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ANALYSIS: Bloomberg Law 2020—Here’s What We’re Watching

Nov. 4, 2019, 10:58 AM

The issues facing law firm and in-house practitioners are wide in scope and deep in complexity. Global economic and political developments will only further complicate the legal landscape in 2020. Our Bloomberg Law 2020 series sets the stage, previewing the themes and topics that our experts will be watching closely in the coming year.

Covering four broad areas of concern, the series is authored by Bloomberg Law’s team of experienced legal analysts. Leveraging data and technology on a foundation of expertise, our analysts provide perspectives and insights on Privacy & Data Security, Transactions, Future of Law, and ESG & Climate.

Privacy & Data Security issues continue to be top of mind for general counsel and their advisers. From regulatory regimes to enforcement and litigation, what do companies need to know about the handling and protection of data—of their own, of their customers and of their employees?

What are the current economic omens—among them a looming downturn and the evolution of investment options—telling our Transactions analysts about where M&A, antitrust enforcement, and foreign investment review are going in 2020?

The Future of Law is more than a hazy distraction derailing a practitioner’s workaday efficiency. Our analysts are following emerging fields, ranging from litigation finance to legal operations to cannabis law, and looking closely at the impact of alternative legal service providers and new law firm models, the ethical implications of tech evolution, and expanding theories of liability as the legal ecosystem changes.

The global climate, social issues, and evolution of governance standards are increasingly having an influence on the corporate climate. How—if at all—are corporations driving cultural change? Is ESG & Climate reporting and disclosure serving the needs of investors? In a dynamic ecosystem balancing environmental risks, shareholders and stakeholders, consumer pressures, and established regulatory and legal requirements, companies will have to take action despite potentially uncertain footing.