Peter is a Partner in the Corporate Group and co-head of Appleby’s Global Technology and Innovation Group. His practice is focused on privacy, data protection and strategic corporate-commercial and regulatory work in the technology and innovation sectors.
Peter has a keen interest in emerging technologies and has worked on numerous blockchain based token offerings and smart contract projects across multiple jurisdictions. A privacy and data protection specialist, Peter is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and sits on the Cayman Islands Government’s Working Group on Data Protection. Peter has written and spoken extensively about privacy, data protection and new technologies across Asia and the Caribbean region, recognising that regulatory issues are often the threshold question for new business models, products and services. He is a member of the Financial Services Legislative Committee Fintech Sub-Committee, the Cayman Finance Fintech Innovation Lab, the Cayman Islands Blockchain Association and the Fintech Professionals Association. In 2020, Legal 500 ranked Peter as a ‘Rising Star’ noting him as a “subject matter expert, responsive and detail-oriented” for Regulatory and Compliance.
Prior to joining Appleby in January 2017, Peter was a member of Hogan Lovells’ technology, media and telecommunications group in Hong Kong and helped build the firm’s privacy practice in Asia. Working with some of the world ́s largest technology companies and global banks, he advised on privacy, data protection, bank secrecy, intellectual property, broadcasting and telecoms matters across the Asia-Pacific region. While in Hong Kong, Peter also worked in-house with Turner Broadcasting (a subsidiary of Time Warner) where his internal “clients” included the 24 hour news channel CNN.
The Caribbean has seen critical issues in regard to its data privacy regulations and has been slow in adopting comprehensive laws that provide formal legal structures for data transfers and protection. Currently, fifteen privacy laws have been passed, with Jamaica being the most recent by passing its Data Protection Act, 2020. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago are currently amending their own privacy law in accordance with the GDPR. This panel will discuss the future of the Caribbean’s Data Protection Regime and the possibility of a collaborative regional approach towards data protection, as well as harmonisation with international standards.