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Vishnu V. Shankar

Special TMT & Data Protection Counsel

Vishnu Shankar is a special counsel in Proskauer’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Privacy & Cybersecurity Groups in the London office. He practices in two related areas, namely: data privacy and cybersecurity, and technology and intellectual property transactions.

Vishnu’s clients are in a variety of industries, including financial services and payments, asset management and private equity, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, IT, and transportation. Vishnu is recommended by The Legal 500 UK where clients note his “excellent attention to detail, an amazing work ethic and tremendous research skills.” In 2018, he was selected as a Thought Leader in Privacy by DataGuidance.

Vishnu provides practical and strategic advice regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), E-Privacy laws, the NIS Directive (Cybersecurity Directive), and international data transfers (including compliance with Schrems II). He also has significant experience in assisting clients with remediating high-stakes multi-jurisdictional cybersecurity breaches, including responding to regulators. Vishnu also works with clients on public policy matters, including India’s efforts to enact a new data protection law.

Vishnu also has an active technology, intellectual property transactions practice and commercial contracts practice where he draws from his prior law practice in New York and Dublin. In particular, he negotiates complex technology and services, intellectual property licensing, joint venture and collaboration, and IT/BPO outsourcing agreements. In particular, clients that wish to implement artificial intelligence or data monetization strategies benefit from his experience as a privacy and intellectual property lawyer.

Vishnu is regularly invited to speak at industry and academic conferences in Europe and Asia on technology, privacy and intellectual property matters. He has been interviewed by publications such as Bloomberg for his thought leadership. He is admitted in England & Wales and New York.

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Navigating the New Standard Contractual Clauses for International Data Transfers under the GDPR

The final version of the new standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”) were published by the European Commission on June 4, 2021. Many organizations that transfer or receive personal data originating in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) outside the EEA will be required to implement these SCCs with their customers, suppliers and affiliates by December 2022 to … Continue Reading

Preparing for the Final Version of the New EU Standard Contractual Clauses for International Data Transfers

It has been reported that European Commission will publish the final versions of new forms of Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) shortly (even potentially within the next few days). The Commission published draft versions of these SCCs and the implementing Commission Decisions in December 2020. These new SCCs are, arguably, the most significant development in European … Continue Reading

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