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Ted Shapiro


With over 25 years’ experience, Ted is recognised as a leading expert in international and European copyright law. His encyclopaedic knowledge of all things copyright and the content sectors as well as his commercial insights and deep understanding of the EU institutions, make him the go to adviser for industry organisations and companies navigating the complex legislative and regulatory environment at the international, EU and Member State levels.

Ted, who is Head of the Brussels office, joined Wiggin in January 2013 from the Motion Picture Association in Brussels, where he was the General Counsel for Europe. He is known for assisting clients on issues related to policy, litigation, compliance and commercial transactions.

“I help clients develop their strategies for engaging with the EU institutions across the audiovisual, media and technology sectors. In addition to copyright, I work on matters related to content regulation, competition, consumer protection, e-commerce and trade.

I cut through the political rhetoric and legal complexities, identifying the potential risks and opportunities for clients arising from EU legislative and policy initiatives. I engage with EU policy- and law-makers at an EU and Member State level to ensure the best possible outcome for the associations and businesses I represent in a range of areas.

I am passionate in defending the copyright principles underpinning our clients’ businesses – such as territoriality, exclusive rights and contractual freedom – in the EU. I can help you resolve complex copyright issues that arise in the context of commercial transactions, policy debates and litigation.”

Following the recent overhaul by the Department for International Trade of the Expert Trade Advisory Group structure and the creation of The Trade Advisory Groups, Ted was invited to join the Cultural Industries TAG. He has also been appointed as a member of The Law Society’s EU Committee.

Ted is admitted to the bar of Massachusetts, the Brussels Bar and is a solicitor in England and Wales.