KPMG expands its telecoms regulatory practice

KPMG has expanded the economics and regulation team within its communications practice with the appointment of a new director, Benoit Reillier. He joins the professional services firm from LECG, where he was director and joint head of the European telecommunications, media and technology practice.

Reillier will join KPMG’s regulatory professionals who advise Governments and regulators as well as telecoms and media operators globally on the complex regulatory and economic issues faced by these sectors, as part of the firm’s wider Risk and Compliance Group.

Reillier brings 15 years of experience in this field, and has been involved in a number of large-scale initiatives that shaped the sector. He worked on the development of new regulatory frameworks in a number of countries, the assessment of large scale separation projects and provided expert advice in the context of multi billion dollar disputes, investment plans and M&A transactions.

He was previously a special advisor on telecommunications issues to the French Government, a director of Telia Mobile international and a business and regulatory strategy advisor to the boards and senior management teams of a number of fixed and mobile operators. Reillier is a regular industry commentator and teaches modules on the regulation of the telecoms and media sectors at UK communications regulator Ofcom.

Commenting on his appointment, Reillier said: “With European telecoms regulation about to face one of its biggest shake up in years, this is an exciting time to be working in the sector. The need to invest in next generation fibre based networks and to regulate their access combined with the growing debate around ‘net neutrality’ and convergence will result in new challenges for media groups, operators, regulators and Governments globally. Many KPMG clients are faced with these complex and high stakes issues at the nexus of regulation, finance, and economics and I look forward to helping them navigate the challenges ahead.”

David Thomas, global head of communications regulation at KPMG commented: “Benoit’s appointment supports our commitment to providing clients with strong sector-focused insights into the increasingly complex regulatory environment in which they are operating and I am delighted he is joining us. The sector is going through a period of significant upheaval and uncertainty. In this climate operators, regulators, governments and customers could all benefit from guidance and support from advisors with a global perspective of not only the shifting regulatory environment, but also how that impacts on successful business models.”

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