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Released: December 20, 2011


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DA 11-2038
December 20, 2011

Intelsat Global Holdings S.A. Files to Transfer Control of Intelsat Licenses and

Authorizations from BC Partners Holdings Limited to Public Ownership

IB Docket No. 11-205


Petitions to Deny Due: January 19, 2012
Oppositions Due: January 30, 2012
Replies Due: February 6, 2012



Intelsat Global Holdings S.A. (“Intelsat” or the “Applicant”) seeks approval to transfer control of
all of the licenses and authorizations held by Intelsat License LLC, Intelsat New Dawn Company, Ltd.,
Intelsat USA License LLC and Intelsat General Corporation (together “Intelsat Licensees”) pursuant to a
public offering of newly issued voting shares by Intelsat, subsequent voting share sales by current
shareholders and possible private placements of newly issued voting shares.1 Currently, BC Partners
Holdings Limited (“BCP”) controls Intelsat and indirectly controls the Intelsat Licensees. Following
these transactions, Intelsat posits that no single entity will hold 50 percent or more of the voting shares of
Intelsat and no single entity will have the power to elect a majority of the Intelsat Board of Directors. The
Transaction is described in applications filed on November 23, 2011, and December 6, 2011 (the




The Parties before the Transaction

BCP is a United Kingdom-based investment firm organized under the laws of Guernsey and is a
parent company of Intelsat and an indirect parent company of the Intelsat Licensees. BCP currently
indirectly owns approximately 71.9 percent voting equity interests in Intelsat and has the power to elect a
majority of the six members of the Intelsat Board of Directors.2 Silver Lake Group, L.L.C. (“SLP”), a
U.S.-based investment firm controls entities which indirectly own approximately 15.87 percent of the

1 Intelsat License LLC and Intelsat New Dawn Company, Ltd., Application for Transfer of Control, Narrative, IBFS
File Nos. SAT-T/C-20111123-00225, SAT-T/C-20111123-00226, SES-T/C-20111123-01403, SES-T/C-20111206-
01427, ITC-T/C-20111123-00354, ITC-T/C-20111123-00355, ULS File No. 0004961083 (“Applications”).
2 Applications at 3.

voting interests in Intelsat.3 Other investors, including Credit Suisse, Ridgemont Equity Partners and
members of the Intelsat management hold the remaining equity interests in Intelsat.4 Intelsat, a
Luxembourg company, is the indirect parent company of the Intelsat Licensees.5


The Parties after the Transaction

Upon the closing of the transaction, Intelsat will be owned by its existing owners6 plus the owners
of the newly issued shares.7 At that point, the shares of Intelsat will be publicly traded and Intelsat’s
current owners will have the option of further reducing their ownership interests. The percentage of
voting interest each shareholder will have will depend on the number of common shares issued and sold.
Intelsat believes that no one entity or individual will hold 50 percent or more of the voting shares in
Intelsat after the transaction is completed. BCP would no longer have voting control through a majority
of stock. Intelsat also believes that none of the other current owners of Intelsat will retain more than a ten
percent interest after the transactions.8 Intelsat anticipates that holders of the publicly-traded shares will
own more than 40 percent of Intelsat.9
Intelsat states that the Board of Directors will continue to be its governing body after the
transaction. Intelsat envisions that the Board of Directors will have eight members who will be elected by
shareholders, who will be given one vote per common share, at a general meeting. Under a governance
agreement, BCP and SLP will be able to nominate some directors for election to the Intelsat Board.10


The Applications

The Applications seek consent to transfer control of the following authorizations:

Space Station Applications:

File Nos.

File Name:

Call Signs:

Intelsat New Dawn Company, Ltd.
Intelsat License LLC
S2715 et al.

Earth Stations Licenses:

File Nos.


Call Signs:

Intelsat License LLC
E030073 et al.
Intelsat License LLC
E080108 et al.

3 Id at 3, and Exhibit 1.
4 Id.
5 Id.
6 See supra Section II.A.
7 Applications at 4.
8 Id. at 5.
9 Id.
10 Id. Intelsat states that they do not anticipate the immediate replacement of any existing member of Intelsat’s

International Section 214 Authorizations:

File Nos.

Authorization Holder:

Lead Authorization File No:

Intelsat General Corporation
Intelsat USA License

Private Land Mobile Radio Licenses:

File No.


Call Signs:

Intelsat Global Holdings S.A.
WII902 et al.



This proceeding shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the
Commission’s ex parte rules.11 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written
presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the
presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral
ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter’s
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to
such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are
deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.



The Applications have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. The
Commission reserves the right to return any application if, upon further examination, it is determined to
be defective or not in conformance with the Commission’s rules or policies. Final action on the
Applications will not be taken earlier than thirty-one (31) days following the date of this Public Notice.12
Interested parties must file petitions to deny or comments no later than

January 19, 2012

Responses or oppositions to comments and petitions must be filed no later than

January 30, 2012

Replies to such pleadings must be filed no later than

February 6, 2012

. All filings concerning matters
referenced in this Public Notice should refer to

DA 11-2038, IB Docket No. 11-205,

as well as the
specific file numbers of the individual applications or other matters to which the filings pertain.
To allow the Commission to consider fully all substantive issues regarding the Applications
in as timely and efficient a manner as possible, petitioners and commenters should raise all issues
in their initial filings. New issues may not be raised in responses or replies.13 A party or

11 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
12 See 47 U.S.C. § 309(b).
13 See 47 C.F.R. §1.45(c).

interested person seeking to raise a new issue after the pleading cycle has closed must show good
cause why it was not possible for it to have raised the issue previously. Submissions after the
pleading cycle has closed that seek to raise new issues based on new facts or newly discovered
facts should be filed within 15 days after such facts are discovered. Absent such a showing of
good cause, any issues not timely raised may be disregarded by the Commission.14
Under the Commission’s procedures for the submission of filings and other documents,15
submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e., though ECFS) or by hand delivery to the
Commission’s Massachusetts Avenue location.
Electronic Filers:16 Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include
their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket number. Parties
also may submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers
should send an e-mail to, and include the following words in the body of the
message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in response.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in
receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
The Commission's contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for
the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 110, Washington, D.C.
20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be
held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering
the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street,
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
One copy of each pleading must be delivered electronically, by e-mail or facsimile, or if delivered
as paper copy, by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (according to the procedures set forth above for paper filings), to the
Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., at or (202) 488-
5563 (facsimile).

14 See Id.
15 See Implementation of Interim Electronic Filing Procedures for Certain Commission Filings, Order, 16 FCC Rcd
21483 (2001); see also FCC Announces a New Filing Location for Paper Documents and a New Fax Number for
General Correspondence
, Public Notice, DA 01-2919, 16 FCC Rcd 22165 (2001); Reminder: Filing Locations for
Paper Documents and Instructions for Mailing Electronic Media
, Public Notice, DA 03-2730, 18 FCC Rcd 16705
16 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).

Additionally, filers may deliver courtesy copies by email or facsimile to the following
Commission staff:
(1) Lynne Montgomery, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at or
(202) 418-0748 (facsimile);
(2) Marilyn Simon, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at or (202)
418-0748 (facsimile);
(3) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, at or (202) 418-2822 (facsimile);
(4) Neil Dellar, Transaction Team, Office of General Counsel, at or (202) 418-
1234 (facsimile);
(5) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau, at or (202) 418-
(6) Jeff Tobias, Mobility Division, Wireline Telecommunications Bureau, or
(202) 418-1617
Copies of the Applications and any subsequently-filed documents in this matter may be obtained
from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., in person at 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C.
20554, via telephone at (202) 488-5300, via facsimile at (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail at The Applications and any associated documents are also available for public
inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the following Commission office: FCC
Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. The
Applications also are available electronically through the Commission’s ECFS, which may be accessed
on the Commission’s Internet website at
People with Disabilities: To request this Public Notice in accessible formats (computer diskette,
large print, audio recording, and Braille) send an email to or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Lynne Montgomery, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at

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