Webcast: GDPR’s First Five Months: Emerging Trends and Implementation Challenges

October 15, 2018

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, known as the GDPR, has been fully effective since May 25, 2018. Over the ensuing five months, several requirements of this wide-ranging privacy and cybersecurity regulation have come more sharply into focus as Data Protection Authorities have issued supplemental guidance and enforcement activity has begun. In addition, impacted companies have continued to grapple with the regulation, and trends in how to address some of its thornier requirements have begun to emerge. A panel of Gibson Dunn partners from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the United States will provide practical guidance on GDPR compliance based on the first phase of the regulation’s enforcement.

Topics to be covered:

  • Recent guidance from EU Data Protection Authorities
  • Initial enforcement activity
  • Relevant court decisions
  • Implementation of EU member state-specific privacy requirements
  • Brexit’s impact on GDPR compliance
  • The U.S. regulatory view

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Ahmed Baladi is a French qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson Dunn and Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Group. His practice focuses in Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, and in Technology & Digital Transactions. Mr. Baladi has developed renowned experience in compliance and governance programs in light of the GDPR. He regularly represents clients before the French data protection authority and other national DPAs and administrative courts, and advises on data breach and national security matters.

Penny Madden is an English qualified Queen’s Counsel and partner in the London office of Gibson Dunn, where she is Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group and the UK lead for the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Group. Her recent cases include representing global corporates in relation to disputes with ICO, the Irish DPC, the Belgian DPA (BPC), and the French CNIL. Ms. Madden also regularly advises clients on compliance with GDPR.

Alexander H. Southwell is a partner in the New York office of Gibson Dunn and Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Group. Previously Mr. Southwell served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He focuses on information technology-related investigations, counseling, and litigation, is recognized as a Cybersecurity and Data Privacy “Trailblazer”, and is considered among the top data breach response lawyers.

Michael Walther is a partner in the Munich office of Gibson Dunn. He advises German and international clients on European and German antitrust and competition law and on information technology related topics including cyber-security and data privacy in the context of internal investigations and compliance with GDPR.

Joseph Warin is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn, Chair of the office’s Litigation Department, and Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. Mr. Warin is regarded as a top lawyer globally in FCPA investigations, FCA cases, and special committee representations. He regularly handles cases involving GDPR issues in federal regulatory inquiries, criminal investigations and cross-border inquiries by international enforcers, including UK’s SFO and FCA, and government regulators in Germany and elsewhere.