New UK Head and Team of Senior Hires Boosts Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets Practice at Squire Patton Boggs

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Squire Patton Boggs has announced six senior hires spanning four offices to its Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets Practice as part of a concerted expansion of its global capabilities in this increasingly busy area.

  • David Naylor joins the firm’s London office as a partner from Wiggin LLP, where he was head of the Data Privacy, Information Law and Cyber Security team. He will serve as head of the firm’s UK Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets Practice, continuing to work on high-value commercial technology transactions and data privacy and cybersecurity matters.
  • Malcolm Dowden joins the firm’s London office as a partner from Womble Bond Dickinson LLP.
  • Bartolomé Martín joins the firm’s Madrid office as a partner from KPMG Abogados, where he led the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice in Spain.
  • George Wheeler-Carmichael joins the firm’s London office as a consultant. He was previously general counsel at IT software and business services provider Agilisys Limited.
  • David Oberly and Christian Brundell join the firm as senior associates in Cincinnati and Leeds.

“David’s leadership in the area of digital transformation and technology innovation fits with our Global Data Group’s expanded focus on serving our clients’ evolving commercial needs with respect to their data assets,” said Jonathan Jones, European managing partner. “We are committed to building the premiere global privacy team and the arrival of our new colleagues is a measure of our ambition for the future of our practice.”

“As the regulatory environment becomes more complex and rigorous, data protection has become a key priority for clients. In addition to regulatory issues, we have seen an uptick in demand for due diligence and advisory services due to a significant increase in M&A activity,” added Alan Friel, chair of the firm’s Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets Practice. “Our new lawyers are welcome additions to our expanding team, bringing a wealth of experience that is important for the continued development of our practice and the services we provide to clients.”

Squire Patton Boggs is recognised among 25 Elite firms by Global Data Review in its 2022 edition of the GDR 100. With a team of more than 60 partners and associates in its Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets Practice, the firm advises clients on a diverse range of local, regional and international issues in both developed and emerging markets, operating under various data protection, privacy and cybersecurity regimes.

About the Team

David Naylor specialises in working with technology, media, communications and intellectual property-focused businesses and investors. He has significant experience serving as outside general counsel to US and European companies on international business expansion and cross-border transactions and projects. He acted as outside counsel to one of the world’s first smartphone manufacturers on its rollout in Europe, and he also served as Tesla’s outside counsel in the company’s formative years, leading the negotiations on its ground-breaking deal with Lotus for the joint development and manufacture of Tesla’s first electric vehicle. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in technology transactions and data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Malcolm Dowden has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer with a focus on technology, data protection, privacy and electronic communications in the UK. He has particular expertise in UK GDPR compliance and contract remediation projects, as well as extensive international experience acting for clients operating in the US, Southeast Asia, the GCC region and Africa. Mr. Dowden has advised and trained government bodies in a number of jurisdictions through FCO Prosperity Fund programmes, as well as advising UK government departments on significant infrastructure projects.

Bartolomé Martín has more than 15 years’ experience advising clients in Spain on all aspects of data protection, from the design and implementation of GDPR compliance projects through to the design of cross-border data protection systems. He also has wide experience in the negotiation and conception of technological agreements, including outsourcing, distribution agreements and all types of commercial law and intellectual property matters, such as trademarks, copyrights, software licensing agreements, e-commerce consulting and entertainment law.

George Wheeler-Carmichael specialises in UK technology-related commercial matters, data protection and information governance. He was at Agilisys for nine years and prior to that, he was a partner at Nabarro and DLA Piper.

David Oberly focuses his practice on biometric privacy, data privacy and security/data protection matters. He is the founder and chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice Group, as well as a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Committee.

Christian Brundell combines his career in private practice with time spent as in-house legal counsel in the private equity space at Endless LLP to bring a blend of regulatory and commercial experience, with wide-ranging expertise in data protection, privacy and electronic communications law. Christian is dual-licensed to practise both as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an attorney in the US, with a focus on working with clients operating in the transatlantic data corridor.

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