Pádraig Walsh

11Sep2020

Change is coming: Proposed Mandatory Data Breach Notice Requirements in Hong Kong

On 20 January 2020, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, in collaboration with the Privacy Commissioner of Hong Kong, provided its report on recommended changes to personal data privacy law in Hong Kong. In another in his series looking at the implications of the proposed…Read More

21Aug2020

Top Tips for Startups Seeking Legal Advice

Meeting lawyers can be intimidating. They seem to speak a different language. Sometimes, you’re none the wiser after the meeting. Then, the bill arrives. It doesn’t have to be that way. Forewarned is forearmed, and planning is everything. Tara Chan from the Corporate and Commercial…Read More

14Aug2020

Future Equity Agreements for Founders

Future Equity Agreements are succinct agreements that are relatively economical to enable startups to raise funds in a simple fashion when they require it.  Tara Chan from the Corporate and Commercial practice group of Tanner De Witt summarises and assesses future equity agreements for founders….Read More

07Aug2020

What Schrems II means for EU data transfers to Hong Kong

On 25 June 2013, Maximillian Schrems, an Austrian national, applied to the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland to prohibit Facebook from transferring his personal data to the United States. Seven years later, that application has resulted in a judgement of the European Court of Justice…Read More

28Jul2020

Key Points in the SFC Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to the REIT Code

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) released a consultation paper on 9 June 2020, proposing amendments to the Hong Kong Code on Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REIT Code”), to invite market participants and interested parties to comment on the proposed amendments. Pádraig Walsh…Read More

24Jul2020

Managing M&A in an Economic Downturn

We are currently experiencing a global economic downturn triggered by the COVID19 pandemic. This has affected the entire commercial and finance world. M&A activity still continues though, even in these uncertain times. Some businesses seeking an exit are accelerating that process. Buyers with strong balance…Read More

17Jul2020

Managing Down Rounds in Venture Capital Fundraising

There is a global recession presently that has made fundraising a difficult task. Investors are looking to support their existing portfolio. Fresh capital deployment is scarce. There is real pressure on valuations. Many young businesses that have taken venture capital are running out of runway,…Read More

29May2020

Key project team members for a Security Token Offering

Security token offerings (“STO”) are a next-generation financing model that combine the benefits of blockchain technology with traditional fund raising.  As with any fundraising exercise, conducting an STO can be stressful.  The stress is increased as the novelty of STOs makes the process more opaque. …Read More

05May2020

Fortress or Sandcastle: Cybersecurity risks of working from home

COVID19 has led to more and more people working from home.  This trend will continue in the future.  Homes are not made of bricks and mortar in cybersecurity terms.  Cybercriminals are finding it easier to huff and puff, and blow these straw houses down.  Pádraig…Read More

21Apr2020

COVID-19: Managing Data Ethics in a Pandemic

In times of stress, you don’t rise to peak performance, you fall to the level of your training. There is a global pandemic. There is quite a lot of stress about. Governments and public institutions are looking for technology solutions to help. Is a balanced…Read More

16Mar2020

Why the Privacy Commissioner in Hong Kong will soon have fining powers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has fined Cathay Pacific GBP£500,000 for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data. Pádraig Walsh from the Personal Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group of Tanner De Witt reviews. The data breach The data…Read More

04Feb2020

Personal data: Do you know your identified persons from your identifiable persons?

The definition of personal data may be changed under current proposals to update privacy laws in Hong Kong. The current definition of personal data is directed to data of an identified living individual. This may be changed to that is relates to an identified or…Read More