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November 28, 2011
Curtis Helps Turkmenistan Acquire First Telecom Satellite


Ashgabat, November 28, 2011– Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP provided legal counsel to Turkmenistan in the purchase of its first telecommunications satellite.  The satellite will be used by Turkmenistan to enhance internet, telephone and television services. 

The contract to build and launch the satellite was awarded to Thales Alenia, one of the world's leading manufacturers of satellites and supported by Space Systems International - Monaco.  China Great Wall Industries Corporation will be launching the satellite from its Xichang launch center.  The satellite will be located at 52° East, with a footprint spanning Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.

"We are excited to have helped the government of Turkmenistan successfully complete this key acquisition that will serve the communications needs of its citizens for many years," said Matias A. Vega, managing partner of Curtis.  "Curtis has been privileged to represent Turkmenistan in a number of very important matters in recent years and we are honored to have had the opportunity to counsel them on this significant project, too ." 

The Curtis team of lawyers advising on the transaction was led by partners Matias A. Vega (New York) and Ali Gursel (Ashgabat and Istanbul) and associate Ruslan Galkanov (Ashgabat).  Curtis worked in conjunction with European law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP on the deal.

Curtis became the first international law firm to open an office in Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) earlier this year.  The firm is also prominent in Central Asia through its work across the region and offices in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan. 

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is a leading international law firm providing a broad range or services to clients around the world.  Curtis has 15 offices in the United States, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.  The firm's international orientation has been a hallmark of its practice for nearly two centuries.  For more information about Curtis, please visit or follow Curtis on Twitter ( and

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