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Helen Christakos

Partner

Silicon Valley

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Helen Christakos

Partner

Silicon Valley

Helen leads A&O’s U.S. Privacy and Data Security practice and has broad experience spanning transactional, counseling and contentious matters. She provides cutting-edge legal advice by blending her privacy and data security legal experience with a business-oriented approach.

She has significant experience negotiating the privacy and cybersecurity issues in M&A, private equity, financings, IPOs, SPACs, asset purchases and other commercial transactions, product counseling (developing products and services that comply with privacy and data security laws), developing privacy and security policies, and managing cybersecurity incidents and breaches.

She has represented clients ranging from emerging start-up ventures to global public companies in developing, licensing, selling, acquiring, protecting, and commercially exploiting data assets. Helen advises companies on changing and complex privacy, internet and cybersecurity laws governing the use, storage and disclosure of information.

In addition to her law practice, Helen is Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she developed the curriculum for and teaches the school’s inaugural cybersecurity law class.

Helen is ranked as one of California’s Top Cyber Lawyers by The Daily Journal from 2019-2022.

Experience highlights

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Office

Silicon Valley

550 High Street, Second Floor
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia

Academic

J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Fulbright Scholar, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

M.Phil., Cambridge University

B.A., Vassar College

Other noteworthy experience

Data privacy and cybersecurity matters for:

  • Peloton Interactive on its $420 million acquisition of Precor, one of the largest global commercial fitness equipment providers with a significant U.S. manufacturing presence.
  • Meta on its acquisitions of Camouflaj and Lofelt.
  • Stripe on its acquisition of TaxJar, a leading provider of sales tax software for internet businesses.
  • Coinbase in its acquisitions of skew, Unbound Security and Polychain.
  • Graybug Vision on its merger agreement with CalciMedica, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies for life-threatening inflammatory diseases.
  • Remitly on its IPO.

Privacy and Cybersecurity product counseling for:

  • A Fortune 100 company on privacy and cybersecurity matters regarding its AR/VR game.
  • A leading telecommunications company on implementing privacy by design for a mobile device designed for children under 13. Developed a COPPA-compliant privacy policy for the device and drafted and negotiated vendor and OEM agreements relating to the device.

Cybersecurity counseling and breach incidences:

  • A medical device company on managing a HIPAA data security breach involving patient data.
  • An interactive learning platform for elementary school children in a global data security breach.