What is the right regulatory framework to incentivise investment in VHCNs: risk premium/fair bet & co-investment?
At least €500 billion of investment will be required to achieve the European target of 100% coverage of gigabit capable networks by 2025, most of which will come from the private sector. In support of this, the European Commission has approved the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) with various supporting measures to assist the industry investment efforts. With Governments around Europe working on transposing the EECC into national law by the end of this year, this event brought together policy makers, regulators, telco operators and practitioners to discuss the challenges that lie ahead and debate these and other questions:
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Emily Clark has been the Chief Economist of BT Group since 2016, and prior to this she worked at a City law firm and in economic consultancy.
Ms clark focuses on the economics relevant to competition policy and regulatory matters as well as business strategy, and has worked for clients in a range of sectors including energy, financial services and communications.
At BT, Ms Clark leads BT’s economic thinking and analytical work in business strategy as well as legal and regulatory contexts.
Felipe Flórez Duncan heads the Communications team at Oxera, working across the telecommunications, media and digital (technology) sectors. He has extensive experience in the application of competition and regulatory economics, including in abuse of dominance cases, vertical agreements, mergers, and regulatory policy and strategy.
In the telecoms sector, he has advised on a wide range of issues including market reviews, pricing of fibre networks, margin squeeze assessments, bundling, functional separation, and spectrum liberalisation and trading, as well as acting as economic expert during merger reviews in fixed, mobile and content markets. His clients include major operators such as BT Group, Openreach, Liberty Global and Vodafone, as well as regulators such as ComReg and the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda.
In the media sector, Mr Flórez Duncan has advised clients including the Motion Picture Association, Warner Bros., Liberty Global and Telefónica on issues such as joint selling agreements, passive sale restrictions, copyright policy, and horizontal and vertical mergers involving platforms, networks and content.
In the digital sector, his work focuses on the convergence between new and traditional business models brought about by the Internet, examining the implications for policy, regulation and strategy.
Mr Flórez Duncan is also a seasoned economic expert, having provided expert witness testimony in regulatory, competition and damages cases before UK and European courts.
Francesco Liberatore advises clients on all aspects of the application of communications and competition law.
On the behavioural side, Mr Liberatore’s practice includes bringing and defending all types of regulatory and competition disputes before Ofcom, the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission, as well as managing internal investigations, dawn raids, and counselling on compliance issues and various commercial agreements. On the transactional side, Mr Liberatore handles UK and EU merger control due diligence and filings, as well as coordinating multijurisdictional merger control strategies. He also advises private equity investors, banks, and other financial investors on arbitrage opportunities.
Mr Liberatore’s litigation experience includes representing clients in matters before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court of Justice and the European Courts.
He has authored several legal publications, including the UK Chapter of the International Telecommunications Law handbook (Juris Publishing).
Mr Liberatore has been listed as a leading practitioner in Chambers UK, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 UK and Who’s Who Legal. He is a guest lecturer at King’s College London and a member of Justice.
Luigi Minerva is a Senior Equity Analyst in the HSBC Communications and Digital Infrastructure research team where he covers some of the main European telecoms markets and leads the coverage on European infrastructure, in particular telecoms towers. The award winning team has been consistently highly ranked with institutional investors and specialises in thematic research analysing the key regulatory, technological and strategic developments.
Mr Minerva holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.
Mark Williams is a Practice Manager in the Digital Development Global Practice of the World Bank. His responsibilities include Global Knowledge and Expertise and the East Asia and Pacific Region. He is an economist with over 20 years of experience in the economics, regulation, and strategy of the digital sector, covering a range of specialist areas including strategy, policy, regulation, cybersecurity, financial analysis corporate restructuring, and litigation.
In addition to the World Bank, Mr Williams has worked in some of the world’s leading economic consulting firms – NERA, Frontier Economics, Deloitte, and Berkeley Research Group (BRG).
Tiziana Talevi is Regulatory Affairs Officer for Fastweb, a leading NGA and mobile operator in Italy. Her Main focus is on regulatory policy and economic analysis.
Ms Talevi has over 20 year experience in the telecoms sector working for Telecom Italia, Infostrada, the National Regulatory Authority AGCOM and Telecom Italia.
Jeremy Godfrey has over 30 years’ experience in public service, and in the telecommunications and IT sector. Prior to his appointment, Mr Godfrey was a member of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) where he also served as Chairperson of ComReg from March 2015 until March 2017. Mr Godfrey was the Government Chief Information Officer in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2011. He has been a partner in PA Consulting Group and has held senior roles in Hong Kong Telecom and the Cable & Wireless Group. Mr Godfrey has also worked for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and as an independent consultant.
Mr Godfrey holds an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics.
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