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Carmen De la Cruz

Carmen De la Cruz

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law LtdLandis & Gyr-Strasse 1ZugZugSwitzerland6300
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Carmen De la Cruz is a well-respected lawyer who is highlighted by peers for her “great experience in data protection and privacy matters”. She is also recognised by peers for her strong regulatory knowledge on cybersecurity issues.

Questions & Answers

Carmen De la Cruz, attorney-at-law and notary public, is founder and partner at de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in IT, information and communication law. She advises her clients in the fields of blockchain, data privacy, artificial intelligence, outsourcing and new technologies. Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg and holds a federal degree in IT and economics, and a degree as an IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security.

Describe your career to date.

After I obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Fribourg, and passed the bar exam, I worked for many years as in-house counsel for one of the leading financial service providers and for a major telecoms provider. I worked in corporate and infrastructure law before starting to advise clients as a partner specialised in IT and telecommunications.

What do you enjoy most about working in technology law?

Supporting clients in technology matters means being able to deal with new technologies and related changes that may not even have been discussed or covered under the current legislation. To be able to work on challenging projects concerning the future and development of our economy is the most fascinating way of interacting between technology and law.

What challenges did you face when setting up your own firm?

After an in-house career, with all the challenges that presented, the main challenge was putting my own firm on the market. Legal knowledge may be one of the most important qualities, but collaboration, networking and creativity are also crucial to finding the best solution for a client.

How do you ensure your firm stands out among competitors in the Swiss market?

Continuous learning about technology and law is the basis for success, but another important factor is engagement with professionals, technicians and leaders outside the office – in business associations, networks, etc. We also offer a real passion for technology – it’s not just a marketing claim. Without continuous engagement on personal and professional levels with all stakeholders, there will be no success.

What are the main challenges clients face in complying with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The complexity of the regulation, and the fact that GDPR is related to a client’s whole company (rather than being limited to certain areas), are challenging factors for most clients. Furthermore, the fact that a lot of questions are still unanswered means finding ways to implement solutions that are flexible enough to grow with the requirements, and also demands a more in-depth knowledge of regulators, suppliers, clients, etc.

What impact do you think artificial intelligence (AI) will have on legal practice in the future?

On the one hand, AI will support legal practice on a daily basis, and allow a more detailed and broader use of resources. On the other hand, it will also increase the focus on privacy and thereby make it even more important to assist clients with their technology and compliance requirements.

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

We foresee a high demand for skilled employees with a proven knowledge of technology and compliance, as clients may require in-depth knowledge of specific areas and new developments.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in data law?

It is important to love technology as well as international cases. Collaboration with different kinds of stakeholders – suppliers, IT departments, etc – are the basis for a successful career as a data lawyer, and help the client resolve their challenges.

Thought Leaders - Data - Data Privacy & Protection 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Data - Data Security 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Data - Information Technology 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Carmen De la Cruz is a well-respected lawyer who is highlighted by peers for her “great experience in data protection and privacy matters”. She is also recognised by peers for her strong regulatory knowledge on cybersecurity issues.

Questions & Answers

Carmen De la Cruz, attorney-at-law and notary public, is founder and partner at de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in IT, information and communication law. She advises her clients in the fields of block chain, data privacy, artificial intelligence, outsourcing and new technologies. Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg and holds a federal degree in IT and economics, and a degree as an IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security.

Describe your career to date.

After I obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Fribourg, and passed the bar exam, I worked for many years as in-house counsel for one of the leading financial service providers and for a major telecoms provider. I worked in corporate and infrastructure law before starting to advise clients as a partner specialised in IT and telecommunications.

What do you enjoy most about working in technology law?

Supporting clients in technology matters means being able to deal with new technologies and related changes that may not even have been discussed or covered under the current legislation. To be able to work on challenging projects concerning the future and development of our economy is the most fascinating way of interacting between technology and law.

What challenges did you face when setting up your own firm?

After an in-house career, with all the challenges that presented, the main challenge was putting my own firm on the market. Legal knowledge may be one of the most important qualities, but collaboration, network and creativity are also crucial to finding the best solution for a client.

How do you ensure your firm stands out among competitors in the Swiss market?

Continuous learning about technology and law is the basis for success, but another important factor is engagement with professionals, technicians and leaders outside the office – in business associations, networks, etc. We also offer a real passion for technology – it’s not just a marketing claim. Without continuous engagement on personal and professional levels with all stakeholders, there will be no success.

What are the main challenges clients face in complying with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The complexity of the regulation, and the fact that GDPR is related to a client’s whole company (rather than being limited to certain areas), are challenging factors for most clients. Furthermore, the fact that a lot of questions are still unanswered means finding ways to implement solutions that are flexible enough to grow with the requirements, and also demands a more in-depth knowledge of regulators, suppliers, clients, etc.

What impact do you think artificial intelligence (AI) will have on legal practice in the future?

On the one hand, AI will support legal practice on a daily basis, and allow a more detailed and broader use of resources. On the other hand, it will also increase the focus on privacy and thereby make it even more important to assist clients with their technology and compliance requirements.

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

We foresee a high demand for skilled employees with a proven knowledge of technology and compliance, as clients may require in-depth knowledge of specific areas and new developments.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in data law?

It is important to love technology as well as international cases. Collaboration with different kinds of stakeholders – suppliers, IT departments, etc – are the basis for a successful career as a data lawyer, and help clients resolve their challenges.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Carmen de la Cruz is a seasoned data expert with a wealth of experience in privacy and security matters.

Biography

Carmen De la Cruz is a founding partner with de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in the fields of IT, information and communication law including but not limited to blockchain including crypto-currencies and ICOs, data protection, artificial intelligence, outsourcing as well as licensing.

Carmen worked for many years as in-house counsel for one of the leading financial service providers as well as for telecommunication providers. As general counsel in the area of infrastructure, she supported in the fields of corporate and infrastructure law. She advises her clients in the fields of information and communications law, intellectual property (IP) law, data protection law and all matters related to it based on her experience as in-house lawyer and external adviser in legal and regulatory fields. Acting also as notary public Carmen advises her clients in transactions in the fields of information and communication technology.

Within her practice, she has been an active member of different practice groups on technology matters where new legalisation on telecommunication and information law were developed. Carmen is an elected member of the Federal Arbitration Commission on the administration of IP rights and related rights dealing with collective IP rights. Furthermore, she is an active member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), a leading member of the practice group on sourcing and cloud of the largest Swiss IT associations, swissICT, as well as the Crypto Vally Association and the legal group on technology law and member of the legal practice group on lawful interception of asut (Swiss Telecommunications Association).

Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg iUe (with a joint degree in European law in bilingual German and French). She is a registered notary public of the canton of Zug and admitted to the Bar. Furthermore, Carmen holds a federal degree in IT and economics and a degree as German IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security and has different diplomas on IT matters such as IT management, cloud computing and IT security from the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.

Carmen lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at different universities such as the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Zurich University of Applied Science as well as the executive school of management, technology and law, at the University of St Gallen.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in the so called Crypto Valley Zug with an ecosystem for blockchain technology. With its strong focus on legal and regulatory matters in the fields of information technology de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is linked to the industry not only by giving legal advice but also by support based on specific education in the matters of information technology. All partners of de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd have experience as in-house counsel and support customers on legal matters also covering in-house needs and requests.

Data - Data Security 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Carmen de la Cruz is "certainly a market leader" according to peers, who admire the breadth of her experience handling data security issues.

Biography

Carmen De la Cruz is a founding partner with de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in the fields of IT, information and communication law including but not limited to blockchain including crypto-currencies and ICOs, data protection, artificial intelligence, outsourcing as well as licensing.

Carmen worked for many years as in-house counsel for one of the leading financial service providers as well as for telecommunication providers. As general counsel in the area of infrastructure, she supported in the fields of corporate and infrastructure law. She advises her clients in the fields of information and communications law, intellectual property (IP) law, data protection law and all matters related to it based on her experience as in-house lawyer and external adviser in legal and regulatory fields. Acting also as notary public Carmen advises her clients in transactions in the fields of information and communication technology.

Within her practice, she has been an active member of different practice groups on technology matters where new legalisation on telecommunication and information law were developed. Carmen is an elected member of the Federal Arbitration Commission on the administration of IP rights and related rights dealing with collective IP rights. Furthermore, she is an active member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), a leading member of the practice group on sourcing and cloud of the largest Swiss IT associations, swissICT, as well as the Crypto Vally Association and the legal group on technology law and member of the legal practice group on lawful interception of asut (Swiss Telecommunications Association).

Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg iUe (with a joint degree in European law in bilingual German and French). She is a registered notary public of the canton of Zug and admitted to the Bar. Furthermore, Carmen holds a federal degree in IT and economics and a degree as German IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security and has different diplomas on IT matters such as IT management, cloud computing and IT security from the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.

Carmen lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at different universities such as the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Zurich University of Applied Science as well as the executive school of management, technology and law, at the University of St Gallen.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in the so called Crypto Valley Zug with an ecosystem for blockchain technology. With its strong focus on legal and regulatory matters in the fields of information technology de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is linked to the industry not only by giving legal advice but also by support based on specific education in the matters of information technology. All partners of de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd have experience as in-house counsel and support customers on legal matters covering also in-house needs and requests. 

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Carmen de la Cruz has decades of experience in the market and is well respected for her considerable expertise handling a wide range of IT and digital IP issues.

Biography

Carmen De la Cruz is a founding partner with de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in the fields of IT, information and communication law including but not limited to blockchain including crypto-currencies and ICOs, data protection, artificial intelligence, outsourcing as well as licensing.

Carmen worked for many years as inhouse counsel for one of the leading financial service providers as well as for telecommunication providers. As general counsel in the area of infrastructure, she supported in the fields of corporate and infrastructure law. She advises her clients in the fields of information and communications law, intellectual property (IP) law, data protection law and all matters related to it based on her experience as in-house lawyer and external adviser in legal and regulatory fields. Acting also as notary public, Carmen advises her clients in transactions in the fields of information and communication technology.

Within her practice, she has been an active member of different practice groups on technology matters where new legalisation on telecommunication and information law were developed. Carmen is an elected member of the Federal Arbitration Commission on the administration of IP rights and related rights dealing with collective IP rights. Furthermore, she is an active member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), a leading member of the practice group on sourcing and cloud of the largest Swiss IT associations, swissICT, as well as the Crypto Vally Association and the legal group on technology law and member of the legal practice group on lawful interception of asut (Swiss Telecommunications Association).

Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg iUe (with a joint degree in European law in bilingual German and French). She is a registered notary public of the canton of Zug and admitted to the Bar. Furthermore, Carmen holds a federal degree in IT and economics and a degree as German IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security and has different diplomas on IT matters such as IT management, cloud computing and IT security from the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.

Carmen lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at different universities such as the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Zurich University of Applied Science as well as the executive school of management, technology and law, at the University of St Gallen.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in the so called Crypto Valley Zug with an ecosystem for blockchain technology. With its strong focus on legal and regulatory matters in the fields of information technology, de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is linked to the industry not only by giving legal advice but also by support based on specific education in the matters of information technology. All partners of de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd have experience as in-house counsel and support customers on legal matters covering also in-house needs and requests. 

National Leader

Switzerland - Data 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Carmen De la Cruz is a big name in the Swiss market. Sources say she is “very well connected" and "knows a lot about the industry and the telecoms area”.

Biography

Carmen De la Cruz is a founding partner with de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in the fields of IT, information and communication law, including but not limited to artificial intelligence, blockchain (including cryptocurrencies) data protection, outsourcing, licensing etc.

Carmen worked for many years as in-house counsel for one of the leading financial service providers, as well as for telecommunication providers. As general counsel in the area of infrastructure, she supported in the fields of corporate and infrastructure law. She advises her clients in the fields of information and communications law, intellectual property (IP) law, data protection law and all matters related to it based on her experience as in-house lawyer and external adviser in legal and regulatory fields. Carmen also acts as data protection officer for her clients including but not limited to major sports players globally, and supports clients in sports and emerging technologies. Acting also as notary public, Carmen advises her clients on transactions in the information and communication technology fields.

Carmen has been an active member of different practice groups on technology matters, where new legalisation on telecommunication and information law were developed. Carmen is an elected member of the Federal Arbitration Commission on the administration of IP rights and related rights dealing with collective IP rights. Furthermore, she is an active member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw); the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), as co-chair of the knowledge chapter (Switzerland); the swissICT practice group on sourcing and cloud computing; the Crypto Valley Association; the legal group on technology law, and the legal practice group on lawful interception, of the Swiss Telecommunications Association.

Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg iUe with a joint degree in European law in German and French. She is a registered notary public of the canton of Zug and admitted to the Bar. Furthermore, Carmen holds a federal degree in IT and economics, and a degree as a German IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security. She has various diplomas on matters such as IT management, cloud computing and IT security from the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).

Carmen lectures as a specialist on IT law and compliance at various universities such as FHNW, Zurich University of Applied Science, and the executive school of management, technology and law at the University of St Gallen.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in Zug – Switzerland’s so-called “Crypto Valley” – with an ecosystem for blockchain technology. With its strong focus on legal and regulatory matters in the fields of information technology, de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is linked to the industry not only by giving legal advice but also by support based on specific education in the matters of information technology. All partners of de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd have experience as in-house counsel and support customers on legal matters, also covering in-house needs and requests. 

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