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Tech and platform regulation
Regulation plays a critical role in the evolution of tech.
From proposed EU regulations on AI to employment, consumer protection and antitrust regimes, global regulators are in the process of presenting an unprecedented number of proposals that affect online platforms, SaaS, PaaS and new technologies such as blockchain. Product design and distribution strategies, data practices and third-party relationships are all under intense scrutiny.
As authorities around the world seek to expand their ability to intervene in and scrutinize the commercial strategies and deal activity of tech companies and digital transformers, we can help you prepare for – and respond to – what these changes mean for you.
Our tech and platform regulation insights
We regularly help platform and tech companies:
Navigate the regulatory consultation process to shape legislative proposals across the UK, Europe, the US and Asia, including the EU Copyright Directive, the Data Governance Act, the Digital Markets Act.
Respond to investigations and sector wide market inquiries, informed by our in-depth experience of engaging with authorities around the world on their reviews into online platforms, digital advertising, data practices and connected devices in tech, life sciences and other innovation-heavy sectors and bringing together our antitrust, data protection and consumer protection law expertise.
Plan and execute their deal strategies as proposals focused on scrutinizing more deals involving “nascent competition”, “national interests” and “sensitive data” heighten the global merger control and foreign investment landscape and impact business integration.
Manage and defend the growth in investigations and litigation around the world concerning consumer choice and transparency, companies’ data practices and AI-enabled pricing, service and subscription models.
Navigate tax structuring and evolving reporting requirements and compliance measures in the sharing and gig economy.
Create worker status strategies and deal with class action claims in the gig economy, as well as providing strategic advice in relation to the future of work and employee analytics.
Meet the team
Alan Ryan Partner
Brussels, Silicon Valley
Julie Elmer US Head of antitrust, competition, and trade
Giles Pratt Partner
Kaori Yamada Partner
Ninette Dodoo Partner
May Smith Partner
Holly Insley Partner
Matthias Koch Partner