Philip Bramwell has been in the telecoms industry since mobile phones consisted of half a car battery and a handset the size of a brick. In the dual role of general counsel and company secretary to mmO2, he speaks to Legal Director about his career, the industry and 3G
How did you achieve your current position? I set out to pursue an in-house career in the pharmaceuticals and IT sectors. I was fortunate to join BellSouth in the late ’80s when the mobile telecoms market was in its infancy and US corporations were planning major investment programmes in Europe. The industry provided a magic carpet ride for its lawyers throughout the ’90s, generating huge volumes of M&A, commercial, competition and regulatory work. I came back to the UK specifically to work for BT in 1998 on the flotation of part or all of its substantial mobile interests around the globe. The change in market sentiment towards telecommunications and IT stocks resulted in the demerger of the European part of the business in 2001, to create mmO2, itself a massive and fascinating project.
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