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TechLaw.Fest 2021 Quick Chats: Alexander H. Southwell, Partner, Co-Chair of Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Group, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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By Utsav Rakshit & Ong Chin Ngee | Edited by Wan Ding Yao

TechLaw.Fest 2021 (“TLF”) took place virtually from 22 September to 24 September 2021, becoming the virtual focal point for leading thinkers, leaders and pioneers in law, business, and technology. LawTech.Asia received the exclusive opportunity to interview Alexander Southwell, Partner at global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Gibson Dunn) post his panel discussion titled “That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles” alongside Charmian Aw (Reed Smith), Steve Satterfield (Facebook) and Michael Kleber (Google). Alexander co-leads Gibson Dunn’s pre-eminent Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Group with Ahmed Baladi, Ashlie Beringer and Connell O’Neill, who were also speakers at TechLaw.Fest 2021. The group advises clients in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and North Americas.

While cookies track us, Alexander has been tracking them. We tapped into his knowledge on key issues relating to the evolution of cookies. We also sought his views on tangential topics he specialises in, particularly in the area of data protection, cybersecurity and legal technology and technology law (for which the latter two are key tenets of this year’s TechLaw.Fest!).

LawTech.Asia: Media Partner for TechLaw.Fest 2021!

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We are proud to be recognised by the Singapore Academy of Law as an official media partner for TechLaw.Fest 2021!

TechLaw.Fest 2021 (held from 22 September to 24 September) is a signature convention in Singapore that will be the focal point for leading thinkers, leaders and pioneers in law and technology. The key themes for this year’s conference are Legal Operations, Technology of Law, Law of Technology and Access to Justice.

2021’s convention would primarily be conducted online creating an avenue for audiences across the globe to be engaged. Last year’s edition saw a record number of 6,000 participants from more than 100 countries.

Centred around the augmentation of technology application across all sectors, this year’s conference is rooted in the legal and regulatory responses to cybersecurity threats. Additionally, other focal issues encompass intellectual property matters relating to NFTs and the movement away from third-party cookies.

LawTech.Asia will be bringing you regular interviews and shout-outs covering prominent speakers and the topics they will be speaking at TechLaw.Fest. These include Edwin Tong (Second Minister for Law), Shruti Ajitsaria (Allen & Overy) and many more distinguished panellists.

We’re raring to have you join us in exploring the constantly moving intersection of law and technology. Remember to check back on our site regularly to ensure that you get the latest coverage, updates and news about TechLaw.Fest 2021! Also, remember to sign up today – tickets to TechLaw.Fest 2021 are free, but limited in number only!


The Use, Issues and Policies of Legal Technology for Lawyers and In-House Counsel

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Written by Johanna Lim Ziyun (Associate Author) | Mentored by Nisha Rajoo | Reviewed by Edmund Koh

LawTech.Asia is proud to have commenced the third run of its popular Associate Author (2020) Programme. The aim of the Associate Authorship Programme is to develop the knowledge and exposure of student writers in the domains of law and technology, while providing them with mentorship from LawTech.Asia’s writers and tailored guidance from a respected industry mentor.

In partnership with the National University of Singapore’s alt+law and Singapore Management University’s Legal Innovation and Technology Club, five students were selected as Associate Authors. This piece, written by Johanna Lim and reviewed by industry reviewer Edmund Koh (China Telecom Asia Pacific), marks the third thought piece in this series. It scans the landscape of lawyers and technology, and sets out steps that lawyers should take to meet a future technologically-driven paradigm.

LawTech.Asia Interview with Chris Strand, IntSights COO

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Written by Elizaveta Shesterneva and Ong Chin Ngee | Edited by Utsav Rakshit and Josh Lee

Recently, LawTech.Asia had the exclusive opportunity to interview Christopher Strand, the Chief Compliance Officer at IntSights. IntSights is a cybersecurity company with offices in the United States, Singapore, Japan, Israel and Netherlands. Christopher shared with us his views on cyber threat intelligence, data privacy and various regulatory developments in this area.

Staying in the loop about Lupl

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Written by Lenon Ong and Elizaveta Shesterneva | Edited by Utsav Rakshit, Ong Chin Ngee and Josh Lee

An introduction to Lupl

In the last decade, the world has seen an explosion of legal technology products. However, hopes that these products would spur a new era of significantly increased productivity for law firms have not panned out. Across legal industries, the adoption of these product leaves much to be desired. 

The problem, as discovered by the founders of Lupl, lies in the digital fragmentation of these legal technology products. 

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