Contributors

Philip Nolan

Philip Nolan is a partner in the commercial department of Mason Hayes & Curran in Dublin (Ireland). He studied at the University College (Dublin), De Paul University (Chicago), and the University of Oxford before joining Mason Hayes & Curran, where he completed his training. Mr. Nolan specializes in commercial law, communications and energy law, intellectual property law, and information technology law. He advises a range of both public and private clients and has developed a focused regulatory advisory practice, which includes public procurement law and data protection law.

At the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland, Mr. Nolan teaches information technology law, software licensing law, data protection law, and commercial law. He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Gazette of the Law Society of Ireland and the Curriculum Development Unit of the Law Society of Ireland. Mr. Nolan is actively involved in a number of international organizations, including the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) and the International Technology Law Association. He previously served as President of the Technology, Media and Intellectual Property Commission of AIJA and was recently elected to AIJA’s Executive Committee.

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Rahul Matthan

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Rahul Matthan is one of the founding partners of Trilegal and the head of its technology practice based in Bangalore. He is a member of the management committee of the firm and is actively involved in a number of industry associations relating to the technology sector.Much of Rahul’s work is focused in an around information technology and high technology clients to whom his team offers a full range ofservices. His work includes, technology transfer, intellectual property strategy advice, technology M&A, venture capital investment, business process outsourcing, unfair competition, distribution and supply arrangements, dispute resolution relating to technology companies, electronic commerce, etc.

He has advised various departments of the Government of India in respect of policy matters pertaining to the national spatial data infrastructure, and intellectual property and is an active consultant to organizations involved in bringing e-governance solutions to various municipalities around the country.He has a deep understanding of the conflict between internet penetration and wide adoption and that a growing dependency on the internet will have on national security. He has worked with the Unique Identification Authority of India in addressing the data protection concerns involved in rolling out a national identity scheme to the 1.2 billion people resident in India and has developed an approach paper for the government of India, outlining the form and substance of an Indian data protection legislation.

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Sophia A. Komna

Sophia A. Komna is a founding partner of Carsten Niemer, Sophia Komna & Partners Law Company in Athens (Greece). The firm has established and maintains contacts and professional relations around the world and represents multinational companies, which are market leaders worldwide, as well as independent public bodies. The firm’s field of activity includes various areas of Law with international parameters, litigation, and arbitration, industrial and intellectual property, and data protection whereas it extends to corporations, contracts, transactions, and investments. Over the years of the firm’s operation and service, the firm has established a distinguished reputation for competence and integrity in addition to which we gained great court and negotiating experience to the great benefit of our clients. Ms. Komna’s areas of practice include civil law, commercial law, EU law, mergers and acquisitions, contract and competition law, intellectual and industrial property law, data protection law, privacy & security, public tenders, private international law, and litigation.

Ms. Komna graduated with a degree in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Athens. She has been admitted to the Athens Bar Association (1999) appointed to the Athens First Instance Court (1999), the Athens Court of Appeal (2003), and the Supreme Court. She is highly experienced in civil and commercial litigation, as well as in counseling companies and entrepreneurs in domestic and international business and finance. She is a member of the Greek Society of Commercial Law, the Greek Society of Civil Law, the ITLAW Group Europe (formerly serving as its President), the editorial Board of ETMR, and the ADVOC International Network for independent Law Firms. Ms. Komna speaks Greek, English, and German. Carsten Niemer, Sophia Komna & Partners Law Company is a full-service law firm that operates throughout Greece and has clients throughout Europe.

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Axel Funk

Axel Funk is a partner and head of the Technology team of CMS Hasche Sigle in Stuttgart (Germany). He specializes in technology transactions; Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing projects as well as IT project agreements and distribution, license and maintenance agreements for hardware and software. He has special expertise in the legal aspects of electronic commerce and data protection. Chambers Global and JUVE rank him as one of the leading German lawyers in the field of information technology law. Mr. Funk is a frequent speaker at international technology conferences in Europe, the United States, and India. Mr. Funk is a member of the Board of the German Association for Law and Information Technology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik e.V.). Furthermore, he is a member of the Civil Law Committee of the German Bar Association, and chairs the review committee for information technology specialist lawyers in Stuttgart. Mr. Funk lectures at the Hochschule für Medien in Stuttgart in IT, Internet law, and media law.

 

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Alain Bensoussan

Alain Bensoussan is the founder and managing partner of Cabinet Alain Bensoussan, in Paris (France). Mr. Bensoussan focuses on intellectual property law, IT law, and international relation law. He was the President of Association Française du Droit de l’Informatique et de la Télécommunication (AFDIT) from 2005 to 2009. He was President of the Commission for the “Protection of Personal Data and Rights of the Digital Person”—of UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats) from 2006 to 2012, and was President of Association Nationale d’Assistance Administrative et Fiscale des Avocats (ANAAFA) from 2010 to 2011. He has also been a panelist with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2000.

Mr. Bensoussan founded the law firm Cabinet Alain Bensoussan in 1978 in order to focus on computer and advanced technologies law. Always at the forefront of technological changes, today the firm is involved in other cutting-edge sectors, including robot law. Mr. Bensoussan teaches IT law at various Schools and Universities (including at École Centrale de Paris and Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale) and is a regular speaker at conferences and training programs. In 1985, Mr. Bensoussan wrote and published the first treatise on computer law (Berger-Levrault Editions). In 2008, he published a book on data protection on the occasion of the 30th birthday of the French Data Protection Act (Editions Francis Lefebvre) (3d edition to be published early 2014).

Mr. Bensoussan was named France’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Technology Law in 2014 and 2012, and in Information Technology Law in 2013 and 2011 by the U.S. legal publication Best Lawyers. He won a Client Choice Award in 2014 in the “Information Technology” category.  His firm also received, both in 2014 and 2013, the Gold Trophy in the category “Information Technology–Media & Telecommunications” at the business law firms award ceremonies organized by Le Monde du Droit. In addition, Cabinet Alain Bensoussan is recommended by Legal 500 as “the ‘founding father of IT law in France’ and is described as having one of the Market’s Largest Offerings in terms of services and pool of experts.” It is the first French law firm to have sought and obtained in 1998, the ISO 9002 (1994 version), for all of its consulting and litigation services in the field of advanced technology law. In June 2012, it became one of the first French firms to be awarded the CNIL label “Lexing ® formation informatique et libertés” for its data protection training catalog and, in November 2012, the CNIL label “Lexing ® audit informatique et libertés” for its data processing audit procedures. In 2012, Mr. Bensoussan created Lexing ®, the first international network of lawyers dedicated to technology law.

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Felipe Isa Castillo

Felipe Isa CastilloFelipe Isa Castillo is a partner with Arthur & Castillo in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Mr. Castillo focuses his practice on corporate and commercial law; mergers and acquisitions; tax law; and international business practice. In his transactional practice, Mr. Castillo counsels national and international entities in their operations and international transactions with impact in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Castillo has represented national and international contractors in tenders and contracts with the Dominican Government. As qualified legal counsel, Mr. Castillo regularly provides specialized advice for the establishment, licensing and authorization, construction, maintenance and operation of agro business, energy, export free zones, transportation, telecommunications, and tourism infrastructure projects and their financing. Mr. Castillo is admitted to practice law in the Dominican Republic.

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Aimée Prieto

Aimée Prieto is a partner in Prieto Cabrera & Asociados, a law firm based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Ms. Prieto focuses her practice on real estate transactions. commercial business transactions, asset recovery, and litigation management and supervision.

Prieto Cabrera & Asociados counsels national and international companies and governmental agencies on intellectual property protection, corporate and commercial law, information technology, outsourcing arrangements, government law and regulation, foreign investment, free zones, agency and distribution law; in addition to asset recovery and litigation.

Ms. Prieto is admitted to practice law in the Dominican Republic.

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Kim G. Hansen

Kim G. Hansen is a founding partner of Integra Law Firm in Copenhagen (Denmark). Mr. Hansen focuses his practice on information technology; intellectual property matters, including protection and strategy, commercialization, licensing and litigation; advice and negotiation on IT-procurement and outsourcing arrangements; information security and privacy compliance; and computer games. His transactional practice includes licensing, outsourcing, research and development arrangements, technology transfer and commercial arrangements that involve general intellectual property and technology issues.

Mr. Hansen has been the President of IT Law Group Europe (2010-2012), and is a former chair of the Association of Danish IT Attorneys, secretary to the Danish Forum for IT-law and a member of the Danish IT Society’s council on IT and law. He holds a Ph.D. in software patents from Aarhus University and a LL.M. in Computer and Information Technology Law from Strathclyde University. Integra Law Firm specializes in IT and IPR matters and is the Danish member of the IT Law Group Europe. Mr. Hansen is admitted to practice before the High courts in Denmark.

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Olga Georgiades

Olga Georgiades is the founder and director of Lexact Solutions Ltd. in Nicosia (Cyprus). She has extensive, practical experience of Corporate, Commercial, Competition, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, and Energy Law.

She has been appointed as Arbitrator for domain name disputes concerning the European top-level domain “.eu”. She was a founding member and Secretary of the Computer Law Special Interest Group of the Cyprus Computer Society. She holds an LL.B. (Hons) (English and French Law) and an LL.M. in European Law with Competition and Telecommunications Law from University College London (UCL). She also holds a Diploma in French Higher Legal Studies from the University of Robert Schumann, Strasbourg. Ms. Georgiades has trained at the European Commission, at the Information Society Directorate and holds a Diploma for Teaching Law at University Level from UCL. She is a frequent speaker at various conferences and the author of legal articles and books on Cypriot legislation concerning, inter alia, Company Law, Cyprus Internet Law, Data Protection and Privacy, as well as Domain Names in Cyprus. Lexact Solutions Ltd. is engaged in corporate advice, company formations, and tax planning structuring as well as European projects and legal publications on corporate law matters.

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Marissa Xiao Dong

China_Marissa_Dong.jpgMarissa Xiao Dong is a partner at Jun He Law Offices, based in Beijing (China). Ms. Dong mainly practices in merger and acquisition, foreign direct investment, telecommunication and Internet, and general corporate commercial practice. Ms. Dong has been involved in various large-scale transactions. She advises on a broad range of private and public transactions and for both multinational companies and large Chinese state-owned companies. She has substantial experience in assisting clients in information technology, telecommunication, and new technology industries. Ms. Dong is admitted to practice law in the People’s Republic of China. Her working languages are Mandarin and English.

 

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