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Cyber and Data Litigation

Allen & Overy’s expert team handles a wide range of litigation relating to cyber and data security, with particular experience in cross-border cases.

Working with our first rate regulatory specialists, we handle reporting, enforcement and prosecution, including cases involving cyber and data security breaches. 

Our global team includes consultant David Smith, former Deputy Information Commissioner at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

A&O’s clients in this area include national and international businesses, ranging from telecommunications companies to the world’s largest financial institutions. Our work covers diverse issues including: 

  • representing clients in follow-on litigation related to data breaches
  • advising on options for criminal and civil actions against hackers 
  • financial crime risks in relation to the payment of ransoms (including money laundering, terrorism financing and economic sanctions)
  • use of injunctions
  • liaison with regulators
  • employee theft
  • class actions
  • data misuse by third parties
  • anti-terrorism issues
  • denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks
  • third-party disclosure applications

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Publications: 26 OCTOBER 2020

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issues final position limits rule

On October 15, 2020, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) voted to approve a final rule on position limits for commodity derivatives (“Final Rule”).

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Legal agility and risk resilience: How to enhance your organisation’s readiness to withstand the next crisis

Publications: 26 OCTOBER 2020

Legal agility and risk resilience: How to enhance your organisation’s readiness to withstand the next crisis

What can in-house legal, risk and compliance leaders learn from the Covid-19 pandemic and other notable crises of the past 20 years to strengthen the legal resilience of their organisations?

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Allen and Overy launches Hong Kong Cyber Fraud First Response Tool in response to growing threat of cyber crime

News: 22 OCTOBER 2020

A&O launches Hong Kong Cyber Fraud First Response Tool in response to growing threat of cyber crime

Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong Litigation team has launched the Hong Kong Cyber Fraud First Response Tool – a free, web-based tool that guides the victims of cyber fraud (or their representatives) through…

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Germany takes another step towards global value chain regulation

Publications: 20 OCTOBER 2020

Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Laws: Germany takes another step towards global value chain regulation

Germany is taking another step on the road to mandatory human rights due diligence legislation. In July, two federal ministries published a Term Sheet for a German “Federal Bill on the Strengthening…

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Hong Kong Cyber-Fraud First Response Tool

Hong Kong Cyber Fraud First Response Tool

Our free, web-based tool guides the victims of cyber fraud in Hong Kong (or their representatives) through the immediate steps that they should take following the discovery of a fraud.

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