Frances P.Forte (Fran)


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Fran Forte's practice is focused on outsourcing, data protection, and risk management. She works with companies in the areas of compliance, incident management, breach response plans, and litigation. She also advises clients on data privacy issues, technology and data licensing, and cross-border transfers of data. She has particular experience with cloud transactions, HIPAA-related incidents, transatlantic data transfers under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, critical infrastructure security, and privacy and security policy audits.

Fran is certified as a privacy professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She counsels clients on various U.S. laws (such as HIPAA/HITECH Act, FTC Act, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, and state information security and breach notification obligations) and data protection laws in other major jurisdictions, along with advising clients on compliance with applicable industry standards and frameworks (such as PCI-DSS, NIST, and ISO standards). Her clients are in a variety of industries, such as technology, human resources, financial services, communications, and health care.

Fran is a regular speaker and author of articles on cybersecurity. She also volunteers as an attorney coach at South Atlanta High School as a part of the State Bar of Georgia's Mock Trial Competition.


  • AbbVie acquires MavupharmaJones Day advised AbbVie Inc. in its acquisition of Seattle-based Mavupharma, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on novel approaches to target the STING (STimulator of INterferon Genes) pathway for the treatment of cancer.
  • Large financial institution provides acquisition financing of provider of security alarms and monitoring servicesJones Day represented a financial institution, as administrative agent and lender, in connection with the financing of a large electronic security company's acquisition of a leading provider of security alarms and monitoring services for commercial and residential customers.
  • KKR completes investment in OneStream SoftwareJones Day advised Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts & Co. L.P. in connection with its investment in OneStream Software LLC, a leading provider of cloud or on-premise Corporate Performance Management solutions for mid-sized to large enterprises, in a transaction that values the privately held company at more than $1 billion.
  • Cylance acquired by BlackBerry for $1.4 billionJones Day advised Cylance, an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, in its $1.4 billion acquisition by BlackBerry Limited, plus the assumption of unvested employee incentive awards.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8 billionJones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
  • Procter & Gamble acquires consumer health business of Merck KGaAJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) in its €3.375 billion ($4.2 billion) acquisition of the worldwide consumer health business of Merck KGaA.
  • Adecco Group acquires General Assembly Space, Inc. for $412.5 millionJones Day advised The Adecco Group AG in its $412.5 million acquisition of General Assembly Space, Inc., a provider of work force educational curricula and training courses in the fields of technology, design, business, data, and digital marketing.
  • Granite Construction acquires LiquiForceJones Day advised Granite Construction Incorporated in its acquisition of LiquiForce, a privately-owned company which serves public and private sector water and wastewater customers in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Proagrica acquires SST SoftwareJones Day advised Proagrica, a division of RELX Group, in its acquisition of SST Software, a precision agriculture information solutions company.
  • SAP acquires GigyaJones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Gigya, Inc., a market leader for customer identity and access management.
  • Newell Brands sells Winter Sports businesses to Kohlberg & Company for $240 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) in the sale of its Winter Sports businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for $240 million, subject to adjustment.
  • FactSet Research Systems acquires Interactive Data Managed SolutionsJones Day advised FactSet Research Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of Interactive Data Managed Solutions (IDMS) from Intercontinental Exchange.
  • SAP acquires Abakus, Inc.Jones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Abakus, Inc., a developer of marketing optimization software.
  • HIPAA Covered Entity investigates possible disclosure of health information to government agencyJones Day assisted a HIPAA Covered Entity in its investigation and analysis of a possible disclosure of health information to the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Additional Publications

    • August 2017Implementing China's Cybersecurity Law
    • January 2017A New Swiss–U.S. Privacy Shield Replaces the U.S.–Swiss Safe Harbor
    • December 2016Shorting, Reporting and Profiting in the Era of Cyber Security, Cyber Security Practitioner
    • July 2016The EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Approved
    • March 2016IRS Warns of Phishing Scam Involving Tax-Related Information

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    Spring 2015
    The Cyber Threat in 2015 - Why Hotels are Next

    Spring 2015
    "Learn(ed)-ing" Treatises in Georgia

    Speaking Engagements

    • April 25, 2018InfoSec Visibility, Monitoring, & Incident Response, CISO Executive Network, Atlanta Chapter
    • April 12, 2017CISO Executive Network, Atlanta Chapter: Identity—The Human Factor
    • September 8, 2016CISO Executive Network, Atlanta Chapter: Enterprise Security Visibility Roundtable
    • April 20, 2016CISO Executive Network, Atlanta Chapter: Advanced Identity & Access Management Techniques Roundtable

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    January 28, 2016
    Better Call Saul, Data Security Training Seminar by Hospitality eResources

    Miami, Florida

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