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Regulatory and compliance advisory

Administrative and public law

Freshfields' multi-disciplinary administrative and public law team advises clients on high-profile, complex and often business-critical public law litigation and regulatory processes across a range of business sectors.

We help multinational companies contribute to and navigate both established and emerging regulatory regimes, notably in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Businesses in sectors including fintech, energy and consumer products rely on Freshfields for everything from complex licence applications, to defending investigations and judicial reviews. We advise on constitutional, legislative and regulatory change, engagement with legislators and challenges to disproportionate rules.

We also advise governments and public authorities in areas such as legislative processes, and we train newly established bodies in international best practice. For example, we have worked with China’s antitrust authorities and courts, Hong Kong’s Competition Commission and India’s antitrust authority.

Our public law practice advises clients on human rights issues around the world, including the right to property and fair trial rights, in a range of regulatory contexts. We also advise clients on the full suite of issues arising out of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, and related developments. 

Leveraging our substantial expertise in the nuclear sector, we advise clients on their supervision (pursuant to international treaties) by governments, and the inter-relation between public law and nuclear regulation. 

We are also known for providing public law and public procurement advice to governments and major corporations.