26 knavel 9 months ago has the EU ever done anything for the public good [...]? The answer to that question is deeply complex. But the manifestations of that complexity can tell the story to a fair degree, e.g, Brexit. And I defy anyone to show me a single case where GDPR prevented a scam (and I certainly get as much spam as I always did). Preventing a scam isn't the GDPR's objective. The objective is to grow government and make it more powerful. GDPR's fine structure tells you all you need to know. GDPR is basically leading EU member state governments saying, as it were, "hey we can't unravel Facebook's and Google's corporate structure to tax them, so we will pierce that corporate veil with impossible to comply with data protection laws and get "our" revenue from them on that basis." Big companies love GDPR because they can deal with these blips in the cost of doing business. Small companies cannot and thereby GDPR and its ilk keep competition out of the sector. Why do you think Facebook only said this week that it welcomes being "regulated"? It's because that regulation becomes a barrier to entry in the market sector of any competition. Try maintaining an SEC regulated public company and you'll learn quickly how that works!I once did an M&A deal selling a personality (sports agent) so it is possible that consultancy's can be bought and sold, but you are quite right, it is rare. In large part this is because there is no really feasible long term revenue stream when that revenue source is wholly based on personality rather than customer base, brand, etc. I sympathize with you more than you might know and I will be starting to push my network a lot harder over the next year to find a situation where I can make one final performance that can hopefully keep me in good stead until retirement time. Hang in there bro.