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Telecommunications & Media

The telecommunications and media industry is typically dynamic, complex and diverse. The changes taking place in this area are rapid and substantive, and they generate parallel changes in the structural aspects of the market (liberalization, globalization, convergence and complex regulation) and its technological aspects. The rapid developments and technological innovations naturally affect the licensing and supervision, policy and legislation regulating this diverse field.

These characteristics and processes require those operating or wishing to operate in this market to obtain legal advice from a professional team with profound experience, expertise and creativity, one that is highly familiar with the complex and rapidly changing legal and regulatory framework governing this field.

Our firm's practice in the telecommunications and media sector, led by Adv. Ori Rahat, is regarded as one of the leading practices in the country. The proficiency and skillfulness of the firm and its reputation in this field have been recognized both nationally and internationally, and the firm is continuously ranked by international reviews amongst the leading practices in Israel.

Since its establishment our firm has been deeply and intensively involved and influential in shaping the legislation, regulation and policies which govern the telecommunications field, working closely with legislative, governmental, ministerial and other authorities. We have vast experience in working vis-à-vis the Ministry of Communications and its various departments, the Ministry of Treasury, the Israeli Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting and other governmental and public authorities.

The firm's clients in this field include leading companies in Israel from the entire array of activities: content, public broadcasts, cable operators, infrastructures (including manufacturers of communications infrastructure equipment), ISPs, web-sites, telephony companies, international calls providers, cellular network operators, IT, multimedia, entertainment and mass communication, advertising agencies, content producers, suppliers, aggregators and distributors in the field of cinema, television, Internet and more, including foreign Internet, media and telecommunications companies with activities in Israel.

The wide-ranging legal service that we offer our clients in this field includes, inter alia, strategic planning for adapting their activities to the relevant legislative framework, advice with regard to licensing and regulatory issues, representation in domestic and cross border transactions, representation vis-à-vis Knesset committees, government ministries and the relevant authorities etc.

The advice we provide encompasses the various legal aspects of our clients' activities in this field, including copyrights and other intellectual property issues, protection of privacy, public broadcasts, consumer protection, competition and anti-trust.

Our team holds expertise in all relevant regulatory matters pertaining to the variety of aspects of Telecommunications Law, and we closely and continuously monitor recent developments and changes in the legislative and regulatory environment - both in Israel and abroad, this resulting in excellent, first-hand familiarity with comparative international Telecommunications Law - in the EC, USA and other foreign markets.
 
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