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COVID-19 Force Majeure and Contract Issues

May 14, 2020

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, companies around the world have been assessing the actual and potential impact on their businesses. From a legal perspective this will involve an assessment of contractual rights and obligations and formulation of plan to achieve a desired outcome.  Our panelists will be drawing on experience from in-house and private practice in the US and Europe to discuss the legal and the practical considerations related to the COVID-19 disruption. This will include discussions of force majeure, applicable common law principles, market trends, drafting considerations and more.


Eugene Weitz, DXC Technology Managed Legal Solutions, United States, Moderator
Eugene Weitz is currently Managing Counsel with DXC Technology’s Managed Legal Solutions providing strategic guidance regarding global cybersecurity and digital transformation.  Prior to DXC, Eugene practiced Data Protection at DLA Piper as an independent attorney. Eugene also has served as General Counsel, Americas at SAI Global, Deputy General Counsel at Computer Sciences Corporation, Alcatel Lucent and Atos as General Counsel, responsible for North American and Asia-Pacific.



Clive Davies, Fujitsu Services, United Kingdom
Clive is a senior counsel with Fujitsu advising on major service contracts with customers in the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining Fujitsu Clive was the lead IT and outsourcing partner in London at D J Freeman and Olswang.  Clive specialises in major outsourcing contracts. He has a particular interest in improving the contracting process, believing that a successful contract supports effective delivery.  Clive lectures and writes regularly on IT subjects. Clive is past chair and Fellow of SCL, a Co-Chair of ITechLaw's In-House Committee, an editor of Communications Law and a member of the LexisNexis In-House Advisory Board.


Jonathan Millard, Fenwick & West, United States
Jonathan Millard is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP and focuses his practice on counselling clients through complex technology transactions.  Jonathan has extensive experience advising clients on technology aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as advising on a broad range of commercial agreements and licensing arrangements for clients in the high technology industry. Jonathan has expertise in global outsourcing transactions and structuring and negotiating cross border transactions and strategic alliances for a broad range of clients.  Jonathan also counsels clients with respect to privacy issues, particularly in the context of corporate acquisitions and international aspects of personal data processing and transfer, between the EU and the US.  Jonathan is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).


Sharon Matsumura, NortonLifeLock, Inc. (formerly), United States
Sharon Matsumura has held various Silicon Valley in-house tech transactions roles. Most recently as Legal Director at NortonLifeLock, Inc. (previously Symantec Corp.) in Mountain View, CA, and has also served as Deputy General Counsel Commercial Transactions at Intuit Inc., in Mountain View.  Her work has focused on leading teams to accelerate growth for global marketing & sales support, commercial transactions, and compliance programs for global trade and anticorruption. Prior roles also included management roles at SanDisk, Sun Microsystems and Lockheed Martin.  She served as a US Navy attorney in Wash., D.C. and holds a JD from the University of Santa Clara, School of Law in California.