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A very strong, well-respected firm with a very commercial, focused approach." Chambers Asia-Chambers 2012

Gilbert + Tobin are navigators of change in the global communications industry. With change the only constant in our industry, we are recognised for leading the debate and thinking ahead for the benefit of our clients.

Our lawyers are ingrained in the communications industry and they have experience over many years in:

  • regulatory design & strategy
  • interconnection & access
  • large scale network procurements
  • dispute management and resolution
  • large customer agreements
  • NGN development
  • content supply agreements
  • outsourcing and IT infrastructure agreements

Our teams are multi-skilled because problems in the communications industry are rarely single dimensioned. We have our own in-house telecommunications engineer – our clients don’t have to expend painstaking effort to explain the technology to us before they can get sensible legal advice. Our team also includes economists, former regulators, former in-house counsel at carriers and service providers and people with line of business experience in content and online businesses.

Our communications practice is not a silo within the firm. We are integrated with the competition and regulatory group, which allows us to draw on experience in other utility sectors, such as electricity, gas and rail. Communications partners also work in the corporate and M&A practice areas. This allows us to take a more holistic view of major telecommunications investments – as the value of your investment will likely depend on the permitted scope of licenses, the price of regulated access or the attitude of the regulator to foreign investors, you will want to make sure you are getting “joined up” advice.

Our relationships with our clients are long-lasting and outlive individual transactions. We are well known for effectively transferring our knowledge to our clients as our relationships develop which is indicative of our collaborative and long term approach.

Born and Bred in Asia

While based in Sydney, we make distance no issue for our clients. We work in our clients’ business hours, not our own – over timezones from the Middle East to the mid Pacific. Our team of experts – financing, corporate, commercial, technology and regulatory – are based here in Asia – we don’t rely on fly-in experts from outside the region.

If you are looking to build a network, invest in an existing telecommunications business or start a new one in a country the Asia Pacific or the Middle East, chances are we have direct experience of working there. Please here to see the map on our footprint.

Our People

Our clients consider Gilbert + Tobin lawyers to be business people who bring client understanding, industry knowledge and experiences which qualify them to advise on more than just legal issues.

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