We work worldwide

We have over 2,500 lawyers worldwide who work wherever our clients need us. We can put together tailored, multi-skilled, international teams at very short notice. Our relationships with leading local firms enables us to deliver a truly seamless service. This means you get an unbeatable combination of international experience and understanding, tailored advice, and reliable local knowledge and contacts – whenever and wherever you need it. Find out more about our global network by choosing a country or region

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Offices

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    Regulatory and public affairs

    Helping clients manage their regulatory environment is the mainstay of our business. We have exactly what you need: advisers who focus on the interface between law, politics and business.

    We offer clients strategic policy advice and help them to shape legislation and administrative decisions. Our practices based in Brussels and Berlin work closely with legal teams across our network to give you unrivaled access to legal and sector-specific industry knowledge. Being able to develop a quick understanding of your business and markets means we can add value right from the start.

    A large part of our work relates to shaping draft legislative measures. We analyse the potential effect of draft legislation on our clients’ business activities and, by talking to our clients, define threats, opportunities and strategic goals. We then devise and implement detailed campaigns, encompassing both legal and public affairs advice. Our legal skills, extensive experience with both the EU and national legislative procedures, and in-depth understanding of how their respective institutions operate enable us to influence legislative processes ensuring that our clients’ interests are represented.

    Both practices cover a broad range of sectors, including consumer products and retail, transport, energy, environment, financial services, telecoms, media and technology.

  • Regulatory and Public affairs in Brussels and Berlin

    The Brussels practice advises clients on strategic policy issues arising from legislative developments and also in the framework of competition and trade proceedings, with a focus on sensitive legal transactions and in-depth merger investigations. We assess the political environment surrounding proceedings and the attitudes of key decision makers and help our clients define positions and approaches. We also develop and implement detailed strategies whereby we inform decision makers about key legal transactions and help to secure a positive outcome
    for our clients.

    We regularly develop and implement EU outreach programmes and profile raising strategies for clients seeking to build or improve relationships with officials in the EU institutions. Our network of influential contacts allows us to build relationships and raise clients’ profiles with the EU institutions and other key stakeholders.

  • Public Affairs Services

    Mapping the risks and opportunities for your business

    Providing a tailored overview of all regulatory developments, opportunities and risks

    The effective identification and management of regulatory risk and opportunities are important elements in maximising business potential. 75 per cent of regulation applicable to businesses is drafted at EU level. To understand what will happen to the regulatory environment, businesses need insight from both public and informal sources. We couple systematic tracking of upcoming regulatory developments with intelligence from decision makers directly. We anticipate and keep track of regulatory developments relevant to a specific sector or industry, thereby mitigating potential impact on how business is conducted.

    Influence the substance of upcoming rules

    Providing guidance and assistance at all stages of the EU legislative procedure

    The legislative process from a proposal’s inception to its adoption is difficult to navigate. Our regulatory and public affairs (R&PA) team is uniquely placed to guide clients through the EU legislative process, representing their interests and positions to EU decision makers.

    Typically, the scope of actors involved is not limited to the European institutions – a thorough understanding of the role of stakeholder groups whether they be from industry or civil society plays a vital role in the process. We couple real-time monitoring and intelligence with the identification of opportunities for influencing EU decision making. We guide clients to key officials, ensuring they meet the right people at the right time, in the right way, and with the right message.

    Due diligence

    Understanding the regulatory drivers impacting business decisions 

    We provide a forward looking and tailored analysis of the regulatory environment affecting the value of assets in the context of a business transaction. We can assist you in making the most informed choices by understanding the political and regulatory decisions that are likely to affect you in the context of a business decision. With more and more regulation being produced at the EU level, our team is ideally positioned to advise on upcoming changes to the business landscape in specific sectors in an integrated way with a traditional due diligence offering.

    State aid

    Dealing with the political dynamics 

    State aid cases typically involve significant business interests in a particular industry and which are dependent on an often complex nexus of decision-making reaching beyond DG Competition. We assist in understanding the broader policy context of a case and focus on extending the legal argumentation with a political narrative and accompanying messaging for deployment with stakeholders and policy makers that have an impact on DG Competition’s decision making.

    Mergers: Complete the picture

    Supporting EU merger control procedures with effective public affairs strategies

    We supplement the legal work with DG Competition and other merger control authorities by tailored public affairs advice and communications management. We complete the picture and communicate all aspects of your merger to the right people.

    Our Brussels regulatory and public affairs (R&PA) team offers a tailored product around public affairs support during and around an EU and/or international merger control filing procedure. EU merger procedures are becoming increasingly complex. In cases of particular political, regional or sectoral interest, the right communications strategy alongside the review process is key to a successful case. More and more stakeholders inside and outside DG Competition want to understand what the case is about and make their views known.

    Raise your profile with those who matter

    Ensuring your business and its interests are recognized by legislators

    Initial profiling is essential to guarantee stakeholders and their interests are recognised when influencing the regulatory environment.
    This should include building a convincing narrative that can be easily understood by decision makers and other stakeholders that sets out your aims and the implications of the EU legislative agenda on your business.