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.