Legal, Permitting, Regulatory and Finance

Managed by

Lorraine Gray, Pioneer Consulting & Stuart Blythe, Baker Botts LLC


This broad subject covers legal, permitting, regulatory and finance topics across the life cycle of a project, from finding investment partners and financing solutions, being able to provide and structure adequate collateral and other security, due diligence, to quantifying the permitting risk to schedule in order to bring the project to implementation.


“After financing, permitting can pose the greatest risk to projects and we are particularly interested in hearing some good news stories and case studies of what went well and what did not. We want to hear how you de-risked your proposed submarine cable system for the benefit of all and a discussion of the challenges, trends and best practice in overcoming the issues are welcomed”.

Subjects that can be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • The influence of the environment/sustainability on funding
  • Environmental sensing and the associated challenges around data ownership
  • National security and foreign direct investment issues including data sovereignty requirements
  • Application of trade and other sanctions to submarine cables and their deployment and maintenance – potentially triggering force majeure or similar issues
  • Regulatory compliance during the project lifecycle
  • Considerations that impact permitting including initiatives to streamline the regulatory process
  • Reducing the complexity of system/ownership contracts and structures and evolving system ownership models
  • Financing issues relating to traditional revenue models and availability of finance from possibly new investment sources
  • Increasing role of government and development finance in supporting submarine cable deployment.