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Francine Cunningham

Regulatory and Public Affairs Director

About Me

As Regulatory & Public Affairs Director in Brussels, I assist companies facing an unprecedented wave of new EU regulation that will have an impact on every business operating in the digital and data-related economy. I help companies navigate complex EU decision-making processes and understand the practical application of the law to their sectors.

With 20 years' experience of working in Brussels, in both the private and public sectors, I have a network of positive working relationships in the EU institutions. I help enterprises to prepare for the full range of regulatory challenges they need to address at European level.

My work involves alerting businesses to legislation in the pipeline that will impact their sector, helping clients to navigate EU decision-making processes and enabling them to engage effectively with regulators to ensure that their priority concerns are heard.

As issues often cut across multiple areas of law, I work closely with our specialist lawyers to help companies join the dots. Using our tailored online tools, I also assist clients in mapping multi-jurisdictional issues, such as the transposition of EU directives across the 27 Member States.
  • Analysis for a leading pharmaceutical company regarding the potential impact of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act on access to data in the healthcare sector.
  • Helping an international online company in the reviews & ratings sector to engage with decision-makers on the EU Digital Services Act.
  • Supporting a leading company in the mobility sector with its response to the European Commission's consultation on the EU Data Act.
  • Providing regular horizon-scanning newsletters on forthcoming global regulation in the field of intellectual property, audiovisual regulation and digital regulation to an international sports organisation.
  • Assisting a multinational plant-based food manufacturer with its engagement in the review process leading up to the adoption of the updated Common Markets Organisation (CMO) Regulation.
  • Providing strategic advice to one of the world's leading manufacturers of sustainable and innovative fibre-based solutions in the context several international trade cases from 2019 to 2022.


  • KU Leuven, LLM in Intellectual Property & ICT Law
  • King's College London, Master of Arts, UK, EU and US Copyright Law
  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, EU Fulbright Scholarship

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