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.
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.
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
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.
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
He is member of national and international working groups e. g. GSM
900 Type Approval Advisory Board, DCS-1800 Type Approval Expert
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
|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