Data 2019: Telecoms & Media Analysis

In this chapter, we highlight 480 practitioners from 62 jurisdictions for their impressive work in telecoms and media matters, as they expertly advise clients on corporate, transactional and regulatory issues. EMEA remains the home to the greatest number of recommended practitioners, while North America and Latin America also see strong showings.


The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has idenitified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.


Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Steven De Schrijver Astrea, Brussels
2. Rolf Auf der Maur Vischer Ltd, Zurich
3. Ernesto Apa Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome
4. Christopher Watson CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, London
5. Clara-Ann Gordon Niederer Kraft Frey, Zurich
6. Amanda Armstrong Werksmans Attorneys, Johannesburg
7. Daniel Preiskel Preiskel & Co, London


A powerhouse in the English and Belgian markets, seeing an impressive 11 practitioners recognised here.
Paul Barton is a top-tier lawyer with decades of experience in media matters, proving himself to be a go-to resource in issues such as social media, outsourcing and data licensing.
Simon Briskman focuses his highly developed practice on telecoms matters, advising on high-profile and high-value deals, often for multinational companies, in issues that range from outsourcing to contractual disputes.
Tim Johnson leads the firm’s TMT and media teams, dedicating his practice to media-related issues, with a focus on film and TV, including media project financing, licensing and the management of media assets. He earns recommendations from peers around the world for the strength of his practice.
Andrew Blankfield has significant expertise in the corporate and transactional elements of the telecoms and media sectors, gaining respect from respondents for his work advising a wide range of clients that include media broadcasters, producers and network operators.

Bird & Bird

Continues to be a dominant global player and has 11 individuals from four jurisdictions listed.
Sven-Erik Heun is an “outstanding telecoms lawyer” who wins widespread praise from interviewees who note his superb regulatory expertise in particular. “He’s really on it,” says one impressed peer.
Marjolein Geus is commended by peers as “one of the best in telecoms” and someone who is particularly skilled in “acting for new entrants”, distinguishing herself as a standout expert in the field on a domestic and international scale.
Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is highlighted for her extensive experience in the regulatory aspects of telecoms matters, in addition to her impressive ability in contractual issues and disputes in the sector.
Graeme Maguire is an exceptional practitioner in the UK market who focuses on complex and innovative telecoms matters in his practice. He capably advises clients on the gamut of issues such as outsourcing, regulations and transactional proceedings.

Baker McKenzie

Eight outstanding players are acknowledged in our research.
Joachim Scherer draws praise from peers who spotlight him for his ability to “combine in-depth practical experience with scientific profundity”, gained through over 30 years working in the sector.
Ulrich Ellinghaus is prominent name in the field for telecoms regulatory matters, gaining respect for his work advising domestic and international clients on industry-specific compliance matters.
Robbie Downing is highly rated in the UK market for his decades of experience in the telecoms field. He is well known for his work on complex compliance and regulatory matters, including privacy issues.
Harry Small has impressive expertise in non-contentious elements of telecoms proceedings, offering clients deep knowledge and understanding of contractual matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

A heavyweight firm across EMEA, with seven standout lawyers highlighted this year.
Thomas Tschentscher is commended by sources who assert that he is “one of the leading telecoms lawyers in Germany” thanks to his notable knowledge of regulatory, technical and market issues in the space.
Norbert Nolte is hailed by interviewees as a “strategic mastermind” and is identified as a top-flight criminal and civil lawyer. He has deep knowledge of compliance and regulatory issues as well as dispute resolution issues. 
Winfred Knibbeler is an experienced competition lawyer with significant experience in telecommunications-related matters. Peers are keen to recommend Knibbeler, citing him as “a sharp lawyer who is involved in many important matters at the crossroads of media, telecoms and competition”.
Laurent Garzaniti is described as a “telecoms guru” with extensive experience advising clients across the TMT sector on competition-related issues, often involving a cross-border dimension.

SKW Schwarz

This top German firm is home to six experts in the market.
Mathias Schwarz is a “leading player in the market” according to sources impressed by his profound experience and understanding of media issues. He is particularly well known for his work in film and TV-related work, encompassing a wide range of copyright, licensing and financing matters.
Stefan Schicker expertly advises clients in IP and other issues within the IT sector, leveraging his extensive experience and strong technical knowledge to provide highly relevant counsel to clients.
Martin Diesbach is a well-regarded lawyer in media and entertainment matters who advises a wide variety of clients on a domestic and international scale on issues that include project financing, production and copyright.
Well-known corporate lawyer Matthias Nordmann possesses deep experience in transactional matters relating to the IT and telecoms industries.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

A high-profile English firm in this area that sees six individuals noted here.
“Well-known telecoms specialist” Christopher Watson leads the firm’s technology, media and communications group, distinguishing himself as a standout expert in regulatory, competition and transaction issues in the space. He is identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader, being one of the UK’s top names in this year’s research.
John Enser advises on copyright and commercial issues in his practice, and has notable experience advising clients in connection with digital content creation. He brings decades of experience and in the field and strong technical knowledge to his work.
Clive Gringras impresses sources with his notable ability and experience in disputes and contentious proceedings. He offers clients strong technical know-how and a commercial perspective.
Selina Potter is a highly sought-after media lawyer with extensive experience in the field, focusing on advising media distributors such as broadcasters on a wide range of content-related matters.

Jones Day

Six individuals are recognised here.
Bernard Amory draws praise as a “telecoms authority” who specialises in cross-border regulatory and competition matters. He is able to deploy impressive experience, gained over many years of advising clients both in-house and externally.
Holger Neumann has vast knowledge and experience in regulatory matters, garnering respect from peers for his work with high-profile clients including government agencies and regulators.
Alexandre Verheyden in the firm’s Brussels office offers clients deep expertise in the intersection of TMT and competition issues.


Five lawyers from the firm are highlighted in this chapter.
Tobias Bosch is an impressive practitioner who clients on a domestic and international scale in complex telecoms and media issues. He has particular experience acting for telecoms providers in regulatory matters.
Johannes Kreile is a top-flight lawyer, highly talented in issues relating to media law. He adeptly advises prominent national media entities, distributors and content creators in high-value and high-stakes proceedings and transactions.

Allen & Overy

Five excellent practitioners are identified.
Peter Eijsvoogel draws praise from sources who note that he is “one of the top names in the market”. He focuses his practice on providing clients top-shelf regulatory and dispute resolution advice.
Transactional specialist Claire Wright garners respect for her excellent work in projects relating to the telecoms industry, including joint ventures and strategic investments.
Geert Glas excels in both contentious and non-contentious proceedings in the telecoms and media areas, offering clients strong knowledge and experience in connection with IP issues.

Preiskel & Co

A well-known boutique firm with three leading individuals recognised.
Daniel Preiskel is a high-quality, dedicated TMT lawyer, with impressive experience in complex international commercial and regulatory issues. He earns recommendations from peers across the world for his international practice, and has particular expertise in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets.
Ronnie Preiskel combines deep experience in the market with impressive technical knowledge to provide clients in the TMT sectors with highly nuanced counsel in issues that range from regulatory concerns to operator privatisations.
Timothy Cowen specialises in advising clients on regulatory and competition elements of transactions in the TMT sector. He has strong experience in high-value mergers and joint ventures.

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale

A leading Italian firm with two individuals listed here.
Ernesto Apa is highlighted by peers as a “very responsive practitioner” with an “impressive client list”, the result of a lengthy and active career advising clients on regulatory and commercial matters in the telecoms and digital media industries. 
Francesco Portolano draws praise as an “extremely knowledgeable individual” and a “well-known lawyer” in this area, according to interviewees. He has deep knowledge in corporate and regulatory matters relating to the acquisition and structuring of telecoms companies.

Werksmans Attorneys

Obtains three listings in the South African market this year.
Amanda Armstrong is a high-quality lawyer hailed by peers as “excellent on telecoms and regulatory issues”. She is “highly experienced in media law” and uses her knowledge to advice prominent international clients on a range of complex issues.
Wendy Rosenberg leads the firm’s media and telecoms practice, advising clients in matters such as broadcasting, competition and copyright. Sources specifically highlight her as “outstanding on regulatory matters”.
Tebogo Sibidla is recommended as an “up-and-coming name for regulatory matters” in the TMT sector.

Other Leading Individuals


Axel Anderl at Dorda has extensive experience in the TMT sectors and garners praise from our respondents for his deep knowledge in matters that range from competition concerns to media and outsourcing issues.

Dietmar Huemer at Legis has over 20 years of experience in telecoms and IT-related matters, with notable expertise in transactional and financing issues in the area.


The "very service-oriented" Steven De Schrijver at Astrea is a top-tier name for transactional work relating to the telecoms and media sectors. He tops our research in EMEA this year and is highly regarded as a guru for his vast experience working on high-value, cross-border deals in the space.


Niels Christian Ellegaard at Plesner is one of Denmark’s best-known TMT lawyers and a superb practitioner. He handles a comprehensive range of telecoms matters, including contractual and dispute issues.


Rob Bratby of Arnold & Porter focuses his superb practice on regulatory concerns within the TMT fields as well as transactional matters. He offers clients a full package in terms of experience, having worked in-house for the UK regulator and in private practice, and also possesses impressive international knowledge.

At Pinsent Masons, Diane Mullenex is an impressive expert in regulatory and commercial matters within the telecoms sector, advising clients on legislative frameworks as well as a wide range of commercial topics including distribution, broadcasting and corporate policy.


Sakari Aalto at Merilampi Attorneys is lauded by peers who describe him as a “skilful and highly regarded lawyer” who uses his profound knowledge of the space to counsel clients on TMT rights and licensing.


At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Michael Schmittmann is a sought-after practitioner who impresses with his work in regulatory and compliance matters within the TMT sectors, acting for a wide range of prominent clients.


Mason Hayes & Curran is home to “great lawyer” Philip Nolan, a highly respected and experienced practitioner who is well regarded for his work advising sophisticated TMT companies on a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues.


Arve Føyen of Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen is a leading name in contract law and its application within the TMT sectors, with particularly notable expertise in the distribution and marketing of broadcasting rights for media entities. 


Mónica Oliveira Costa at Coelho Ribeiro e Associados is a long-time expert in the telecoms area who gains respect from peers across Europe for her comprehensive and informed advisory work in a broad range of technology and media-related matters.


Almudena Arpón de Mendívil y Aldama at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is the top name in Spain this year, according to interviewees. She has deep experience across the gamut of corporate, commercial and competition aspects within the telecoms and media fields.


Rolf Auf der Maur of Vischer truly excels in our research, standing out as a Global Elite Thought Leader. He is seasoned expert in technology law, with a focus on advising clients in the media, entertainment and telecoms sectors.

Niederer Kraft Frey’s Clara-Ann Gordon draws effusive praise from peers for her telecoms regulatory prowess, which includes strong experience in both contentious and non-contentious proceedings in the TMT space.

Jürg Schneider at Walder Wyss wins praise from widespread international sources and is "highly recommended" for his leading work on e-commerce and licensing issues.

Founder of Dr Widmer & Partners, Ursula Widmer has enviable experience in telecoms law, implementing her knowledge to provide clients with nuanced and comprehensive advice in the area.

Michele Bernasconi at Bär & Karrer impresses market sources with his top-notch handling of media-related matters pertaining to the sports industry, including broadcasting and sponsorship issues.

At Lenz & Staehelin, Lukas Morscher is a well-established name in the Swiss telecoms and media sector where he gains recognition for his strong expertise in corporate and transactional matters.

South Africa

Justine White from Mkhabela Huntley Adekeye draws praise for her practice in the telecoms and media space where she possesses extensive experience advising clients on complex matters, prompting sources to note that she is a “standout media lawyer, especially on regulatory issues”.

Livia Dyer of Bowmans is described by peers as “an excellent attorney” who “excels in telecoms law”. She has enviable experience advising clients on TMT matters, with a focus on regulatory proceedings.


North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Robert Stankey Davis Wright Tremaine, Washington, DC
2. Samuel L Feder Jenner & Block, Washington, DC
3. Lorne Salzman Lorne Salzman Law Office, Toronto
4. Henry D Levine Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby, Washington, DC
5. Christopher J Wright Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Washington, DC

Davis Wright Tremaine 

Has a strong showing across the US this year, with five practitioners identified in four states.
Robert Stankey draws extensive praise for his experience and ability in the field. His practice focuses on regulatory and compliance issues within the telecoms industry, in addition to his work on sector-specific taxation, licensing and technology.
Robert Balin is a media law specialist who garners respect from peers for his work on a wide variety of issues that range from defamation claims to freedom of speech and copyright disputes. demonstrating top-level ability in both contentious and non-contentious proceedings.
Daniel Waggoner advises high-profile clients in the media industry in issues such as freedom of speech, intellectual property, regulatory concerns and transactional matters for a wide variety of clients that include software companies and telecoms providers.

Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby

A highly specialised firm in the communications and IT areas, seeing four top-flight practitioners highlighted here.
Henry Levine is a highly regarded expert with exceptional experience in the communications space. He has particular expertise in the creation, negotiation and implementation of contract, counting numerous blue-chip companies among his clients.
D E Boehling uses her profound technical knowledge and deep experience in the telecoms field to offer large corporate clients with sophisticated advice on major domestic and cross-border transactions.
Colleen Boothby has built deep expertise in telecommunications over many years in private practice and at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She demonstrates impressive and in-depth understanding of regulatory frameworks in the area as well as a strong commercial perspective.
Andrew Brown specialises in strategy and contract negotiating in the telecoms sector, often for prominent companies with a global footprint.

McCarthy Tétrault

A heavyweight firm in the Canadian market that has three impressive lawyers listed.
Charles Morgan is an “excellent lawyer” with notable experience in the telecoms sector, on an international scale, advising companies on issues such as outsourcing, regulatory policy and infrastructure development.
Peter Grant is an experienced telecoms and media lawyer who works in complex and innovative issues in the field, including broadcasting, copyright, regulations and TV licensing matters.
Grant Buchanan is a top-class practitioner who is widely recognised for his work in the telecommunications sector. He focuses on the regulatory aspects of broadcasting and telecoms issues, demonstrating a deep understanding of compliance matters.

Wiley Rein

An impressive player in the market as it achieves five listings here.
David Gross is a widely recognised name in the DC market, with over three decades of experience in the telecoms area. He has deep expertise across a range of industry topics, including regulatory policy and corporate strategy.
Firm chair emeritus Richard Wiley possesses deep technical expertise and extensive experience in the telecoms and media areas, offering clients first-hand experience of domestic regulatory authorities.
Megan Brown is a recommended expert in contentious proceedings relating to regulatory disputes before the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Other Leading Individuals


At Fasken, Laurence Dunbar is a high-quality telecoms lawyer who advises clients on a wide variety of topics that including competition, corporate strategy, cross-border licensing and regulations.

Stephen Whitehead is “excellent for telecoms matters”, opine interviewees. He specialises in the transactional elements of telecommunications, regularly representing prominent clients such as cable companies on deals, as well as advising on regulatory and outsourcing issues.

Lorne Salzman of Lorne Salzman Law Office focuses his standout practice on the intersection of regulatory and competition matters within the telecoms space. He is identified as a go-to lawyer in the area by sources internationally.

Peter Ruby at Goodmans is a well-known litigator with extensive experience in the telecoms field as well as notable expertise in IT and data-related issues.

At Blake Cassels & Graydon Sunny Handa specialises in corporate and commercial matters across the TMT sector, with wide-ranging experience in the telecoms arena. He expertly advises clients on transactional issues as well as regulatory concerns.


Barry Benjamin at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton focuses his excellent practice on privacy and technology matters with strong expertise on regulatory matters regulations within the media and telecoms spheres.

Owen Kurtin, founder of Kurtin PLLC, is a well-known name in the market with a broad range of expertise in TMT. He advises clients in corporate, regulatory and transactional issues, demonstrating a wide base of knowledge and expansive experience in the market. 

Henry Goldberg of Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright draws on decades of experience to expertly advise clients on complex telecoms matters, with one source noting him as “one of the leaders for satellite communications”.

Christopher Wright at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis – former general counsel of the FCC – unsurprisingly possesses top-tier expertise in telecommunications matters. He regularly represents clients in high-profile and sophisticated litigation and is an impressive appellate litigator.

Samuel Feder of Jenner & Block is a highly rated telecoms lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience in the space. He is recommended in our research thanks to strong representation of cable and other media companies before the FCC.


Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
2. Alfonso Silva Carey, Santiago
3. Camila Borba Lefèvre Vieira Rezende Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Firms

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados 

Two of the firm’s top telecoms and media practitioners are noted here.
Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher excels in a wide range of topics in the telecoms field, including antitrust, dispute resolution as well as commercial issues. His deep experience and ability distinguish him as a go-to player in the area.
Fabio Kujawski is a described by sources as a “business-oriented lawyer” with “solid knowledge in the space”. He centres his practice on transactional, corporate and regulatory matters in domestic and international proceedings.


In Chile, this full-service firm has two lawyers who receive recognition.
Alfonso Silva is highlighted as a standout lawyer in the field by peers internationally. He focuses on corporate matters within the telecoms industry, expertly advising clients in joint ventures, M&A deals as well as regulatory issues.
Eduardo Martin focuses his impressive practice on competition and regulatory issues associated with telecoms and media.

Other Leading Individuals


At Beccar Varela, Florencia Rosati is a long-time player in the telecoms space who focuses her strong practice on copyright matters in telecoms and media proceedings.


Camila Borba Lefèvre of Vieira Rezende Advogados is a standout corporate specialist, with deep expertise in telecoms matters. She adeptly handles joint venture and M&A deals and also has deep knowledge of regulatory matters.

Silvia Regina Barbuy Melchior at Melchior & Micheletti Advogados Associados is recommended by sources for her “excellent knowledge” and commercial outlook. She brings experience in issues such as competition, infrastructure and regulations in relation to the TMT sector.


Flor & Hurtado is home to Mario Flor, who is praised by peers and clients alike as a “consummate professional who always delivers advice in a timely, thought-out and effective manner” and is highlighted as “very diligent and always willing to go the extra mile”.



Leading Individuals


Angus Henderson at Webb Henderson is hailed by peers as a “pre-eminent lawyer in this space” for his dedicated expertise in telecoms issues, gained over two decades in the area. He advises on sophisticated competition, regulatory and technical matters.


Robert Lewis of Zhong Lun Law Firm is an expert in corporate matters relating to the telecoms industry, advising clients on high-value M&A deals and corporate transactions and demonstrating notable cross-border expertise.

Hong Kong

At Deacons, Charmaine Koo impresses sources with her work in media matters and provide clients with deep expertise in the field. She possesses in-depth industry experience gained thanks to her prior in-house roles.


Sajai Singh of J Sagar Associates has a strong commercial practice on IT and TMT matters, advising clients on all elements of complex, high-value transactions in the space.

Rahul Matthan at Trilegal is commended by peers as a lawyer who is “very knowledgeable and well-regarded in this area of practice”, coming “highly recommended” for his work on high-stakes proceedings for a wide range of clients in the telecoms industry.


Yoshifumi Onodera of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a highly skilled and technically knowledgeable lawyer who has extensive experience advising clients in complex high-stakes deals in the TMT sector.

From Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Takashi Nakazaki specialises in TMT matters, advising on regulations, corporate issues, and sector-specific technical concerns, and stands out as one of the leaders in the area in the Japanese market.


Michael Lee at Kim & Chang focuses his practice on advising clients in corporate issues and broadcasting matters, demonstrating impressive knowledge of the field.

New Zealand

Malcolm Webb, founder of M Webb Ltd, is a highly sought-after expert in the field of telecoms. He focuses his top-flight practice on complex regulatory and policy matters, in addition to providing clients deep knowledge of competition and infrastructure in the sector.


Joyce Tan of Joyce A Tan & Partners is a top-class lawyer with experience working on a wide range of topics within the telecoms industry, including transactional and financing matters as well as infrastructure and content rights issues.

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