Our expertise derives from our deep & hands on knowledge of the Electronics’ Communications sector, Media, Technology & Cybersecurity. The Firm members have a long history of working with telecom operators, PayTV media, studios & content providers, technology vendors, Regulators and State Authorities, with projects ranging from, licensing, regulation, network competition & sectoral dispute litigation, infrastructure sharing schemes, towers licensing & towers sharing, international cables & FTT(X) projects, spectrum auctions, to crisis management, cybersecurity, criminal-national security investigations and personal data protection-GDPR. Working on behalf of telecommunication operators, regulatory bodies and State entities, we have considerable knowledge in the area of telecommunications regulation & competition, while we can also draw on the experience of our lawyers who have been previously employed by leading telecommunication operators.
Market-leading experience in Telecommunications
We offer our clients a full range of advice in the telecommunications sector, with deep knowledge that comes from decades of experience. Our Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice is made up of mix of legal experts combining a multidisciplinary in-house and off counsel experience.
Our Head Partner of the TMT & Cybersecurity Practice, Theodossis Tompras, has a market wide unprecedented experience of more than 12 years of in-house roles in TMT companies and has participated in numerus regulatory, administrative & competition procedures at national & EU level, public consultations, hearings & litigations, spectrum auctions, as well as landmark corporate finance transactions and almost all the sector’s M&As that have shaped the Greek telecommunication market as we know it today. Furthermore, we have worked for the creation of EEKT (Greek MNOs Association), the Tilegnous S.A. (the Greek MNOs credit bureau), the RAN Sharing Greek JV and the TowerCo sharing initiative. Our lawyers have also filed the first cross border regulatory complaint at European level, activated for the first time the secondary spectrum market by completing the very first spectrum license sale in Greece (operator2operator) and have filled the first dispute resolution complaint within the frame of Directive 2014/61 that involved a non-licensed organization.
Our TMT Practice lawyers have deep technology, internet and networks experience, including both hardware and software markets across a variety of applications, uses and deployment, such as telecommunications network equipment, architecture & technology, data centers, big data analytics, Internet of Things, smartphones and tablets, security of telecommunications services & cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, FTT(X) deployment, satellites parks and more.
Our technology lawyers come with real-world experience and a vast track record of successful deals & multi million transactions, including digital transformation projects, technology & infrastructure Joint Ventures, strategic alliances with technology providers, structuring, negotiating and implementing complex sourcing and Business Unit transfers, to advising on cybersecurity, Big Data and data management concerns.
Not only we understand the demands placed on in-house counsels, but we act as trusted advisors, helping to build consensus across lines of business with a pragmatic approach focused on problem-solving. Our clients benefit from our deep understanding of the entire business operating model, with an emphasis on the critical integration & redundancy issues that exist in any multi-vendor environment, while our approach regarding technology transactions is proactive focusing on structuring successful partner like long-term relationships between contractual parties, advising on sustainable win-win models, avoiding disputes. .
Cybersecurity one stop shop
Our TMT & Cybersecurity team stands out as a truly elite practice that spans across all aspects of cybersecurity, incident response & crisis management and related administrative procedures, hearings and high-profile litigations. We offer full spectrum services in cybersecurity, data rights and privacy, supporting companies with a holistic approach to compliance, security and crisis response, targeting to preserve and protect enterprise value at risk in relation to personal data and digital assets in general, IP, employees data, third party access, brand reputation and trade secrets.
Our team consists of CPA Law expert lawyers focusing on all aspects of privacy, cybersecurity and data governance and KPMG cyber security advisors that have extensive experience and expertise in engagements related to security strategy and governance, security transformation, cyber defense and cyber response. The KPMG-CPA Law team has been involved in almost all major corporate cybersecurity incidents in Greece and has supported numerous organizations across diverse market sectors, such as food and beverage, legal services, insurance, academic institutions, hotel and tourism, online platforms, etc.
CPA Law Head Partner, Theodossis Tompras has handled hundreds of cybersecurity projects, cases & litigations, in relation to cyber-attacks to entities or entire industries, data breaches, criminal investigations and national security matters and has worked closely with Regulatory Authorities, like the Hellenic Authority for Communication Security & Privacy, the Greek DPA, the Central Bank of Greece, State Authorities (National CERT) and the National Cybersecurity Authority.
KPMG cybersecurity team has handled the identification and response of numerous cyber related incidents, assisting organizations to identify the root causes, contain the incident, recover systems and operations, as well as bring forward lessons learned.
We have handled a broad range of content licensing and branding agreements with domestic and international content providers & studios and negotiated the first B2B premium sport content agreement in Greece. On the regulatory side we ’ve pioneered the introduction of IPTV regime in Greece and we have represented market players before the National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV-ΕΣΡ). We have also advised PayTV operators for the creation of the first shared service satellite reception park in Greece, while we have conducted numerus negotiation rounds with Collective Societies regarding intellectual property rights.
Our team is multidisciplinary. Our lawyers experience ranges from technology transactions, intellectual property, M&A, strategic sourcing, data privacy, fintech, capital markets, dispute resolution, regulatory, tax and employment, meaning that we are always able to bring together the most highly specialized team to execute your matters successfully and efficiently.
Our experience includes, but is not limited to:
- Telecom Regulation, Competition and dispute resolution
- Network infrastructure (3G/4G/5G technologies, FTT(X), international cables)
- Pricing policies
- Roaming & MVNOs
- Network sharing regimes
- Spectrum regulation, trading & auctions
- Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things
- Secrecy of Telecommunication Services, Electronic Crime & Lawful Interception
- Cybersecurity & personal data
- Consumer rights & regulation
- Cloud transformation strategy and architecture
- Outsourcing & strategic alliances
- Terminal equipment licensing & fair usage levies
- Big data analytics & Direct marketing
- Third party payments & e-invoicing
- Security strategy and governance frameworks
- Information risk and cyber security assessments
- Third party risk management
- CISO support
- Cloud security assessments
- Business continuity and disaster recovery
- Data protection and DPO support
- Security awareness and training
- ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 management systems
- Pay TV regulation & IPTV
- Broadcasting platforms and free to air channels regime
- Intellectual Property rights
- Advertising, marketing and adtech apps
- Digital & Social Media
Papacostopoulos - Grigoriadou and Associates (CPA Law), Law Firm, independent Greek law firm, independent member of KPMG International Legal and Tax network, is in direct collaboration with KPMG in Greece and is therefore capable of providing consolidated solutions in the area of TMT.