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News Article | May 22, 2017
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MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP announces the expansion of its global banking and corporate practice with the arrival of Juan Azel as counsel in Miami. For nearly 20 years, Azel has represented financial institutions as general counsel or as outside counsel on regulatory and compliance, financial crime risk management, and internal investigations and enforcement matters, with an emphasis on the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), anti-money laundering (AML), and economic sanctions laws and regulations. Fernando C. Alonso, corporate and banking partner and chair of the Latin America practice group, says: “This is a homecoming for Juan, and we wholeheartedly welcome him back to the firm. Since his time with us in the early 2000s, Juan has developed relationships with in-house counsel and executives in the legal, compliance, business, finance, HR and operations arenas. With Juan’s international banking experience and his ability to interact effectively with regulators and law enforcement personnel on behalf of financial institutions, we can further expand our global banking and compliance services.” Peter G. Weinstock, who leads the financial institutions practice, adds: “Juan has been instrumental in formulating corrective action plans, drafting policies and procedures, and crafting and implementing worldwide training programs for addressing BSA/AML/Sanctions. In addition to consulting on issues, Juan also led teams that developed the solutions.” Prior to joining Hunton, Azel led the legal departments of the Standard Chartered Private Bank (Americas) and StanChart Securities International Inc.; served as chief legal counsel of the BBVA Private Bank, Miami; and was senior legal regulatory counsel for Standard Chartered Bank. A graduate of Florida International University, Azel received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He was associated with Hunton from 2001 to 2004. Nearly one-third of the firm’s top clients are financial institutions and other financial services companies, and our lawyers help them address risk management and comply with legislative and regulatory mandates. We are aligned with your business. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP continues to grow its corporate practice with the arrival of partner G. Scott Rafshoon in the firm’s Atlanta office. Rafshoon represents clients involved in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters and focuses on infrastructure projects. “Scott brings experience with innovative infrastructure privatization and significant M&A work,” said Thomas Hiner, co-head of the firm’s corporate team. “His practice is a great complement to our PPP practice and to our corporate finance team, which regularly handle complex national transactions.” Rafshoon joins from Dentons, where he was a partner and a leader of its infrastructure and public-private partnerships practice. He is recognized widely for his work in the privatization and redevelopment of military housing facilities at more than 50 military bases nationwide. He has led negotiations with the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force; third-party construction, engineering and design firms; and private sources of capital to close complex P3 transactions. He also has advised clients on projects related to financing university student housing and other higher education infrastructure projects. His practice also includes advising companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance, and joint ventures; and he has longtime experience in selling businesses and assets in the United States and overseas. He also has served as outside general counsel to various clients. Rafshoon is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law where he teaches contract drafting and deal skills. Before his legal career, Rafshoon was a magazine and newspaper reporter and editor focusing on government and politics. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he received his law degree from Emory University School of Law. The Hunton & Williams corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions practice includes securities, financings, capital markets and corporate governance matters. The firm has a history of representing issuers, investors and underwriters in a wide range of public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


News Article | July 17, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a recent webcast, Hunton & Williams LLP’s London office managing partner Aaron Simpson discusses the specific preparations companies must take in order to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before next year. Accountability, expanded data subject rights, breach notification, sanctions and data transfer mechanisms are a few requirements that Simpson explores in detail. He reminds companies that, in the coming year, it will be very important to “monitor…and stay aware of the guidance being produced by regulators,” but also that the guidance is not a substitute for the specific preparations that each business will need to perform in order to comply with the GDPR. You can access a recording of the full webinar here. Hunton’s privacy and cybersecurity practice is known globally for its international scope, depth of experience, breadth of knowledge and outstanding client service. The team is comprised of nearly 30 privacy and cybersecurity professionals in the United States, Europe and Asia who respond to corporate data breaches and shape cybersecurity and privacy policy across the globe. The practice is ranked as one of the top privacy and data security practices by Computerworld magazine, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500. For more information, visit www.huntonprivacyblog.com. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


News Article | May 30, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lisa Sotto, who leads the global privacy and cybersecurity practice at Hunton & Williams LLP, recently sat down with DataGuidance to discuss some of the biggest challenges and developments in the privacy world as part of the Thought Leaders in Privacy video series. The following is a Q&A distilled from a discussion about the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) new cybersecurity regulation. DataGuidance: What are the main requirements under the NYDFS Cybersecurity Rule? Lisa Sotto: These are very significant regulations. While they apply only to a narrow segment of a particular industry sector, they are far-reaching in their implications. They are risk-based standards that require the attention of senior leadership. Of course, cybersecurity is an issue that has risen very high on the radar screen of both boards and C-suites, and it really mandates their attention. Generally, the rule requires that companies put in place a cybersecurity program and have a written policy. They need to have rules with respect to service providers, perform due diligence in advance of hiring them and have contractual provisions in place. There is a 72-hour notice requirement for notifying the NYDFS after the identification of a breach, which is very difficult, and there is a data retention provision which looks very much like the language that is used in European rules. Also of note, there is an annual recertification process, so senior leaders of the company or a board member need to annually certify compliance with these regulations. DataGuidance: What will be the greatest challenges of the rules for organizations? Lisa Sotto: There are two provisions that mimic what we’re seeing globally and hew closely to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). (1) The 72-hour-notice requirement is fairly revolutionary in the United States, and extremely difficult to comply with. It requires that covered entities notify the NYDFS if any governmental entity or self-regulatory body needs to be notified of an incident, so this is a very broad standard. (2) The other provision that I think is particularly challenging for US companies is the data retention clause, which requires the disposal of information covered under these regulations if it is no longer needed for business purposes or another legitimate reason. Again, there are similarities here to the language used in the GDPR. DataGuidance: How do the rules fit within the broader cybersecurity landscape? Lisa Sotto: These are highly prescriptive rules. They’re far-reaching and reasonably unique in their coverage. I think the rules will effectively create a de facto national standard because financial institutions that do business in New York and are subject to these rules have interconnected systems. The practical reality is that they can’t possibly comply with this regulatory regime only with respect to their New York systems because those systems aren’t isolated from systems outside of New York. The video discussion from this episode of Thought Leaders in Privacy can be viewed here. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


News Article | June 26, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP recently hosted a webinar with Beijing partner Manuel “Bing” Maisog on China’s new Cybersecurity Law. The new law, which became effective on June 1, imposes new restrictions on information flows from operators of key information infrastructure that have the potential to substantially shut down otherwise routine cross-border transfers of information. During the webinar, Maisog discussed key aspects of the new Cybersecurity Law, including data localization, technology procurement, the handling of personal information, cybersecurity compliance requirements and a potential obligation to support government agencies. Maisog also discussed categories of enterprises established under the new law, sets of obligations that apply to each category, and the kinds of entities likely to fall within each category. You can access a recording of the full webinar here. Hunton’s privacy and cybersecurity practice is known globally for its international scope, depth of experience, breadth of knowledge and outstanding client service. The team is comprised of nearly 30 privacy and data security professionals in the United States, Europe and Asia who respond to corporate data breaches and shape cybersecurity and privacy policy across the globe. The practice is ranked as one of the top privacy and data security practices by Computerworld magazine, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500. For more information, visit www.huntonprivacyblog.com. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


News Article | August 7, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a video roundtable series, Hunton & Williams LLP partners Lisa J. Sotto and Steven M. Haas and special counsel Allen C. Goolsby, along with Stroz Friedberg co-president Eric M. Friedberg and Lee Pacchia of Mimesis Law, discuss the special consideration that should be given to privacy and cybersecurity risks in corporate transactions. In M&A transactions, it is critical for parties to consider the risks and potential liabilities associated with inadequate privacy and cybersecurity practices — whether arising from regulatory violations, actual data breaches or a host of other issues. Even companies that rely less on personal data for their day-to-day operations need to ensure that their company’s confidential and proprietary information is well guarded long before an M&A transaction arises. Buyers need to assess these risks carefully during due diligence because they can be significant and materially affect a buyer’s valuation of a seller’s business. Moreover, issues that are discovered after an M&A transaction is completed could expose companies to massive liabilities such as expensive consumer class action litigation, intrusive government investigations, hefty remediation costs and other expenses. You can access the first two installments of the roundtable discussion here and here. Hunton’s privacy and cybersecurity practice is known globally for its international scope, depth of experience, breadth of knowledge and outstanding client service. The team is composed of more than 30 privacy and cybersecurity professionals in the United States, Europe and Asia who respond to corporate data breaches and shape cybersecurity and privacy policy across the globe. The practice is ranked as one of the top privacy and data security practices by Computerworld magazine, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500. For more information, visit www.huntonprivacyblog.com. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP today received the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Medal for the firm’s pro bono legal work on behalf of Coast Guard members. Managing Partner Wally Martinez and several lawyers and paralegals who have participated in the project accepted the award on behalf of Hunton & Williams at a ceremony at the firm’s New York office. Presenting the award were Staff Judge Advocate Capt. Christopher Mooradian and Coast Guard Legal Assistance Attorney Benjamin McCarty, who are based at the First Coast Guard District Legal Office in Boston. “While we are honored to receive this prestigious award, it truly has been our privilege to serve the Coast Guard and its families, and we look forward to continuing and expanding our partnership,” said Martinez, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, who helped start the pro bono legal assistance program and is among the program’s most active participants. Martinez also received a Meritorious Public Service award for his personal contributions. Begun in 2012, the Coast Guard partnership has involved about 30 of the firm’s lawyers who have contributed nearly 1,800 volunteer hours in five states. The firm assists Coast Guard members and their families with legal issues involving real estate, estate planning, bankruptcy, immigration and other matters. Lawyers from the firm’s New York, Miami, Norfolk, Richmond, Atlanta and Washington offices have all been involved in the partnership. The Meritorious Public Service Medal is given to recognize substantial contribution to the Coast Guard that produced tangible results and specific individual accomplishments that provide unique benefits to the public. Hunton & Williams continues to lead the way in community service in the United States, and the firm’s tradition of pro bono service is well recognized. Since 2009, 100 percent of the firm’s full-time U.S. lawyers have worked on pro bono projects. The firm has neighborhood offices in Richmond, Charlottesville, Va., and Atlanta dedicated to pro bono services for low-income individuals. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


News Article | June 20, 2017
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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP has appointed partner Amanda L. Wait to lead its competition and consumer protection practice. “Amanda has a sterling reputation and strong relationships with many of our key clients,” said Managing Partner Wally Martinez. “She brings great energy and leadership to the group.” The Hunton & Williams competition and consumer protection practice provides experienced counsel and innovative legal solutions to business challenges and strategic opportunities in antitrust and consumer protection litigation, merger review and enforcement investigations. The practice includes former enforcers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), including DC Office Managing Partner Wendell Taylor, who served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice; Jack Martin, former FTC trial counsel; and Phyllis Marcus, former Chief of Staff in the FTC’s Advertising Practices Division. “Competition and consumer protection issues―whether litigation or investigations―drive to the heart of our clients’ businesses and require innovative solutions," said Wait. “I’m excited to lead the expansion of our innovative work on behalf of our clients." A former FTC lawyer, Wait has guided clients through the global antitrust review of some of the largest corporate mergers in recent history, including the $2.4 billion merger between Cash America International, Inc. and First Cash Financial Services, two of the nation’s three largest pawnshop operators; and the $1.4 acquisition of Stewart Enterprises by Service Corporation International, the nation’s largest funeral and cemetery services provider. Wait is a recognized leader in her field. She speaks frequently on antitrust topics and regularly is sought after by such major media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, National Public Radio and Associated Press to provide analysis of significant mergers, most often in the retail and consumer products industries. Among other recognitions, Wait has been named to the “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation for the past two years, and was selected as a “Rising Star for Antitrust Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers for the past four years. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP is pleased to announce that Lisa Sotto, chair of the firm’s top-ranked global privacy and cybersecurity practice and managing partner of the firm’s New York office, has been selected as an arbitrator in connection with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Binding Arbitration Program. The Program, developed by the US Department of Commerce and European Commission, provides the terms under which Privacy Shield organizations are obligated to arbitrate claims, pursuant to the Recourse, Enforcement and Liability Principle. The binding arbitration option applies to certain “residual” claims as to data covered by the EU-US Privacy Shield. The purpose of this option is to provide a prompt, independent and fair mechanism, at the option of individuals, for resolution of claimed violations of the Principles not resolved by any of the other Privacy Shield mechanisms, if any. Sotto has received widespread recognition for her work in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity. She chairs the US Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. She is regularly sought after by media outlets and industry publications for her professional insights, and appears regularly on national television and radio news programs. She is a part of Hunton & Williams’ award-winning global privacy and cybersecurity practice, which focuses on all aspects of privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, information governance, cyber insurance, litigation and e-commerce issues for multinational companies across a broad range of industry sectors. Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Beck’s risk society has become a highly influential theory in sociology and has begun to influence risk policy-making and regulation. The theory has been given too much credit, however. This article identifies and analyzes the troubling features of risk society, and demonstrates that it is a loose set of vague ideas, feelings, and hunches, rather than a theory. Risk society, as distinguished from modern industrial society, is a risk management society concerned with the identification and distribution of risks arising from industrial activities, while downplaying natural and other risks. Devoid of empirical content and analytical tools, it promotes a simplistic precautionary anti-industrial environmental and safety ethic. Risk society involves politicization of science and self-interested activism in risk management decision-making. Due to its unrealistic dogmas, ambitions, and side effects, risk society is unable to manage risks effectively and efficiently, and poses a threat to constitutional democracy. Policy-makers and risk managers, therefore, should not rely on risk society theory in designing and implementing risk management structures and regulations. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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