My main areas of practice are consumer and commercial transactions, global privacy compliance programs, global data security advice and IT outsourcing transactions for a range of clients across the world, and as I was an in house lawyer for many years my main clients are senior in house counsel.
I particularly specialise in undertaking BCR projects aswell as implementing global privacy programs for multinationals, using GDPR as a catalyst for that.
I am a regular speaker at ACC conferences in the US and Europe and undertake numerous webinars for ACC aswell as presenting at various lawyer conferences. I also run an in house technology forum for senior in house counsel and am well known to most technology in house counsel throughout EMEA.
I am regarded by both Chambers and The Legal 500 as a leading individual in technology and privacy.
Andrew Smith is Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. He came to the FTC from the law firm of Covington & Burling, where he co-chaired the financial services practice group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Smith was a staff attorney at the FTC, where he led the agency’s efforts to make several rules under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Mr. Smith has written extensively on consumer protection and financial services issues, served as the Chair of the American Bar Association's Consumer Financial Services Committee, and is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Williams College, and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where he served as Professional Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review.
Kurt Wimmer is the U.S. chair of our Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, and is past chair of the Privacy and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He is rated in the first tier by Legal 500, designated as a national leader in Chambers USA, and is included in Best Lawyers in America in four areas. Sources for Chambers USA describe him as "a leading person in the field" and "extremely gifted at what he does."
Mr. Wimmer represents major social media companies, global technology companies and multinationals on privacy, cybersecurity and technology law issues. As a former Fortune 500 general counsel, he “offers clients experience and insight having been both in-house and outside counsel,” according to Chambers USA. His clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Accenture, Amazon, General Mills, ExxonMobil, Instagram, WhatsApp, Evernote, Cloudflare, CBS, the National Football League and the National Hockey League.
Mr. Wimmer is qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe (CIPP/E) and the United States (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He focused on EU data protection law in Covington’s London office, where he was managing partner, from 2000-2003. From 2006 to 2009, he was general counsel of Gannett Co., Inc. Mr. Wimmer has testified before Congress and state legislatures several times, as well as legislative bodies in several other countries. He has represented industry coalitions and published widely on the GDPR and global Internet jurisdiction issues.