[Gnso-epdp-legal] [Ext] Legal Service Procurement

Daniel Halloran daniel.halloran at icann.org
Thu Jan 10 23:08:01 UTC 2019

Thank you Kurt and the rest of the EPDP Legal Team.

We are pleased to inform you that ICANN org has retained the law firm of Bird & Bird as an additional expert to help advise on GDPR matters, including advising the EPDP Team. Bird & Bird is a leading international law firm with over 1300 lawyers in 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America with a highly regarded International Privacy & Data Protection Group that advises clients throughout the world. <https://www.twobirds.com/en/practice-areas/privacy-and-data-protection>

The engagement will be led by Ruth Boardman, who jointly heads Bird & Bird’s International Privacy and Data Protection Group and has extensive experience advising public and private sector organizations on data privacy matters, including representing them on their dealings with Data Protection Authorities and the EU’s Article 29 Working Party, now the European Data Protection Board. <https://www.twobirds.com/en/our-lawyers/r/ruth-boardman1>

ICANN has used the services of Bird & Bird in the past for public advice to the community Thick WHOIS Implementation Review Team, which included a written memorandum as well as attending a meeting of the Implementation Review Team to provide direct responses and engagement with the community as they worked to finalize implementation plans for transitioning gTLDs from “thin” WHOIS to “thick” WHOIS. Given the positive experience with working with Bird & Bird on this public advice, Bird & Bird’s understanding of ICANN and its ecosystem, as well as its deep expertise in international privacy and data protection matters, we expect that Ruth and the Bird & Bird team can help provide additional expertise that will advance the efforts of ICANN org and the GNSO Expedited PDP Team.

Thank you for your attention. I look forward to seeing you all in Toronto next week.

Best regards,

On Jan 6, 2019, at 6:26 PM, Kurt Pritz <kurt at kjpritz.com<mailto:kurt at kjpritz.com>> wrote:

Hi Dan:

To keep the ball rolling on the procurement of legal services, I am attaching a document to aid in the effort. The doc is a compilation of the SOW written by Stephanie and Diane, as well as note on Conflict (by Margie) and on possible efficiencies by Thomas.

Please let me know the extent to which this is successful and what else is required.

To the Legal Team, I apologize that this document does not encompass all the thought that has gone into this effort or did not consult with you on this document but I wanted to get something to ICANN to expedite the procurement. We can continue to augment this material as the procurement continues.

Best regards,


<EPDP Legal SOW.docx>

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