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John J. Alien


After graduating from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Mr. Alien joined the Dutch firm of NautaDutilh in 1996. As a senior associate in the Telecommunications and Media Group, Mr. Alien primarily assists and advises international telecommunications enterprises, broadcasters, service providers, cable network operators and government agencies on both civil and regulatory matters. Mr. Alien is also involved in the procurement of radio frequency licenses and registrations.


Bernard Amory


Mr. Amory is a partner in the Brussels office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. From 1989 to 1991, he was an official in Directorate General IV (Competition) of the European Commission in Brussels, where he was in charge of the application of competition rules in the telecommunications sector. Mr. Amory has extensive experience, both as a Commission official and as a private practitioner, in dealing with joint-venture, licensing and distributorship agreements, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions, as well as abuses of dominant position.


Dr. Luis Miguel Pais Antunes


Dr. Pais Antunes is a partner at PLMJ, a Portuguese law firm, where he specializes in competition and antitrust law, EC law and telecommunications law. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Pais Antunes was Director-General for Competition and Prices in Portugal. Additionally, Dr. Pais Antunes served as a Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission's Competition Team, where he was closely involved in the drafting of the first European telecommunications liberalization directives. He is also Professor of International Business and Competition Law at Lusiada University in Lisbon, and at the Institute of European Studies at the University of Coimbra Law School.


David Cantor


Mr. Cantor is based in Brussels where he coordinates the international telecommunications practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, an international law firm. Mr. Cantor is regularly engaged by new entrants into deregulated European telecommunication markets, both as a strategic regulatory adviser and to handle pioneering litigation. A major focus of Mr. Cantor's current practice involves telecommunications privatizations in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, hi the past, Mr. Cantor led the team that counseled the European Commission on its strategy for implementing the deregulatory "big bang" in European basic telecommunications, which occurred on January 1, 1998.


Christine A. Corcos


Ms. Corcos is an associate professor of law at the Louisiana State University Law Center. She teaches various courses, including Media Law, Law and Computers, Introduction to U.S. Law (in French), and Research in Law. Ms. Corcos' other interests include U.S. Constitutional Law (First Amendment), Law and Film, and Law and the Internet. She has published various books and articles on such wide-ranging subjects as: Sea TV: Admiralty Law on Television, and EEC Law: A Practical Research Guide.


Fabrizio Cugia di Sant'Orsola


Mr. Cugia di Sant'Orsola received his law degree from the University of Rome in 1988. In 1991, he obtained an MBA, also from the University of Rome. A member of the Italian Bar Association, he is also on the Communications, Antitrust and Eastern Europe Committees of the International Bar Association. Mr. Cugia di Sant'Orsola is a partner in Studio Legale Tonucci, where he has practiced since 1993. He has assisted in drafting telecommunication and audiovisual services legislation for Poland, and telecommunications and energy laws for the Slovak Republic. Additionally, he was Legal Advisor of the Italian Treasury Ministry in the privatization of Telecom Italia in 1996 and 1999. Mr. Cugia di Sant'Orsola is the author of several publications, including: "Application of Telecommunication and Multimedia Legislation in Italy", International Law Review, SIOI (1995); "Liberalisation of the Partially Regulated Market in Italy", Telecommunications International (1996); and "European Union Regulatory Policies on Satellite Communications", Third ECSL Colloquium (1999).


Piet Sippens Groenewegen


After graduating from Amsterdam University, Mr. Groenewegen joined the Bar in 1989, and practiced as an in-house lawyer with a telecommunications company. He moved to the Dutch law firm of NautaDutilh in 1997, and became a partner in 1999. Mr. Groenewegen heads the Telecommunications and Media Group at NautaDutilh, where he acts on behalf of national and international telecommunications operators, Internet Service Providers and broadcasting companies.


Ed Sheppard


Mr. Sheppard is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Thompson Coburn and has over twenty years of experience in regulatory and transportation law. hi addition to his practice, Mr. Sheppard has been closely involved in ABA-CEELI projects in Bulgaria. He analyzed Bulgarian concession laws in 1997 and 2000, and conducted workshops on port privatization and port concessions in 1998 and 2000.


Gerhard Lorang


Graduate Engineer in telecommunications.
Has been working since 1965 at different departments of German telecommunications authorities, at present at the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (RegTP). He is head of the section for type approvals under the TTE-Directive regime and EC-type examination certificates under the EMC-Directive regime.
He is member of national and international working groups e. g. GSM 900 Type Approval Advisory Board, DCS-1800 Type Approval Expert Group.
As expert on Directives 1999/5/EC (R&TTE), 98/13/EC (TTE) and 89/336/EEC (EMC) he has great experience on preparation of telecommunications laws in Eastern European Countries. At present he works in a project for assistance of the Polish Authority for Telecommunications.


Esfandiar Vahida


Mr. Vahida is an associate specializing in telecommunications law at the Brussels office of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges. He is currently advising on telecommunications regulation in the EU and Central Europe, with a strong focus on licensing, interconnection and relations with the national regulatory authorities. Additionally, Mr. Vahida has been involved in the regulatory aspects of telecommunications privatizations and IPOs in France.
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