Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Group is one of the seven practice groups at BELA. This practice Group, led by Partner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , acts for significant national telecommunications and telecoms infrastructure companies, as well as major television and radio stations, publishers and corporates seeking advice on intellectual property matters.

The Group also handles publishing law, data protection and sports law issues. 

The TMT practice group has extensive experience in telecommunications law and regulation, which has been acquired over the years by our representation of major local and international telecommunication companies.   

TMT’s representation of these clients has often involved pre-incorporation advice on the law relating to telecommunications, governmental approvals, representation of clients in the initial negotiations between themselves and relevant government departments and regulatory bodies, securing applicable consents and approvals, advice on incorporation procedures and tax liability under Ghanaian law. 

Some highlights of our telecommunications work include: 

  • Advising on the acquisition by a private investment firm of the mobile telephony communications towers/sites of a major telecommunications company.
  • Legal advice on the set up of a mobile money transfer and payment system for a major telecommunications company.
  • Advising on the legal implications of the establishment of an interconnect clearing house by the National Communications Authority.
  • Advice on incorporation of company for satellite communications venture and manufacturing of satellite communication equipment.
  • Advice on tender, supply and sales contracts, procedures involved in selling communications equipment to a Ghanaian company.
  • Review of a loan agreement in respect of finance for the design and supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a customer access network, subcontract agreement for the commissioning of a copper subscriber access network.
  • Legal representation to a major Asian telecommunications conglomerate and advice on strategy for restructuring the management of its local subsidiary.
  • Advice to a foreign telecommunications company on the recovery of possession of telecommunications equipment and legal action to repossess the equipment and other contractual rights from local partner. 

Under our Media heading, the practice group does work in the areas of Media, Entertainment and Sports law. At the core of our Media and Entertainment department we represent clients in transactions in the development, financing, production, video and distribution of audio visual, television and interactive projects. We also advise major publishers, artists and authors on all aspects of the law relating to publishing.  

Our work includes the regulatory framework for television and radio broadcasting, frequency registration, customs and excise and import licensing on regulations importation of electronic equipment; investment incentives for telecommunications sector; exchange controls; remittance of investment revenue; programme content rules; media and cross-ownership; regulations concerning copyright, piracy, unauthorized reception and transmission of broadcasting signals; placement of satellite dishes and compulsory land acquisition for foreign investors.

Some of our recent transactions include: 

  • Legal advisors to a proposed corporate restructuring and subsequent private placement of a national television station.
  • Advice and due diligence on a national multi-media company;
  • Assistance with collaboration agreements between an international media corporation and a national telecommunications service provider;
  • Performing due diligence on a national television station.
  • Advice to an international law firm representing an international television station on a proposed joint venture with a national television station and related questions of foreign investments in the Ghanaian media and telecommunications sector, and investment in Ghana generally.
  • Performed due diligence and advised on the acquisition of a national advertising company by an international media and advertising corporation.
  • Advising on the protection of reputation and brand under the laws of libel, slander and malicious falsehood, for individuals, corporates and publishers alike.
  • Advising a leading newspaper and multimedia publisher on intellectual property and defamation law issues.

Our firm has a long history working in the areas of technology and particularly information technology.  Under this practice group we also work in the areas of IP Law and Information Communications Technology.  

has in the past advised clients on Trademark classification and definition; registrations and renewal; as well as on the remedies available in cases of infringement. 

In Information Technology, we have advised on the laws governing domain name disputes; and on enforcing a foreign judgment obtained in a domain name dispute. 

We also advise in conjunction with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department on a wide range of contentious intellectual property matters concerning the protection of patent, trade mark, passing off and/or copyright. 

Some of our transactions have included: 

  • Legal advice on mobile content arrangement between a major telecommunications network and the  National Lottery Authority  for lottery mobile phone game.
  • Advising on the process of registration of trademarks for a foreign multinational setting up a Ghanaian entity
  • Legal action for infringement of patent owner’s design for innovative machine used in agricultural produce
  • Drafted a software development contract in respect of a complex Government IT platform
  • Advice on other related intellectual property matters including confidential information and trade secrets and in respect of the protection of software.