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ANALYSIS: Bloomberg Law 2022—A Legal Industry Outlook

Nov. 1, 2021, 7:05 AM

It’s been two years since we first introduced our Bloomberg Law outlook series. In that time, we have experienced a global pandemic, a large-scale economic downturn, and numerous political changes. This year saw crucial shifts in the legal industry, as longer-term implications of the Covid-19 crisis presented new challenges, market shifts rooted in the changing dynamics of the workforce commanded center stage, and the priorities of the Biden administration started to take shape. What do these changes portend for 2022?

Our Bloomberg Law 2022 series seeks to answer that question. Our legal analysts offer their assessments of what’s to come in the new year across four major topics—Litigation, Transactions & Contracts, Regulatory & Compliance, and The Future of the Legal Industry.

The Litigation landscape has continued to evolve throughout the pandemic. Our litigation analysts examine developments that will shape the course of litigation in 2022, from complex Covid-related employment and contractual issues to emerging trends in antitrust cases and bankruptcy filings.

Regulatory & Compliance issues have become more visible than ever, and our analysts look at how the heightened enforcement environment affects everything from return-to-office mandates to potential actions by the SEC and Congress on cryptocurrency. Our compliance analysts also take a deep dive into potential developments in the privacy space and look at what 2022 may hold for tech industry regulation.

Our Transactions & Contracts coverage explores the forces shaping the transactional landscape and key markets of interest, from trends in M&A and IPOs to the nuanced impacts of new data security laws on contract language. In addition, our transactional analysts provide a forecast of expected SEC activity in 2022 across ESG, SPACs, and the proxy process.

Finally, our analysts assess The Future of the Legal Industry by addressing hot topics like diversity & inclusion and attorney well-being—as well as rapidly expanding areas of law like legal operations and litigation finance—will help determine the path of the legal industry.

Access all analyses from our Bloomberg Law 2022 series here.

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