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Avi Gesser

Avi Gesser

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York City, NY, USA


Mr. Gesser is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department.  He represents clients in a wide range of cybersecurity issues, white collar criminal defense matters and investigations, as well as complex commercial litigation.

Recently, Mr. Gesser has represented companies who have experienced cyber events in coordinating with experts to conduct investigations; communicating with regulators, law enforcement, insurers and auditors; assessing various federal, state and international regulatory disclosure obligations; and representing the companies in related civil litigation and regulatory investigations. 

Mr. Gesser has also been advising several companies on their compliance with various cybersecurity regulations, cybersecurity governance issues, cloud migration, data minimization, and cybersecurity risk disclosures. 

From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Gesser was the Counsel to the Chief of the Justice Department, Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.

From early 2011 through August 2013, Mr. Gesser was the Deputy Director of the Justice Department, Criminal Division’s BP Oil Spill Task Force.

Mr. Gesser is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity issues and the primary author of the Davis Polk Cyber Breach Center.

Avi Gesser is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Federal Trade Commission, Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business (September 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, IT Specialist Settles Charges of Insider Trading on Hacked Nonpublic Information (December 5, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Federal Trade Commission, Privacy & Data Security Update: 2016 (January 2016–December 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Florida Man Sentenced for Hacking, Spamming Scheme that Used Stolen Email Accounts (February 16, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Litigation Release No. 23711, Chinese Traders Charged with Trading on Hacked Nonpublic Information Stolen from Two New York-Based Law Firms: Marks First Time SEC Charges Hacking into Law Firm Computer Networks (December 27, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
FBI, National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Cyber Security is Everyone’s Responsibility (October 3, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
U.S. Department of Justice, Press Release, U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking Yahoo and Millions of Email Accounts (March 15, 2017) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies, 23 NYCRR 500 (2017) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
A Framework for a Vulnerability Disclosure Program for Online Systems, U.S. Department of Justice, Cybersecurity Unit (July 2017) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cyber Breach Center, OCC Says Cyber Threats Continue to Elevate Banks’ Operational Risk (January 23, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Avi Gesser and Gabriel D. Rosenberg, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cyber Breach Center, Delegation, Not Abdication: The CFTC Fines AMP Global Clearing LLC for Failing to Supervise a Third-Party Service Provider (February 21, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Press Release, Attorney General Sessions Announces New Cybersecurity Take Force (February 20, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Commission Statement and Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures, Release Nos. 33-10459; 34-82746, 17 CFR Parts 229 and 249 (February 21, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Randal K. Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Brief Thoughts on the Financial Regulatory System and Cybersecurity, Remarks Before the Financial Services Roundtable, 2018 Spring Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment The Cybersecurity Landscape: Working with Law Enforcement, Monday, May 14, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Cybersecurity Landscape: Working with Law Enforcement - The Cybersecurity Landscape: Working with Law Enforcement, Monday, May 14, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Cybersecurity Landscape: Working with Law Enforcement - The Cybersecurity Landscape: Working with Law Enforcement, Monday, May 14, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, New York, NY
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