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Data governance, transfer and protection trends in multi-jurisdictional investigations

Forensic Risk Alliance


Blocking statutes, banking secrecy and data protection are not new concepts but now, more than ever, the challenges that are crystallising due to geopolitical shifts must be carefully assessed and responded to. The lifecycle of an investigation or multi-jurisdictional litigation frequently lasts years, so the strategic decisions that consider only the ‘now’ and do not anticipate potential future pitfalls can be very costly.

This webinar will provide insights and practical considerations to mitigate the many risks associated with multi-jurisdictional data governance, transfer and protection.

The webinar will cover:

  • Brexit and the potential no-man’s-land of data protection
  • GDPR one year after implementation
  • The CLOUD Act and the impact of US law allowing federal law enforcement to require US-based technology companies to provide data stored on their servers
  • The Chinese Cyber Law requiring that critical data reside in China, thereby posing IP theft threats
  • Increased global enforcement of financial services organisations, with a focus on anti-money laundering, counter-terror financing and sanctions
  • Issues of complex data transfer including navigating blocking statutes, data protection and banking secrecyTechnical solutions available to companies to maintain data control when faced with cross-border and cross-jurisdictional investigations


Frances McLeod
Founding Partner

Frances McLeod is a founding partner of FRA and head of its US offices. She is a former investment banker and has over 26 years’ experience advising diverse clients on sanctions, anti-corruption, fraud, internal control, asset tracing and money laundering issues. She has been deeply involved in all of FRA's compliance monitorship work. She has extensive experience in addressing complex international data transfer issues, whether in regulatory investigations or cross-border litigation. She is leading FRA’s GDPR compliance initiative, leveraging FRA’s decades of experience in addressing data protection issues in cross-border litigation and investigation. She speaks English, German, French and Mandarin, and holds an MA from Oxford University.

Greg Mason
Founding Partner

Greg Mason is a founding partner of FRA and head of its e-discovery and IT divisions. His expertise lies in database architecture and programming, software design, mass data analysis, data mining and data forensics for the purposes of investigations, disputes and litigation. He was the key technical analyst on a high-profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matter where he analysed a global oil services company’s internal financial database, comprising over 21 million transactions made in over 25 countries, for presentation to US Securities and Exchange Commission investigators. He has served as an expert in multiple cases for the US Department of Justice Swiss Bank Program. He has advised on a number of complex US-EU regulatory investigations and litigations, where he developed e-discovery strategy compliant with European data privacy laws.

Doel Kar

Doel Kar is a director at FRA’s New York office. She has been a practising attorney for over 18 years, with significant experience as a compliance officer. She has developed compliance programmes to fit varied business units including risk assessments, compliance-focused communications and trainings, and remediation actions for risk mitigation and enhancement of controls. She has conducted and managed investigations into potential fraud, corruption, conflicts of interest and other types of corporate misconduct. She helps clients to understand the often-complex correlation between culture, business ethics, organisational justice and building trustworthy organisations. She has lived and worked in Mumbai and Bangalore in India, and Johannesburg in South Africa, and is a native Hindi and Bengali speaker.


Frances McLeod
Greg Mason
Doel Kar


10 September 2019
14:00 - 14:55 UTC
55 min