Overview:

Our specialist lawyers have been consistently rated as leaders in Media, Broadcasting and Communication law, with experience and expertise extending across Africa.

We offer innovative, solution-driven advice to the challenges posed by this ever- evolving and fast paced sector.  This includes advising local and international clients like leading commercial broadcaster across Africa, electronic communication services (voice and data) and network providers, print media and online publishers (newspapers and magazines) and a diverse range of companies providing ICT services, software and hardware and advertising agency.  Our services include:

  • advising and assisting clients in their dealings with regulators
  • advising on licensing and regulation of the electronic communication sector, the publication of content, advertising law, administrative and constitutional law
  • dispute resolution and regulatory proceedings
  • due diligence investigations and drafting relevant agreements including outsourcing arrangements, electronic banking, licensing and information technology development contracts
  • drafting electronic communications and website policies

Recent Matters:

Angola: General Advice to the national IT Regulator in connection with diferent activities under its supervision.

DRC: Advised an Egyptian bank in connection to a loan made to an international telecommunications’ company.

Ghana: Acting as local counsel for a fund which is investing in the equity of the target company as well as providing debt financing to the target company, a telecommunications infrastructure company licensed by the National Communications Authority to build and operate a fibre network.

Kenya: Advising American Tower Corporation (ATC) on its acquisition of 715 communication towers from Telkom Kenya.

Morocco: Legal advice to Bertelsmann, a multinational mass media company, on Moroccan law aspects of their partnership with Saham Group in the field of outsources client centers.

Mozambique: Advising on the legislative universe applied to a telecommunications company concerning ten main mozambican legislations applicable to its purpose.

Nigeria: Representing an Abu Dhabi based multinational telecommunications company in proceedings against a Gibraltar registered telecommunications service provider to realise its assets.

South Africa: Advising MultiChoice Africa as regards licensing, regulatory and compliance issues in over 50 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa (digital terrestrial television broadcasting, mobile broadcasting services and DTH satellite television broadcasting services). 

Tanzania: Represented a telecom company in a transfer of shares dispute at topco level in a dispute of approx. USD 200M.

Zambia: Advisor to the European Investment Bank in relation to a USD18 million loan facility to Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group Holdings, for the deployment of fibre optics networks in the regions of Central and Eastern Africa, with a total length of more than 4 850 km, terrestrial fibre cable and submarine cable in Lake Tanganyika and Lake Albert.

Zimbabwe: Routinely advise and represent the national broadcaster on a wide array of matters.