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Behnam Dayanim

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Litigation Department; Data & Privacy; Gaming & Gambling


Behnam Dayanim is a partner in the Paul Hastings Washington, D.C. office, where he chairs the firm’s Advertising and Promotions practice and co-chairs its Privacy and Data Security practice. Mr. Dayanim counsels clients on regulatory compliance, handles internal and regulatory investigations and is an experienced litigator. He also works extensively in transactional matters, negotiating payment processing, IT licensing and outsourcing agreements. Mr. Dayanim’s practice concentrates on six substantive areas: gambling and gaming; trade controls; privacy and data protection; advertising and marketing; electronic signatures and payments regulation; and information technology licensing and outsourcing. He has advised some of the world's largest internet gambling companies and has extensive experience in export regulation of high technology and other products, including encryption; technology transfer and "deemed export" controls; U.S. embargoes, anti-boycott regulations and sanctions; International Traffic in Arms Regulations (defense articles and services) counseling and compliance; and International money transfers and money-laundering issues. Mr. Dayanim has been invited to speak on topics throughout the United States, Europe, and South America and is regularly interviewed or cited by national mainstream and industry publications.


1993-1994 - Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Frank A. Kaufman, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1994-2010 - Paul Hastings LLP; 2010-2012 - Axinn Veltrop Harkrider LLP; 2012-Present - Paul Hastings LLP




Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland; Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; Serves on the editorial board of the Gaming Law Review and Economics; Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1993 (cum laude); Yeshiva University, B.A. 1989 (summa cum laude)

United States: Finance

Financial services regulation

Within: Financial services regulation

Despite the departure of the firm’s principal bank regulatory lawyer Gerard Comizio in December 2016 to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Paul Hastings LLP remains a ‘very credible’ proposition in the payments space. Atlanta-based Chris Daniel is an ‘undoubted market leader’ for payments-related matters and, in a matter that involves coordination with numerous other offices throughout the firm’s European and Asian network, is advising Visa on the development and implementation of a global money transfer program. Fellow Atlanta lawyer Todd Beauchamp also has deep and broad knowledge in the fintech space and alongside Daniel is advising leading bitcoin exchange Coinbase on regulatory matters related to virtual currencies. Washington DC-based Behnam Dayanim excels at advising clients on matters sitting at the intersection of gaming, privacy and financial services regulatory. Other clients include Facebook, MoneyGram and InComm.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)

Within: Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is co-chaired by Washington DC-based Behnam Dayanim and San Francisco’s Thomas Counts and also has strength in New York. Counts is a litigator focusing on privacy, data security law and other technology-related litigation, while Dayanim is an expert in regulatory compliance, internal and regulatory investigations, and data breach response. Demonstrating its strengths in fintech, the team assisted NerdWallet with the development of a privacy and compliance charter, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and FCRA compliance, and an overall audit program. For the US branch of a cosmetics company, the team assisted with a range of privacy and digital marketing issues and the negotiation of contracts with service providers, and advised on regulatory obligations. JP Morgan Chase, Marsh McLennon, Paysafe, Pfizer, Syniverse Technologies, Visa and Arby’s are all clients.

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