RIAA Barker Gillette is recognised as the leading advisor in the innovative sectors of technology, media and communications.
Since the promulgation of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996, we have worked with the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and other major players in the telecommunication sector, thereby obtaining recognition as Pakistan’s premier law firm in the telecommunication sector.Our expertise includes major telecoms and internet projects, including a number of new entrants into the reorganised telecoms sectors, major telephone line projects, privatisations and work for international players such as Nortel Networks regarding corporate and regulatory matters. We frequently represent communications providers in various types of dispute.
The firm was engaged by the Government of Pakistan to draft the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Ordinance 1995, the subsequent re-promulgation of such Ordinance as the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996, as well as all subsequent modifications and proposed modifications to the telecommunication regulatory framework. Our senior partner, Ahsan Rizvi has drafted several statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks, including the Telecommunication Regulatory Framework.
Our media practice is regularly involved in the incorporation, licensing and operational issues relating to corporate entities involved in the television, satellite broadcasting and print media, as well as digital radio. Our team is regularly involved with regulatory issues on behalf of a diverse clientele that includes cable networks, satellite service providers and private TV channels. Our advice blends a commercial perspective regarding foreign direct investment and licensing matters involving applications, presentations and representations to relevant regulatory authorities.
Our practice advises on a range of matters affecting innovative sectors, including media and new technology law, outsourcing agreements, and assists major clients in the sector with their IP portfolios.
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News: licensing and registration of branch office in Pakistan.
- Government of Pakistan: USD 2.59b privatization of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited, including a advising on Pakistan law issues in the transaction, advising on the regulatory framework, and negotiating all transaction documents with Etisalat, the acquirer.
- Loral Skynet Corporation: advised client in relation to assignment of regulatory license and registration of satellites. Advised on agreement relating to Skynet space segment capacity service.
- Nortel Networks (Asia) Limited: advised client in relation to agreement with Pak Telecom Mobile Limited for the supply of expansion of PTML GSM network and allied systems.
- Oberthur Card Systems: options to undertake business activities in the field of providing smart cards and the sale and distribution of chips in Pakistan.
- Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited: turn-key projects throughout Pakistan, including negotiating various transaction and concession documents with Alcatel CIT, Siemens, Ericsson and China Telecom.
- STAR Group Limited: distribution agreement between ESPN Inc. and FMS International Limited for the distribution of the ESPN international program service in Pakistan.
- Telecard Limited: constitutional petition against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Frequency Allocation Board.
- Trakker (Pvt.) Limited, represented client, which is Pakistan’s first multi-national company in Vehicle and Fleet Management Services operating across Pakistan and the Middle East.
- Data communications
- Operation and maintenance of telecommunications
- Internet-based services
- Regulatory framework
- Satellite communications and services
- Hardware and software entities
- Voice over internet protocol (“VOIP”)