Andrew Lipman | Partner
Morgan Lewis and Bockius Llp | United States

Andrew Lipman, Partner, Morgan Lewis and Bockius Llp

Andy Lipman is Practice Group Leader and Senior Partner in Morgan Lewis’s Global Telecommunications, Media & Technology practice group. He practices in most aspects of US and international communications law and related fields, including regulatory, financing and transactional. For over 30 years, Andy and his team have been in the forefront of the submarine cable sector, having represented, in both financing and regulatory/licensing matters , nearly four dozen submarine cable systems in every continent and over 50 countries. In addition, he has represented dozens of financial sponsors and investors of submarine cable systems, including international banks social media companies, private equity and venture capital firms.  Among other things, Andy was lead attorney for the world’s first Private Cable System, PTAT (Tel-Optic), which he successfully helped sell to Cable & Wireless. In the regulatory field, he played a key role in helping shape crucial provisions of the US Telecommunications Act of 1996 and used similar approaches to promote the opening of foreign markets. In addition to being a law firm partner,  Andy served as senior vice president, legal and regulatory affairs, for MFS and MFS/WorldCom Communications, the US’s largest competitive local services provider, in which among other things he headed the company’s international and submarine cable deployment.  A highly regarded thought leader, he frequently writes and speaks on telecommunications financing and submarine cable legal/regulatory issues.


Day Two @ 14:30

Panel: Trends in cable project financing – what’s next?

  •     The consortium model has historically been the prevalent construction model, but it is complex and difficult to manage due to the differing interests of members. What future is there for the consortium model? Will we see substantial adaptations to it or even see it fade as an industry model?
  •     We are seeing increasing investment from OTTs in cable networks, sometimes with traditional carriers involved – is this a successful model?  How long will it continue? 
  •     Is securing one or more large contracts from OTTs sufficient for a developer of a private cable to obtain financing?  Are OTTs a source of direct financing for developers of new private cables? 
  •     In recent years several systems have been financed by Private Entity firms, development banks and non-traditional lenders. What innovative financing solutions will emerge in the next few years? Is PE funding back and what’s its future?
  •     What is the role for vendor/supplier financing in cables (whether consortium or private)?
  •     With the changing profile of system ownership and customer base, will we see a change in risk sharing/apportioning and the standard project finance model? 
  •     With the increased involvement of data centres in the subsea cable industry, will we see data centres investing in cables in the near future?  

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