DISH Network Acquires Assets From EchoStar CorporationJanuary 31, 2017
S&C represented DISH Network Corporation in its acquisition of certain EchoStar assets and operations from EchoStar Corporation including EchoStar Technologies hardware and software development group, its national and regional uplink business, its managed fiber backhaul network serving all U.S. DMAs and its OTT development group. In exchange, DISH transferred to EchoStar the 80 percent economic interest in Hughes Retail Group previously held by DISH in the form of a tracking stock. This transaction also transfers to DISH the 10 percent stake in Sling TV held by EchoStar, wireless spectrum licenses covering four markets in the 28 GHz band and certain real estate properties.
The S&C team on the transaction was led by Scott Miller and Scott Crofton, along with Polina Demina and Jason Schnier. Ronald Creamer and Jonathan Rhein advised on tax matters; Nader Mousavi, Rachel Yu and Jacob Berdine advised on intellectual property matters; Rebecca Coccaro and Kelsey Baldwin advised on executive compensation and benefits matters; and Matthew Brennan advised on environmental matters.