Telecommunications

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Kratz Martin High Resolution Image Martin P.J. Kratz QC, FCIPS
Partner, Trademark Agent
T: 403.298.3650
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Advancements in technology, new and innovative products, mergers and acquisitions, and an evolving regulatory framework all contribute to a dynamic telecommunications industry in Canada, and our lawyers provide the strategic and operational advice telecommunications clients need. They address a broad spectrum of legal questions, including convergence, business structuring, financial and taxation issues as well as intellectual property, competition and regulatory matters involving products, services, alliances and agreements both domestic and international in nature.

A mainstay of our telecom practice involves representing clients before the CRTC and other regulatory bodies in connection with rate applications, broadcast licenses, content-related disputes and anti-trust matters during mergers and acquisitions.

Our history in the telecommunications sector involves some of Canada's largest broadcasters, telephone, cable and wireless companies, and retailers of telecommunications equipment and services. We advise on telecom infrastructure including finance, draft telecommunications supply, service and distribution agreements, provide privacy and security compliance advice to telecom providers and networks, and negotiate strategic alliances in connection with joint-development and service initiatives. In the telecom transaction and restructuring field, we advised Telus Corporation since its inception on matters such as its $9.9-billion merger with BC Telecom, the $810-million sale of its directory business to Verizon Information Services and currently, in connection with its conversion to an income trust.

Select Experience

  • Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's leading rural broadband service provider, in connection with its acquisition from Vecima Networks Inc. of all YourLink Internet services operations in Saskatchewan for $28.75 million. Read more
  • Bermuda Telephone Company Limited (BTC), a Bermuda-based telecommunications provider, and the shareholders of its parent company, Barrie Holdings Limited, in connection with the sale of BTC to Digicel Group Limited. Read more
  • Canadian counsel to Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited, in connection with a $84 billion (implied enterprise value) reorganization and combination of their respective businesses and the separation of their non- property and property businesses into two new Hong Kong-listed companies, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited. The transaction also involved a transfer of approximately 6% percent of the shares of Husky Energy Inc.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2015, Chambers Global The Worlds Leading Lawyers for Business

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Intellectual Property

    A well-rounded firm that advises on domestic and cross-border patent and trade mark prosecution and litigation. Often acts on the IP aspects of M&A, financings and insolvency deals. Active across the telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical, agriculture, mining and petrochemical sectors.

    "They provide quick responses and have a knowledgeable team - the thoroughness of the information they provide impresses me."

    "They have a proactive approach."

  • 2014, The Legal 500 Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • 2014, Corporate INTL Global Awards

    Bennett Jones, winner, Technology Transactions Law Firm of the Year in Canada

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