Counsel to the Academy
Maury J. Mechanick White & Case
Maury J. Mechanick has more than 25 years experience in the field of international telecommunications. His practice focuses on representing public and private sector clients in the satellite and telecommunications fields in transactional and regulatory matters in the United States and abroad, including advising on satellite and earth station licensing matters, satellite and launch services procurement agreements, transponder leasing arrangements, export controls and satellite investment/private placement activities.
Mr. Mechanick's experience includes: Representation of US Ex-Im Bank in connection with the financing of a satellite to be owned and operated by Hispasat S.A.; Representation of US Ex-Im Bank in connection with the financing of a satellite to be owned and operated by Avanti Indigo Limited; Representation of US Ex-Im Bank in connection with the financing of two satellites owned and operated by Measat Satellite Systems SDN BHD of Malaysia; Representation of US Ex-Im Bank with respect to the financing of the iPSTAR Satellite operated by Shin Satellite Corporation of Thailand; and Representation of a syndicate of banks in their provision of a US$586 million credit facility to Globalstar, Inc., a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to business, government and individuals. The credit facility was supported by credit insurance from COFACE.
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 in 2002, Mr. Mechanick has 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. In addition to the export credit agency financings listed above, he has advised on numerous other projects, including the following: Deutsche Bank's financing of the private equity purchases of Intelsat by Zeus Ltd. (a consortium comprised of Apollo, Madison Dearborn, Apax and Permira); Deutsche Bank's financing of the private equity purchases of New Skies Satellites by Blackstone; and VantagePoint Venture Partners’ investment in Protostar.
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: 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 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 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 was recently 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 (2006-2011) and by PLC Which lawyer? (2011). Mr. Mechanick has published extensively in the satellite field, with articles having appeared over the past several years in publications such as Satellite Finance, Satellite News, Interspace and SatMagazine.
Bars and Courts District of Columbia Bar
Education JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, magna cum laude, Law Review, Order of the Coif, 1976 BSFS, (Foreign Service), Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1973
Professional Associations and Memberships Society of Satellite Professionals International: Chairman (2001), President (2000), member of Executive Committee (1996-2001) International Institute of Space Law Washington Space Business Roundtable Federal Communications Bar Association American Bar Association
Awards and Recognition Chambers USA: District of Columbia: Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2006–2011) PLC Which lawyer?: USA: Telecommunications (2008–2011)