Navigating evolving digital economy regulation requires a sophisticated and proactive approach from dealmakers.

By Tom D. Evans, Deborah Kirk, David J. Walker, Alice Drayton, Catherine Campbell, and Amy Smyth

Amid the ongoing global proliferation of regulation governing the digital economy, EU and UK legislators are taking significant strides toward creating a fairer and safer digital trading environment for consumer and business users. Much of this incoming regulation is applicable to a wide range of actors, impacting the tech sector and beyond, with a particular focus on large platform providers. From the giant-tech focused EU Digital Markets Act to the far-reaching UK Online Safety Bill, the European regulatory landscape is maturing, and regulatory expectations on businesses operating in the digital space are increasing. As a result, sponsors and portfolio companies should begin their assessments of the legal, regulatory, and commercial implications of this changing landscape.