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Greenberg Traurig Participates in 2019 eMerge Americas Conference

MIAMI – April 19, 2019 - Greenberg Traurig shareholders Jaret L. Davis and Kate Black will participate in the 2019 eMerge Americas Conference April 28 - 30 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Greenberg Traurig, P.A. is proud to serve as a founding partner and ongoing sponsor of the event.

In its sixth year, the two-day technology conference is the premier technology event connecting the Americas. The annual conference is a unique convening of global enterprises, leading startups and government leaders focused on innovative digital solutions transforming industries. By connecting global industry leaders and investors with America's top business executives, technology decision-makers, and entrepreneurs, eMerge Americas is transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas.

“We have been supporters of the eMerge Americas Conference since its inception because we recognized early on the potential opportunity to serve as a catalyst for the development of Miami’s position as a technology hub, bringing together the key constituents from throughout the Americas, ” said Davis, who serves as co-managing shareholder of the firm’s Miami office and general counsel of eMerge Americas. “We’re looking forward to this year’s event and our panel discussion that will provide insight for companies on how to use data to grow their business, while maintaining customer privacy in today’s increasingly regulated environment.”

Davis, a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice, will moderate a panel presentation titled “User Privacy in the Surveillance Economy” at 3:45 p.m. on April 29. The panel will address the innovator’s data privacy dilemma: Cambridge Analytica, GDPR, politics, data dependent business models, and advances in machine learning converged to create a perfect storm for tech companies in 2018. Users and regulators are questioning the extent to which privacy is granted online and how businesses handle personal data. In response, tech companies have renewed their commitments to user and data privacy through both policy and platform change. In this ever-changing environment, can startups succeed at earning and maintaining the trust of new customers - technically, legally and ethically - while still using and benefiting from the data and tools their businesses rely on? This panel explores how brands and organizations can strategically meet global data privacy challenges of the future, while earning and improving their relationship with consumers.

Panel members include Black, who is the former global privacy officer for 23andMe and now a member of the Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice; Elaine Lammert, homeland security, cybersecurity strategy & information management program director, George Washington University; and Paul Wilson, product manager, Easy Solutions, Inc.

“Every business depends on data to succeed,” Black said.  “Entrepreneurs and startups must understand how to strategically leverage information to scale their business while building a strong, trusting relationship with their customers and the public.”

As Miami Co-Managing Shareholder Davis oversees approximately 170 attorneys and 200 business staff based in the firm’s founding office. He focuses his corporate and securities practice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and large financings. The majority of Davis’ clients are technology players in a variety of areas including information technology, life sciences/biotech and renewable energy sources. He routinely provides representation to publicly traded clients having an aggregate market capitalization of over $20 billion. Recent notable representations in the IT space included leading the team that represented Medina Capital in its $3 billion acquisition of a portfolio of 57 data centers across the globe and suite of cybersecurity and data analytics companies. Recent notable representations in the life sciences/healthcare space included leading the team that represented Exactech, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed producer of orthopedic solutions, in connection with its $737 million acquisition by the global private equity fund, TPG Capital.

Black joined Greenberg Traurig’s Data Privacy and Technology practices earlier this year; regularly advising technology, health, and life sciences companies on data protection and use strategy to advance innovative and emerging models of healthcare research and delivery. Prior to joining GT, Kate spent four years as 23andMe’s first global privacy officer. Her responsibilities included: developing, implementing, overseeing, and maintaining comprehensive privacy and data use policies, practices and procedures for the company. Previously, Kate worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) where she was responsible for developing and updating national privacy, security, and interoperability requirements for electronic health records. Before ONC, she was staff attorney for the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT).

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.


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