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Industry Overview

Telecommunications

In the rapidly changing telecommunications industry, our lawyers tackle the full range of high value opportunities and legal challenges faced by our clients. The Firm’s Corporate Department works with prominent telecommunications companies in their mergers and acquisitions, commercial banking, securities offerings and other complex financing transactions, as well as tax, strategic intellectual property, and corporate board advisory work. Cravath’s Litigation Department routinely works with telecommunications clients on antitrust matters including both regulatory clearance and litigation, takes patent and trade secret cases to trial, handles governmental and internal investigations, and litigates securities fraud, general commercial and appellate matters. The Firm has represented numerous companies within this industry, including Cincinnati Bell, Crown Castle International, CyrusOne, Deutsche Telekom, EMBARQ, Frontier Communications, HTC, Qualcomm, Rogers Communications, Royal KPN, Sprint Nextel and Time Warner.

Over the years, Cravath has represented clients in some of the most significant transactions in the telecommunications industry: Time Warner in its $165 billion merger with America Online, Inc.; Sprint in its $35 billion merger with Nextel; Lucent in its $20 billion acquisition of Ascend; the independent directors of MCI Inc. in its $7.5 billion acquisition by Verizon and competing bid by Qwest; Crown Castle International in its $2.4 billion acquisition of rights to approximately 7,100 T‑Mobile towers and in its related $1.65 billion high‑yield senior debt offering; and Cincinnati Bell and its wholly owned subsidiary, CyrusOne, in connection with an internal restructuring, and the initial public offering and $525 million high‑yield senior debt offering of CyrusOne.

Cravath also handles major litigation for telecommunications companies. As principal antitrust and patent litigation counsel for Qualcomm, Cravath has represented the company in numerous matters, including in multijurisdictional licensing and patent litigation with Nokia. The settlement reached in these matters triggered a $12 billion overnight increase in Qualcomm’s market capitalization. Cravath currently represents Qualcomm in two separate antitrust actions arising out of the development of the next‑generation 4G LTE international cellular standard, as well as defending Qualcomm in high‑value patent actions. Cravath won summary judgment for Sprint Nextel and its former officers and directors in a securities class action in Kansas federal court regarding alleged fraudulent statements concerning long‑term employment contracts that Sprint had entered into with its former CEO and President. We also defended Deutsche Telekom in federal securities class action litigation arising out of the company’s June 2000 €13 billion equity offering and $33 billion acquisition of VoiceStream Wireless announced in July 2000.