Top government officials to speak at ABA event

Top enforcement officers from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Reserve Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with bankruptcy judges and industry experts, will be among panelists featured at the American Bar Association Business Law Section annual meeting in Texas next month.

A highlight of Sept. 13-15 gathering in Austin will be a Sept.14 luncheon, which will feature keynote speaker Ret. Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, Lyndon B. Johnson centennial chair in National Policy at the University of Texas.

Inman formerly served as director of the National Security Agency and as deputy director of Central Intelligence.

He helped lead the Austin technology boom as chairman, president, chief executive officer and investor of several startup companies.

Program highlights include:

• “Annual Antitrust Update for Business Lawyers” — Expert antitrust practitioners from the U.S. and Europe will focus on key antitrust developments, including in the areas of mergers, criminal and civil antitrust enforcement actions as well as case law.

• “Autonomous Car Crashes — Who or What Dunnit? Will IP and Cybersecurity Lawyers Replace PI Lawyers in Sorting Out the Legal Issues?” — Panelists will discuss autonomous vehicles and who may be liable when a crash occurs.

Auto industry, regulatory and cyberspace attorneys will discuss the many potential liabilities arising with original equipment manufacturers, software design and the use of AI in autonomous vehicles.

• “What’s the Latest with Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, and How Can You Help?” — This program will provide an overview of current legal needs of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

• “Global Cyber Security and Data Privacy — A Look At GDPR, Managing an International Privacy Program and Cross-Border Data Transfers” — This program will include an
examination of the newly effective General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), as well as a look at the basics of managing an international privacy program.

• “Securities on Blockchain: UCC and Other Considerations” — Blockchain technology is being adopted by securities intermediaries; panelists will explore the  regulatory, bankruptcy and commercial law issues involved. 

• “Data Privacy Across Borders and Other Hot Topics for International Banks” — An examination of international banking matters, including an overview of recent international developments in data privacy laws and the recent Volcker Rule proposal and industry approaches to issues of particular interest to international banks.

The session also will focus on recent developments with respect to other U.S. prudential requirements affecting international banks operating in the U.S.