Telecommunications, Media and Technology
Lawyers in Gould & Ratner’s Telecommunications, Digital Media and Technology Industry Practice have significant experience with and understanding of these complex arenas. We try to cut through all of the red tape, navigate around needless distractions and offer clients practical solutions to their business needs.
As business lawyers, we act as business persons as well as lawyers, trying not to allow legal concerns overwhelm an important business goal. We synthesize and harmonize the legal aspects of a matter with both the practical realities of the situation at hand and the longer term strategic dimensions and their implications.
Our team members have considerable background and experience in the legal disciplines necessary for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors in the telecom, digital media and technology space. This specialized industry knowledge, coupled with our vast knowledge of and experience with the inner workings of the debt and equity capital markets, and the ability to effectively structure and negotiate transactions, has opened doors for our clients seeking capital infusion, joint venture partners or acquisition opportunities.
Many of our clients retain us as their general counsel, where we provide a 360-degree holistic approach to dealing their often specialized business law needs, including:
- Telecommunications hardware and software
- Financial software
- Medical devices
- SEO software
- SaaS platforms and software models
- Enterprise software
- Technology consulting
- Digital media
Additionally, our interdisciplinary team routinely helps clients with more general legal and business needs, including:
Entity Formation: Advising on the selection of the right type of entity from a tax, growth, financing, management compensation and ultimately exit standpoint.
Financing: Negotiating venture capital, senior secured through junior unsecured debt, leveraged buyouts, guarantees, leveraged and unleveraged leases, and private placements.
Inter-Owner Relations: Structuring agreements and handling dispute resolution among shareholders, members and partners.
Employment Law, Human Resources Counseling and Training: Structuring employment agreements, stock options and other employee incentives, pension and profit sharing agreements, independent contractor agreements, hiring and termination issues, non-competition agreements, union issues, and supervisory and anti-harassment training.
Structural and Organic Changes: Negotiating mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and divestitures of businesses.
Third-Party Agreements: Structuring contracts with customers, vendors, distributors, sales agents, licensees, and landlords.
Protection of Intellectual Property and Valuable Intangible Assets: Protecting trademarks and trade secrets, licensing of patents and trademarks, and computer software and franchising.
Dispute Resolution: Handling litigation, mediation, negotiation and settlement of contested matters.
Reorganizations: Negotiating workouts, bankruptcies and other types of reorganizations (from either a creditor or debtor position).
- Leading regional wireless telecommunications carrier receives private equity financing for a leveraged recapitalization over $250 million.
- Private equity funds and management team in a roll-up of cellular licenses in the southeast in multiple acquisitions worth several hundred million dollars and then an ultimate sale to a public company for close to $900 million.
- Sale of a wireless tower portfolio for over $150 million.
- Sale of a CLEC in the Mid-Atlantic region for more than $120 million.
- A PCS entrepreneur joint venture with a major cellular carrier to buy, build, and operate a cellular company across the country with initial debt and equity capital of close to $500 million.
- A start-up CLEC in New York grow its business and receive a private equity infusion of more than $40 million with partial and full redemptions of certain stockholders. Ultimate sale to a strategic partner for over $120 milion.
- A communications tower owner attempt to sell and ultimately recapitalize its operations in 17 states.
- A leading wireless carrier in the upper Midwest sale and leaseback of its large portfolio of towers.
- A leading wireless and ILEC provider receiving a mid-eight-figure preferred equity infusion and tender for some stockholders.
- A large tower operating purchase of numerous collocation agreements and master lease of nearly 1,000-tower portfolio throughout the United States.
- Service on the board of directors of a large regional wireless and landline company in the upper Midwest.
- Service on the board of directors of a leading hosting company for texting, VOLTE and VoWiFi providers.
- Represented foreign publicly traded communications equipment manufacturer in several U.S.-based acquisitions.
- Represented purchaser of cellular telephone system in Florida for $172.5 million, including the $345 million loan package for new acquisition financing and refinancing of existing indebtedeness.
- Represented cellular telephone company in negotiation of $5 million equipment acquisition and related secured financing.
- Represented privately held cellular telephone company in sale of assets for $130 million to publicly traded wireless company.
- A radio station operator in Chicago buy several properties in the Midwest and receive private equity and debt financing for more than $50 million.
- An outdoor advertising company sell its operations in California, Nevada, and Illinois for $30 million.
- A leading SaaS-based music licensing and consulting company raising various rounds of financing and then undergoing various creditor-protection avenues.
- A leading nationwide golf course owner purchase of several golf courses across the country and entering into various management agreements.
- A private equity fund and management group purchase of minor-league professional baseball teams in Texas, Missouri and New Jersey.
- Two theatrical producers (including a multiple Tony Award winner) created a closed-end fund for the production of several Broadway plays and events.
- A venture-backed manufacturer of PV inverters in Oregon sale to a public company for up to $90 million.
- An inventor of more than 150 medical device patents structured and negotiated several complex licensing transactions with major medical device manufacturers.
- Acting as expert witness in a venture capital case involving the standard of care of a lawyer representing an entity seeking private equity funds.
- A Texas-based residential service software company received multiple rounds of private debt and equity financing, and then sale to a private company.
- A leading university-based developer of haptic technology raised Series A capital from worldwide strategic investors as well as venture funds.
- An East Coast-based SEO company raised angel and then Series A capital.
- Represented several funds in multiple rounds of investments in a leading wellness software developer, as well as serve as general counsel.
- A fund invested in an A round investment in a Southwest developer of marketing analysis software.
- An early state medical tourism company developed its disruptive technology and received various rounds of financing, as well as serve as general counsel.
- Represent a New York-based company through various states of financing as it grows its SEO and its reputation software business, as well as serve as general counsel.
- An online visa procurement company received various rounds of financing, as well as serve as general counsel.
- Successfully represented a minority owner of an emerging technology business in a partner dispute leading to settlement through mediation.
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- Going With the Cash Flow: Get to Know This Crucial Factor in Communications Deals, Business Law Today, November 1998