Mayer Brown is delighted to announce that two of its partners in Hong Kong, Gabriela Kennedy and Venna Y.W. Cheng, were named “Best in Privacy and Data Protection” and “Rising Star – Litigation,” respectively, at this year’s Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. The annual event celebrates the achievements and advancement of women in the legal profession throughout Asia Pacific.

Ms. Kennedy has been involved in high-profile data privacy investigations and has conducted data audits for a number of multi-nationals, implemented data privacy policies, and conducted data privacy training for many clients. She advises extensively on technology and data protection issues in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, particularly in relation to business processing outsourcing, the cross-border transfer of data, data compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and data breaches. She has handled a number of data breach complaints filed with the privacy commissioner in Hong Kong and has conducted in-depth data audits and drafted/devised privacy manuals and procedures for the Asia operations of a number of multi-national companies. In addition, she has been involved with a number of international organizations in discussions involving standard setting for the cross-border transfer of data and the formulation of strategies to deal with cybersecurity. Ms. Kennedy won “Best in IP Litigation” at the awards last year and received the “Best in TMT” award three times in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Ms. Kennedy commented, “I am very happy to receive the Best in Privacy and Data Protection Award. We all hope that one day there will not be a need to have awards that highlight women’s achievements only, and that we will reach a stage where we celebrate the achievements of lawyers irrespective of gender. But until that time, I am honored to have been recognized for so many years as a champion of women’s advancement in the legal profession. Our firm has built a strong team of legal advisors in data privacy and cybersecurity, and we are proud of our track record in this space.”

Ms. Cheng is a construction and engineering lawyer and an accredited mediator with wide-ranging experience in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes, and the drafting of tender documents and consultancy and construction contracts for building and infrastructure projects. She has represented government departments, statutory bodies, property developers, contractors and insurers and has recently advised on various high-profile matters, including the Commission of Inquiry into Excess Lead Found in Drinking Water and a bid challenge under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Government Procurement.

Ms. Cheng said, “It is an honor to receive the Rising Star in Litigation award at such a prestigious event. Our Construction and Engineering practice lawyers are well-recognized in every jurisdiction in which they are based, and our clients are able to draw upon our many years of experience in front-end project services, risk management and dispute resolution.”