK and European technologies market, it also has an expanding reach globally with an impressive 15 listings. The London office provides “unrivalled” technologies and telecoms industry specialism to its clients. The head of the technology, outsourcing and privacy group, Robert Shooter is known to clients and peers as a “pragmatic, responsive and highly effective” lawyer and an “all-round leader” in technology outsourcing and procurement. David Naylor, head of advance media technology, has a “fully moulded grasp of the market” and is a “go-to lawyer” for clients undertaking transactions and encountering legal issues in large array of sectors, including media and entertainment, internet and e-commerce, software, consumer devices and electronics, technology and communications. Andrew Blankfield advises broadcasters, production companies and network operators on M&A, joint ventures and fundraisings. He is an “excellent lawyer”, “fast-moving” and “resourceful when faced with challenging issues”. The recent addition of “world-leading” data protection expert Hazel Grant, from Bristows, as head of privacy further bolsters the firm’s status.

On the continent, Christopher Mesnooh advises some of the leading technology companies, often US-based, on their expansion into France and the EU. He is a “fantastic dealmaker” with a “meticulous and driven” approach. In Hamburg, Felix Wittern is a “very bright” lawyer with an “encyclopaedic knowledge” of privacy and data protection law. In Brussels, Tim Van Canneyt is “brilliant and clinical, with an acute grasp of the law” particularly with regards to privacy, data protection and data security issues. Having opened the Palo Alto office in 2012, the firm recently enlisted Phil Lee to supply its US clients with European legal support. He is widely considered a “prominent” and “skilled” lawyer in data privacy, including global data governance and international data transfers.

Hogan Lovells places a strong emphasis on the TMT industry sector and fields a “world-class” group of specialist lawyers in Europe, America and Asia. In London, Eduardo Ustaran stands out in our research as one of the leading lawyers globally in data protection. He is the “adviser of choice” for the world’s leading companies for advice in relation to global privacy strategies. In Munich, Stefan Schuppert is a “fiercely intelligent” lawyer with an “analytical understanding” of key issues in contract and data protection law. Marco Berliri in Rome is widely considered to be “one of Italy’s foremost IT lawyers” in a range of outsourcing, e-commerce and data protection matters. In Paris, Winston Maxwell is “highly effective” and “user-friendly” on a range of commercial and regulatory matters in the telecoms sector. He also provides “first-rate” advice on commercial contracts, M&A, production and co-production agreements in the media industry.

In Washington, DC, Christopher Wolf is a “stellar performer” with a “fantastic understanding of policymaking” in relation to privacy and data protection law. Also in DC, Ari Fitzgerald provides “astute” advice on a range of telecommunications and spectrum-related issues. He is an “excellent strategist” and “very responsive” according to peers and clients.


In Brussels, Steven De Schrijver of Astrea Advocaten is “one of the outstanding IT practitioners in the world”. He garners universal praise for his “unrivalled knowledge” and “intuitive” advice in relation to a whole host of IT matters, such as data protection, e-commerce, software licensing, technology transfer, digital signature, outsourcing and cloud computing.

Noerr is a leading technologies firm in central and eastern Europe with six listings in total. The firm’s most notable practitioner is Peter Bräutigam, head of IT, outsourcing and data privacy. His “globally respected practice” is “a major force in the European market” in areas including outsourcing, software licensing and e-commerce matters.

Philip Nolan “is Ireland’s premier technologies lawyer”, advising world-leading tech companies with their investments, outsourcing and privacy matters. His practice at Mason Hayes & Curran is known to be “immensely sophisticated” by being both “exceptionally erudite” and “commercially astute”.

Bristows’ London office is revered as a “centre of excellence” in the legal technologies market and garners four listings. Mark Watts is “extremely bright” and “one of the most high-profile and knowledgeable data protection lawyers in the world”. He also is praised for his “world-class” counsel in relation to software development, system deployment, outsourcing, e-commerce matters.

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is another leading regional firm in TMT law, with three “excellent” practitioners. The “talented” Laura Liguori stands out in our research for her “responsive”, “user-friendly” and “intuitive” counsel. She is generally regarded as “the best internet and e-commerce specialist in Italy”.

Jones Day fields a very strong team in Brussels. The firm’s standout offering is Bernard Amory who is widely considered the “pre-eminent telecoms lawyer in Belgium”. He represents some of the leading companies in the market before the European Commission, national courts and competition authorities in Europe.

Olswang also receives praise for its position in the European market. Most notable in this region is the “outstanding” Dirk Van Liedekerke, who is “very active” in representing major EU operators on regulatory complaints, competition and merger control filings and litigation.

Head of the “excellent” CMS Cameron McKenna team is Christopher Watson, who is known for his “standout strategic and commercial approach to complex telecommunications transactions”. Moreover, his “prominent” practice has an international outlook, with a strong focus on the Middle East.

Marco Dalla Vedova, at Dalla Vedova Studio Legale Associato, is “highly visible” in the Italian TMT market and “a go-to lawyer in the country”. He receives particularly strong praise for his “pragmatic attitude” and “sensitivity to clients’ needs”.


A majority of our leading IT lawyers in the US are based in New York and Silicon Valley. Peter Brown, the founding partner of New York firm Peter Brown & Associates, is a “definite inclusion” for many lawyers across the world. His “understanding of commercial needs and knowledge of the market is simply second to none”.

William Tanenbaum is head of the “leading” IP and technology transactions group at Kaye Scholer. He is “genuinely fantastic” and “one of the best operators in the market” within a range of outsourcing, privacy, data security and IT aspects of corporate transactions.

Dentons has a “top-tier” technology offering with seven practitioners internationally. In the US, Marc Friedman is the firm’s standout lawyer garnering recommendations across the globe for his “pre-eminence as a trial and appellate lawyer in the IT sector”; clients claim that he is “somebody you want on your side” and “indispensable in any complex dispute”.

Françoise Gilbert of IT Law Group is “one of the most prominent data privacy and security practitioners in the US”. According to peers, her “knowledge, experience and activity in the market is first-class”.

Richard Wiley is head of an “immense communications practice” at Wiley Rein, based in Washington, DC. He is a “super-lawyer” and a “true pioneer of the field in the US” with an “unrivalled roster of clients”.

Andrew Lipman is a “visionary” and has “driven the TMT group at Bingham McCutchen to the top of the market”. His practice covers all aspects of telecommunications law, both contentious and non-contentious, and “commands significant authority around the globe”.

The telecoms group at Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby in Washington, DC boasts four listings in our research. D E Boehling draws wide-ranging praise for her work with multinational corporations in structure deals and tech services. Her “first-rate knowledge and experience” of international communications law, is “a prized asset to both telecoms and IT clients”.

Also in Washington, DC, Cheryl Tritt is “the best of the best”. Her practice at Wilkinson Barker Knauer is well known for its “top-notch professionalism”, “commercial acumen” and “usability”. She offers counsel to a wide range of communications companies, focusing specifically on wireless, satellite, local competition, broadband, and internet and VoIP technology. 

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin is a leading Canadian law firm in our research with six lawyers selected. In particular, John Beardwood has been hailed as “the leading light in the Canadian IT legal market” with an emphasis on outsourcing and procurement, technology and privacy law related matters.

Another standout practitioner and firm in Canada is Hank Intven at McCarthy Tétrault, which garners five listings. He has an “encyclopaedic knowledge” of regulations and policy matters in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. He is “the go-to lawyer” for international businesses seeking to get to grips with Canadian telecommunications law.


Peter Leonard heads Gilbert + Tobin’s “famous” communications, media and data protection team. His diverse practice is a “market leader” in transactional structuring and regulatory counsel in both the IT, telecoms and media sectors throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He is a “true sensation” and his “abilities as a technologies lawyer cannot be overstated”.

Malcolm Webb at Webb Henderson is “not just the strongest telecommunications lawyer in New Zealand, but one of the strongest operating in the Asia-Pacific”. His “sophisticated” practice has “extensive experience” advising clients in both transactional and regulatory matters arising in this industry.

Managing partner of Olswang Asia Rob Bratby is “famed” for structuring foreign investment into China, India and the wider Pacific region. He is “thoroughly versed” in the regions regulatory systems and is “a highly sophisticated analytical thinker”.

Sajai Singh is a “superstar”.  He is head of the TMT practice at J Sagar Associates, which is the “destination of choice” for many peers and corporations around the globe. In particular, he represents emerging and established technology companies in areas of inbound investments in India. He is “without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable IT lawyers on the sub-continent” with peers and clients praising his “responsiveness and ability to get things done”.

Kochhar & Co is another leading firm in the Indian TMT market. It fields the “excellent” Stephen Mathias, who represents some the world’s largest companies in their software licensing, e-commerce and outsourcing matters in India. His “solution-driven, quick-thinking and business-savvy approach” sets him apart from his peers.

The “excellent” Ceylin Beyli is the founder of CBL Law Office, which has a specific focus on IT and IP law. According to peers she is “one of the most important IT lawyers in Turkey as well as the wider region”. She is “focused and precise in her work” and there is “very little that she doesn’t know”.

Barretto Ferreira e Brancher is one of the leading IT and telecoms specialists in Brazil. Founding partner Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher has received international acclaim for his practice in both IT and telecoms and media law. He is known to be “extremely sharp, responsive and commercial” and is “the counsel of choice” for many leading domestic and multinationals engaging with the Brazilian TMT market.

Head of Carey’s “top-tier” corporate and telecoms group is Alfonso Silva. He is “a leading telecoms lawyer not just in Chile but in Latin America as a whole”, advising on financing, M&A and regulatory aspects related to the telecommunications sector. According to clients, he is “highly attentive and a pleasure to do business with”. 

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