To navigate these uncharted waters, the giants of the communications industry in Canada and worldwide rely on the expertise of the Blakes Communications group. With one of the largest teams in the country and with professionals in each of our offices nationwide, we have played a leading role in some of the most significant transactions in the communications industry over the past decade. Our Communications lawyers have also been called upon by a wide variety of other companies to advise on virtually every type of communication issue.
On the domestic front, major telecommunications, internet access, wireline telephone service, IPTV cable television companies, emerging media and entertainment businesses, among others, regularly call upon us for both strategic counsel and powerhouse advocacy before tribunals and in courtrooms. Broadcasting regulations, wireless spectrum auctions, spectrum allocation and usage matters, and competition law issues are just some of the challenges our clients face. With their goals at the forefront, we skilfully guide our clients through the regulatory complexities, transactional opportunities and legal challenges, helping to advance their objectives.
Internationally, we have provided expert representation and strategic regulatory advice to a stellar list of leading wired and mobile telecommunications giants, broadcasters, internet service providers, and radio and television companies. Leading and emerging global telecommunications carriers and satellite service providers with interests in Canada consistently turn to us for our experience and expertise.
Major broadcasters, media companies and content providers also retain our services for Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings and appeals, broadcast licence applications, corporate mergers and acquisitions, transactional guidance, intellectual property protection, financing and restructuring advice, and a host of other services. Working closely with our Media & Defamation group, we also advise leading media companies on libel, defamation, privacy and other communications issues.
As one of the fastest-growing communications teams in Canada, we are positioned to keep pace with our clients in an industry already experiencing highly accelerated growth rates.