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2019.2 Magazine

    Global Data Review travelled to America, Asia and Europe to produce GDR 2019.2. We believe the results were worth the jetlag.

    This issue sees us examine an under-reported phenomenon: how the rise in data – the new oil, the new gold and so on – has affected M&A and other dealmaking activity. We gathered top lawyers in New York to discuss how their deals practice has changed in recent years, and the opportunities and pitfalls that arise in the era of companies understanding the value of their data.

    We sent reporters to France and India, generating not only surveys of the lawyers you need to know there but also an in-depth look at some of the barriers the countries put up to stymie the flow of data at their borders. Also in this issue is an in-depth interview with Zee Kin Yeong, deputy commissioner of Singapore’s increasingly influential Personal Data Protection Commission; and analysis from lawyers at Dechert on the takeaways from the recent EU–Japan adequacy decision. We also set about profiling some of the key talent in an area we have only rarely written about so far: in-house data specialists. As part of our dedication to mapping out not only the laws, but also the people who interpret them, we wanted to showcase a selection of lawyers steering companies through the increasingly complex global data landscape.

All tied up

France’s 1968 blocking statute has been a headache for French companies facing foreign disclosure requests for half a century. With reform potentially on the way, how could life be made easier for data holders currently caught between a rock and a hard place?

Data & tech transactions

Companies’ collection, use, commercialisation and transfer of data has risen enormously over the last few years. GDR gathered partners from top firms in New York to discuss how the explosion in data has affected the world of technology transactions.

Delicately poised

India’s flirtation with data localisation rules has many worried. The country is considered a leader of the developing world, and observers fret that where it goes, others will follow.

Interview – Zee Kin Yeong

Singapore’s deputy privacy commissioner talks AI, trust and why it’s too early for regulation.

Lessons from the EU–Japan mutual adequacy arrangement

Dechert London partner Paul Kavanagh and associate Dylan Balbirnie assess what the recent EU–Japan adequacy deal demonstrates about the European Commission’s approach to adequacy.