Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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The Cloud

Greenberg Traurig’s Cloud Group is composed of a dedicated team of attorneys with experience advising clients in virtually every type of cloud transaction in more than 100 countries, including some of the largest data center operators and content and cloud service providers in the world. We regularly represent data center operators, cloud service providers, telecommunications carriers, content providers, investors and lenders in connection with data center acquisitions, leases and development projects, terrestrial network deals, and submarine cable consortium and private subsea cable contracts.

Our clients trust us to guide them on communications laws and regulations domestically and internationally, assisting with telecommunications regulatory compliance and licensing, cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy regulation matters. We serve as counsel in regulatory investigations and class action litigation that arises in connection with privacy and data security breaches.

We seamlessly combine core transactional capabilities with deep industry experience, identifying key risks and creatively structuring cloud transactions to help further our clients’ business objectives.

Areas of Focus:

  • Data center leases and services agreements
  • Data center development, design, and construction
  • Terrestrial network transactions
  • Submarine cable transactions
  • Enterprise customer transactions
  • Telecommunications and Privacy Regulation
  • Cybersecurity
  • M&A and financing

Data Center Transactions

  • DATA CENTER LEASES AND SERVICE AGREEMENTS

Our team understands the operational concerns facing clients and is experienced in negotiating service level agreements in virtually every market. We handle the sale and purchase of data center capacity throughout the world and negotiate data center leases on behalf of wholesale and retail purchasers of cloud services, as well as leases and services agreements for edge colocation sites.

  • DATA CENTER DEVELOPMENT, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

We assist our clients with complex data center development projects, domestically and internationally, over the entire cycle of the development process, including land acquisition, design and construction, environmental permitting, zoning, land use, government incentives, energy procurement and tax issues.

Network Infrastructure Transactions

  • TERRESTRIAL NETWORK TRANSACTIONS

We have negotiated terrestrial fiber network transactions with nearly every major network operator in the world. These transactions include dark fiber indefeasible right of use agreements, colocation services agreements, IP transit and peering agreements, equipment leasing and purchase contracts, software and platform licensing, interconnection agreements, content delivery network contracts, caching node agreements, and network security mitigation agreements.

  • SUBMARINE CABLE TRANSACTIONS

Our team has diverse experience advising on subsea cable transactions. We have handled many major subsea deals, including those involving subsea cable consortia, and the financing, construction, sale, and purchase of private cable systems. We negotiate submarine cable construction and maintenance agreements, joint build agreements, cable landing station contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, system supply agreements, IRU agreements, backhaul deals, project finance and loan documents, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, and investment instruments.

Enterprise Customer Transactions

  • The Cloud Group represents enterprise customers on key issues associated with the development and license of various cloud services, including using creative strategies to navigate regulatory and legal requirements in cloud-based environments. We have experience representing content providers, financial institutions, airlines, retailers, manufacturers, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, and other enterprise customers in connection with unique requirements relating to their license of cloud service offerings, as well as data center operators, telecommunications carriers, content providers, REITs and other investors and lenders.

Telecommunications, Privacy Regulation & Cybersecurity

  • Our attorneys routinely assists clients with telecommunications regulatory compliance and licensing, cybersecurity, data protection and privacy regulation domestically and internationally. Our Cybersecurity, Privacy & Crisis Management attorneys advise clients on liability mitigation strategies in the cloud computing area, including PCI compliance, cross-border data transfer rules, and special requirements governing the collection, use and transmittal of sensitive information, such as electronic medical records and financial services account information. We serve as counsel in regulatory investigations and class action litigation that in privacy and data security breaches.

M&A and Financing

  • Our attorneys represent telecom, media, and technology companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and financing arrangements, as well as private equity firms in connection with acquisitions of and investments in such companies. We also routinely advise lenders in connection with financing arrangements, and investment banks and boards regarding the fairness of such transactions.

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Diversity

At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.


* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners


* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)


Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
 
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association

 

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