German-American Business Dialogue

North Texas Chapter, Houston/Texas Termin speichern
22.02.2017 | 11:00
- 13:00
Houston, TX

Cybersecurity and Data Protection Regulation

The protection of personal data has become an ever more important topic in the last few year in the EU, with Germany being one of the EU countries with the strictest approach. In October 2015, the European Court of Justice has annulled the EU-US Safe Harbor framework, on which many players relied to facilitate data transfers to the US. Moreover, the General Data Protection Regulation is under way and will replace the old Directive of 1995; its aim is to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals withing the EU and also addresses export of personal data outside the EU.

These developments in German and EU privacy laws have a significant impact on German companies transferring data to the US and on US companies offering goods or services to data subjects in the EU or monitoring the behavior of data subjects in the EU.

The event will be opened by Jeffrey H.D. Blair, Director Europe, Middle East & Africa at Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), presenting GHP's latest market assessment on Foreign Direct Investment in Greater Houston.


Manuela Finger, Partner, Gowling WLG, Munich, specializes in soft IP, information technology and commercial matters. Her practice includes contentious and non-contentious work for national and international clients from various industries, such as information and communication technologies, entertainment, fashion and retail.

She has a special focus on the digital media and online area, including interactive entertainment, video games, online platforms, data protection law, protection of minors, regulatory matters and E-commerce, and has advised numerous clients on the multi-jurisdictional rollout of new online products.

Manuela acts for various clients in the field of compliance and protection of personal data and data security, including data protection audits, advising on security incidents and structuring of data flows in multinational groups of companies.

Manuela has constantly been recognized in top legal rankings. She has been regularly named as IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer, and has been published in leading German and international special interest media among others on soft IP topics, new media, online platforms and data protection.

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

11:00 am - Registration, Networking & Lunch
11:30 am - Welcome, Introduction & Presentation
12:30 pm - Discussions & Networking
01:00 pm - Adjourn

Greater Houston Partnership
701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900
Houston, TX 77010

Event Fee: Free admission for GACC South members; $35 for non-members

Registration: Please register by February 16, 2017

Disclaimer: For cancellations received up to 14 days prior to the event date, 50% of the event fee can be refunded. For cancellations received at any later time, no refund will be provided. Registrations are transferable. Attendance is possible only after payment is received.