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January 18, 2023
Global regulatory advisor Ben MacWilliams has joined DLA Piper as a Seattle-based principal (a partner-level, full-time, non-attorney/consultant role) in the firm's Telecoms Practice. MacWilliams was previously at SpaceX, where he led Starlink market access for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. In that role, he spearheaded negotiations with regulatory and policy agencies related to foreign ownership, radio frequency spectrum access and fees, taxation, data protection and privacy and security requirements to create favorable telecom licensing frameworks in more than 30 countries. MacWilliams also has experience in the public sector, having served in the US Government as a diplomat in the Department of State with overseas postings in the Middle East and Europe. In that capacity, he engaged with the public and private sectors on international policy issues related to emerging and disruptive technologies, developing expertise in cybersecurity, telecommunications, 5G and the commercial space industry.