Dominic Piernot recently joined FTI Technology’s team in Germany as a Managing Director, with a focus on investigations and data privacy. In this Q&A, he discusses key insights from a recent data privacy–focused summit, as well as plans for his practice alongside the growing team in Germany.
Merger control guidelines in Europe and around the world are continuing to shift. Organisations are facing a range of uncertainties in terms of how government authorities are handling current business, regulatory and economic turbulence, and what the implications will be for merger clearance decisions.
With government oversight and enforcement ramping worldwide, multi-national organisations are under extreme pressure to manage regulatory and legal exposure. In FTI Consulting’s Resilience Barometer, only 16% of business leaders at large organisations across the G20 said they do not expect their organisations to experience an investigation. At the same time, the visibility and use of non-traditional, or emerging, data sources is continuing to skyrocket, driving tremendous growth in the volume and variety of data — and subsequent risk — within organisations.
The past decade has seen an increase, globally, in the scrutinization of corporate supply chains, specifically those involving material sourcing and labour practices. The passing of the German Supply Chain Act in June 2021 is one milestone step in response to public outcry for companies to better monitor and remediate human rights and environmental risks in their supply chains. At a practical level, however, providing such transparency, maintaining efficiency and operationalising new regulatory requirements will be challenging for many organisations. As new supply chain reporting practices and obligations scale up, blockchain technology offers a promising solution to facilitate and automate transparency, security and enhanced communication with regulatory bodies and partners.
Ana Jankov recently joined FTI Technology’s Information Governance, Privacy & Security (IGP&S) practice in Brussels as a Senior Director. As a data protection lawyer and with 15 years of experience in data privacy, she advises clients on a wide range of information security and privacy issues. In this Q&A, Ana explains her view of the current challenges in the data protection space and how businesses can proactively address the related risks.
In the wake of a flurry of high profile data breaches in the local telecoms and healthcare sectors, the Australian Government announced on 22 October 2022 that it was moving quickly to increase financial penalties under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Attorney General, the Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP, tabled the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022 (the Bill) on 26 October 2022
E-discovery has always been a challenging field. Again and again, old problems are made new as the breadth and complexity of information sources change. Paper documents gave way to email, which has now been surpassed by a rising volume of chat and short-form messages from collaboration applications, mobile devices and social media. Today’s data landscape is rife with technical complexities that interfere with traditional e-discovery workflows — but it’s also rich with context and details that can inform strategy, decision making and more.
Despite a steadily increasing risk landscape, many organisations continue to struggle to fully address information security vulnerabilities within their IT infrastructure. Many companies have outdated IT environments that have evolved through the addition of more and more systems, leading to an architecture that can become very difficult to navigate and protect. When security incidents, government enquiries and compliance violations arise, a poorly managed data environment can become a significant problem.
Stu Craft joined the team in EMEA earlier this year as a Managing Director, bringing more than a decade of software development and e-discovery experience. We sat down with him previously to discuss the ways he’s helping clients solve data issues. Outside of work, Stu is a father of two, and a dedicated advocate for the importance of finding balance between life and work. In this Q&A, he reflects on his first six months at FTI Technology, specifically how they have affected his life as a working parent, and offers his perspective on the resources FTI Technology offers to help employees maintain balance.
ILTACON 2022 wrapped up just weeks ago, and if there’s one resounding theme that’s stuck with most attendees, it’s that the future is now. With the first two days keynoted by business futurist Patrick Schwerdtfeger, the conference firmly set a focus on disruption, transformation and technology advancement.