Society is slowly entering the recovery and renewal phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries have begun to relax their anti-COVID-19 measures and infection rates worldwide have started to see some improvement. As we attempt to recover, it is necessary to take stock of how the virus has affected economies, which will be essential in helping usher the world into a new normal. In this episode of TMT Talk, Raffaele Giarda, Koen Vanhaerents, and Nina Niejahr delve into the issues and developments around government interventions planned or already set in place to help the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector as it navigates the global economic crisis left in the wake of the virus.
Raffaele Giarda is the global head of Baker McKenzie's Technology Media & Telecoms Industry Group and co-heads the IPTech and Corporate/M&A practices in the Firm's Italy offices. Raffaele assists domestic and multinational clients in the areas of technology, telecoms, media, M&A, corporate law and commercial contracts. He advises on regulatory matters as well as on wireless networks and services, infrastructures rollout and provision, satellite networks, media platforms, mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), interconnection and access, the Internet of Things (IoT), other internet protocol scenarios, disruptive technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and connected vehicles.
Koen Vanhaerents joined Baker McKenzie in 1987 and was admitted to the Brussels’ bar in the same year. He was made partner in 1994. Koen Vanhaerents has an extensive Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities and Corporate Finance practice. From October 2009 to October 2014, Koen Vanhaerents was a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Committee and Chairman of the EMEA Region of the Firm. Since October 2014, he is Head of Global Capital Markets Practice Group.
Nina Niejahr is a counsel in the Firm’s European & Competition Law Practice in Brussels and co-chair of the European State Aid Group. She is an active participant in the State Aid Working Group of the European Competition Lawyers Forum. Ms. Niejahr has published extensively and speaks regularly at seminars and conferences on a variety of EU competition and state aid law topics. She is the author of the chapter on EU legal protection in state aid cases, published in the 2011 Münchener Kommentar zum Wettbewerbsrecht (Kartellrecht) and in the 2016 Säcker/Montag European State Aid Law: A Commentary.