TELECOMMUNICATION, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY

The telecommunications and media space has grown at a rapid pace in India in recent years and has displayed tremendous potential for the future. Consequent to the liberalization of markets and the resultant entry of private players, this segment has remained the most active in the Indian market. The economic contribution made by telecommunication and media companies is second only to the Indian Information Technology industry.

The liberalization induced changes and the on-going evolution of the telecom policy by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ("TRAI") and the Department of Telecommunication ("DOT"), under the Ministry of Telecommunication, Government of India has contributed to the growth and consolidation of the telecommunication and media industry in India. ELP's telecommunications, media and technology ("TMT") practice has a firsthand experience in providing practical and cutting edge solutions to its diverse list of clients in this sector.

Services

Telecom

  • Advising telecommunication companies on domestic and cross-border legal, tax and regulatory issues relating to the provision of telecom services including obtaining relevant licenses and approvals.
  • Advising on the legal and regulatory regime for telecom and related services in India including advice on complex "techno-legal" issues relating to internet services, voice over internet protocol, internet telephony, unified messaging services etc.
  • Drafting license and service agreements.
  • Advising on legal and regulatory framework for the licenses required to be obtained for the use of Ku band satellite transponders.
  • Advising on licenses required for offering space segment capacity to Indian customers along with legal and regulatory issues.

Media

Film, Television and Music:
  • Contractual assistance in relation to talent agreements (agreements with actors, directors, music composers and other technicians), joint venture documentation (co-production agreements), production, distribution and licensing agreements, talent representation and management (endorsements, appearances etc.), new media related agreements, and marketing agreements (merchandising, in film placements, brand tie ups etc.).
  • Drafting of the entire suite of documentation and negotiation of agreements.
  • Advisory services for protection of intellectual property rights and interests.
  • Tax advisory services.
Radio:
  • Assistance in relation to drafting and negotiation of documentation.
  • Advisory services for protection or infringement of intellectual property rights and interests.
  • Tax advisory services.
Sporting Formats and Franchises:
  • Assistance in relation to drafting and negotiation of documentation.
  • Advisory services in relation to regulatory, tax, and contractual issues.

Technology

  • Representing prominent technology and IT companies in relation to Customs valuation of their imports into India.
  • Advising on various import and export issues.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

"They are a very good, very professional, hard-working team who put a lot of effort into understanding the issues and capturing the intentions of the client."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

"Committed and professional."

The Legal500 Asia-Pacific 2014

Economic Laws Practice has a strong track record within the telecoms sector and has handled transactional, regulatory, contractual, and litigation issues for major clients such as Bharti Airtel, Etisalat and Vodafone.

Asialaw Profiles 2014

"ELP is able to easily and seamlessly handle the types of transactions and matters with respect to which we need their assistance," says a client.

Achievements

Leading Firm for TMT in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2012 to 2016


Highly Recommended for IT, Telco & Media in Asialaw Profiles 2014 to 2016


Leading Firm for Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012 to 2016


Highly Recommended for Technology & Telecommunications in IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide 2015 & 2016



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