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Kemal Hawa focuses his practice on corporate and securities law and transactions, with an emphasis on the telecommunications, media and technology industries, domestically and internationally. Kemal assists clients with the negotiation of transactions in the cloud computing space, including the negotiation of data center and colocation leases, globally. Kemal also has extensive experience in the negotiation of network infrastructure transactions, including submarine cable system consortium and private subsea cable deals, terrestrial fiber optic network transactions, and transactions involving antenna towers.

Kemal regularly advises public and private companies, private equity firms, investment banks, and creditors’ committees on a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, financing arrangements, licensing agreements, commercial transactions, market entry strategies, and bankruptcies and restructurings. His company clients include data center operators, global content providers, fintech companies, telecommunications and media companies, wireless and international carriers, Internet service providers, satellite companies, equipment manufacturers, electric utilities, and numerous technology companies.

Before private practice, Kemal worked for MCI and WinStar Communications.


  • Cloud transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Telecommunications
  • Private equity law
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Regulatory law
  • Foreign and cross ownership
  • Securities



  • Represented PWCC Marketplace, LLC, PWCC Services, LLC and PWCC Vault, LLC in connection with their senior secured credit facilities in an amount up to $175 million from WhiteHawk Capital Partners, LP and Wingspire Capital LLC.
  • Representation of an affiliate of The Carlyle Group in connection with an investment of up to $1 billion in Tillman Infrastructure, a leading privately held cell tower platform in the United States.
  • Representation of an affiliate of The Carlyle Group in connection with the acquisition of Involta, LLC, a leading regional U.S. data center and hybrid infrastructure company.
  • Representation of a hyperscale content provider in connection with its global network procurement rollout, including construction and procurement of submarine cable systems, terrestrial fiber optic network infrastructure, and data center capacity.
  • Representation of a global fintech company and multiple data center operators in connection with dozens of mergers and acquisitions involving data centers.
  • Representation of private equity infrastructure funds in connection with leveraged buyouts of data center and tower companies.
  • Representation of data center operators and enterprise customers in connection with numerous sale/leaseback transactions.
  • Outside counsel to more than 25 data center operators in connection with data center leases, colocation agreements, and network procurement transactions.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013


  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
    • Member, American University Law Review
  • B.A., Georgetown University
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia