A&O appoints regional diversity and inclusion partners…

Google to make first high-profile post-Brexit regulatory shift?

A&O appoints regional diversity and inclusion partners…

A&O appoints regional diversity and inclusion partners
Global firm Allen & Overy has appointed partners to lead diversity and inclusion in its five regions across the world.

Each will take responsibility for all aspects of D&I in their region to foster a global culture of inclusivity. This will be additional to their existing practices and they will work closely with the firms dedicated D&I team, while ensuring that regional needs are met.

"While we have global goals and aspirations, the issues and challenges for D&I are not the same all over the world,” said Head of Diversity & Inclusion Jo Dooley. “It's important that we have representatives who understand specific cultural contexts and who can work with their local partners, people, networks, clients and other external stakeholders to drive change in the most effective way for their region."

For the Asia Pacific region, Hong Kong banking partner Fiona Cumming has been appointed.

“D&I is an issue that I have engaged with for many years now; so I am very excited to take on this role,” she said. “As a firm we have made significant progress on our D&I agenda globally in recent years. To progress further, we need to ensure that our global policies are implemented through a local lens. As a first step I will be working with the lead D&I partner in each Asia-Pacific office to understand the local D&I priorities and challenges.”

The other regional D&I partners are Ian Field (UK), Hendrik Jan Biemond (Europe), Elizabeth Leckie (Americas), and Kathleen Wong (Africa and the Middle East).

Google to make first high-profile post-Brexit regulatory shift?
The data of Google users in the UK could be moved from EU jurisdiction to the US according to a report.

Reuters reported on Thursday that the tech firm is planning to make the move following the UK’s recent departure from the European Union and the uncertainty of whether the UK will adopt GDPR into its laws.

The article says that British law enforcement may find it harder to access user data if it remains in Ireland - where Google has its European headquarters – than if it is under US jurisdiction.

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