Wolf Theiss has advised mobile operator T-Mobile on its EUR 1.9 billion acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global plc. Freshfields advised Liberty Global on the deal.
T-Mobile Austria is an Austrian mobile communications company and a fully-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. UPC is one of the leading providers of telecommunication and media in Austria and had been a subsidiary of Liberty Global. Liberty Global is the largest international cable operator with sites in more than 30 countries in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The Wolf Theiss team was led by Partners Horst Ebhardt and Hartwig Kienast and included Partners Richard Clegg, Christian Mikosch, Senior Associate Jiayan Zhu, and Associates Daniel Kocab, Lukas Pinegger, Associate Daniel Gschaider. The firm's team on IP/IT matters included Partners Georg Kresbach and Roland Marko, Senior Associate Anja Greiner, and Associate Bernhard Schmidt. On Public Law & Telecom Regulation matters, the firm's team included Partner Kurt Retter and Associate Johanna Kroeswagn. Partner Ralf Peschek and Associate Julia Morscher worked on Employment matters, while Partner Gunter Bauer and Senior Associate Robert Wagner handled Competition matters. Partner Niklas Schmidt handled Tax matters, and Partner Karl Binder and Associate Jakob Jelinek addressed Real Estate elements.
The Freshfields team advising Liberty Global was led by London-based Partner David Sonter, working alongside Vienna-based Principal Associate Ludwig Hartenau and Associate Martin Schwertmann, among others.
T-Mobile Austria's team was led by Vice President Legal, Regulatory & Interception Anja Tretbar-Bustorf and Senior Vice President Strategy & Portfolio Management Olivia Schauerhuber.
Deutsche Telekom-AG's team was led by Christoph Appel, M&A, Corporate Finance, Senior Legal Counsel.
The Nauta Dutilh law firm in Amsterdam covered Dutch law for T-Mobile.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the accurate nature of the Wolf Theiss team.