European Digital Regulatory Compliance

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With ever-changing markets and regulatory frameworks, it’s challenging for any organization to remain fully compliant in the digital world. Whether your whole business is online, or just a small part of it, there is an increasingly broad range of international laws and regulations that can affect your operations. And the scope of digital regulation continues to grow and evolve. By definition, digital business crosses borders, so you need to be aware of the regulatory compliance risk in multiple countries.

We help our clients to anticipate, understand, and address the digital compliance challenge for their businesses. We also help clients assess the digital compliance of a potential M&A target, or a new partner, and their alignment with legal requirements and market practices. And we help clients to anticipate legal and regulatory risk, and respond to potential action by regulators arising from their digital operations.

Our Comprehensive Industry Expertise

Over decades, our European team has invested significant resources in developing the right kind of digital expertise in a range of industry sectors, including information technology, consumer products & services, retail, e-/m-commerce, automotive, financial services, media, telecoms, life sciences, digital health, digital farming, and gaming.

Our European Digital Regulatory Compliance team works closely with our highly respected Global Privacy and Data Security Practice Group on issues affecting the use of personal data and data security compliance.

Our Footprint in Europe

Our European Digital Regulatory Compliance team has a long track record and deep expertise in helping clients to navigate their digital regulatory challenges across borders. The key to addressing digital regulatory compliance in Europe is not only to focus on any applicable EU rules but also to understand the impact of local EU member state variances—and, of course, to assess how Brexit might create regulatory non-alignment between the UK and the EU. With experts on the ground in Europe who understand these differences, we deliver commercial and legal solutions to digital compliance challenges on a daily basis.

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Representative experience

  • Online Marketing & Advertising
    • Advising a globally renowned supplier of children’s toys on digital marketing and advertising compliance
    • Advising on direct marketing issues across Europe, taking into account regulatory requirements such as “double opt-in” or the protection of minors in advertising contexts
  • Social Media & UGC
    • Advising a global video-sharing platform on its potential liability for user-generated content, e.g., in case of copyright violations, including impact assessments and strategic positioning in light of revised EU copyright laws
    • Assisting social media and video-sharing companies with their compliance efforts in light of national anti-hate-speech legislation and their corresponding obligations regarding the handling of allegedly illegal user-generated content
  • e-/m-Commerce
    • Advising clients in sectors as diverse as automotive products, homeware retail, and online fitness products on e-commerce compliance, consumer rights obligations and trading standards compliance, the development and implementation of online terms with customers and website terms of trading, and the use of digital and electronic signatures
    • Advising a Norwegian-based agricultural products company on the rollout of its digital farming platform internationally and on specific regulatory issues in countries as diverse as Germany, the UK, Vietnam, Kenya, and China
  • Payment Services
    • Advising a range of traditional banking and next generation FinTech clients on financial services regulatory compliance relation to payment services, blockchain, digital products, digital marketing, product insurance
    • Advising global video games developers on payment services and gambling regulation in light of the inclusion of virtual in-game currencies into their products.
  • Sanctions & Export Controls
    • Assisting clients on data residency and data localization laws
    • Advising a global media corporation on compliance with UK sanctions laws in relation to content provisions in countries subject to global sanctions regimes
  • Telecoms
    • Advising global technology companies on the regulation of their web-based communications services under European electronic communications laws, including compliance with specific consumer protection and national security requirements
    • Advising media clients on the implications of EU net neutrality legislation on their distribution agreements with internet access providers in the EU
  • Media Regulation
    • Advising global entertainment clients on legal and regulatory compliance issues in relation to Brexit and its implications for the continued distribution of UK-based services broadcasting and on-demand services across the EU
    • Assisting clients with impact assessments and strategic positioning regarding draft media legislation, including with regard to media platforms, media intermediaries, and the protection of minors against harmful media content
  • Cybersecurity
    • Advising a global technology company on compliance with European regulations on the security of network and information systems
    • Advising a global healthcare company on compliance with Chinese encryption legislation
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