Cyber and Data Investigations
Allen & Overy’s expert team handles regulatory, criminal and internal investigations into cyber and data-related issues.
Data and cybersecurity breaches can quickly gain the attention of national and international regulators and lead to a company becoming the target of investigation, often by multiple agencies both civil and criminal. There is also potential for significant attention from the media, leading to damage to reputation and to consumer trust. In such instances, it is necessary to engage counsel with specialised experience across multiple jurisdictions to advise how best to navigate the complexities associated with cross-border investigations and how to approach engagement with the relevant agencies.
Our global presence and the extensive experience of our integrated international data protection group, sets us apart. Our experience includes:
- Acting for a major international bank on a potentially significant security breach which involved a vendor. We advised on the regulatory investigations and the position to take against the vendor.
- Advising a European bank in a cybercrime matter whereby the corporate name and trademarks of the bank were used by a clone firm to create a clone website, which appears to be a fraudulent scheme. We assisted on criminal, civil and regulatory aspects.
- Advising a large retailer in relation to the unauthorised publication of sensitive employee personal data on the internet by an employee. Our role included notification to, and liaison with, the ICO and other law enforcement authorities. This matter required coordination between our litigators, data protection, corporate and employment specialists, and the ability to engage the appropriate experts immediately was an important factor in effectively controlling the incident.
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News & insights
Publications: 13 OCTOBER 2021
As previously reported in our article of 4 May 2021, the proposed Belgian Vigilance Proposal (“Proposition de loi instaurant un devoir de vigilance et un devoir de responsabilité à charge des…Read more
Blog Post: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021
eDiscovery mistakes made during an investigation can add unnecessary delay, cost and, at worst, impact the quality and nature of evidence available. With the right knowledge and planning, these…Read more
Blog Post: 16 AUGUST 2021
Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has recently published its 2020/2021 annual report for the period dated April 2020 to March 2021 (the 2020/2021 Period). The report highlights some…Read more
Blog Post: 12 JULY 2021
Recent industry feedback published by the UK Financial Conduct Authority shares insights on the identification and management of cybersecurity challenges and mitigation strategies for financial…Read more
Working with them is delightful. They are highly professional, deliver immaculate client service and have a deep knowledge of data protection technicalities.
Chambers Global 2019, Data Protection