Nina Witt

Nina Witt is a member of the Privacy Team and IP & IT team at Ploum, a law firm based in Rotterdam. She is specialized in Intellectual Property, IT & Privacy Law. She deals with a full range of contract law and provides advice regarding compliance matters and disputes, such particularly relating to privacy legislation and the development, protection, and distribution of information and other technology. Ms. Witt has great knowledge and expertise in the field of life sciences and health and advises on specific, often complex regulations, for example with regard to medical devices and (clinical) scientific research as well as e-health and e-commerce. Ms. Witt has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating contracts for the processing of personal data, including patient data and material, as well as commercial contracts, licenses, and general terms and conditions, such as contracts concerning research and development, trade secrets protection, or software. She assists clients in cases of infringement of intellectual property rights, disputes about the execution and/or termination of contracts, and assists in setting up web-shops and structuring IP portfolios.

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Pál András Gáspárdy 

Pál András Gáspárdy works in collaboration with Bogsch & Partners. He graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. He provides advice on matters including real estate-related transactions, commercial contracts, and IP rights. Besides his native Hungarian, Dr. Gáspárdy is fluent in English.

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Patrick Massa

Patrick Massa is a senior associate with WH Partners, primarily involved in the technology, gaming, and financial services industries. His main practice areas include data protection, general, commercial, and employment law. He also advises on regulatory matters and has been involved in multiple cross-border mergers and acquisitions over the years.

Mr. Massa usually assists clients that range from gaming operators, software development companies to blockchain businesses amongst others.

Mr. Massa graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Hons.) degree from the University of Malta in and subsequently with a Master of Advocacy (M. Adv.) degree. He was admitted to the Bar in 2018. In addition, Mr. Massa holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in European Business Law from the University of Malta.

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Peter Fedor

Peter is an associate at Cechova & Partners in Bratislava (Slovakia). He graduated from Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Law, where he received red diploma (passed with honors) and master degree in 2016. During his studies, he attended an exchange study program at University of Helsinki in Finland focusing on international public law and also other foreign study programs. Peter Received his Dr. Jur. at Law Faculty of Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia in 2018. Peter is a member of the Slovak Bar Association and specializes mainly on data protection law, employment law and litigation.

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Natsue Ishida

Natsue Ishida is Vice President, Executive Officer, and Managing Director of the Legal and Intellectual Property Division, at SEGA SAMMY Holdings Inc., in Tokyo, Japan. Before joining SEGA SAMMY Holdings, Inc., Ms. Ishida was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of UD Trucks Corporation, in Japan where she provided legal guidance and advice to the management and business divisions covering all company activities in and outside of Japan. Before joining UD Trucks, Ms. Ishida worked as the Head of Legal Department at a major cosmetics company, medical device/electronics company, and as a legal counsel for a major Japanese securities company in Tokyo.

Ms. Ishida is a legal and compliance professional with a deep experience of client service and in-house counsel practices. Ms. Ishida’s international experience includes working as the head of legal and compliance  functions for global companies in various industries including entertainment, commercial vehicles, cosmetics, medical devices and electronics, and as a legal counsel for a major Japanese securities firm. Her experience also includes working in the United States and Europe in the areas of global data protection and global transfer pricing as a member of the international headquarters of a large multinational accounting firm. In addition to general corporate practice, her areas of focus include corporate governance, compliance, professional ethics, data protection, IP, and international taxation. Ms. Ishida is a member of the New York State Bar and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.


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Rafael E. Serrano Barona

Rafael Serrano leads the data protection and emerging technologies practice at CorralRosales, a law firm in Quito, Ecuador. His work focuses on data protection, e-commerce and the TMT-Telecoms, Media, and Information Technology industry. He advises national and international companies regarding compliance with data protection laws and regulations in Ecuador.

In addition, Mr. Serrano is a tenured professor at Universidad de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador, where he lectures on data privacy and emerging technologies laws. He is Vice-President of the Ecuadorian Data Protection Association (AEPD), and an active member of several international associations focusing on data protection and information technologies, including the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and ITtechLaw. Currently, he co-chairs the IAPP’s Ecuador KnowledgeNet.

Mr. Serrano graduated from the Law School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. He also holds a master’s degree focused on natural resources and energy law from Melbourne University and specialist degrees in new technologies and data protection from Universidad Católica de Argentina.

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Raffaele Zallone

Raffaele Zallone is the founding and managing partner of Studio Legale Zallone in Milano (Italy). Mr. Zallone is professor of IT Law at the Bocconi University in Milano and Chairman of the ITC Committee of the European Lawyers Association (UAE). He is the author of several books on IT contracts, privacy, and Internet.

Mr. Zallone and his firm focus on drafting and negotiating outsourcing contracts, on intellectual property issues, on e-commerce, and data privacy matters. On this last topic, he has been active since 1982, when he was member of the panel group of the Italian Federation of Employers (Confindustria) who contributed to the early proposals for Data protection Law in Italy.

Mr. Zallone has been supporting customers in the health sector, working on the issues of sensitive personal data being processed by public entities as well as private health care undertakings. He also gives regular advice to large financial and insurance businesses and large distribution and retail chains on matters like customer profiling, fidelity programs, security and surveillance systems, e-commerce, customer satisfaction surveys, etc. Consistent with his early involvement in labor matters and privacy of employees’ data, Mr. Zallone advises clients on the implications of data protection in the workplace. The extensive use of technologies in the workplace raise several issues that Mr. Zallone has analyzed in depth in several different scenarios and environments, giving advice and support on a highly sensitive issue.

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Raphael de Cunto

Raphael de Cunto is a partner in the Palo Alto and São Paulo offices of Pinheiro Neto Advogados. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in the technology industry, negotiating M&A and financing transactions, and complex licensing, distribution and other commercial arrangements. Mr. de Cunto currently also serves in the firm’s steering committee.
He holds a J.D. from the University of São Paulo’s Law School (1985) and an M.C.J. from New York University School of Law (1993). He was a foreign associate at a large international law firm from 1988 to 1989 and at a large U.S. law firm from 1993 to 1994. He is a former president of the Brazilian Computer and Telecommunications Law Association.
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Rahul Matthan

Rahul Matthan is one of the founding partners of Trilegal and is the head of its technology practice based in Bangalore (India). Much of Mr. Matthan’s work is focused on IT and high-technology clients. His work includes technology transfer, IP strategy advice, technology M&A, venture capital investment, business process outsourcing, unfair competition, distribution and supply arrangements, dispute resolution relating to technology companies, and electronic commerce.

Mr. Matthan has advised various departments of the Government of India on policy matters pertaining to the national spatial data infrastructure and IP and is an active consultant to organizations involved in bringing e-governance solutions to various municipalities around the country. He has worked with the Unique Identification Authority of India to address the data protection concerns involved in rolling out a national identity scheme to the 1.2 billion residents. In addition to this project, he has developed an approach paper for the Government of India, outlining the form and substance of Indian data protection legislation. As a natural consequence of that work, he has since been involved in working with the Government of India to frame the proposed data protection law for the country.

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Richard Otevrel

Richard Otevrel is an attorney at Havel & Partners in Prague (Czech Republic). At Havel & Partners, Mr. Otevrel leads a team providing comprehensive legal services in the area of personal data and privacy protection, including legal aspects of transferring data out of the EU, processing of sensitive personal data, video surveillance techniques, and monitoring of employees.

Additional areas of Mr. Otevrel’s expertise include intellectual and industrial property law, information technology, general issues of EU law, and public regulation. His transactional practice includes protection of designs and trademarks, including enforcement, technology transfers in science and research, commercial aspects of software license agreements and implementation contracts, public regulation of electronic communications, consumer protection, public procurement, and concession agreements. Mr. Otevrel is a member of the Appellate Committees of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. He is also a member of the IAPP. Mr. Otevrel is admitted to practice law in the Czech Republic.

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