Vishnu Shankar

Vishnu Shankar is a partner in Proskauer’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Privacy & Cybersecurity, and Sports Groups in the London office. He practices in two related areas, namely: data privacy and cybersecurity, and technology, data and intellectual property transactions. Vishnu also defends clients in complex regulatory enforcement, governmental investigations, and litigation matters involving data, cybersecurity (including ransomware), Artificial Intelligence (AI), algorithms, and other innovative technologies. He has been recommended by The Legal 500 UK where sources note his “excellent attention to detail, an amazing work ethic and tremendous research skills.” In 2018, Vishnu was selected as a Thought Leader in Privacy by DataGuidance. In particular, companies implementing digital, AI or data monetization strategies benefit from his expertise in both privacy and intellectual property law.

Vishnu’s clients are in a variety of industries, including financial services and payments, asset management and private equity, “gig economy” and platforms, retail, sports and entertainment, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, IT, and transportation. He has practiced in New York, London, Dublin and India, and is admitted in England & Wales, and New York.

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Privacy, Cybersecurity and AI

Vishnu provides practical and strategic advice regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), E-Privacy laws, the NIS Directive (Cybersecurity Directive), and international data transfers (including compliance with Schrems II and AI and algorithm regulations). He also has significant experience in assisting clients with remediating high-stakes multi-jurisdictional cybersecurity breaches (including ransomware) and governmental investigations relating to data, algorithms and innovative technologies. Vishnu also works on public policy matters relating to data, including India’s efforts to enact a new data protection law, and in relation to data localization initiatives.

Technology, Data and IP Transactions

Vishnu also has an active technology, data, intellectual property transactions practice and commercial contracts practice. In particular, he negotiates complex technology and services (including Blockchain and Non-Fungible Tokens), intellectual property licensing, data licensing (particularly with respect to sports data), joint venture and collaboration, and IT/BPO outsourcing agreements. Vishnu also supports private equity and corporate transactions with respect to intellectual property and data privacy issues.

Thought Leadership

Vishnu is regularly invited to speak at industry, think tank and academic conferences in Europe and Asia on technology, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property matters. Vishnu is currently editing (along with a former senior US Department of Justice official) a treatise on cybersecurity law and practice that has been commissioned by Edward Elgar and is expected to be published in 2023.  He has co-authored chapters on cybersecurity, and payments-related privacy issues in leading treatises. Vishnu has been interviewed by publications such as Bloomberg for his thought leadership. Vishnu is an alumnus of Harvard Law School, and the University of Oxford (which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship – similar to the US Marshall Scholarship).