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Increasing antitrust regulation and enforcement of U.S. tech giants is forcing law firms with EU competition practices to make a tough strategic choice: Do they want to represent Big Tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google? Or do they want to advise the traditional players whose industries those tech players have disrupted? 

“That’s probably one of the biggest challenges from a law firm business perspective: just figuring out the conflicts, deciding from a business perspective, which side of the matter do you want to be on?” said a senior partner at the Brussels office of a U.S. law firm.

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Linda A. Thompson

Linda A. Thompson is the Brussels-based correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about legal and regulatory issues related to the EU and the European Commission, as well as about lawyers and legal issues in Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Her coverage includes the business of law at global and domestic law firms and in-house legal departments. and the impact of regulatory decisions on law firms and global companies. She can be reached at [email protected]

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