Our Team

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Our team of professionals has the expertise to manage the business, regulatory and policy matters for your telecommunications business.  At LMI Advisors, we take advantage of the diverse experience of our leadership team to better serve our clients.  We have held various positions at law firms, with the Federal Communications Commission, and in-house for leading satellite companies.  We draw on our roles in prior positions to advise clients on a broad range of issues both domestically and internationally.

Principals

Carlos Nalda Profile Photo

Carlos Nalda advises clients on a broad range of policy, regulatory, transactional and market access issues in the communications sector, with a particular focus on satellite services, spectrum management and foreign market access matters.

Carlos has represented network operators and communications service providers in numerous rulemaking, licensing, spectrum allocation and transaction review proceedings in the United States and around the world. He practices before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), foreign telecommunications regulators, regional regulatory bodies and the International Telecommunications Union.

Carlos has particular expertise in satellite service licensing and market access issues in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Russia/CIS and the Middle East regions, having coordinated international regulatory strategy for clients seeking global authority to provide satellite-based aeronautical, maritime and VSAT services. He has also negotiated spectrum sharing arrangements on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry.

Carlos represents clients in various regulatory forums and has served as a U.S. delegate to several international telecommunications conferences. He has spoken on satellite regulatory matters at numerous international conferences including the annual meetings of the Global VSAT Forum, International Bar Association and National Spectrum Management Association, and he has authored or co-authored several articles regarding satellite regulation.

Carlos’ experience in the communications industry is complemented by his background in international trade and international law. He has advised clients on trade litigation, dispute settlement and trade policy issues before the World Trade Organization, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. State Department, U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce.
 

Practice

  • U.S. and International Satellite Regulation
  • Telecommunications
  • Spectrum Management
  • Foreign Market Access
  • Government Services

 

Education

  • The George Washington University, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1993, Journal of International Law and Economics
  • American University, B.A., International Studies, 1987

 
 

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Society of Satellite Professionals International
  • Washington Space Business Roundtable
Richard R. Cameron Profile Photo

Richard Cameron has more than 20 years of expertise and perspective in competition, regulatory, transactional and commercial issues arising in the broadband, communications and technology sectors. Mr. Cameron has advised global communications industry participants, including satellite-based and terrestrial telecommunications and broadband service providers, wholesale network providers, investors, and trade associations. With an understanding of both communications regulatory frameworks and the business realities facing his clients, he seeks creative and practical solutions to difficult issues that satisfy legal requirements while meeting his clients’ business needs.

His background combines nearly two decades of experience as a senior federal government official and a senior attorney with a major global law firm, with additional experience as in-house counsel with a U.S. telecommunications carrier, and as an independent legal consultant. At the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), he played a leading role in implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, establishing rules, policy, and compliance requirements governing telecommunications and broadband services, intercarrier compensation, and market competition. He served as legal counsel to two Common Carrier Bureau Chiefs, and as Federal Staff Chair of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. In the latter capacity, he developed the explicit universal service support mechanisms (high cost, low income, E-Rate, and rural health care) that continue to govern the industry today.

At the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), he developed policy, compliance and reporting requirements for the US$4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), leading a team of attorneys that provided compliance advice to BTOP Federal Program Officers managing over 200 projects. Mr. Cameron presented on compliance-related issues at various national BTOP conferences and workshops.

Previously, Mr. Cameron was Of Counsel with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. As a member of the Communications Practice Group in the firm’s Corporate Department, Mr. Cameron advised satellite-based and terrestrial wireless, and wireline service providers and investors on a broad array of telecommunication regulatory, competition, privacy and security issues confronting US domestic and global communications providers.

Practice

  • U.S. and European Telecommunications and Broadband Policy
  • Regulatory Advocacy and Compliance
  • Universal Service
  • Competition Issues and Corporate Transactions
  • Commercial Agreements

 

Education

  • King’s College London, Centre of European Law, Postgraduate Diploma, European Competition Law, with Merit, 2011
  • The George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1994
  • Cornell University, A.B., Government, 1990

 

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Consultants

Shakila Narayan Profile Photo

Shakila Narayan is a telecommunications consultant based in Tokyo specializing in market access, trade policy and regulation in the satellite and mobile telecommunications industries. She works across a variety of regulatory and public policy areas, including obtaining spectrum authorizations for global satellite communications networks, reviewing trade and regulatory policy to help service providers enter new markets and performing market analysis for the introduction of new technologies. She has also worked on matters related to emergency communications, the security of mobile phones and the satellite network filing process at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Shakila has particular expertise in VSAT, AES and ESV licensing with extensive experience working with key government and regulatory officials around the world. She assists international service providers establish partnerships with local providers for service implementation and conducts regulatory due diligence of telecommunication licenses. She also recommends strategies to overcome political, technical and regulatory barriers to market entry, in difficult regions such as Asia and the Middle East.

Shakila has assisted clients in obtaining urgent regulatory clearance for the deployment of satellite communication terminals during disaster management and humanitarian relief. This work has involved coordination with regulators, ministries, customs officials and airport authorities to enable the smooth distribution of equipment to emergency personnel. Shakila has also worked on the international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) tracking of mobile phones, encouraging governments to adopt more robust systems to combat mobile phone crime.

Shakila has lobbied on behalf of clients for favorable regulatory policy at numerous events such as the World Radiocommunication Conference and European Commission Study Group meetings. Her past projects have also involved assisting in dispute resolution proceedings between communication companies regarding the priority of their satellite network filings at the ITU.
 

Practice

  • International Satellite Regulation
  • Telecommunications Licensing and Policy
  • Spectrum Management
  • Foreign Market Access

 
 

Education

  • University of Oxford, MEng., Engineering, Economics and Management, 2008
Josino Santos Profile Photo

Josino Santos represents LMI Advisors in Brazil.  From 1978 to 1985, worked in the area of multiplex systems projects for Brasilia Telecommunications (Telebrasília). From 1985 to 1996, he worked in engineering and planning at Telebras responsible for the spectrum coordination for Telebras and its related telecommunications companies.

From 1996 to 1997, Josino served in the Ministry of Communications as Head of the Department of Planning Studies, Radio Frequency Management Division.  In November 1997, he joined the newly created Agency National Telecommunications (Anatel), serving from 1999 to 2003 as Spectrum Engineering Manager responsible for regulating the use of spectrum in Brazil.  He also served from 2001 to 2003 as Chairman of the Working Group on Terrestrial Service Radio (Fixed and Mobile) to Advisory Committee II – Radiocommunication of the OAS’s Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL).

From 2003-2013, Josino held various senior positions within Anatel, including Operations Manager for Anatel’s General Management of Private Telecommunications Services; Monitoring Manager for Global Satellite Services; and from 2007 to 2013, Authorization Manager for General Satellite and Global Services responsible for authorizing satellite telecommunications services and licensing earth stations associated with the space segment.

Josino also represented Anatel in CITEL PCC II, in the Study Groups of the ITU,   and was Brazilian delegate at WRC-2000 in Istanbul and WRC-2003 in Geneva.

Since 2013, he has served as an independent consultant in the telecommunications area.
 

Practice

  • Latin American/Brazil Telecommunications and Broadband Policy
  • Regulatory Advocacy and Compliance
  • Satellite Space Station and Earth Station Licensing
  • Market Access Issues
  • Homologation and Certification Matters

 
 

Education

  • University of Brasilia, Electronics Engineering, 1978
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Samantha Sewall advises clients on international trade matters and the intersection of trade policy with the telecommunications sector. Based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Samantha is a U.S.-qualified attorney with experience assisting clients to navigate complex trade and communications issues across jurisdictions.

Samantha serves as LMI Advisors’ regional lead in Africa and Europe on satellite regulatory matters.  She has worked on U.S. and international satellite and earth station licensing matters, as well as international lawful interception and data retention issues.

In addition, Samantha specializes in providing guidance on U.S. trade controls and economic sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury. Samantha advises clients on the dynamic U.S. legal requirements related to transactions with Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea, Russia, and the Crimea region. She assists global businesses to assess risk and establish compliance plans, obtain licenses for international transactions, review and negotiate contracts, and ensure regulatory compliance for cross-border transactions.

Samantha also advises corporations on the requirements of international anti-bribery laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and has represented clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Samantha has also advised companies on compliance with U.S. anti-boycott laws as well as clients engaged in trade litigation and customs matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 

Practice

  • International Trade
  • U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • Anti-Corruption Compliance and Investigations
  • Telecommunications Regulation

 
 

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2012, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Patrick Henry College, B.A., summa cum laude, Political Theory, 2008
Hany Eldeib Profile Photo

Hany Eldeib is a telecommunications consultant based in the Washington, DC area and specializing in planning and due diligence for satellite communications networks. His expertise includes both technical, commercial, and regulatory aspects of introducing a new service or expanding an existing service. He has performed market analysis for the introduction of new technologies and developed business cases for new satellite projects. He has also worked on ensuring that the regulatory requirements for international business development deals in satellite communications are met. Dr. Eldeib provides strategic analysis and advice on the Middle East region with which he quite familiar.

Hany was responsible for planning of all aspects of satellite projects serving Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as well as South America at the largest satellite operator in the world. He travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and South America to support the success of these projects. He rose to the rank of Vice President, Network Planning and managed several strategic projects. He has an in-depth understanding of the value of spectrum and of the ITU filing process for orbital slots and frequency spectrum. He knows how to use this process strategically.

Hany coordinated the work of teams of engineers, regulatory experts, business development and sales professionals, and financial analysts to navigate the challenges of complex satellite projects involving redeployment of one operator’s satellite to another operator’s orbital location, or resolving issues with regulators. He leverages his technical, business, and regulatory experience to provide a complete solution.

Hany regularly provides advice to the financial and investment community on the latest trends in the satellite industry, and to the aerospace community on market trends. He knows the Middle East region very well. He studied in Egypt and currently teaches Arabic in Washington, DC on a volunteer basis. He maintains contact with a large network of professionals in the region.

Practice

  • International Satellite Regulation
  • Telecommunications Licensing and Policy
  • Spectrum Management
  • Foreign Market Access

 

Education

  • University of Virginia, PhD, Systems Engineering 1986.
  • Cairo University, Egypt, M.Sc. Electronics and Communications Engineering, 1978.