How should US technology companies approach EU regulators?

December 12, 2018

The impact of EU regulation on US tech.

Partners Natasha Good, Eric Mahr, Thomas Janssens and James Aitken, and Senior Associate Jennifer Mellott, discuss messages delivered by Nick Banasevic, European Commission, during the FT – Freshfields briefing that took place in Silicon Valley on the approach US tech companies should have towards EU regulators.


Cyber security: our experience at the Expo

November 20, 2018

Resilience has come to be expected of companies, especially in the wake of a cyber-attack – being prepared has never been so important.   

Litigation and Investigations partner Rhodri Thomas reflects on our participation at the Cyber Security Summit and Expo and a speech made there by the FCA on operational resilience and cyber security.  


Cyber security: are you on your best behaviour?

November 15, 2018

The most sophisticated firewall in the world is no defence against the threat from within. Our specialists discuss how to counter the human factor in data breaches, explore examples of the behaviours that hackers exploit - and give practical tips on how to ensure those phishing attacks don’t get a bite.


Digital transformation: the secrets of success

October 2, 2018

For companies losing market share but lacking the insight to work out why, rethinking their use of technology and data analytics might help to uncover where things are going wrong. But before jumping into a big transformation project, organisations should start by looking outside for inspiration.

Drawing on her experience as digital leader at IBM, author and inventor Lindsay Herbert reveals her thoughts on best practice when it comes to digital transformation, including her five-stage plan for success.


Foreign investment review: shifting sands

September 17, 2018

Investment regulation continues to evolve with the US and UK leading the way.

How do businesses need to respond? US partner Mary Lehner is joined by UK partner Michele Davis and US Counsel Shawn Cooley to look at the implications of recent foreign investment review reforms across the US and UK.


The trouble with platforms

July 25, 2018

Digital platforms have revolutionised the way we shop, the way we communicate and the way we book our holidays. But are they really as beneficial for consumers as they seem? Antitrust authorities – particularly in Europe – fear they may not be, and are starting to pay much closer attention to the way they work. Our experts take a look at this emerging battleground and discuss what the crackdown means for the platforms themselves – and the companies that sell through them. 


How to build a digital business

June 26, 2018

Every company wants to become more ‘digital’. But what does that really mean? How do businesses do it? And what does the process involve from a legal perspective?

Matthias KochTheresa EhlenRichard Bird and Caroline Stroud share what they’ve learnt on the front line of digital transformation projects – from how to handle liability risk to the importance of collaboration and the best ways to drive cultural change.


Fuji-Xerox: don’t copy this

June 15, 2018

The recent Fuji-Xerox deal made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

US partners Peter LyonsMatthew Herman and Linda Martin, along with associate Marissa Yu, take a look at what happened – and what the takeaways are for your next major transaction.


The rise of people analytics

May 24, 2018

From sentiment analysis on emails to optimising the recruitment process, people analytics are an emerging tool in human resources. But should employers use them to make decisions about their workers?

Partners Caroline Stroud and Boris Dzida discuss the legal – and ethical – issues people analytics raise.


Class actions go global

May 18, 2018

US-style class actions are not the norm in Europe – but that may be changing.

Freshfields US litigation partner Linda Martin leads a conversation with three of her colleagues from around the firm – Michael Rohls (Germany), Mark Sansom (UK) and Jeroen van Hezewijk (Netherlands) – about recent developments in their countries, as well as what changes are on the horizon.