[Seminar] Reform of EU Data Protection Rules under the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation is only five months away from being enforced. Naturally, more and more questions arise from the part of the companies that process data in the EU or receive data from the EU through cross-border transfer.

Atsumi Sakai Janssen’s team has timely responded to its Japanese clients queries on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation by organizing two insightful seminars on December 12 and 14, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main.

Member lawyers, Mr. Becker, Tsuzuki and Soepper, lead the seminar in Japanese language in front of dozens of representatives from the Japanese companies based in Rhein/Main region. Atsumi Sakai Janssen team explained changes in data protection that will be brought about by the GDPR.

During the two-hour seminar lawyers offered explanations on general legal implications and suggestions on assuring compliance. The team has equally discussed some of the possible cases that may take place after the enforcement of the GDPR. Other specifics were discussed further during the Q&A session.

Each seminar was followed by a friendly get-together. During the event Japanese companies’ representatives took the opportunity to acquaint with their colleagues and exchange their business cards.

Public Law

We advise both on national and international public law issues. We give public law advice regarding various sectors including energy (with a clear focus on renewable energy), banking and insurance regulation, environmental law, food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, as well as real estate and IT including in particular telecommunications technology.

Furthermore, we always provide sector-specific advice, working closely together with specialist from our cooperation partner Atsumi & Sakai.

Our clients appreciate in particular, that we have good connections to public authorities and associations which often allows us to clarify public law issues fast and efficiently.

Public law advice that we give includes in particular advising on:

  • privatizations and public-private-Partnership (PPP)
  • environmental law, in particular in connections with M&A and real estate transactions as well as renewable energy projects
  • international public law, including free trade agreements and investment treaties
  • legal issues in connection with regulated industries, such as renewable energy, media, banking and finance as well as infrastructure and telecommunications, healthcare and transport
  • obtain and preserving official permits
  • public planning and construction law
  • public law agreements with authorities
  • competition and antitrust matters
  • data protection and privacy matters
  • public subsidies and state aids, helping clients to receive such funding or retaining it even if the initial conditions for the funding are no longer met and defending our clients’ interest when a competitor is illicitly subsidized.

Our team includes lawyers fluent in Japanese, English, German, Chinese, Spanish and French. This allows us to read, understand and comment on documents in these languages without translation and we can also communicate in these languages.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

We advise on all aspects of IT and data protection law, including national and international IT and outsourcing projects.

Furthermore, we are closely following the development of new technologies and its legal implications, including in particular Internet of Things (IoT), digital health, data security, FinTech and Industry 4.0. We are leading various initiatives regarding Industry 4.0 and are fostering cooperation of Japanese and European companies on new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and nano technology.

Our clients appreciate as our IT law specialist have an in-depth understanding of the sector and are prepared to think outside the box.

IT/TMT law advice that we give includes in particular advising on:

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating software license agreements and other IT-agreement
  • IT outsourcing projects
  • e-commerce and regulatory requirements for websites and sales platforms including privacy advice
  • data protection, cross-border flows of personal data and the necessity to have a data protection officer and further data protection-compliant structuring of business models
  • cloud computing concepts
  • media regulatory law advice in particular in connection with M&A transactions and other technology-related transactions
  • transitional service agreements
  • hardware acquisition and group-wide hardware rollout projects

Our team includes lawyers fluent in Japanese, English, German, Chinese, Spanish and French. This allows us to read, understand and comment on documents in these languages without translation and we can also communicate in these languages.

Commercial

We advise on all forms of commercial agreements with sector specific expertise across all the sectors and related regulatory regimes.

With our sector approach our lawyers have a deep understanding of the relevant businesses and understand the key business drivers, so that we can manage risks, and address the challenges of your day-to-day business and foster strategic relationships.

Our clients highly appreciate our approach not to work with one set of standard agreements into which the specific request and needs of the client are squeezed into whether they fit or not but by drafting agreements – if necessary from scratch –  that are 100 % tailored to the client’s needs and its specific situation. We are not delivering products from the bar but custom tailored solutions.

General commercial advice that we give includes in particular advising on:

  • drafting, reviewing and negotiating all sorts of commercial agreements, including distribution (incl. e-commerce) and supply agreements, licensing, manufacturing and cooperation agreements, franchising agreements as well as outsourcing and offshoring, logistics, agency, marketing, advertising and sales promotion agreements.
  • drafting, reviewing and negotiating of general (sales and purchasing) terms and conditions, tailored to your needs and the sector you are active in
  • national and international cooperation and R&D agreements, Joint Ventures and long term partnerships
  • product liability issues including product recalls and defense against claims in and out of courts
  • privacy and data protection issues
  • foreign trade law and export controls

Our team includes lawyers fluent in Japanese, English, German, Chinese, Spanish and French. This allows us to read, understand and comment on documents in these languages without translation and we can also communicate in these languages.

Information Technology (IT)

IT Law is one of the most important fields in our more and more technology-dependent world. Atsumi & Sakai Janssen has built up a broad spectrum of expertise in this field through various commitments for clients and research related work. We closely monitor the technological and legal developments in this filed in Germany, the EU and Japan, e.g. regarding safe-harbor principles and cloud computing and advise our clients respectively.  Especially in the newly developing area of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Thing (IoT), we are involved in several ongoing projects on an international, especially Germany-EU-Japan related level. Examples of our commitments include:

  • publication of an article on ‘Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT)’ in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law (Kokusai Shôji Hômu), more info here
  • comprehensive legal support for the set-up and implementation of a newly established virtual computing and cloud internet service provider in Japan
  • restructuring the shareholder structure of a US-based online database service provider

Furthermore, we also advise our clients inter alia in connection with IT service agreements, software licensing agreements and in the area of e-commerce and data protection.