Generalsuboptic spotlight 2


In our second SubOptic Spotlight, our executive speakers will discuss the legal and regulatory challenges being faced by the subsea telecommunications industry. Register today to hear more about the priorities, solutions and needs the industry is facing in this time of global crisis.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Essential business and essential worker status, port and maritime zone access, travel and crew changes, protection of personnel and port staff health, and expedited permitting for repairs and new builds
  • Assessment of what have governments done well, and what remains to be done
  • Messaging about the importance of submarine cables during – and following -the pandemic, and the ICPC Call to Action
  • Key contracts for system supply, capacity sale, co-location and hosting, O&M, marine and terrestrial maintenance, and survey, which may or may not clearly address what happens with performance and payment during a pandemic, or who should bear the risk
  • Interpretation of key terms regarding force majeure, material adverse effect, other remedies and grounds for relief, and insolvency.

The panel includes the following speakers:

Guest Moderator: Kent Bressie, Partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and Legal Advisor to the International Cable Protection Committee (USA)

Speakers: Stuart Blythe, Partner at Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Catherine Creese, Director at Naval Seafloor Cable Protection Office (US Navy)

Andrew Boyce, Assistant Director of Telecoms Security (Subsea Cables), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (UK Government)

Shaimaa Sebak, Senior Counsel of Corporate Legal and Compliance, Etisalat Misr (Egypt)

Click here to register for the second SubOptic Spotlight (on 6 May 2020 at 9:00 AM ET/ 1:00 PM UTC/ 10:00 PM Japan Standard Time). See details about the entire series here.

In case you missed the first roundtable, watch it here: