Communications & Infrastructure

In our Communications & Infrastructure practice group, we advise network industries and businesses that are active in these markets without operating their own network. We provide comprehensive legal advice on contractual and regulatory matters as well as disputes, both in and out of court. Our approach is hands-on. We can draw on many years of in-house experience.

Years of Expertise

Providing comprehensive consultation to businesses in the telecommunications, cable and energy sectors is a traditional focus of Schalast. They are part of our law firm's DNA. Legal 500 (in 2020 and 2021) and JUVE in their 2020 and 2021 Handbooks specifically list Schalast in the telecommunications sector focus. Under the leadership of Dr Ernst Georg Berger, our practice group was Law Firm of the Year in Telecommunications in 2007 and 2011.

From these many years of experience, we have gained expertise across businesses at all levels of the value chain, from infrastructure operators to resellers. Related businesses, such as data centre operators, are also among our clients. The consultation of providers who are newly regulated due to changes in the legal framework, such as OTT providers, is another focus. (Comprehensive information on OTT regulation can be found here. Do you want to determine whether you are regulated as an OTT provider? Find our tool here).

Hands-on Approach

Our clients are characterised by their particular dynamics and drive to innovate. We are committed to constantly adapting to new business models and changing framework conditions. We work as innovatively as our clients. We use legal tech tools where possible and help to implement them for our clients.

Our advisory focus is on telecommunications and energy.

Advisory Focus Telecommunications

Our consultation in the field of telecommunications includes the following focal points:

  • Support with regulatory matters
  • Drafting contracts and general terms and conditions
  • Management of court proceedings
  • Negotiations with other market participants including drafting of contracts
  • Negotiations with the housing industry
  • Assistance with tendering processes in the area of broadband expansion
  • Conducting regulatory compliance audits

Advisory Focus Energy

In the energy sector, our consultation is shaped by the energy revolution. This requires stable grids and a well-functioning, decentralised feed-in of electricity, gas, and district heating. Future-proof solutions from the grid operators and grid users are a necessity. The ongoing development processes of such solutions often require new and multi-layered consultation which our interdisciplinary practice team of experienced lawyers in telecommunications, IT and energy law covers with precision.

In particular, we advise network operators and service providers on:

  • Support with regulatory matters, including proceedings before the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur)
  • Management of court proceedings
  • Negotiations with other market participants including drafting of contracts

Consultation Worldwide

Our international network Multilaw ensures that we can assist businesses in almost all jurisdictions. Schalast coordinates all consulting services if you wish – with us, you always have only one central contact. Schalast heads the Multilaw OTT Special Interest Group.

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