Behnam Dayanim > Paul Hastings LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Paul Hastings LLP
875 15TH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20005
United States

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United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

The ‘very responsive and practical’ team at Paul Hastings LLP is headed by Behnam Dayanim, who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy, fintech and payments as well as advertising and gaming. Dayanim and Robert Silvers acted for international money remittance company MoneyGram before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in relation to national security concerns linked to the bid by Ant Financial, a $150bn fintech company backed by Alibaba, to acquire the client. The practice has also been advising Barclays on a number of data security matters. Sherrese Smith, who has in-depth expertise on GDPR legislation, is a ‘great leader’. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Fielding a multidisciplinary team with broad experience, Paul Hastings LLP’s practice boasts a wide range of capabilities handling matters across the fintech sector. The group’s impressive client roster ranges from global corporates, such as Samsung — which it advised on a range of privacy, security, data ownership, advertising and marketing issues relating to the launch of Samsung Pay — to start-up companies including Even. The firm advised the latter on the launch of its financial health app in collaboration with Wal-Mart. The team has experience assisting clients navigating the cryptocurrency market and regulatory environment; Altanta-based practice head Chris Daniel and cybersecurity and data expert Behnam Dayanim in Washington DC are leading advice to Coinbase on the passing of a North Carolina state house bill allowing cryptocurrency exchanges to operate, as it is exempt from traditional money transmission laws. The group also leverages its M&A capabilities in transactions, such as assisting Moneygram on the recent proposed acquisition by Ant Financial; advising Paysafe Group on US regulatory aspects of its $3.9bn acquisition by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners; and acting for Circle Internet Financial in connection with elements of its $400m acquisition of Poloniex. Other key names to note include San Francisco-based Thomas Brown, particularly for antitrust and competition in the financial services industry; Washington DC-based of counsel Lawrence Kaplan, who attracts praise for his ‘outstanding expertise in banking related matters’; cybersecurity expert Robert Silvers; and structured credit partner Richard Davis (both also based in Washington DC). Silicon Valley Bank, cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Exchange and Barclays are all clients.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Paul Hastings LLP is noted for representing broadcasters in matters regarding new technologies, as well as matters requiring novel legal approaches. Department head Eric Greenberg is an experienced transactional lawyer, while Sherrese Smith is the key contact for clients requiring regulatory advice. Smith and Greenberg recently acted for ION Media with a series of innovative transactions arising from the FCC’s incentive auction. Associate Andrew Erber is experienced in the regulatory aspects of broadcast transactions, and assisted Greenberg and Smith in their work for ION Media. Smith handles work for Cox Media regarding its expansion into new areas of content delivery – alongside cybersecurity expert Behnam Dayanim – as well as advising the National Association of Broadcasters on issues connected to the emergence and deployment of new broadcast technologies. Other key clients for the practice include 21st Century Fox, Nexstar Communications, and Univision Communications. Employment lawyer Carson Sullivan is also a member of the interdisciplinary group and defends AT&T in employment cases.