Vishnu Shankar

Vishnu Shankar is a special counsel in Proskauer’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Privacy & Cybersecurity Groups in the London office. He practices in two related areas, namely: data privacy and cybersecurity, and technology and intellectual property transactions. Vishnu also has significant experience defending clients in multi-jurisdictional regulatory enforcement and litigation matters involving data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), algorithms, and other innovative technologies.

Vishnu is recommended by The Legal 500 UK where sources note his “excellent attention to detail, an amazing work ethic and tremendous research skills.” In 2018, he was selected as a Thought Leader in Privacy by DataGuidance. Vishnu’s clients are in a variety of industries, including financial services and payments, asset management and private equity, “gig economy” and platforms, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, IT, and transportation.

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). He also has significant experience in assisting clients with remediating high-stakes multi-jurisdictional cybersecurity breaches, including responding to regulators. Vishnu also works on public policy matters, including India’s efforts to enact a new data protection law.

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Vishnu also has an active technology, intellectual property transactions practice and commercial contracts practice where he draws from his prior law practice in New York and Dublin. In particular, he negotiates complex technology and services, intellectual property licensing, joint venture and collaboration, and IT/BPO outsourcing agreements. In particular, clients that wish to implement AI or data monetization strategies benefit from his experience as a privacy and intellectual property lawyer.

Vishnu is regularly invited to speak at industry and academic conferences in Europe and Asia on technology, privacy and intellectual property matters. He has been interviewed by publications such as Bloomberg for his thought leadership. He is admitted in England & Wales and New York.