The Evolving Face of Risk: Navigating Data Security and Identifying Cyber Liabilities as Part of the M&A Process

The 6th Annual Western M&A Forum

10/22/2015 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Privacy + Data Security

Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Christine E. Lyon

Speaking Engagement

Rising CEO confidence has helped propel the mid-market M&A environment to new heights since 2008. A vibrant wave of start-ups entering the market has complimented the diverse economic conditions fueling strong interest in cross-border deals. But along with opportunity comes an elevated amount of risk, including risks surrounding the volatile currency and commodity markets, increased global and regional political instability and, especially given many targets’ heavy reliance on technology and digital assets and their customer-facing business models, the escalating specter of data privacy and cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity has emerged as a core business issue that must be managed as part of the deal making process. Risks include theft of R&D, intellectual property and employee and customer data, financial fraud and reputational damage.

Morrison & Foerster partner Christine Lyon will present on a panel titled the “Evolving Face of Risk: Navigating Data Security and Identifying Cyber Liabilities as Part of the M&A Process” at the 6th Annual Western M&A Forum. This critical conversation takes a deep dive into some of the most ardent challenges facing dealmakers today:

  • How to protect critical data and intelligence through proven cybersecurity measures;
  • Understanding key considerations in seller cyber liability;
  • Structuring considerations, cultural considerations and corruption concerns for cross borders deals; and
  • Use of cyber-insurance and other measures to manage risk.


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