Media and Telecommunications

The media and telecommunications sector is among the most exciting to watch in our region. Advertisers are shifting their investments towards new information technologies. Conversely, companies in the telecommunications industry are grappling with the need to adjust their business models due to market growth and an increase in competition. Despite the challenges, major growth opportunities exist for both media and telecommunications companies.

PRK Partners is capable of advising on all issues related to the media and telecommunications sector. While we have not worked in this area for the full history of our firm, we are gaining experience and expertise in it every year. Chambers Europe 2009 states that, “although not traditionally viewed as a major presence in TMT, [PRK Partners] has successfully broken into the sector and continues to make significant strides there.” Our multi-disciplinary team advises on all aspects of telecommunications and media law. We have been involved in everything from litigation to licensing, but we primarily work with media and telecom clients in corporate , regulatory and anti-trust matters .

Notable experience:

  • Provided legal advice to a major alternative telecommunications operator in regards to a syndicated loan provided by UNICREDIT Bank Czech Republic a.s., ČSOB and Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG.
  • Advised the major information technology services company Logica in the divestment of its wireless telecoms business.
  • Assisted GTS Group in the acquisition of the Czech subsidiary of Norweigan-based Telenor Telecom Solutions a.s., and advised on the post-acquisition merger.
  • Served as counsel to a regional TV broadcaster in proceedings against a major telecom operator in a dispute resulting from the misuse of a trademark
  • Represented a telecom provider in litigation regarding a claim for damages because of unfair competition.
  • Legal advice to Ringier Axel Springer Media in connection with buying a majority stake in Slovak the most visited Internet portal Azet.sk. With Azet.sk has Ringier Axel Springer Media become the leader on the Slovak online market. The company operates through its Slovak subsidiary, and issues such widely read newspaper Nový čas and several magazines. It also operates the internet portals that are visited by about 800,000 monthly visitors;
  • Advised an international mobile phone operator in a major law suit involving competition law issues.
  • Represented a significant international cinema operator and entertainment centre in the recovery of its claims during enforcement proceedings.
  • Offer ongoing counsel to Central European Media & Publishing Services.