Get your house in order at the ESI Super Forum – Legal advice from Squire Patton Boggs

Peter Worsencroft, Squire Patton Boggs

As a part of our ESI Super Forum on March 22nd at Stamford Bridge in London, we’ve teamed up with international law firm Squire Patton Boggs who will be on hand to offer one on one private consultations free of charge for attendees. 

Squires will have three experts available, with specialisms ranging from industry specific regulatory advice, dispute resolution, general M&A and corporate law expertise and a Data Protection specialist, who will be well placed to advise on the dreaded GDPR which remains on course for release in May 2018.  You can read more on this here, but in short the GDPR, or EU General Data Protection Regulation, is ‘the most important change in data protection regulation in twenty years’. From May 25th too those organisations found to be non-compliant ‘may face heavy fines’. 

These consultations are aimed at stakeholders across the esports, sports and betting industries from teams, to tournament organisers, to bookmakers and more. Squires have stated that they will be in attendance to “assist with any questions you may have” and that their “team of experts will be happy to provide confidential advice and guidance on a wide range of legal issues”.

Where: Meeting Room M10, Stamford Bridge

When: 10am-5pm Thursday 22nd March

How to book: Please contact [email protected]

Craig Pettit, an Associate in the Corporate division of Squires, told Esports Insider: With the rapid growth in the sector, we understand that more and more businesses are looking to expand their capabilities through mergers, acquisitions and third party investment.  We are experienced in all such matters and can advise on the process for those who are looking to transact for the first time as well as discussing with those who have transacted before, how they can take steps to make their next transaction as smooth as possible.

“We also are happy to discuss any corporate governance matters or general queries relating to protection of share rights and interests that may arise.”

Data protection and intellectual property are two huge areas for esports now and going forward, and the legal issues across these for stakeholders from the developers to the teams and tournament organisers are vital to explore. 

Charlotte Lister, Associate in Data Protection and Intellectual Property, added: As you are most likely aware, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, which reinforces and expands data privacy rights and is backed up by fines of up to 20 million euros. The scale of the changes imposed are significant, and as the 25 May 2018 is only months away, we would expect most organisations to have a GDPR-readiness work plan in place.

“Our Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Team are working alongside a large number of organisations to help them reach compliance by 25 May 2018. We regularly work with both B2B and B2C organisations and, in addition to organisations based in the UK, we also assist larger international organisations with their GDPR compliance globally. We can help with any queries you may have in relation to the GDPR, for example, relating to data breaches, data sharing activities, privacy notices, data retention and data mapping. We can also advise in relation to consents, a ‘hot topic’ under the GDPR, and the wider rules governing direct marketing including the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and upcoming ePrivacy Regulation.”

To ensure you get a free consultation with Squire Patton Boggs on the 22nd, we advise booking in now via [email protected]