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Are We There Yet?!?


“Autonomous vehicles are coming to America, to the world. This is the future.”  So declared Secretary Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and a Senior Policy Advisor at DLA Piper at our long awaited Autonomous Vehicle event that took place on March 14th in collaboration with our friends at Herzog Fox & Neeman.

Our timing could not have been better.  Just one day earlier, computer chip giant Intel announced its intent to acquire Israeli based Mobileye, a leader in autonomous driving technology, for $15.3 billion — the largest ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company — in a move that the companies hope will “accelerate the future of autonomous driving with improved performance in a cloud-to-car solution at a lower cost for manufacturers,” according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

Barely a day goes that by that there isn’t a story in the news about autonomous vehicles, whether it is the Intel/Mobileye deal, Dubai’s recent announcement that it plans to launch its driverless flying taxis as early as July 2017,  or California’s proposed regulations for the testing and deployment of fully self-driving vehicles.  The wave of the future certainly looks more like it is the wave of tomorrow.

And this is what we focused on at our Autonomous Vehicle event last week.  Secretary LaHood’s keynote focused on the future of transportation, including not only autonomous and connected vehicles, but the cyber risks that come along with increased vehicle technology, as well as drones and the increased demand for accessible and affordable transit by millenials.

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Jeremy Lustman presents “British Company of the Year” Award

On February 21, Jeremy Lustman presented the award for “British Company of the Year” to Barclays at the 2017 British Israeli Business Awards Dinner that was hosted by UK Israel Business in London.  Other nominees were BC Partners and Rolls-Royce.  Len Rosen, CEO of Barclays Israel, accepted the award on behalf of Barclays.  UK Israel Business is a business connector that nurtures the dynamic growth of business and investment between the two countries.  DLA Piper was a proud sponsor of this year’s British Company of the Year Award.


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We are pleased to announce that DLA Piper will be holding an EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Data Protection Officer (DPO) Training Academy on March 29-31 in Brussels.

The course is aimed at IT, compliance and legal professionals or anyone who is taking on the role of Data Protection Officer.

The DPO Training Academy will provide practical, interactive guidance on how to establish and manage compliance as a DPO, consistent with the many requirements of the GDPR.

Upon completion, participants will be equipped with knowledge of the relevant legal, technical and operational skills needed to successfully fulfill the DPO role. Participants will also receive a comprehensive toolkit of supporting guidance notes and template documents to use in this role. A certificate of attendance will be issued on completion of the course.

For more information, please contact Naomi Maryles (



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“How Technology Has Changed the Way People Experience Sports” at the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit

On February 16, Jeremy Lustman gave introductory remarks on a panel, “How Technology Has Changed the Way People Experience Sports”, at the OurCrowd 2017 Global Investor Summit that took place in Jerusalem.  Over 3,000 people attended the event, including startups, venture capitalists and strategic investors, as well as over 200 multinational corporations. The theme of the summit was “The Future is Here” and it included over 60 booths demonstrating a variety of frontier technologies already changing the world, including industrial drones, companion care robots, miniature spectrometers to “google” everything, tracking devices with centimeter accuracy, phone based glucose monitors, and more.  The sportstech panel was moderated by Jeremy Pressman, SportsTech Lead at OurCrowd, and panelists included Horste Brente, Founder of leAD Sports Accelerator, Jordan Fliegel, serial entrepreneur and startup investor, Russell Okung, all pro athlete on the Denver Broncos, and Joel Fisch, Director of EMEA Ecosystem Innovation Development, Intel.

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Fifth Annual Israel Real Estate Summit

(L-R:) Jay Epstien (Co-Chair, Global Real Estate Practice), Naomi Maryles (Israel Country Group), Lee Miller (Global Chair Emeritus), and Jeremy Lustman (Head of Israel Country Group)

(L-R:) Jay Epstien (Co-Chair, Global Real Estate Practice), Naomi Maryles (Israel Country Group), Lee Miller (Global Chair Emeritus), and Jeremy Lustman (Head of Israel Country Group)


Our Israel Country Group hosted its 5th annual Israel Real Estate Summit on February 14, 2017 at the Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv. The event focused on trends, perspectives and real estate’s outlook in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and featured keynote speakers Alex Foshay, Senior Managing Director of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who gave an overview of the US capital markets, and Keith Hall, Co-Founder of KBS Capital Advisors, who focused on trends and opportunities in the US commercial real estate market, as well as dynamics related to their successful bond raise in Israel last year.

Our esteemed group of panelists included Jonathan Landau (Fortis Property Group), Len O’Donnell (USAA Real Estate Company), Andreas Hardt (Blackstone Germany), Philip Levinson (Penmount Partners), Ely Razin (CrediFi), L.D. Salmanson (Cherre), Rachel Kisler (Kensee), Benjy Singer (WeWork), Charles Agus (Benedict Realty Group), Craig Solomon (Square Mile Capital), Mody Kidon (ALTO Real Estate Funds), Gabriele Bonfiglioli (COIMA RES), Jay Zwiebel (Harbor Group), and Alan Tantleff (FTI Consulting).

More than 180 people attended the standing-room only event, including many of Israel’s elite real estate investors with investments abroad, along with investors, real estate professionals and DLA Piper partners from Italy, Germany, France, the UK, the US, Australia, Georgia, and Hong Kong.

Stay tuned for details on our 2018 Israel Real Estate Summit! ISR_5500



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Privacy Update – Japan

In the wake of our second marquee WIN dinner in Tel Aviv a few weeks ago (to over 25 GCs), featuring a wonderful presentation by our Brussels-based colleague, Patrick Van Eecke, on data protection developments in Europe and around the world, please click

for our update on Japan’s privacy law, which were just announced at the end of December.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want to better understand the applicability of this legislation on your company’s activities.

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JP Morgan Healthcare Conference – San Francisco

It was a privilege welcoming many of our Israeli friends at the various events that we hosted in San Francisco during the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in mid-January.  Programming is now underway for an innovative digital health event that we plan to host here in Israel during Q2.  In the meantime, please read our report below covering one of our programs, analyzing healthcare behaviors in the context of evolving technology.


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Upcoming Israel Events

Hope everyone is having a successful and productive beginning to 2017!

We are off to a very ambitious beginning with several events in Israel planned for the next six weeks, including (1) a European tech breakfast event, with colleagues from Sweden, Germany and the UK (three of the main tech centers in Europe); (2) the second installment of our WIN dinner series for in-house counsel with a profile on European privacy/data protection and new developments with the GDPR (we will be joined by colleagues from Belgium); (3) a China-focused breakfast discussing the sustainability of China’s outbound investment trends, updates on inbound trends, and monetizing foreign technology there (featuring the head of our corporate practice from Shanghai); and (4) our 5th annual global real estate conference, discussing 2017 trends, and featuring top participants and panelists from around the world (including our own colleagues from 6-7 countries).

Please be in touch with Naomi ( or me ( if you are interested in any/all of the above and would like to learn more details.  We would love to see you there!

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New EU ePrivacy rules in the making

If you thought the EU General Data Protection Regulation is a lot to contend with, just wait until you learn about the new Regulation that is likely going to replace the 2002 EU ePrivacy Directive.  A version of the draft regulation was recently leaked, and it indicates a potentially significant impact on any organization, whether based in the EU or elsewhere, that uses metadata, tracking software, or other tools to monitor online behavior.

To read the entire Data Protection Alert from our colleagues, please click here.