April 21, 2011

French and German telephone companies’ joint venture to purchase equipment expected to yield savings of €1.3 billion after three years of implementation.

On April 18, Willkie client France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom announced their plan to form a 50/50 procurement joint venture that is expected to result in a combined savings of a about €1.3 billion after three years of implementation. The agreement calls for combining the two companies’ procurement activities of customer equipment, network equipment, service platforms and IT infrastructure. France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with 169,000 employees worldwide and sales of 45.5 billion in 2010.

The multidisciplinary Willkie team (from the Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels offices) advising Telecom Orange includes partners Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Annette Peron, Cédric Hajage, Mario Schmidt and Xavier Dieux; national partners Rolf Hünermann and Jean-Quentin De Cuyper; and associates Laure Pistre, Faustine Viala, Adrien Giraud and Marion Bailly.

Annette Péron Partner Corporate & Financial Services
Cédric Hajage Partner Corporate & Financial Services