The Spring 2024 Thought Leadership Awards by Mondaq, an intelligent syndication platform providing world-class content and insight from professional services firms, has recognized the article “Reporting Companies Under The Corporate Transparency Act Beware: Using Service Providers To Comply Creates New Data Privacy Risk,” by Lowenstein lawyers Mary J. Hildebrand CIPP/US/ERobert A. Johnston Jr.; and Judith G. Rubin CIPP/US/E, CIPT, as one of its most read articles on data protection over the past two quarters.

These awards showcase the top authors and co-authors based on total readership on Mondaq over the previous six months, showcasing an overall award winner across a number of countries, as well as separate awards across multiple topic areas.

The Lowenstein lawyers’ highly read article analyzes The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which became effective on January 1, 2024, and its requirement that U.S. and foreign companies authorized to do business in the U.S. report specific personal information (PII) regarding their beneficial owners to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The authors encourage companies to establish internal and external processes to identify BOI and FinCEN Identifiers as sensitive personal information, to evaluate their PII and determine applicable data protection laws, and to integrate the PII into legally compliant data protection programs.

Partner Mary Hildebrand is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of Lowenstein’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice, which focuses on enabling companies to launch and grow their businesses while staying in compliance with complex global regulations governing the collection and commercial use of personal information. Robert A. Johnston Jr. is partner in the firm’s Investment Management and White Collar Criminal Defense groups; he counsels on internal investigations, SEC examinations and enforcement, regulatory compliance advice and counseling, compliance program design and implementation, cross-border due diligence, compliance auditing and monitoring, and commercial disputes. Judith Rubin, counsel in Lowenstein’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice, advises on privacy and cybersecurity matters arising from corporate transactions, providing technology, compliance, and data security-related counsel to clients in a range of industries and helping companies to respond to data breaches, prepare for such incidents, and develop and implement programs and policies aimed at protecting data and mitigating risk.