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Maury J. Mechanick has more than 30 years experience in the field of international telecommunications. His practice focuses on representing public and private sector clients in the telecommunications, satellite and space law fields in transactional and regulatory matters in the United States and abroad.
Prior to joining White & Case in 2002, Mr. Mechanick spent twenty years as a senior executive with COMSAT Corporation and later Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications. In that role, Mr. Mechanick led US efforts resulting in the privatization of the INTELSAT and Inmarsat intergovernmental satellite organizations and the creation of New Skies Satellites, NV, as an INTELSAT spin-off company. Throughout his private sector and law firm careers, Mr. Mechanick has worked closely with US government regulatory and executive branch officials, including specifically the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), government officials from around the world and international telecom entities such as the ITU.
Mr. Mechanick served as the US Governor to INTELSAT from 1995 to 2001 and as Chairman of the INTELSAT Board of Governors during the pivotal year leading up to that organization's privatization. This transaction constituted one of the most complex public/private sector transformations ever undertaken, requiring the agreement of 145 governments and more than 200 telecom operators around the world.
Since joining White & Case, Mr. Mechanick has frequently provided general industry and regulatory advice to banks and other financial institutions in connection with a number of major telecom financing projects in the United States, including companies involved in the wireless, wireline, cable, television and radio broadcasting, and satellite sectors. This includes: acquisition of TeleGuam by a group of Japanese private equity firms; major refinancing undertaken by Nextwave Wireless and Susquehanna Radio; the sale of Univision to private equity investors; the acquisition by Paetec of US LEC and of McLeod USA; the acquisition by Global Crossing of Impsat Communications; the acquisition by Integra Telecom of Eschelon Communications; and the acquisition by OakHill of a number of broadcast stations from Fox Broadcasting.
Mr. Mechanick has also advised a number of clients on satellite transactional matters, relying on his extensive satellite industry expertise to provide review and analysis of overall business planning activities, satellite and launch contracts, satellite and launch insurance arrangements, and US and foreign (as relevant) regulatory considerations. This has included advice provided the case of various export credit agency financings as well as numerous other projects.
Mr. Mechanick has also previously advised Arabsat on its consideration of possible restructuring measures and is currently serving as Special Counsel to the residual international satellite organization now known as the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), which has certain supervisory responsibilities with regard to the privatized Intelsat’s continuing obligations to serve lifeline connectivity customers. Additionally, Mr. Mechanick provides ongoing legal advice to a broad array of satellite, technology and telecom clients such as Swedish Space Corporation, OverHorizon LLC, Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc., and Aastha/Chaste Broadcasting Network LLC.
Mr. Mechanick has achieved widespread recognition throughout the satellite industry as a long-standing board member of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, having previously served as the President and Chairman of that organization, and has been elected to membership in the prestigious International Institute of Space Law. He also serves as external legal advisor to the Washington Space Business Roundtable. Mr. Mechanick is currently rated by Chambers USA in the Telecom, Broadcast and Satellite field (2006-2014) and by PLC Which lawyer? (2008-2012). He is the co-editor of The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations: Policy and Legal Perspectives (Studies in Space Law) (2013) and has had authored numerous articles in the satellite field over the past several years appearing in publications such as Satellite Finance, Satellite News, Interspace and SatMagazine. Mr. Mechanick has also strongly supported the development of advocacy skills by law students throughout the world by serving frequently as a memorials or orals competition judge in both the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court and the Jessup International Moot Court competitions.
Following law school, Mr. Mechanick clerked for The Honorable Murray M. Schwartz, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Delaware (1976-77).
Mr. Mechanick is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland.
Representation of US Ex-Im Bank in connection with the financing of a number of satellites to be owned and operated by Viasat Technology Ltd.; Hispasat S.A.; Avanti Indigo Ltd.; Measat Satellite Systems SND BHD, Shin Satellite Corporation of Thailand; and the launch vehicle procured by Spacecom for the Amos-6 satellite.
Representation of a syndicate of banks in their provision of credit facilities to Measat Satellite Sysems SND BHD and to Globalstar, Inc supported by credit insurance from COFACE.
Representation of Export Development Canada in connection with the financing of a number of satellites to be owned and operated by Hispasat S.A.
Deutsche Bank's financing of the private equity purchases of Intelsat by Zeus Ltd. (a consortium comprised of Apollo, Madison Dearborn, Apax and Permira) and New Skies Satellites by Blackstone.