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Raj De serves on Mayer Brown’s global Management Committee. He was previously the Managing Partner of Mayer Brown's Washington DC office, which is comprised of more than two hundred lawyers. He leads the firm's global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, as well as the firm’s National Security practice, and serves as a member of the firm’s Congressional Investigations & Crisis Management team. After nearly two decades in private practice and public service across all three branches of the United States government, Raj is one of the most trusted voices in Washington. He has held senior appointments in the White House, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Defense (DOD). Raj returned to Mayer Brown in 2015 after serving as General Counsel at the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Since returning to the firm, Raj has received numerous recognitions, including by American Lawyer (“Lateral All-Star”), Washingtonian magazine (“Top Lawyer”), The National Law Journal (“Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer”), and Cybersecurity Docket (“Incident Response 30”).

Raj focuses his practice on cutting-edge legal and policy issues at the nexus of technology, national security, law enforcement and privacy. He advises clients, including management teams and boards of directors, in connection with crisis management, government and internal investigations, high-stakes litigation, regulatory enforcement matters, and congressional inquiries. Raj provides clients with strategic counseling and practical legal advice, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government service and private practice.

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On September 15, 2022, President Biden issued an executive order (the “Order”) to provide further detail and expand on the factors that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) uses to evaluate whether a foreign investment provides a risk to US national security. The Order1 is the first executive order to

On August 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 on partisan lines to file an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that would regulate the protection of consumers’ privacy and data security in a rulemaking titled “Trade Regulation Rule on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security.”

The release of this ANPR—in the midst of

In this episode of our Ukraine Crisis video series, Amy Jacks (Restructuring partner, London) asks Rajesh De (Global Head of Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, and member of the firm’s global Management Committee) ten key questions on cybersecurity.

Raj discusses how recent hostilities in Ukraine have contributed to the increase in the scope, scale and severity

On May 26, 2022, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule revising the restrictions on the export, reexport and transfer (in-country) of certain “cybersecurity items” used for malicious cyber activities (“final rule”). Effective immediately upon publication, the final rule amends the October 21, 2021, interim final rule

On May 6, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated crypto mixer Blender.io as a Specially Designated National (“SDN”), marking the first time a virtual currency mixer has been sanctioned. The move is the latest in a series of sanctions designations and enforcement actions in the virtual currency

Strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity has been a top priority for the Biden administration, as reflected in its collaboration with industry, regulatory actions, and the legislation it has supported in Congress, including the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022. Executive action has been a key tool in the Biden administration’s cyber policymaking toolkit.

Connecticut has become the fifth state to pass comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the bill into law on May 10, 2022, and the Connecticut Data Privacy Act” (CTDPA) will take effect on July 1, 2023. This Legal Update discusses the CTDPA’s scope; compares it with the other state privacy laws

On February 9, 2022, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) voted 3-1 to propose rules, forms and amendments concerning cybersecurity risk management, as well as registered investment adviser and fund disclosures. As we have previously discussed, the proposal under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) and the Investment Company Act of

On March 25, 2022, the United States and the European Union jointly announced an “agreement in principle” to a new trans-Atlantic data privacy framework to facilitate the cross-border transfer of personal data (the “Framework”).1 As part of the Framework, the US has made “unprecedented commitments” related to intelligence collection and surveillance practices.2 The

Following in the footsteps of California, Virginia and Colorado, Utah has become the fourth state to pass comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation. Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed Utah Consumer Privacy Act (“UCPA”) into law on March 24, 2022—the first major state law domino to fall in 2022 and the first comprehensive data privacy legislation since