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Autumn Edition of Global Media and Communications Quarterly: The New Deal-Making Environment

Our quarterly publication takes an in-depth look at business, legal and regulatory trends, on four continents, affecting the content and digital network industries. The Autumn edition contains the following articles:

The Investment Conundrum, by Peter Watts.  Peter examines the tension between heavy infrastructure investment needed for broadband networks, and the fast-moving, over-the-top, world of content.

Latin America: Mobile Deals Spur M&A Activity, by Wylie Levone and Claudette Christian.  A look at recent merger and acquisition trends in Latin America, with a focus on mobile operators.

China: 350,000 LTE Base Stations Planned for 2014; Investors Use “VIE” to Structure Telecom Investments, by Jun Wei.  China Mobile has ambitious plans for LTE roll-out. China Telecom and China Unicom focus on CSMA and WCDMA standards.  Foreign investors use “variable interest entity” (“VIE”) structures.

Trends in Satellite Finance video, by Randy Segal and Steven Kaufman.  Segal and Kaufman provide an overview of this year’s Satellite Finance Conference in Paris, underlining the role of the ExIm bank and other public financiers.

United States: A Shift to the Right-Sizing? Lessons from Recent Media & Communications Mergers, by Daniel Brenner.  Brenner analyzes the FCC’s and DOJ’s approval of Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion acquisition of AWS spectrum from Spectrum Co.’s three cable partners, and the importance of “Wi-Fi offload” to wireless operators and cable operators alike.

Europe: Mobile Mergers – Current Trends in Competition Regulation, by Andreas Grünwald.  Grünwald dissects market consolidation trends in the European mobile industry, including conditions that competition authorities and regulators are likely to apply in future “4-to-3” or even “3-to-2” mergers in Europe. 

European Telcos Lobby for Better Pay; CDNs May Hold the Key, by Winston Maxwell.  Maxwell reviews the recent Cogent v. France Telecom competition case in France, which analyzes the Internet peering and transit markets in France.

Europe: Measures to Limit Online Copyright Infringement, by Penelope Thornton, Winston Maxwell and Gonzalo Gallego.  This article examines in detail France’s HADOPI agency and graduated response law, the UK’s Digital Economy Act (DEA), and Spain’s Copyright Commission and Sinde Act. 

Satellite Systems Procurement: a Brief “How-To” Guide, by Steven Kaufman, Randy Segal, and Clyde Crane IV.  Satellite procurement contracts from A to Z, with emphasis on end-to-end integration responsibility, in-orbit incentives, options, liquidated damages, launch and in-orbit insurance.