IPBA 2021

Cyber Risk: Readiness of the Legal Community and its Role in Dealing With a Cyber Crisis

Organised by: Next-Generation Committee, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Committee, Cross-Border Investment Committee

Session abstract:

Cyber-attacks are on the rise around the world, leaving law firms and other organisations at risk. This session will focus on the role of the legal team in preventing cyber risks, mitigating, and managing a cyber crisis.

Our panel of experts will guide on (i) how to identify and assess cyber risks; (ii) how to mitigate them when experiencing a cyber-attack; (iii) best practices in responding to regulators; (iv) what to do with perpetrators and how to interact with stakeholders; (v) pre-emptive measures that can be taken to avoid liability to the maximum extent; as well as (vi) obtaining insurance.

This session will end with a mock business case crisis management acted by our panel of experts and moderators. All participants are encouraged to propose solutions on resolving the crisis using the platform provided.


Amira Nabila Budiyano
Associate Director
Gateway Law Corporation

Amira’s practice currently focuses on IP and technology, particularly data protection (DP). She has advised various educational institutions, associations, and other entities on DP obligations. Notably, she has been involved in data breach investigations, including advising a multi-national company providing IT solutions to Singapore’s biggest telecommunications service provider on an investigation by the PDPC. Regarding other areas, her work includes amongst others, advising on IP strategy, commercialisation and other regulatory and technology-related issues.

She is regularly invited to talk on and provide her viewpoints on several occasions relating to range of matters including IP, DP as well as Contract Law.


Samuel Choi
Associate Director
JW Legal

Samuel is an associate director of JW Legal supporting its commercial/tech practice. Previously, he was a Legal Counsel at Tesco, a leading British multinational retailer.

Aaron Kamath
Leader-Technology Law, Privacy & Cyber Security Practice
Nishith Desai Associates

Aaron Kamath advises clients on complex cross-border transactions including technology deals, legal and regulatory matters, privacy, data protection, cyber security, investments and commercial transactions across various sectors, with special focus on IT, digital media, e-commerce, retail and fin-tech. He is a member of the TMT Committee of the IPBA.

Tong Lai Ling
Raja, Darryl & Loh

Lai Ling heads the TMT section within the IP & Technology Practice Group. She advises on IT and telco contracts, including agreements relating to procurement, software licensing & maintenance, outsourcing, SLAs, mobile apps, e-commerce, cloud services and privacy policies. She also advises clients on compliance with cyber and data protection laws.

Helen Tung
In-House Counsel
NewSpace 2060

Helen Tung is a dual qualified barrister and Founder of NewSpace2060, an advisory service for NewSpace startups and investors.

Helen has experience in reinsurance, maritime law and commercial disputes in London, UAE and advised clients globally. She was previously a policy legal advisor for the UK Maritime Coastguard, was an advocate for the Home Office with experience in Court of Appeals and also had secondments with leading shipping law firms in Seoul and Shanghai. Helen has also advised the European Commission, METI and UAE Space Agency in relation to space law and policy.

Helen is a member of the Dubai Courts of the Future Working Group, Founding member of the Maritime Autonomous Regulatory Systems Working Group (MARSWG) and member of the SmartShip ISO standards committee. She is also committee member of the Knowledge Management group of the International Bar Association addressing the role of AI and emergent technologies in law. She is the Co-Chair of Space Debris & Space operations, VP in Enterprise Risk Management Committee at the International Aeronautical Congress and Advisor to the Board of Global Green, Green Cross & 7Pillars.

Helen is a TedX speaker and has delivered over 50+ talks globally including at IBA, IPBA and in the startup/investor scene.

She is a UK trained Barrister with 13 years of Post qualification experience. Helen attended University of Sheffield, University of Tilburg and University of Law in which she obtained her law degrees. Helen furthered her studies at the University of Greenwich for PhD studies (completed coursework only) in maritime security and international law and undertook Directed Studies on International Private Law at The Hague Academy. She further took part in the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames and attended the International Space University Summer Space Program with the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Delft in The Netherlands.

She featured in the ALB MENA Super 50 lawyers for 2021.

Rudra Kumar Pandey
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

Rudra Pandey is an Equity Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. with over 17 years of experience in Corporate Commercial transactions and General Corporate advisory. He has been endorsed as a notable practitioner for financial and corporate laws by The International Financial Law Review 1000 for 3 consecutive years in a row from, 2018-2021. His areas of expertise include corporate structuring, mergers & acquisitions, takeovers, delisting’s, private equity investments, joint ventures, real estate, banking and finance, project finance, corporate governance, establishment and management of funds (onshore and offshore). He is the lead member of the Japan and China Practice of the Firm. He is an active member of CII’s core group on Japan, China, Taiwan and UAE; CII’s Task Force on Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Corporate Laws, Private Equity and Ease of Doing Business in India; FICCI’s National Committee on Corporate Laws, National Committee on Stressed Assets and National Committee on Ease of Doing Business in India. Rudra has assisted CII and FICCI in preparing several reports and write-up on policy reforms and on ease of doing business in India. Rudra has been part of working group constituted by DPIIT, the Government of India, in relation to new Industrial Policy and FDI Policy.