McDermottTech 2020 - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermottTech 2020


During our virtual conference, McDermottTech 2020, we explored the latest global trends impacting the technology and outsourcing industry with speakers providing the latest insight on topical issues around outsourcing, AI and RPA, European cloud initiatives and central bank digital currencies.


Central Bank Digital Currencies: Coming Soon to a Country Near You

2020 has been a year of excitement about central bank digital currencies, a potentially new form of fiat money adapted specifically for the virtual world that offers new possibilities for economic inclusion, monetary policy, and creativity spurred by programmable money.

Dealing with Disruptions of Outsourcing Services

COVID-19, Brexit, and the next disasters: How to allocate the resulting risks in the Outsourcing Agreement, alleviate their effects and achieve compensation for losses incurred.

‘New Normal’ with AI and RPA

AI and RPA are, as expected, disrupting operations in client environments where implemented, and in mostly positive ways. They are unique from the technologies and service offerings of the past, and are changing (or should change) the way clients engage potential providers of these technologies, and related services. Further, they are changing the focal points during the procurement process and considerations for the rest of the client’s organization both during the term of the relationship with the provider and once the relationship is over.

The Rise in Data Sovereignty and the Effect on the Cloud

Does the impact of the recent Schrems II decision and current European cloud initiatives such as GAIA-X create the perfect storm for moving cloud instances to European providers?

Data Sovereignty, or keeping data within national boundaries, is already well established in certain countries. In this context, this session will look at the current difficulty in using US based or US owned cloud providers for personal data as a result of the so called Schrems II decision by the CJEU. An option is to consider using EU cloud providers, and the European Commission sponsored GAIA-X: A Federated Infrastructure for Europe promises to be the new alternative to US and Chinese providers of cloud services.

  • Guido Reinke, Data Protection Officer, Group Strategy, Risk & Compliance, Knight Frank
  • Ashley Winton, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery