On A Strategic Management Approach to the New EU Risk-Based Compliance Regulations

Andrej Savin, Professor, CBS LAW, Copenhagen Business School
Constance E. Bagley, CEO, Founder, and General Counsel, Bagley Strategic Advisors LLC

CEOs cite the rise of disruptive digital technologies at the top of the list of trends that have had the greatest impact on how they are now leading their organisations. Companies require advanced data analytics, better artificial intelligence-driven processes, and reliable cybersecurity to meet ever-changing threats. To remain competitive and compliant, it is essential that the top management team and the board understand the strategic implications of new and proposed EU regulations calling for risk-based compliance. Although many law firms are creating new compliance departments eager to step in to serve as their clients’ compliance team, compliance is too important a function to outsource. In-house counsel may seek outside advice to better understand how the regulations apply to aspects of their firm's business. But we submit that this sea change requires in-house counsel to work with management to develop a core managerial competency we call strategic compliance management. It may also require in-house counsel to work with national regulators to develop the rules of the road. For example, companies must proactively address demands for increased user rights, including transparency about how personal data are used, and become more skilled at managing the costs of compliance.

Read full paper Subscribe to the IICJ
Denmark Compliance General July 2023 Vol.16, No. 64, Summer 2023

Andrej Savin


Andrej Savin's is a professor of IT Law and Internet Law at Copenhagen Business School and Director of CBS LAW. His main research interests lie in Information Technology Law, and in particular EU policymaking in the digital single market, the regulation of new business models and Internet governance in the US and in Europe. Andrej Savin also works on law and management in the legal environment, in particular with focus on the interplay between law, ethics, business and society in the digital world. His works include books EU Internet Law, EU Telecommunications Law, Research Handbook on EU Internet Law and others.

Constance E. Bagley


A.B., honors and distinction, Stanford University; J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School; honorary doctorate in economics, Lund University. Formerly partner, Bingham McCutchen; member of faculty, Young Presidents Organization International University in Hong Kong and Prague; Senior Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Associate Professor, Harvard Business School; Professor in the Practice of Law and Management, Yale School of Management; Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School. Currently CEO, Founder, and General Counsel, Bagley Strategic Advisors LLC, and, Visiting Professor of Law, CBS LAW, Copenhagen Business School. Public speaker and author of multiple articles and books, including Winning Legally: How to Use the Law to Increase Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk (Harvard Business Review Press).

Bagley Strategic Advisors LLC


Bagley Strategic Advisors is a boutique consultancy offering customized advice, master classes, workshops, and high level training for executives, including in-house counsel, and board members. Professor Bagley taught for multiple years in the executive programs for directors and lawyers at the Stanford, Harvard, and Yale Business Schools and at the Stanford Law School. She has extensive experience teaching and preparing materials for in-house counsel, both in master classes for general counsel like MassMutual, Prudential Financial, Microsoft, and CVS Health, and at the Practicing Law Institute 's Corporate Counsel Institute. She has coauthored multiple book chapters and articles with Mark Roellig, former General Counsel and Executive Vice President of MassMutual Financial, and coauthored a piece on compliance in the Harvard Business Review with Bruno Cova, former General Counsel of Fiat and Chief Counsel to the Administrator of Parmalat in the wake of its massive fraud.

CBS LAW, Copenhagen Business School


CBS LAW is the law department at Copenhagen Business School.

Denmark Compliance General July 2023 Vol.16, No. 64, Summer 2023

© International In-House Counsel Journal. ISSN 1754-0607. All rights reserved. Registered in England Company Number: 6187841. VAT Registration Number: 946 7381 82. | Terms & Conditions .