On 21 August 2018, Mayer Brown partners Raj De (Washington DC) and Gabriela Kennedy (Hong Kong) joined forces with a US investment bank's Global and Asia cybersecurity and data privacy legal teams to deliver a key update on Asia's evolving legal landscape in this area. Hong Kong insurance partner TL Lim also joined, providing cross-practice support.

The session kicked off with Raj De and the US investment bank's global cybersecurity lead giving a brief overview of global and US cybersecurity issues and trends.

Gabriela Kennedy then led with a useful reminder about how cybersecurity and data privacy differ, before moving onto the main focus of the training session – Asia. She gave a useful guide to the regulatory cybersecurity and data privacy landscapes in countries such as China, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam, with additional commentary from the US investment bank's Asia cybersecurity lead. Together, they demonstrated how regulations differ between different jurisdictions, meaning a strong business need to understand and manage resulting risks.

Gabriela and Raj were delighted to team up with the US investment bank to deliver the session, which formed part of the US investment bank's APAC Legal Training Program, and was US CLE accredited. The audience was over 100 strong, with participants either joining Gabriela and TL directly in Singapore, linking in by VC from the US investment bank's Hong Kong office or by webcast and audio from elsewhere in the US investment bank's network.

This event was very much a strong example of teamwork between different Mayer Brown and the US investment bank offices. The result was a highly interactive and engaging training session that would also be available by video to the US investment bank's lawyers generally worldwide.