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GDPR - Are You Ready? (Hosted by Premier Members Penningtons and NCC Group) #GDPRbabcsf

Date: April 11, 2018 Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Event Description


The British-American Business Council Northern California (BABC) is pleased to present this event, co-hosted by BABC Premier Members Penningtons Manches LLP and NCC Group.

With just a few months remaining until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May, time is now running out for many businesses.   In this event, our expert panel will discuss this major shake-up of privacy law, how it impacts US business, the key steps which need to be taken, and the onerous sanctions for non-compliance.  Topics will include:

- The rights of individuals

- Obtaining valid consent

- Managing international data transfers

- IT Security

- Marketing



This event will be interesting to CIO’s, heads of IT Operations and those responsible for the systems that handles the data of EU residents.  C- Level executives and in-house General Counsel’s will also find this panels discussion of interest.





Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP


Hamish is a partner in the commercial, IP and IT team. He joined Penningtons Manches in 2012 from the London office of a large regional firm.

He advises on all aspects of intellectual property (including strategy, licensing and transactions), IT, e-commerce and data protection, as well as a broad range of commercial contractual matters including joint ventures, collaborations, agencies and distributorships.

Hamish is an active member of the firm’s technology sector group and is currently a mentor on the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator programme for early stage technology companies. He also has considerable experience in contractual and commercial matters for businesses in the sports, leisure & hospitality and media sectors.

He is the co-author of the Law Society’s Commercial Law Handbook and a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the British Association for Sport & Law. Hamish is also recommended for commercial and IP matters in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and The Legal 500.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on the sale of numerous patent portfolios, both in the UK and internationally, relating to DNA analysis and fingerprinting technology, for a UK government entity.
  • Acting for UK cleantech clients on numerous licensing and collaboration deals many of which were against large multinationals.
  • Advising a luxury watch brand on a high profile sports sponsorship deal.
  • Acting for a well-known fast food brand on restructuring of certain parts of its franchisee network.
  • Advising a leading publisher on e-commerce and privacy issues.

VP, Risk Management & Governance, NCC Group

John Rostern is the Vice President of NCC Group North America’s Governance and Risk Management practice, providing security advisory services in the fields of risk and architecture, security management, due diligence and compliance to industry standards (PCI DSS, ISO 2700x series, NIST 800, etc.).

John has more than 36 years of diverse experience in audit, information security and information technology. His areas of expertise include IT audit, technology risk assessment & management, IT strategic planning & governance, architecture, information security, operations, applications development, telecommunications, networking, data center design and business continuity planning.

John is a subject matter expert in the areas of data loss prevention, intrusion detection, encryption and incident response and has published articles on a variety of topics related to technology risk.



In-house Counsel, Docusign

Reggie leads DocuSign’s award-winning legal team in driving acceptance and adoption of digital signatures and transactions across business, industry, and the public sector.

Prior to joining DocuSign, Reggie served as general counsel and EVP at Zynga where he helped manage hyper-growth from 114 to 3,600 employees, successfully brokered 48 acquisitions that led to the expansion of 32 offices worldwide, and oversaw the third largest technology IPO in Silicon Valley history.

In 2010, Reggie was an award winner of The Recorder’s “2010 Attorneys of the Year.”

In 2012, Reggie’s team was named “Most Innovative Legal Team” by Inside Counsel Magazine.

In 2013, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored Reggie as “General Counsel of the Year.”

In May 2016, Reggie was named “In-House Impact” General Counsel by The Recorder legal publication.

In December 2016, Reggie was named “Innovative General Counsel” by the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers report.
Before Zynga, Reggie spent 9 years at Yahoo! where he served as vice president, network quality and operations, and associate general counsel managing Litigation and Security for the company. Prior to Yahoo!, Reggie was a partner at Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft (presently known as Duane Morris) where he litigated cases in contract, patent, and insurance matters.

Reggie received his JD from Tulane School of Law and his AB with Honors in European History and Sociology from Harvard University. Reggie joined DocuSign after taking a year off from work, during which he backpacked around the world with his wife Rebecca and their four sons.

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Partner, Hanson Bridgett

Batya is the chair of the firm's Litigation Section and co-chair of the Privacy, Data Security and Information Governance group. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals ( Batya counsels clients regarding privacy policies, compliance issues, data breach response and related insurance coverage issues, across multiple industries and jurisdictions.

Batya previously chaired the firm's Business Litigation Practice Group. Her banking and business litigation practice includes bringing and defending all types of complex contract actions related to professional services, vendor and customer disputes. Her business-owner matters have included minority shareholder dissolution actions, dissenter's rights actions, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud from the initial stages of litigation through fair value appraisals and buy-outs in real estate, manufacturing and transportation. Batya's real estate litigation experience includes commercial leases, eminent domain proceedings and purchase and sale transactions.

Chief Information Officer, Beyond 

Jenai heads up Beyond's global information security practice.  She comes to Beyond with an extensive portfolio of experience in building security into large sale global environments with a background in real time systems in Entertainment, Video Game and Television industries.

Jenai has built and managed large enterprise security capabilities including Security Governance, Security Research & Innovation, Consumer Product Security, Architecture, Engineering, Testing & Assessment, Security Operations, Threat Management, Cyber Defense, Incident Response, Forensics and eDiscovery.

Jenai believes strongly in building holistic, transparent and frinctionless information security capabilities striving to strike the right balance between at, design and security.  To accomplish this, she gains inspiration from the physical world and biological models including spending an entire summer analyzing human and animal immune system architectures.

She lives on a farm in Northern California where she and her husband grow their food and raise pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and ducks.



Event Location

221 Main Street,15th Floor
San Francisco, CA

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Date/Time Information April 11th, 2018

5.30 - 8.30pm

  • 5:30-6:30 Networking
  • 6:30-6:45 Keynote
  • 6:45-7:30 Panel
  • 7:30-8:00 Networking

Contact Information
$20 Members
$40 Non Members
$60 On the Door

Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres and beverages
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