Peter Bean is a member of the firm’s Communications Practice Group. Peter represents public and private sector US and non-US clients in the technology and communications industries on a range of complex legal, regulatory and legislative issues, many of which are at the forefront of telecommunications law and policy. Peter’s practice is global in scope and leverages the firm’s global footprint for the benefit of clients. In the US, his practice includes varied experience practicing before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and counseling clients on matters including licensing, regulatory compliance, spectrum allocation and assignment, mergers and acquisitions, and public policy initiatives. Internationally, Peter has also developed expertise counseling foreign governments and regulatory authorities, and has advised foreign telecommunications operators on regulatory matters and disputes with regulators in their home jurisdictions.
Peter advises a diverse group of clients that includes public and private sector entities, both foreign and domestic. He has advised major technology companies and content providers, media companies, submarine cable system owners and operators, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, broadband providers, Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), wireless and wireline telecommunications providers, real estate investment trusts, microwave networking solutions providers, foreign governments and foreign regulatory authorities.
In the US, Peter advises his clients in matters concerning licensing, spectrum allocation and use, spectrum leasing, the application of Universal Service Fund surcharges and strategies to minimize such charges, equipment authorization, the regulation of the internet and VoIP services, contracts related to MVNOs, mergers and acquisitions, the development and implementation of regulatory compliance plans, and negotiations with the executive branch agencies constituting Team Telecom. Peter provides counsel to foreign and domestic telecommunications companies desiring to enter new markets by ensuring that they have the proper federal and state operating authorities for their service offerings. Peter also facilitates mergers and acquisitions by conducting detailed due diligence reviews of the licenses and regulatory approvals held by the target company, assessing transactional risks and working to obtain the consent of the FCC and state public utility commissions to such transactions. Peter has also advised clients in matters relating to foreign ownership limitations. Finally, Peter serves as part of the firm’s team that is general counsel to the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) in connection with the movement of Sprint/Nextel to new spectrum bands.
Internationally, Peter has developed expertise advising foreign governments and regulatory authorities. In this capacity, Peter has provided legal, regulatory and policy advice on matters such as spectrum allocation and management, Significant Market Power and market reviews, and enforcement issues. He has also drafted legislation, regulatory frameworks and licenses. Most recently, Peter provided legal and regulatory advice to a foreign telecommunications regulatory authority on all stages of a spectrum award process (beauty contest) that resulted in the successful assignment of three blocks of highly valuable spectrum in the 700 MHz and 850 MHz bands. He assisted in drafting the consultation documentation and tender document, conducting the comparative assessment process, facilitating the license award process, and conducting post-award compliance and enforcement. Peter has also worked with another foreign telecommunications regulator to navigate a public consultation and promulgate a regulation concerning the resolution of disputes between consumers and telecommunications operators in the country.
In law school, Peter focused on bankruptcy and corporate governance issues. Peter served as a note and comment editor for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. He was also a McCleary Law Fellow at the Human Rights Campaign. There, he analyzed the state and federal tax implications of the US Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, with particular emphasis on the conflict between the rules of the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration concerning the receipt and taxation of social security benefits for same-sex couples. He also designed advocacy strategies directed at federal agencies to facilitate effective implementation of the Windsor decision.
Prior to attending law school, Peter was a litigation paralegal at two prestigious Washington DC-based international law firms, where he managed highly complex, document intensive, multiphased litigation matters in state and federal court.