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Telecommunications

Minter Ellison has been a major provider of legal services in the communications sector since the introduction of competition in the telecommunications industry in Australia in 1992.

We act for telecommunications companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region across all legal practice areas and all types of telecommunications infrastructure, including fixed, wireless, satellite and international cable networks. We have played a major role in the merger and acquisition activity associated with both the growth and consolidation of the telecommunications sector in Australia. We are well respected for our detailed industry knowledge and expertise and ability to structure and negotiate innovative transactions that drive significant business value.

As well as acting for carriers, service providers, infrastructure owners and manufacturers, we have extensive experience acting for purchasers of telecommunications services. We have advised a significant number of major Australian and multinational corporations in a wide range of industry sectors on managed service and full service outsourcings of both domestic and global telecommunications requirements.

Optus appeal against Telstra's exemption from access obligations

Acting for Optus in the successful appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal in relation to Telstra's 2008 ULLS access undertaking under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

M2 Telecommunications acquisition of Dodo and takeover of Eftel

Advised M2 Telecommunications Group on its A$250m private treaty acquisition of Dodo and recommended takeover of Eftel Limited. The transaction involved parallel acquisitions of a publicly listed entity (Eftel) and a private entity (Dodo) where the vendor of the private entity had a majority shareholding in the listed entity. This required careful consideration of independence issues and potential collateral benefit issues.

ASIC information technology refresh (Start) program

Assisted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with multiple projects within its IT refresh program — procurement of service oriented architecture, multiple systems integration projects, significant hardware and software purchases and the establishment of various panel arrangements.