Peter J. Barrett: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Peter J. Barrett

New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 912 2953

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Cross Border
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Communications
  • Broadcasting
  • Cable
  • Wireless & Satellite
  • Cloud Computing & Managed IT Services
University Roanoke College, B.A., 1989
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1993
Admitted1995, District of Columbia; 2000, Rhode Island


European Venture Capital Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Rhode Island Bar Association

BornSyracuse, New York, August 9, 1967

Pete is a co-chair of the firm's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice Group, chairs the Firm's Nominating Committee, and is a Chambers USA recognized attorney.

Pete focuses his practice on the business services, technology, communications and media industries, primarily representing strategic operators and private equity funds in the broadcast television, cable television, cloud/data center, facilities-based network services, publishing, radio and wire-line and wireless telephone fields.

In addition to his 20 years of M&A and private equity experience, Pete regularly handles a variety of issues ancillary to such industries, such as build-out agreements, collocation agreements, content development agreements, data center leases, lit and dark fiber agreements, product placement agreements, publication and distribution agreements, management/local marketing agreements, roaming agreements, spectrum lease agreements, and tower lease agreements.
•Counsel to RCN Telecom Services in a $105 million tack-on 144A bond offering.

•Counsel to Cable One, Inc. in its sale of AWS A Block spectrum.

•Represented Time Warner Cable in its $600 million acquisition of DukeNet Communications, an operator of an 8,700 mile optical fiber network that provides services to enterprise and government customers, including cell site backhaul, Carrier Ethernet, and dark fiber.

•Lead counsel for dividend recapitalization of Choice Cable TV, a Puerto Rican cable television operator.

•Acted for the rollover members of Yankee Metro Partners, LLC in the $2 billion three-way merger involving Sidera Networks, Berkshire Partners and Lightower Fiber Networks.

•Negotiated the senior equity investment in One Source Networks on behalf of ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P. and its affiliated funds.

•Represented Vendome Group, LLC in its acquisition of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, the leading organization for health IT education and research.

•Counsel to ExecSense, Inc., an international e-learning platform provider for C-level business professionals, in its acquisition by the UK-based Financial Times, a division of Pearson.

•Represented an international provider of fiber optic-based network solutions in its acquisition of a cloud-services/data center provider.

•Represented ABRY Partners in its $1.2 billion acquisition, split up and delisting of RCN Corporation.

•Acted for PSI Services, a leader in the licensure, certification assessment and proprietary testing industry, in its recapitalization.

•Counsel to PDR Network LLC in the sale of its chronic disease treatment option web portal division.

•Counsel to a private equity fund in its acquisition and subsequent sale of the Kretschmer Wheat Germ brand and related assets.

•Lead US counsel for a Korean manufacturer of ultracapacitors in its Series A financing from a London-based venture fund.

•Represented a French manufacturer of a ready-to-eat therapeutic food product in the negotiation of a joint venture with a US-based non-profit. The joint venture entity is a 501(c)(3) and will perform research, development and production of various food products that will be used to prevent and treat severe malnutrition.

•Represented a leading middle market private equity firm in its acquisition of an international provider of need-to-know continuing medical education content, as well as subscription based newsletters targeting the corporate wellness industry.

•Lead counsel for Spectrum Equity in the negotiation of its control investment of a Puerto Rican cable TV operator.

•Successfully negotiated a Master Settlement and Exchange Services Agreement on behalf of the then third largest GSM provider in the United States.

•Represented a consortium of private equity funds in their creation of a cable television portfolio company and in the company's acquisition of cable television systems in four states from Charter Communications.

•Pete represented a publicly traded cellular telecommunications company in the negotiation of (i) a master Roaming Agreement, (ii) a Spectrum Purchase Agreement, and (iii) a Spectrum License Agreement.

•Assisted Vendome Group in its acquisition of an international provider of educational conferences focusing on the construction industry.

•Counsel for $12 billion private equity investor in its acquisition of a real estate publication business, the formation of the acquisition company and the negotiations with the new senior management. Since the initial acquisition, Pete has represented the publishing portfolio company in eight follow-on acquisitions of other b-to-b publications, and he continues to represent the Company in day-to-day issues.

•Pete represented Cellular One Properties, LLC in its acquisition of the CELLULARONE franchise.

•Represented Dobson Communications Corp. in its sale and lease back of over 530 towers.

•Negotiated on behalf of a publicly traded CLEC to purchase $2 billion of access lines from two ILECs.

•Pete acted as counsel to a top-five cable television operator in the negotiation of a four-party contemporaneous like-kind exchange of cable television systems.

•In a successful bid for wireless licenses in Canada and an associated joint venture, Pete counseled and negotiated on behalf of the lead private equity investor.

•In a transaction involving the creation of a $403 million hybrid/coaxial telecommunications company, Pete represented the lead equity investor.

•In the formation of a joint venture to provide building-centric broadband services in the United Kingdom, Pete represented the lead private equity investor.

Before Edwards Wildman

Prior to joining the firm, Pete practiced for seven years in Washington DC, the majority of which was spent at a boutique telecommunications law firm. Pete has also clerked for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and was a volunteer Hospice counselor.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Pete enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons, skiing, questioning authority, and reading.


Asset Sale of eLearning Portal ExecSense, Inc.

An Edwards Wildman team represented the seller of ExecSense, Inc., an eLearning platform for business professionals, in a November 2013 transaction.

Acquisition by Baja Broadband

Our Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Debt Finance lawyers represented South Carolina based Baja Broadband in the December 2011 asset acquisition of cable television systems from US Cable of Coastal-Texas, L.P.

Brynwood Partners Acquisition and Related Wheat Germ Investment

We represented Connecticut-based private equity firm Brynwood Partners in the asset acquisition of Kretschmer Wheat Germ Business from Quaker Manufacturing LLC in November 2011.

Edwards Wildman Advises Time Warner Cable on $600 Million Acquisition of DukeNet Communications
October 8, 2013
Can You Really Make a Living as a Filmmaker?
April 7, 2009 event
Entrepreneur Launch Pad - Providence, 2008
December 2008 event
Charting the Course: Navigating Your Business Through Volatile and Uncertain Times
November 2008 event
Going From Start to Finish in an M&A Deal
April 2007 event
Structuring, Negotiating, and Consummating an M&A Transaction
September 2006
How to Secure a Successful Private Equity Investment

Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Edwards Wildman in the Media: Launch of TMT Practice Group
February 12, 2013
Edwards Wildman Launches Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice Group
February 6, 2013
Edwards Wildman in the Media: Firm Advises Sidera in Acquisition by Berkshire Partners
December 31, 2012
EAPD Represents ABRY Partners in $1.2 Billion Acquisition of RCN Corporation
March 5, 2010
Venture Capital Attorneys Peter J. Barrett and Jennifer Neal Oswitt Selected as Co-Authors for Aspatore's Venture Capital Legal Handbook
June 4, 2004 (Also at Providence, Rhode Island Office)

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Peter J. Barrett

750 Lexington Avenue
New YorkNY 10022-1200


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