With the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, thousands of companies doing business in the EU are now confronting onerous new compliance obligations and a heightened awareness of data privacy and security law issues. In the transactional sphere, data protection considerations are taking an increasingly prominent role in M&A deals as counterparties evaluate each other’s compliance posture to assess potential financial and reputational risks. These developments have had a disproportionate impact in the M&A context, where previously data protection concerns have taken a back seat to other legal considerations.
In this presentation, BakerHostetler partner Melinda McLellan and associate Seth Engel will address key privacy and data security law issues that impact M&A transactions, from diligence to closing.
Melinda McLellan works with clients to navigate complex privacy, cybersecurity, and data management issues in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment. She counsels companies of all sizes across multiple industry sectors, helping them to identify, evaluate, and manage the myriad compliance obligations associated with corporate privacy and information security practices. Melinda regularly advises on the creation, development, and implementation of global privacy and security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines, as well as company codes of conduct and employee privacy training programs. Attentive to her clients' business needs, Melinda's proactive approach favors pragmatic, forward-thinking compliance strategies that emphasize prevention and mitigation of privacy and data security risks.
Seth advises clients on cross border transactions, U.S. securities offerings and international dispute resolution. Having practiced in both France and New York, he works hand in hand with public and private companies in Asia, Europe and the United States to advise on strategic transactions and disputes, including advising boards of directors and special committees. He also represents clients in international arbitrations.
Seth previously taught at the Sorbonne in Paris and acted as Assistant Counsel in multiple pre-trial cases at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He is admitted to the bar in New York and Paris. He attended Georgetown University Law Center and has a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and from the Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris.
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