Peter Curran

Peter Curran is a Partner in the Projects Group.

According to Chambers UK 2014, “Peter is the go-to lawyer for telecoms companies and public authorities in commercial, regulatory and technical matters in the TMT sector”.

“Head of [Public Procurement] department Peter Curran is ‘extremely professional and thorough’ according to his clients, who also praise his ‘excellent knowledge of procurement procedures and law’”. Chambers UK

“[Peter Curran] is highly regarded for his experience in advising clients on major projects and PPP/PFI. Peers note his strength in complex procurement for local authorities.” – Chambers UK

Sources say: “He is always available and his knowledge of procurement law and practice is second to none. His advice is pragmatic and informed.” – Chambers Europe 2014

Peter has extensive experience of advising public and private sector organisations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on the procurement of projects and contracts across various sectors, including waste, education, technology, communications, social housing, health and energy. He has advised awarding authorities, funders and bidders on some of the most significant procurement exercises on the island of Ireland in recent years. He also advises on procurement litigation and has been involved in a number of the leading cases, both challenging and defending award decisions. Peter is recognised for his procurement expertise by leading independent directories such as Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Legal 500 and he is the only Northern Ireland lawyer listed for Procurement in Who’s Who Legal 2014.

Peter has a background in technology and communications law, having been legal counsel to Vodafone Ireland for five years. He has extensive experience of advising on regulatory, commercial and contractual matters in the areas of electronic/mobile commerce, data protection and privacy, outsourcing, gaming, broadcasting and telecoms. Peter counts among his clients various Government Departments, leading industry players and a range of other operators active in the ICT sector in Ireland and further afield.

Telecoms Law Practice:

Technology, and its pace of and potential for development, is an inspiration. As technology moves, we are challenged to be creative – to identify options, to find innovative solutions, to enable the pursuit of technological and business goals whilst retaining control of risk. This is where Eversheds excels.

We are at the cutting edge in terms of our understanding of the shifting technology environment and can help you with the resulting legal issues. We have a large group of specialist TMT lawyers who focus on IT, which means we can provide you with the help you need at the right level and the right times.

Eversheds understand your industry and how technology companies operate. This experience hasn’t just been gained by representing technology companies, we have also seconded team members to companies including Accenture, HP and Cisco.

Eversheds is a true technology sector specialist with a strong UK and international practice. As such, we will have often advised others before you on the issues your business is facing.

This avoids any concern you may have about your lawyers getting ‘up to speed’. We act for approximately 250 information technology suppliers, including those supplying software, systems and IT services (consultancy, maintenance and support and outsourcing) and products to consumers and/or businesses. We also act for many customers in the technology sector. This means that we understand the pressure points from both perspectives and can help you strike the right deal which is both deliverable and meets your goals.

Eversheds:

Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms. Committed locally, but connected globally, with offices based in the world’s major economic centres, with a proven track record of delivering consistently high quality legal services across jurisdictions.

The firm has developed organically over the past decade working for corporate organisations of all shapes and sizes in countries where they want to do business. Lawyers in all locations share the same values, ways of working and understanding of what clients really want. The past year has seen further international expansion for the firm. In the Middle East, the firm has become the first international player to establish offices in Iraq and is now one of the largest international players on the ground, with local lawyers based in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh.

As a modern, progressive law firm, Eversheds sets itself apart through its people, culture and its attitude to change. Quality is a matter of personal pride to everyone and staff of the highest calibre are recruited and retained by the firm. Collaborative working and innovative thinking is encouraged and supported at all levels, meaning that clients enjoy an offering that is constantly evolving and improving to meet their changing needs. This has led to pioneering approaches to the law such as genuine project management and measurement of results that leads to cost predictability and control. In particular, the firm is noted for effectively delivering complex, multi-national legal services through one point of contact.

Relationships with clients are deep and genuine. An understanding of the sector and business culture which each client operates in, is a given. Collaboration is seen as a way of providing the most effective advice. Trust and accountability are the bedrock of all the firm’s client relationships.

Every year, Eversheds breaks new ground and is a firm that offers a clear alternative to those who want more from their lawyers.

Cheng Lim

Cheng Lim is an M&A partner in our Melbourne office who has deep experience in the telecommunications, technology and infrastructure sectors.

Cheng has been a key telecoms advisor to Telstra for over 2 decades. Most recently, he co-led the team advising Telstra on its landmark agreements with NBN Co, under which Telstra agreed to disconnect its copper networks as the NBN is rolled out.

He also has extensive experience in IT and outsourcing in regulated industries, such as electricity, gambling and financial services. He has deep expertise in new media, having acted for Telstra, Australia’s leading ISP on its major online initiatives on the delivery of music, sports vision (AFL and NRL), gaming and movies over the internet and to mobiles.

Cheng’s infrastructure practice is focussed on transport and energy. He has acted for successful bidders in many major infrastructure projects, including the Melbourne Metropolitan Train Franchise (MR3), the Victorian Smartcard Transport Ticketing Project (myki), and the Commonwealth Government’s $6 billion Air Warfare Destroyer Project.

Cheng is ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual in TMT Chambers Global Guide 2013 with observers noting “his first-rate negotiation skills, strong industry knowledge and ability to mobilise a high-quality legal team to make things happen as quickly as the client wants”. He is recognised as a leading individual and “strong performer” in TMT by APL 500 2013 and in IT by Who’s Who Legal 2013. Cheng has also been recognised by leading international survey Best Lawyers as one of its IT and Telecommunications Lawyers of the Year for 2013.

TMT Law Practice:

Covering broadcasting, publishing, advertising, social media, film, music and radio – the media and entertainment sector is as diverse as it is dynamic. From the rise of digital and converging technologies to the launch of online newspapers, magazines and apps, there is a new business landscape in which revenue models for subscriptions and advertising are looking to keep up with the rise of social media tools, content aggregators and fast-changing consumer preferences.

At the forefront of this dynamic and fast-changing sector, King & Wood Mallesons has recently advised on some of the region’s most significant transactions and landmark matters, including: copyright in newspapers headlines, copyright in advertising copy, social media issues, negotiation of complex contracts for media ratings services, M&A capital and fund raising and a number of defamation actions, suppression orders and complaints regarding misleading advertising.

Across this market leading advice, clients have benefited from our seamless delivery of cross-expertise (corporate, capital markets, competition, litigation & dispute resolution and intellectual property) and our ability to draw upon our industry backgrounds in media and information technology. Ensuring compliance with ongoing regulatory change, clients have also benefited form our long-standing relationship with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

King & Wood Mallesons:

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets, financial capitals and the home of information technology – we’re on the ground where our clients need us most. We offer them unrestricted legal capability and capacity across the region’s most dynamic economies, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Clients benefit from our extensive network of legal advisors with the right expertise, sector insights and relationships to help them realise the opportunities and navigate the region’s complex web of regulators.
This game-changing combination is powered by more than 550 partners and 2700 lawyers and is the only firm that can practice Australian, PRC, Hong Kong and UK law which enables us to provide strategic advice on the ground in these must win markets.

Across 30 international locations we are delivering industry expertise across the full spectrum of commercial, financial and specialist legal services.

We’re opening doors and unlocking opportunities for business. We ask the right questions, listen hard and focus not just on what clients want, but how they want it. We use this to help our clients recognise where they are, where they want to be, and where they could be.

We are also committed to delivering real value for our people – empowering them to grow and to achieve great things in a flexible, dynamic and supportive environment.

We’re already achieving great things together and this is just the beginning.

Mark Schreiber

Mark P. Schreiber represents technology clients in business, litigation, and regulatory matters. He regularly appears in state and federal courts and before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. 

He also assists clients in matters before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, the Justice Department, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other administrative agencies. 

A significant portion of his practice today includes representation of telecommunications companies in proceedings related to implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the California Environmental Quality Act, eminent domain cases, general rate cases, complaint and enforcement proceedings, service applications, interconnection disputes, and other administrative matters. 

He also advises the firm’s clients about intellectual property and Internet law issues, and business and transactional matters subject to regulatory requirements. From time to time, he presents programs about recent developments in telecommunications regulation and technology law. 

As an example of the breadth of his practice, Mr. Schreiber has supervised international regulatory compliance projects for the firm’s technology clients with particular attention to product safety and telecommunications requirements in Canada, Mexico, Asia, South America and the European Economic Community. 

A trained mediator, Mr. Schreiber has resolved numerous disputes involving real estate, contract, copyright, personal injury, trademark, and property damage matters as well as serving as an arbitrator in fee dispute matters for the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the San Mateo County Bar Association. 

He has also been appointed as an arbitrator and a settlement attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court. 

Mr. Schreiber is admitted to practice in the states of California and Nevada, and is an inactive member of the District of Columbia Bar. 

He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the California Conference of Public Utility Counsel, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Bar Association, the Mediation Society, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. 

He also provides volunteer services in various capacities in civil and criminal matters before the San Francisco Superior Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 

Mr. Schreiber is a member of the Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration of the State Bar of California, currently serving as its Vice Chair. 

He has also served on the Redistricting Task Force for the City and County of San Francisco as an appointee of the Elections Commission to examine the boundaries of the City’s voting districts in light of the results of the 2010 census, the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Liability Insurance, and the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury.

Mr. Schreiber received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco in 1984. He joined Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in 1988 after working as a regulatory attorney for Pacific Bell in San Francisco. 

He holds a LEED Green Associate credential from the Green Building Certification Institute. He is also personally licensed as a California Real Estate Broker (not affiliated with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP).

 

Alfonso Silva

Partner and head of Carey’s Corporate / Telecom Group. His practice areas span from corporate and business law, financing, mergers and acquisitions to the regulatory and transactional aspects related to the telecommunications industry, including the Telecom law and regulations, concessions, licenses and permits, and state contracts. Mr. Silva has been appointed representative and/or board member of several multinational companies operating in Chile, including banks.

 

TMT Law Practice:

After 5 years under discussion in the Chilean Congress, on June 11th, 2012, the long expected bill that regulates the installation of telecommunications antennas and its towers has become a Law in Chile. Law N° 20.599 (the “Antenna Law”) affects not only the new telecommunication antennas and towers to be installed in the future but also some of the infrastructure already installed within the Chilean territory.

One of the most significant innovations contained in the Antenna Law is the new requirement of an installation permit which will be granted by the corresponding local authority: the Municipal Work Department. According to the Antenna Law, the relevant telecoms operators will now have to comply with a complex procedure on which the direct participation of the affected community is considered, before the installation of any antenna and its tower.

Depending on the height of the antenna tower (higher than 12 meters or higher than 3 meters and lower than 12 meters) the documentation and information that will have to be filed before the Municipal Work Department will vary.

Similarly, the applicable procedure for obtaining the installation permit will be different depending not only on the height of the antenna towers to be installed but also on other special situations related to the areas where the antenna towers are intended to be installed, such as “risk areas”, “protection areas” or “touristic interest areas”.

In rural areas and when the antenna tower height is equal or less than 3 meters as well as in some other special cases, an installation notice will be enough requirement for installing an antenna and its tower.

Another important new obligation that the Antenna Law sets forth for the telecoms operators is the requirement to implement one of these 2 alternatives at the moment of installing an antenna and its tower:

  1. i) Camouflage of the antenna and its tower. This mechanism consists in a sort of “costume” for the antenna and its tower in order to prevent the urbanism impact caused by these structures and harmonize them with the corresponding environment. Typical examples of this kind of measure are the antennas and its towers camouflaged in the form of palms, trees, bell towers, etc.
  2. ii) Mitigation measures in favor of the community. According to the Antenna Law the mitigation measures may consist of either (i) the implementation of telecommunication services, or (ii) the improvement of green areas, pavements, bike lanes, luminaries, ornament or other similar measures.

According to the installation procedure established in the Antenna Law, the members of the community affected by the installation of an antenna and its tower will be entitled to participate in the decision for the selection of one of the above mentioned options.

 

Carey Abogados:

In 1905, Francisco Carey (1873-1946) begins to practice law independently in Antofagasta, a major business center in the north of Chile. His law firm grows steadily and his clients include the major mining and nitrate companies of the time. One of such clients, the Antofagasta-Bolivia railway (FCAB), a U.K. corporation whose stock is still traded on the London Stock Exchange, was counseled by three generations of attorneys of the Carey family over the last one hundred years.

Since its foundation, Carey has been committed to professional excellence. It is a core conviction of the firm that the practice of law is an honorable and enriching activity, which carries with it the responsibility of following the highest ethical standards.

 

Yang HO Oh

Attorney Oh Yang-ho is a partner in Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL). His practice focuses on advising corporate clients in areas of broadcasting, telecommunication, energy, and legislation. He has been with BKL for more than 20 years since 1989. His major successful cases include: international arbitration over CDMA royalty between Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Qualcomm, sale of Daewoo Motors, restructuring and division of Daewoo Heavy Industries, reorganization of the structure of electrorefining industry, restructuring of foreign bonds of Korea Electric Power Corporation, privatization of KT, SKT’s merger with Shinsegi Telecom, and KT’s merger with KTF.

He studied law at Seoul National University and earned an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He also studied at the University of Missouri Journalism School. He is a legal advisor to major companies including Korea Electric Power Corporation, KT, SKT, and SBS and government agencies including Korea Communications Commission, Ministry of Information and Communication, and ETRI. He was an outside director for Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Korea Power Exchange, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, and Korea Western Power. He is a director of Korea Database Agency, an auditor of Chosun Ilbo Media Research Center, a member of the committee under the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning deliberating communication charges, a member of evaluation committee of the Information & Communication Promotion Fund, and a member of evaluation committee of Korea Telecommunications Operators Association.

TMT Law Practice:

Bae, Kim & Lee was among the first law firms in Korea to develop a specialized practice in the information technology and telecommunications sector. Since its formation in the 1990s, our telecommunications & broadcasting practice group has consistently stood at the forefront of legal development in the sector in Korea and is currently one of the largest IT and telecommunications practice groups in Korea.

Over the years, BKL has represented and advised numerous foreign and domestic companies in this sector, including, for example, major telecom carriers, IT solution providers and broadcasting companies, and we have also worked with key public institutions such as the Korea Communications Commission (formerly the Ministry of Information and Communication of Korea). For this diverse clientele, we have assisted in structuring and negotiating a variety of IT and telecom-related commercial transactions, in addition to assisting them in navigating the regulatory process in Korea.

The lawyers of BKL’s telecommunications and broadcasting group combine thorough knowledge of the law with an understanding of the business objectives of our clients to provide realistic solutions. We have senior lawyers with national and international reputations in their practice areas, as well as a number of former senior officials from governmental agencies involved in telecommunications and broadcasting matters, including two former Ministers of Information and Communication. Working closely with the firm’s other practice groups, we are able to offer a comprehensive “one stop” shop for legal services to all of our clients.

Bae, Kim & Lee:

Founded in 1980, Seoul-based bkl is one of the oldest law firms in Korea. Grounded in many years of experience, we are a leading firm that provides legal services in a broad range of practice areas such as corporate law and governance, mergers & acquisitions, complex litigation, international arbitration, antitrust, joint ventures & strategic alliances, tax, intellectual property, regulatory and employment law matters, among others.

With over 400 attorneys and other professionals located throughout our offices in Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai, bkl has a diverse mix of Korean attorneys, international attorneys, tax advisors, industry analysts, former government officials and other specialists in various practice areas that work together in multidisciplinary teams to provide full-service capabilities necessary to meet the needs of our clients.

bkl advises a broad range of clients such as Korean conglomerates and government organizations, as well as major international financial institutions and multinational companies based in the US, Europe and throughout Asia.

We are recognized as a leading law firm in Korea, and are only one of a handful of law firms in Seoul that work with international clients on a daily basis. Our professionals include many individuals that speak more than one language and that have worked at law firms in other countries, giving them experience and familiarity with cross-border transactions to assist international client objectives in Korea as well as Korean client objectives overseas. bkl is also a member of the World Law Group and its global network of over 50 law firms, and has strong relationships with financial, tax and accounting advisors in various jurisdictions throughout the world, which allows bkl to serve its clients with a global reach.

Client service is the foundation of our legal practice, and our professionals view themselves as strategic partners to assist clients achieve their business and legal objectives. Each bkl professional is deeply committed to our clients, and understands the importance of being responsive to and available for clients needs.