Colleen A. Sechrest

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Colleen Sechrest practices in the regulatory, commercial and corporate spheres of the telecommunications and information technology industries. On the regulatory side, Ms. Sechrest represents wireline, wireless, broadband and subsea cable clients before state, federal and foreign regulatory agencies in connection with licensing and post-licensing regulatory compliance. She has served as regulatory counsel in connection with mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances and debt and equity offerings, assisting clients with securing regulatory approvals when required, including approvals from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and, with respect to FCC-regulated business, the Team Telecom agencies.  Ms. Sechrest provides regulatory guidance on a wide variety of issues, including foreign ownership restrictions, national security and law enforcement obligations, privacy regulations, disabilities access and universal service reporting and contributions.

On the commercial and corporate side, Ms. Sechrest negotiates and drafts a variety of complex commercial services agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset agreements, infrastructure agreements, technology development agreements and licensing agreements.  In the subsea space, these agreements involve construction and maintenance agreements, provisioning of cable capacity and backhaul dark fiber, cable landing facility agreements, and landing party agreements. In addition, Ms. Sechrest assists clients with a wide variety of general business needs, including business formation and dissolution, real property transactions, and shareholder agreements.

Recent representations before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) and Team Telecom Agencies (the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security) to obtain licenses and national security approvals include:

  • TPG Telecom in its merger with Vodafone Australia;
  • Antin Infrastructure Partners in its acquisitions of FirstLight;
  • Amper and Bluesky in the sale of South Pacific telecom group Bluesky to Fiji incumbent ATH;
  • Facebook for the Hong Kong-Americas and Bay-to-Bay Express submarine cable systems;
  • Aqua Comms, Facebook and Bulk Infrastructure for the Havfrue submarine cable system;
  • Deep Blue, to obtain a license and national security approval for its pan-Caribbean submarine cable system; and
  • RTI for its Japan-Guam JGA North submarine cable system.

Ms. Sechrest has also represented clients, such as the North American Submarine Cable Association, in regulatory proceedings to limit the impact of the Jones Act and other cabotage restrictions.

Recent representations in commercial transactions include:

  • RTI in negotiating and drafting cable landing station and fronthaul agreements; and
  • Telxius Cable América S.A. in negotiating and drafting construction and maintenance agreements, capacity leases, IRUs, and collocation agreements.

Prior to joining Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Ms. Sechrest practiced in Los Angeles and D.C., and, prior to practicing law, served as a foreign policy aide to California Senator Alan Cranston.

Ms. Sechrest graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors.  She earned her M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Ms. Sechrest is a member of the District of Columbia, California and Illinois bars.



Education

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors

Stanford University, M.A.

University of California, Irvine, B.A.

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