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16 March 20232 minute read

DLA Piper advises T-Mobile in its acquisition of Mint Mobile and Ultra Mobile for up to US$1.35 billion

DLA Piper is serving as regulatory counsel to T-Mobile US, Inc. in its acquisition of Ka’ena Corporation and its subsidiaries and wireless brands: Mint Mobile – the budget-friendly mobile carrier partially owned by actor Ryan Reynolds – and Ultra Mobile. Both of these Mobile Virtual Network Operators operate exclusively on the T-Mobile network.

Under the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, T-Mobile will pay up to a maximum of US$1.35 billion in a combination of 39 percent cash and 61 percent stock to acquire 100 percent of Ka’ena and its subsidiaries.

The leading wireless provider will acquire the brands' sales, marketing, digital and service operations. Through the transaction, T-Mobile plans to leverage its supplier relationships and distribution scale to help the brands to grow and offer competitive pricing and greater device inventory to more US consumers seeking value offerings.

Nancy Victory, co-chair of DLA Piper’s Global Telecom Practice who is leading the DLA Piper team on the deal, said, “We are pleased to work with T-Mobile on this strategic acquisition and combine our deep industry knowledge and experience to assist T-Mobile in promptly securing the necessary regulatory approvals in connection with the transaction.”

In addition to Victory (Washington, DC), the DLA Piper team that is advising T-Mobile includes partner Kristin Jacobson (San Francisco) and associate Ariel Diamond West (Seattle).

With lawyers worldwide, DLA Piper’s Telecom’s Practice is well positioned to assist clients with multi-country and global deals in addition to regional and global strategies for market entry and product development. With offices in more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, and affiliated firms, we understand the unique regulatory, legal, political and cultural issues in each jurisdiction.