The U.S. - EU Digital Agenda: A Trans-Atlantic Business Council and K&L Gates Symposium

10 December 2018


K&L Gates
1601 K Street, NW
Washington D.C., DC

“Data is the new oil”—the lifeblood of the modern economy. So far, the Internet and the digital economy have benefited from relatively light touch governmental intervention. But is change coming? And are the U.S. and EU headed in different directions regarding the treatment of data and digital companies?

On Monday, December 10th, there will be a discussion among leading U.S. and EU policymakers on data privacy and the taxation and regulation of digital companies.

EU Ambassador to the U.S. David O’Sullivan will deliver the keynote address and will be followed by the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Peter Davidson. Panel discussions featuring representatives from the Trump Administration, U.S. Congress, the EU Mission and EU Parliament will follow.

This program is co-sponsored by the Trans-Atlantic Business Council.


1:00 p.m.
Bart Gordon, Partner, K&L Gates, Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speaker: EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan
1:05 p.m.
Ambassador O’Sullivan has a long and distinguished career that spans five decades. He has served in a number of senior official posts in the European public service. Prior to his appointment as EU Ambassador to the United States, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the ‘European External Action Service’ and responsible for establishing this new EU diplomatic service. The Service is one of the largest diplomatic networks with 140 delegations across the globe.

A Discussion with General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Peter Davidson
1:30 p.m.
Peter Davidson is the Department of Commerce’s Chief Legal Officer and has a lead role with respect to the Privacy Shield. Previously, he served as a Senior Vice President at Verizon Communications, and General Counsel to the United States Trade Representative. He also has served as a Vice President at USWEST and Qwest and was General Counsel and Policy Director to the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.
Moderator: Bruce J. Heiman, Partner, K&L Gates, Washington, D.C.

Panel Discussion - Data Privacy
2:00 p.m.
Moderator: Ignasi Guardans, Partner, K&L Gates, Brussels


  • Claude-Étienne Armingaud, Partner, K&L Gates, Paris, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional in Europe
  • João Rodrigues, Legal Adviser, European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington, D.C.
  • Melika Carroll, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs at the Internet Association

Panel Discussion - Taxation of Digital Companies
2:50 p.m.
Moderator: Mary Burke Baker, Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates, Washington, D.C.


  • Pierre-Olivier Pollet, Tax Attaché for North America, Embassy of France to the United States
  • Tomas Baert, Head of Trade and Agriculture of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States
  • Lafayette G. ("Chip") Harter, Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs), Office of the International Tax Counsel, United States Department of the Treasury
  • Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director, Center for Tax Policy and Administration, The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Panel Discussion - Regulation of Digital Companies
3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Bruce J. Heiman, Partner, K&L Gates, Washington, D.C.


  • Maria Luisa Iennaco, DG IPOL Liaison Officer, Directorate-General for Communication European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington, D.C.
  • Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, United States Federal Trade Commission

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