Ms Sophia Chow Mong-Seang
Senior Consultant

Mobile: +61 421 325 720
eMail: sophia.chow@windsor-place.com

Sophia Chow joined Windsor Place Consulting as a consultant in August 2001 and in this capacity, she advises on communications policy, commercial and regulatory issues including inter alia access and interconnection, licensing, numbering, competition, spectrum and tariffing in Australasia, Asia and Africa.

Prior to this Sophia Chow worked as:

• international lawyer with Freshfields Drew Napier in Singapore where she advised on info-communications, information technology, e-commerce and commercial law, including advising industry players (ranging from mobile virtual network operators to Internet service providers) on licensing, competition, access and other matters relating to the info-communications industry in Singapore.

• an Analyst with Cutler & Company in Melbourne, Australia during 2000 where she was involved in advising on telecommunications and broadcasting policy, regulatory, competition and licensing issues. In this capacity she was involved in a number of consulting projects in Australia, Malaysia and Tonga.

• a legal assistant with Zul Rafique & Partners, a law firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she advised on information technology, broadcasting and telecommunications related matters, including negotiating and drafting of agreements for interconnection, corporate acquisitions, corporate restructuring and other commercial matters relevant to the communications and multimedia sector.

Key achievements include but have not been limited to:

• Worked with the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (the industry regulator) on a number of convergence issues in the communications and broadcasting area, and on the selection process for the allocation of Singapore’s mobile 3G and additional 2G/2.5G licences.

• Undertaking a “regulatory audit study” on a telecommunications operator’s international joint ventures the objective of which is to identify and assess possible regulatory risks and concerns of the international joint ventures, and to jointly plan with the respective international joint ventures ways to optimally address such regulatory risks and issues.

• Drafting and negotiation of terms and conditions of Interconnection Agreements for fixed network and cellular mobile operators to include inter alia equal access and cost based interconnection charges in accordance with decisions by the Malaysian Government and Malaysia’s telecommunications sector regulator to introduce more network competition.

• Played a key role in advising a telecommunications operator on the implications of local loop unbundling and last mile interconnection, and the strategies in addressing these issues going forward.

• Played a key role in the drafting and formulation of submissions for a telecommunications operator in response to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s consultation papers on a range of regulatory issues including inter alia spectrum plan, numbering and tariffing.

• Formation of the constitutional documents of the Malaysian Access Forum - which is a self-regulatory body of network facility and network service providers dealing with access and interconnection issues created under the auspices of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act.

• Development and formulation of a voluntary access code for an industry forum in Malaysia which sets out the procedures and principles for access and interconnection to network services and network facilities, for registration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

• Development and drafting of an access code and access undertaking for a telecommunications operator in Malaysia which encompass terms and conditions for access and interconnection for existing services and new interconnect offerings.

• Review of the Singaporean telecommunications legislation, telecommunications competition code, and access and interconnection regime for the Info-Communications Authority of Singapore (the industry regulator).

• Drafting of subsidiary legislation related to inter alia licensing, spectrum allocation, and tariffing/rate regulation under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (the industry regulator).

• Drafting of a convergence legislation for the Kingdom of Tonga, and the due diligence and sale process of a stake in Tongan telephone company.

• Drafting of an information memorandum on an international joint venture of a telecommunications operator including inter alia advising on legal issues and strategies surrounding the sale process.


EDUCATION

Sophia Chow was educated at the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus, Singapore where she received the ASEAN Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Singapore and has been awarded a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Laws, both from Monash University, Melbourne. She is fluent in English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin dialects). Sophia Chow is also a member of the Malaysian Bar.