Simon Persoff - Director, Legal & Regulatory, Orange UK.

Simon has worked for the France Telecom group for the past seven years.  Prior to his current role, he was director of legal and regulatory for Freeserve / Wanadoo UK, which merged with Orange UK in 2006.

Simon is currently leading the legal and regulatory work on Orange UK’s proposed venture to share radio access networks with Vodafone UK.  He also leads Wanadoo UK’s long-running competition law complaint against BT alleging margin squeeze in the retail broadband market.   In 2004 and 2005, Simon led Wanadoo UK’s successful efforts to secure a step change in Ofcom’s regulatory strategy for Local Loop Unbundling and Voice over Broadband.

Qualifying as a solicitor with Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms, he has also worked for InterConnect Communications, a boutique regulatory consultancy owned by Telcordia Technologies.

Simon is chair of the Internet Watch Foundation funding council, a director of the UK Competitive Telecommunications Association and represents Orange on the Home Secretary’s Taskforce for Child Protection on the Internet, on the Internet Crime Forum, on the Broadband Stakeholders Group and on the British Screen Advisory Council.