Christopher Kuner

Hunton & Williams

Christopher Kuner is partner in the Brussels office of the international law firm Hunton & Williams. Mr. Kuner is Vice-Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Special Advisory Group on E-Related Issues and a member of the ICC Task Force on Data Protection, and takes part in the work of other international organizations such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Mr. Kuner has served as a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is the author of numerous articles in German and English, and is on the editorial board of the German legal journal "Multimedia und Recht". Prior to joining Hunton & Williams he was with the law firms of Gleiss Lutz in Germany and Morrison & Foerster in Brussels.

Mr. Kuner served as rapporteur for the ILPF Consensus Principles on Electronic Authentication and was co-author of the ILPF legal study "An Analysis of International Electronic and Digital Signature Implementation Initiatives". Mr. Kuner is also author of the books "Internet für Juristen" (3d edition, Verlag C.H. Beck) and "European Data Privacy Law and Online Business" (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), and was consultant editor for "Internet Marketplaces: The Law of Auctions and Exchanges Online" (by Christina Ramberg, Oxford University Press 2002). He is listed in "The World's Leading Information Technology Advisers" (Euromoney Legal Group) and "An International Who's Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers" (1st and 2nd editions, Law Business Research).

Mr. Kuner's practice focuses on technology law and electronic commerce. In particular, he has advised companies on legal issues relating to data protection, encryption, digital signatures, online banking, Internet taxation, and the sale of goods and services online, as well as negotiating licensing and distribution agreements. Regulatory developments in Europe relating to e-commerce, both at the EU and the Member State levels, are a particular focus of Mr. Kuner's practice, including assisting clients in complying with requirements of European data protection law, such as drafting data transfer agreements, dealing with employee data issues, and negotiating with data protection authorities.

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