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    Illia Shenheliia specialises in data protection, privacy, cybersecurity, and commercial law, catering to clients in various sectors such as technology, AI, blockchain, media, e-commerce, and gaming.

    Leveraging his extensive experience, Illia develops efficient and robust legal frameworks that address the unique challenges of complex cross-border transactions, fostering innovation and compliance in dynamic business environments. His approach is deeply rooted in understanding the nuances of technology and innovation, enabling him to anticipate legal hurdles and proactively address them, seamlessly integrating legal solutions with business strategies.

    Holding CIPP/E and CIPM certifications, Illia is recognized for his expertise in data protection and privacy, showcasing a distinguished career as a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and privacy team leader. As a data protection and privacy expert, he offers advice to companies of various sizes on cutting-edge data protection issues related to GDPR compliance, privacy and cybersecurity risks management, data breach responses, cross-border data transfers, data protection impact assessments, as well as designing and implementing data protection documentation and procedures.

    Before joining Aurum, Illia worked at Berlin and Paris offices of a leading international law firm. This experience has given him a deep understanding of the legal issues facing global businesses, and when combined with his international exposure and legal expertise, it uniquely equips him to navigate clients through the complex legal landscapes of innovation and international business.

    Selected cases

    In the evolving domains of technology and digital privacy, Illia Shenheliia has consistently delivered legal strategies that protect and advance client interests. This selection of cases highlights his practical approach to complex data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity challenges, where his foresight and expertise have steered clients toward favorable outcomes in multifaceted legal environments.

    • Acted as a co-lead counsel to a cryptocurrency exchange operating in the LATAM region on all matters related to corporate structuring, legal, and compliance.

    • Advised a Swiss-based virtual asset exchange on privacy and data protection compliance in the EU, data export issues, data impact assessments, and data flow structuring.

    • Served as lead counsel for a development company in launching a global software product, advised on matters related to payment processing, compliance, and consumer protection.

    • Advised a sales platform headquartered in the US on the integration of AI functionality into their products and services.

    • Advised a Swiss-based virtual asset exchange on privacy and data protection compliance in the EU, in particular with respect to data flow structuring.

    • Guided a European outsource IT company with more than 800 employees through the process of becoming GDPR compliant.

    • Developed a data protection and privacy strategy for a lead generation company operating in the US and EU markets, aligning with regional regulations.

    • Advised an e-commerce platform on the compliance with GDPR and CCPA regulations, developed and implemented data protection and privacy policies, ensuring secure data collection, storage, and processing practices, advised on consumer rights laws to refine return policies and dispute resolution mechanisms.

    • Advised a game development studio on the protection of intellectual property rights in its products, developed a comprehensive IP strategy, secured copyrights for game code, graphics, and narrative content.

    • Supported a financial services company in responding to a significant data breach, guiding them through the legal implications, notification procedures, and mitigating potential liabilities.


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