Crossborder Risks Arising from Online Platforms

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May 20, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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As economies have become more digitized over the past decade, many businesses have offloaded their onsite operations onto the internet, including through the use of online applications and platforms to perform material portions of their operations. Examples of this include the transition of data from company-owned servers and hardware, managed by company personnel from data centers, to service-provider-owned cloud platforms managed by service provider personnel from anywhere. The transition of businesses’ data and services from data centers to online environments operated and managed by third parties has created a new host of potential operational and legal risks, as the outsourcing of key portions of businesses leave owners with less control and less visibility into where or how their online operations are being stored and processed. Please join us for our program in which we will provide a brief overview of platforms and managed services, and discuss potential risks (particularly cross-border legal issues) that may arise therefrom.



Carol Brani is Senior Counsel – Global Digital and Privacy Law at GlaxoSmithKline, and is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  Carol provides advice on structuring, and reviews, drafts and negotiates, complex commercial agreements supporting GSK’s strategic, global digital transformation initiatives, including PaaS, SaaS, managed services, technology development and data licensing agreements. She also has considerable experience on the suppliers’ side of the table. Prior to joining GSK, she was Vice President, Legal – Technology Solutions at RELX, Inc., co-leading a team providing advice and negotiating inbound and outbound technology, digital, and professional service agreements for its global cloud solutions and software technology Business Unit. She routinely advises on privacy and information security compliance aspects of transactions and offers creative solutions to resolving impasses when they arise between each party’s regulatory compliance and product security teams. Carol previously was a partner with Womble Carlyle (now Womble Bond Dickenson (US) LLP) representing both purchasers and vendors of technology and digital products. Carol is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Shahed Kader is Managing Attorney at Law Office of K.S. Kader, PLLC. and is licensed to practice law in Washington DC and Maryland. His law practices focuses on transactional and data privacy law specifically for Software as a Service companies. Shahed took a different route to law. Before launching the practice, he worked in sales and growth for software companies for 10 years while attending law school at night – giving him an exceptional understanding of software business transactions and needs. Shahed received his undergraduate degree from Temple University, and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School‘s Evening Division. He has been featured in the ABA Journal for his efforts in modernizing the legal job market with alternative legal careers, and is a mentor for multiple startup incubator programs. Shahed’s clients range from early stage software startups needing assistance with incorporation, to mid-stage software businesses requiring general counsel services in their day-to-day legal needs, to late and exit-stage companies for one-off projects.

Jeremy Sands (Senior Legal Counsel, CGI) works as a Senior Counsel in CGI’s Legal Affairs group based in Toronto, Canada. Jeremy provides creative business-minded solutions while advising CGI Business Units and industry verticals across the Company’s varied lines of business and service sectors. His experience in the technology industry extends to a wide variety of commercial IT arrangements including outsourcing, cloud offering, high-end consulting services, licensing, software development, subcontracting, M&A, as well as related contract and client relationship governance, intellectual property and commercial risk management. Jeremy received his JD from Osgoode Hall, and remains involved with the law school as a member of the teaching team providing a course to upper-year students focused on practical negotiations and client advocacy.


Conrad Lee is an associate at McCarthy Tetrault LLP working in its Information Technology Law Group and the Fintech Group. His practice focuses on providing pragmatic legal solutions to a variety of clients, ranging from start-ups to multinational companies, in connection with their strategic commercial transactions involving technology outsourcing, licensing, data security, systems development, software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud computing, e-commerce, distribution and competitive/public procurements. Additionally, he counsels clients in various industries on the technology, privacy and transitional service aspects of merger and acquisition transactions.


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