SRZ is an international law firm, with offices located in the United States and the United Kingdom. As a provider of legal services, SRZ is committed to protecting the confidentiality and integrity of your personal information. SRZ maintains appropriate technical and security arrangements in order to keep your personal information confidential and protect it against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or alteration, in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws.
Collection of Personal Information
SRZ may collect personal information about you directly from you or another person acting on your behalf, including as may be provided by you through the Site. We will also collect personal information about you if it relates to your instructions, transactions between you and us, and the services that we provide to you, your employer or another business or entity associated with you.
You may browse areas of the Site that do not require entry of log-in credentials without actively entering personal information. However, certain information may be provided to SRZ automatically by your web browser or application when entering or utilizing the Site, including, as examples: IP addresses, other devices identifiers, browser types, operating systems access dates and times, and referring and exiting URLs.
Certain areas and services on the Site may ask you to provide personal information, including through completion of forms on various pages of the Site. This may include providing personal information in order to register for SRZ client alerts or events (such as your name or contact information), or to apply for career opportunities with SRZ (such as your prior employment, education or other background information).
We may also, in some circumstances, receive personal information about you from third parties, such as our service providers, regulatory or law enforcement agencies, and agencies conducting background checks. Personal information may also be obtained from publicly accessible sources of information, such as public databases, industry associations, social media and online professional networks.
The categories of personal information we may collect will depend on the nature of our relationship with you or the services we provide, and the purpose for which information is being collected. Such personal data may include names, residential addresses or other contact details, signature, nationality, date and place of birth, social security, national insurance or other tax identification number, photographs, copies of identification documents, bank account details, information about assets or net worth, credit history, criminal and administrative offences, source of funds details, education, or, in some cases, other sensitive information, such as certain special categories of personal data (e.g., information about health, political affiliations, or religious or philosophical beliefs) contained in relevant documents or materials.
Our Use of Personal Information
We may use your personal information where we are permitted to do so under applicable law, including for any of the following purposes:
- To contact you, establish and administer the relationship between us;
- To provide legal services to you, your employer or another business or entity associated with you, and administer the matters on which we are instructed by our clients;
- To contact you about legal updates, seminars or events or SRZ developments and announcements that we believe may be of interest to you;
- Monitoring and analyzing our activities; and
- Complying with applicable legal or regulatory requirements, including rules of professional conduct, anti-money laundering and sanctions regimes.
SRZ will use one of the permitted grounds under the applicable law to process your personal information. Such grounds include instances where you have given your consent and cases where your consent is not required under applicable law, such as where SRZ is required to comply with a legal obligation, or where SRZ, or a third party acting on our behalf, determines that it is necessary for our legitimate interests to collect and use your information.
The legitimate interests to collect your personal information may include any of the purposes identified above and any other purpose where SRZ, or a third party acting on our behalf, have determined that you have a reasonable expectation for SRZ or a third party, on our behalf, to collect or use your personal information for such purpose.
What Are the Consequences of Failing to Provide Your Personal Information?
A refusal to provide SRZ with personal information may, depending on the purpose for which your personal information is required, have various consequences, such as SRZ being unable to communicate with you, or provide our services to you. If your personal information is necessary for SRZ to carry out our anti-money laundering checks, failure to provide such information may result in the firm not being able to provide the representation. If SRZ has a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity, we may be required, under applicable law, to make a report to regulatory or enforcement agencies.
SRZ does not knowingly collect, use or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13. If SRZ is made aware that it has collected personal information from a child under 13 years old in a manner that is inconsistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, SRZ will delete this information as soon as possible.
Sharing of Personal Information
We will only disclose your personal information outside SRZ in limited circumstances. Such circumstances include disclosures to our agents or service providers acting on our behalf and at our direction (“processors”), or where we believe disclosure is necessary to provide a service which you have requested, or as otherwise authorized or directed by you. Where we transfer, or give access to, your personal information to our processors, we ensure that such processors have committed themselves to appropriate confidentiality and information security obligations.
Subject to compliance with the applicable law and our professional obligations, we may share your personal information with:
- Our affiliates and offices;
- Any person to whom SRZ has a right or obligation to disclose your personal information under applicable law, or any person where SRZ determines that disclosure is necessary to protect or defend our rights or property, including with regulators, courts of law, governmental, regulatory or law enforcement agencies;
- Our internet, IT, telecommunications and other relevant service providers, or law firm ranking agencies;
- Any person, as directed by you; or
- Any person to whom SRZ transfers any of our rights or obligations under any agreement, or in connection with a sale, merger or consolidation of our business or other transfer of our assets, whether voluntarily or by operation of law, or who is otherwise deemed to be our successor or transferee.
Security of Personal Information and Retention Periods
SRZ maintains appropriate technical and organizational security procedures in order to keep your personal information confidential and protect it against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or alteration, in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws.
Additional Information for Residents of the EEA
Given the global nature of our business, we operate systems that may make personal information collected in the United Kingdom or another country in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) accessible from offices in the United States, or another non-EEA country (each, a “third country”). We may also transfer personal information to our offices in the United States, or service providers in a third country to enable us to provide legal services to you, or for our internal administration or compliance purposes. You should note that such third countries may not offer the same level of data protection as that afforded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Where we transfer personal data to such third countries, SRZ will ensure that such personal information receives appropriate protections, including having contractual undertakings in legal agreement with our processors, such as Standard Contractual Clauses adopted by the European Commission. We have entered into Standard Contractual Clauses for transfers between our offices.
You may have certain rights under GDPR in respect of the personal information SRZ holds about you and which you may exercise. These rights are:
- To request access to your personal information;
- To request rectification of inaccurate or incomplete information;
- To request erasure of your information (a “right to be forgotten”);
- To restrict the processing of your information in certain circumstances;
- To object to our use of your information, such as where SRZ has considered such use to be necessary for our legitimate interests (e.g., in the case of direct marketing activities);
- Where relevant, to request the portability of your information;
- Where you have given consent to the processing of your personal information, to withdraw your consent; and
- To lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.
How to Contact SRZ
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Attn: General Counsel
919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
All such requests will be handled in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws.
You have the right to object to use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes. If you do not wish to receive our publications or details of events that we consider may be of interest to you, we ask that you notify us by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any electronic marketing communications that you receive, or by emailing [email protected].
We may send text files (e.g., “cookies” or other cached files) or images to your web browser to store information on your computer. Such text files and images are used for technical convenience to store information on your computer. For instance, we may use a session cookie to store form information that you have entered so that you do not have to enter such information again. We may use information stored in such text files and images to customize your experience on this website and to monitor use of this website. You may set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. Many web browsers also allow you to block cookies. If you block cookies you may not be able to access certain parts of this website. You can disable cookies from your computer system by following the instructions on your browser or at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
Links to Other Sites
In the United Kingdom, Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP (“SRZ International”), a limited liability partnership, is authorized and regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (reg. no. 368016). Information on the regulations of The Solicitors Regulation Authority can be found at www.sra.org.uk.
A list of the names of the members of SRZ International, together with a list of those non-members who are designated as partners, and their professional qualifications, is open to inspection at its registered office, One Eagle Place, London SW1Y 6AF, United Kingdom.
Our aim is to build a long-term relationship with each of our clients. For each client, we nominate a partner who has overall responsibility for ensuring that we meet your reasonable expectations and with whom any concerns should be raised. This partner will normally be the partner who writes our engagement letter to you, but another partner may be specified. Different partners may be responsible for different aspects of managing a matter and, as in any long-term relationship, others may assume responsibility for particular transactions. In any event, you should feel free to contact any partner at any time in case of any concerns. If you are unsure who to contact, please contact Christopher Hilditch, co-head and co-founding partner of the firm’s London office.
If after the complaints handling procedure has run its course you are still not satisfied with our response to your complaint or with our handling of the complaint, you may ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the matter. Information about the role, remit, time limits and procedures of the Legal Ombudsman can be viewed on the website at www.legalombudsman.org.uk. The Legal Ombudsman can be contacted by post (Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ), email at [email protected], or telephone (0300 555 0333). Normally, a complaint must be notified to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about the complaint.