In this episode, Brian Hengesbaugh, Global Chair of Privacy and Security, is joined by Cynthia Cole, IP, Data and Technology partner based in Palo Alto, as they discuss top-of-mind issues for global companies with respect to data and IP risk and reward in M&A. As a former CEO and General Counsel, Cynthia has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex technology and IP alliances and transactions, and offers her unique perspective on key issues facing companies amidst the current economic landscape. Listen in to hear about:

  • How market trends (inflation, a high dollar and recent layoffs) are impacting M&A activity
  • Various approaches (from the buy-side and sell-side) to evaluate risk and privacy program maturity
  • Tips to manage risk in the deal with respect to timing and the merger agreement itself
  • Outlook for companies who want to take advantage of current opportunities

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Brian provides advice on global data privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, digital media, direct marketing information management, and other legal and regulatory issues. He is Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Data Privacy and Security group.


Cynthia is an Intellectual Property Partner in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto office. She advises clients across a wide range of industries including Technology, Media & Telecoms, Energy, Mining & Infrastructure, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation. Cynthia has deep experience in complex cross-border, IP, data-driven and digital transactions, creating bespoke agreements in novel technology fields.