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Secure Your Seat for the Second Forward-Thinking Discussion of the SubOptic Spotlight Series

Up next for the SubOptic Spotlight, Episode 2: Navigating COVID-19: The Subsea Legal and Regulatory Challenges on May 6th at 9 AM ET will feature speakers Stuart Blythe, Partner, Baker Botts (UK) LLP, Catherine Creese, Director, Naval Seafloor Cable Protection Office (US Navy), Andrew Boyce, Assistant Director, Telecoms Security (Subsea Cables), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (UK Government) and Shaimaa Sebak, Senior Counsel, Corporate Legal and Compliance, Etisalat Misr (Egypt), moderated by Kent Bressie, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and Legal Advisor to the International Cable Protection Committee (USA). 

Click here to register for this upcoming virtual event.

This executive speaker line up 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, colocation 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


In case you missed it, check out the previous SubOptic Spotlight: Navigating COVID-19: Its Impact on the Submarine Telecommunications Industry below. 

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