Michael J Riela has over 15 years of experience advising clients in complex restructuring, distressed M&A, financing and bankruptcy-related litigation matters. He is also experienced in data privacy and cybersecurity. Michael is a frequent author and speaker in these areas. Michael helps clients identify, evaluate and manage risks associated with their privacy and data security practices. He advises clients on US federal and state privacy and data security laws and rules, and data security breach notification laws. Michael also advises clients with respect to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and cross-border data transfers. Michael helps clients evaluate their data security risks, and prepares and helps clients implement security documentation, including written information security programmes, systems access policies and incident response plans. After a data breach occurs, Michael assists clients in addressing legal, operational and reputational risks arising from the breach. For example, Michael guides the clients’ incident response, advises them on their duties under applicable security breach notification laws, and defends clients in breach-related regulatory investigations and litigation. Michael is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States Private Sector (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), designations awarded by The International Association of Privacy Professionals. Michael has in-depth experience in advising clients on corporate and real estate bankruptcies, workouts, Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, debtor-in-possession (DIP) and bankruptcy exit loan facilities, secondary market trading of distressed debt and trade claims, section 363 sales and bankruptcy retention and fee agreements and disputes.