Expertise EU Practice

With our in-depth experience of the media, technology and digital entertainment sectors and unrivalled expertise in EU law – specifically copyright, audiovisual media and digital services regulation, competition and trade – we are uniquely placed to provide tailored, incisive and business-focused advice on the most complex EU matters.

Whether you are looking to shape the EU regulatory and legislative landscape; navigate existing and recently adopted rules; develop and implement compliance policies and strategies; or respond to EU or Member State consultations, we’ve got it and you covered.

Our multi-disciplinary team will work with you to identify and manage risks and exploit a range of opportunities. Our specialists will devise and implement effective regulatory and legislative strategies that are sector-specific and individually tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. We can help you foster relationships with regulators and with policy- and law-makers at an EU- and national level and take the lead in coordination with trade associations, industry bodies and other EU stakeholders.

In addition to engaging on EU policy matters, we have particular expertise in international and European copyright law Ted Shapiro, who heads up our Brussels office, is a well-known specialist in this area and has co-published two editions of the leading copyright law text – ‘Copyright in the Information Society: A Guide to National Implementation of the European Directive’.

We can help you to understand the various issues arising as a result of the recent changes to the EU’s legal framework for copyright in the Digital Single Market, working with you to defend the copyright principles that underpin your business. With the proposed Digital Services Act, we will continue work with you not only to ensure an approach that respects the fundamental tenets of intellectual property, but that more broadly responds to your needs as the regulatory framework for the digital environment continues to evolve. In that regard, the proposed Digital Markets Act presents a range of opportunities and challenges to explore as well.

Our experience in the audiovisual, video games and music sectors means that we can guide you on licensing matters across the EU, including on issues related to all forms of collective rights management and statutory remuneration rights. Together with our music specialists, we can support your engagement on rights clearance issues with licensing bodies and collective management organisations, including with respect to competition compliance.

We can advise your business on all aspects of EU competition law and policy, including with respect to the intersection of competition law and policy and intellectual property rights, including issues related to cross-border access to copyright content.

When it comes to compliance, the risks for your business can be extremely high. We can work with you to produce bespoke policies, procedures and training programmes to help ensure your organisation and individual executives and employees stay the right side of the line. Whether you’re a defendant or a complainant, we can also assist you with individual competition and regulatory investigations and with sector inquiries and market studies.