The Perfect Storm on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Panelists at Doing Business Globally in Chicago discuss the increased regulations surrounding data privacy and security.

At our Doing Business Globally program in Chicago today, a panel of Baker McKenzie attorneys and senior in-house counsel explored how growing amounts of data lead to more risks for businesses, as well as increased regulation and enforcement.

The panel included Baker McKenzie partners Brian Hengesbaugh, Teresa Michaud and David Callaway.

Here are some key takeaways from the discussion:

  • The security threat landscape is constantly shifting and changing, and new versions of malware continue to appear.
  • The global regulatory landscape is expanding and evolving, impacting businesses across industry sectors and in key jurisdictions around the world. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one example.
  • Consequences of a privacy incident can include government investigations, consumer and employee class actions, shareholder derivative claims, adverse media attention and reputational harm.
  • Every global enterprise should evaluate its global privacy and cybersecurity risks from an advisory, transactional, and crisis management/disputes perspective.

The Big Data Challenge: Privacy, Security and Compliance

As major data breaches continue to make headlines around the world, what do businesses need to know about breach notification and other information privacy and security matters?

Our Doing Business Globally programs in Chicago (Nov. 7) and Dallas (Nov. 9) will discuss this and more big data challenges and opportunities during our Session 1 panel, “The Perfect Storm on Data Privacy and Security: More Data, More Regulation, More Enforcement.”

Panelists include Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, who will explore what companies are doing to prepare for compliance in this rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

Teresa Michaud, Baker McKenzie Partner

“We’re witnessing a time of incredible transformation across industry sectors due to the advent of big data, as well as increased understanding among individuals about how much data exists about them and others. As a result we will see an increasingly complex maze of regulations around the world,” said Teresa Michaud, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco office who will serve as a panelist. “This panel will discuss the impact of these regulations on multinationals, and offer concrete strategies to help companies respond to regulatory changes and other data privacy risks and issues.”

The panel will focus on several other challenges for data privacy and security:

  • Impact of global regulatory changes in key geographies such as Europe, China and the US
  • Counter-measures you may (and should not) attempt against cyber criminals
  • Responding to data-theft incidents in a way that does not put your company in Congress’s cross-hairs
  • Navigating the data privacy class-action minefield

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Meet DBG Sponsor, ACC Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter

Support for Doing Business Globally in Dallas on Nov. 9 comes from the Association of Corporate Counsel Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter.

With more than 900 members, the growing ACC-DFW Chapter delivers timely and relevant training, development, networking, pro bono and community events to its members and their companies.

The chapter is part of the ACC’s global community with over 40,000 in-house lawyers from more than 10,000 companies in 85 countries.

“Baker McKenzie’s Doing Business Globally program provides a unique opportunity for our members to hear how market leaders are using the digital revolution to gain a competitive advantage and learn strategies to transform their companies’ digital business models,” said David Kilpatrick, President of the ACC Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter and General Counsel at EnvironX Solutions.

To learn more about ACC membership, email

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Keeping Trade Secrets in the Digital Age

Our Doing Business Globally programs in Chicago (Nov. 7) and Dallas (Nov. 9) will examine how digitalization is impacting trades secrets during our Session II panel on “The Rising Importance of Safeguarding Trade Secrets in the Digital Age.”

Panelists include Baker McKenzie intellectual property lawyers from North America, Europe and Asia, and they will discuss the growing value and vulnerability of trades secrets.

Jay Utley, Baker McKenzie Partner

“In a survey by the Firm earlier this year, we found that while many companies valued the importance of trade secrets, the majority did not have basic procedures in place to protect them,” said Jay Utley, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dallas office and DBG panelist. “This session is for multinational corporations interested in learning about best practices for trade secret protection in the US and across the globe.”

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Meet Chicago and Dallas Keynote Speaker Jim Carroll

The keynote speaker at our Doing Business Globally programs in Chicago and Dallas this year is Jim Carroll, a leading global futurist, trends and innovation expert. Over the last 20 years, Jim has shared his insight with more than 2 million people through his onstage presentations. In this video, Jim shares a brief introduction to his work, which has given him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption takes hold of every industry and organization.

Maximizing Tech and Data in Cross-Border M&A Deals

Our Doing Business Globally programs in Chicago (Nov. 7) and Dallas (Nov. 9) will address how digitalization is changing M&A deals during our Session I panel on “Maximizing Tech and Data in Cross-Border M&A Deals.”

The panel, featuring Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, will look at navigating regulatory risks when selling online, compliance challenges in direct marketing, managing privacy statements and the impact of social influence marketing.

Roger Bivans, Baker McKenzie Partner

“This panel will discuss technology and data issues arising in modern day M&A transactions, including data privacy and data security, and how these potential legal risks can be managed and mitigated for greater deal value and certainty,” said Roger Bivans, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dallas office who will serve as a panelist.

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Supply Chain Collaboration in a Digital World

Our Doing Business Globally programs in Chicago (Nov. 7) and Dallas (Nov. 9) will explore how digitalization is transforming supply chains during one of our Session 1 discussions on “Supply Chain Collaboration in a Digital World: Risks and Rewards.” This panel, featuring Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, will outline the advantages and risks of a fully integrated supply chain, as well as provide best practices in project tracking, coordination and dealing with disruptive technologies.

Christina Conlin, Baker McKenzie Counsel

“With the influx of technological advancements, business models around the world are changing rapidly, and it is more important than ever for global companies to understand and comply with the laws of every jurisdiction in which they operate,” said Christina Conlin, counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago office who will serve as a panelist. “This panel is designed to help multinationals identify and manage supply chain compliance risks to gain a competitive edge in the market.”

The panel will focus on several strategic challenges for supply chain collaboration in the Digital Age, including:

  • Ensuring supply chain integrity, including legal protections against human rights violations, counterfeit goods and gray market products.
  • Managing the growing threat of trade secret theft.
  • Criminal and regulatory actions involving supply chain conduct.

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Registration Opens for Doing Business Globally 2017

Registration is now open for Doing Business Globally, Baker McKenzie’s premier cross-border business event.

The complimentary series, now in its seventh year, brings together hundreds of senior business leaders and executives, in-house counsel, and Baker McKenzie practitioners from around the world to discuss the complexities of operating on a global platform and the trends that will impact commercial decisions.

This year’s program will take place in Chicago and Dallas in November with a focus on the key legal and business challenges facing global companies in the Digital Age, providing concrete strategies to transform digital business models.

View the 2017 program brochures and register for the event on our website. Plus, stay tuned for details on our Mexico City program this spring — our first time hosting Doing Business Globally in Mexico.

Benefits of attending the series include:

Gain Insight From Global Thought Leaders
Learn practical tips and strategies from senior executives and thought leaders at the forefront of geopolitical and macroeconomic development that apply to your business. Engage with a global team of panelists through interactive sessions on industry and market developments as well as risks and opportunities for companies doing business across borders.

Customize Your Experience
Tailor your own itinerary and choose to attend the breakout panel sessions that are most relevant to your industry and business. Take advantage of opportunities for personalized discussions with Baker McKenzie practitioners to address your specific needs.

Build Your Global Network
Grow a network of invaluable contacts for benchmarking a business strategy, and building your company and career. Learn and interact with market leaders during a full day of programming and networking with industry peers.

Earn CLE and CPE Credits
Our US programs provide general CLE credit in California, Illinois, New York and Texas. CPE credit is also available for select panels.

Access Exclusive Publications
Enjoy exclusive, complimentary access to legal publications and handbooks that highlight trends and analysis around specific countries and areas of law, authored by industry leaders.

Join the conversation on Twitter at @DBGInsights, and follow this blog for updates on our keynote speakers, panel sessions, and global business news and insights.

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GDPR: What B2B Companies Need to Know


Brian Hengesbaugh, Partner at Baker McKenzie

Brian Hengesbaugh, a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago office, explores what business-to-business (B2B) companies need to know about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in his four-part video series, “What GDPR Really Means for B2B Companies.” 

The series examines the roles of data controllers and processors, and discusses the key components of IT performance standards, data breaches and breach notification, and customer contracting issues.

Watch the full series below:

Part 1 – data controllers and data processors

Part 2 – IT performance standards

Part 3 – data breaches and breach notification

Part 4 – customer contracting issues

For more information on GDPR, check out Brian’s five-part series, “What GDPR Really Means for HR Data.”

Learn more about Brian and his practice | Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Energy industry gathers for annual Global Oil & Gas Institute

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Baker McKenzie hosted its fourth annual Global Oil & Gas Institute in Houston on May 10, offering a global perspective on the current oil and gas market with speakers from Mexico City, Houston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels, Sao Paulo, New York and London. Nearly 250 industry leaders and Firm lawyers attended the event, including in-house lawyers from oil companies, service companies and financial institutions.

Featured speakers included keynote David Brinley, General Counsel – Projects and Technology at Shell International, as well as remarks by Regina Mayor, Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources at KMPG, during the pre-event Women’s Energy Breakfast.

The annual gathering of energy professionals discussed a broad range of topics, including:

Baker McKenzie’s Oil & Gas Practice spans 47 countries and has a broad-range of skills in finance, corporate, tax, and environmental and competition law. The practice’s industry expertise includes the full range of oil and gas transactions throughout the entire value chain, from upstream to downstream, including production, distribution and trading, as well as deep experience in matters involving unconventional resources.