Ceyhun Pehlivan

Ceyhun Pehlivan

Co-Leader TMTIP, Madrid

“I am lucky to have a job I love, working at the forefront of some of the most innovative tech and data projects around today. I specialise in advising on complex tech, privacy, cyber, IP and sourcing matters. My goal is to help businesses find simple, practical solutions that give them a real advantage.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Ceyhun co-leads the Telecommunications, Media and Technology and IP practice group in the Madrid office. He has extensive experience in counselling both domestic and international clients on technology issues, data protection and cyber matters, licensing, outsourcing contracts.

Ceyhun regularly advises clients on innovative uses of data and tech (including in relation to artificial intelligence, fintech, IoT and adtech), as well as on cyber incident response. As a member of the firm’s cross-practice Crisis team, Ceyhun advises on investigations by data protection authorities and other regulators, as well as on clients’ own internal investigations.

Having previously worked in-house at one of the world’s leading health technology companies, Ceyhun has a particular interest in the healthcare sector and advises across a number of other highly-regulated sectors as well, including the technology and financial services sectors.

Ceyhun’s time in-house has given him an instinctive grasp of what clients need and value. His incisive, solution-oriented approach is much-praised, and is firmly grounded by his detailed knowledge of the law.

Amongst other things, Ceyhun is a full-time Adjunct Professor of Law at IE Law School, recognised as one of the top law schools in Europe, where he teaches privacy, data protection, and cyber-security in both postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

He has also been recognised as one of the “Top 10 Cybersecurity Lawyers in Spain” by Iberian Lawyer and listed in “The Best Lawyers in Spain”.
He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Privacy Law Review (Wolters Kluwer), an academic and professional law journal specialising in global privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity matters.

Work highlights
  • One of the world’s most high-profile professional services originations on a global cyber incident that lead to a complex web of regulatory and criminal investigations, and related court proceedings. 
  • A leading global bank on a large data analytics project that enabled the client to use and analyse data in innovative ways in order to improve business outcomes.
  • A leading digital health organisation on its binding corporate rules programme and its renewal under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
  • A Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company on a complex collaboration agreement with a major European biomedical organisation on the development and commercialisation of a pharmaceutical product.
  • A leading global pharmaceutical company on a complex manufacturing and supply agreement in connection with the manufacturing, labelling, packaging, laboratory testing, and supply of certain ophthalmology products.
  • A number of the world’s largest companies on domestic and international data protection and information governance projects, including the implementation of GDPR compliance programmes.

Professional experience

Prior to joining Linklaters, Ceyhun was head of the data protection and privacy team at the headquarters of Philips, a leading health technology company, in the Netherlands. While there, he led a programme to implement both the General Data Protection Regulation and ePrivacy laws across the Philips group worldwide. He also advised on binding corporate rules issues.

Ceyhun has also served as a member of the board of directors of the International Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Privacy Consortium (IPMPC), the leading entity comprising chief privacy officers and other data privacy and security professionals from a number of research-based, global pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

He was also a member of the GDPR Working Group of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), a global trusted community of critical infrastructure owners and operators within the Healthcare and Public Health sector (HPH).

Ceyhun is a full-time Adjunct Professor of Law at IE Law School, recognised as one of the top law schools in Europe, where he teaches privacy, data protection, and cyber-security in both postgraduate and undergraduate degrees. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Privacy Law Review (Wolters Kluwer), an academic and professional law journal specialising in global privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity matters.

Ceyhun is the co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) (KnowledgeNet) in Spain.

He has been recognised as one of the “Top 10 Cybersecurity Lawyers in Spain” and as a “Rising Star” by Iberian Lawyer. He has also been recently listed in The Best Lawyers in Spain.

Education and qualifications

Ceyhun holds a Law Degree and a Master’s in Business Law (LL.M.) from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He also obtained a qualifying Spanish law degree from the Ministry of Education in Spain. He also has a Master of Finance from the University Carlos III of Madrid.

Ceyhun also studied several post-graduate programmes in universities such as Harvard Law School in the USA (fully-funded), University of Bologna in Italy, Birla Institute of Management Technology in India, Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law in Switzerland, and Complutense University of Madrid in Spain.

Published works

Ceyhun is the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious Global Privacy Law Review (Wolters Kluwer), an academic law journal specialising in global privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity matters.

Ceyhun has been widely published in legal journals, including, among others, the following publications:

  • “After the Banquet and Beyond: Privacy and Data Protection in Japan”, Global Privacy Law Review, Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2020
  • “Two-Year Anniversary of the GDPR: Where do we stand?”, Global Privacy Law Review, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2020
  • “Blockchain and Data Protection, a compatible couple?” (co-authored with Inés Isidro), Global Privacy Law Review, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2020
  • “Global Privacy News” (edited), Global Privacy Law Review, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2020
  • “Editorial Note: Foreword”, Global Privacy Law Review Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2020
  • “Blockchain y Protección de datos, ¿una pareja compatible?” (co-authored with Inés Isidro), Nuevas Tecnologías, 2020
  • "EU Commission signs agreement with industry on cybersecurity" and "EU proposes stricter rules on Bitcoin and prepaid cards", (Vv.Aa.) Computer Law & Security Review, Volume 32, Issue 5, 2016
  • “The Creation of a Single European Patent System: From Dream to (Almost) Reality”, European Intellectual Property Review, Volume 34, Issue 7, pp. 453-460, London, 2012