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Razvan E. Miutescu
Counsel
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.8744
Fax: 410.223.3725
rmiutescu@wtplaw.com

Raz is a business, technology, and information governance attorney. His practice focuses on privacy and data security, information technology transactions and licensing, intellectual property, and data management, including data broker transactions, cloud services, and related regulatory and compliance matters.

In addition to his tech/IP practice, Raz is passionate about and has experience of over a decade with all aspects of wholesale and retail financing, sales, and acquisitions of recreational luxury yachts.

He speaks fluent Romanian and conversational German.

Privacy & Data Security

Raz is a privacy professional experienced with all stages in the lifecycle of data, including as to:

  • Federal regulatory compliance – Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (and Reg. P) (“GLBA”), Section 5 of The Federal Trade Commission Act (the “FTC Act”), the Fair Credit Reporting Act as amended by the Fair and Accurate Transactions Act (“FACTA”), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), as well as applicable regulations and agency-issued guidelines
  • State laws compliance -- Maryland Personal Information Privacy Act (“PIPA”), Maryland Social Security Privacy Act (“SSPA”),  Maryland Confidential Financial Records Act (“CFRA”), and Maryland’s Identity Theft Laws
  • E.U. – U.S. data transfers, including subject to the Privacy Shield, Binding Corporate Rules, and Standard Contractual Clauses; assisting clients with General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) compliance
  • Written information security policies
  • Data breaches and data breach notifications
  • Mobile marketing planning and implementation

Technology and IP

Raz regularly advises and counsels clients with the negotiation and drafting of contracts with their vendors and customers:

  • Software ownership and licensing – development, end-user, enterprise, distribution, reseller agreements
  • Cloud services – software-as-a service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas), hosting, and subscription agreements
  • Data broker services –  direct marketing (data append, marketing lists), online marketing (registration targeting, collaborative targeting, onboarding), marketing analytics, and risk mitigation (identity verification, fraud detection) agreements
  • IT professional services – web and mobile app development, website development, system integration, tech support, software maintenance, technology consulting, CIO outsourcing, IT department outsourcing agreements
  • Electronic commerce and online platforms – terms of use, privacy policies, DMCA notices, electronic payment agreements
  • IT hardware agreements -- purchases, financing, and leasing agreements

    Business and Corporate Law

    Raz regularly advises domestic and international technology companies on business formation, operations, and compliance matters, including as to:

    • Joint venture agreements
    • Distribution and marketing agreements for non-U.S. companies seeking to expand operations in the United States
    • M&A due diligence with a focus on intellectual property, privacy, and data security
    • Licensing of defense articles brokers under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
    • Export controls compliance for foreign employees under Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
    • Asset seizures by U.S. Customs
    • Corporate organizational documents

    Maritime

    Raz has extensive maritime law experience, particularly in the areas of financing, sales, and acquisitions of vessels, including as to:

    • Wholesale (i.e., floor plan) and retail financing by yacht dealers
    • Financing secured by boats that are either state-titled or documented with the U.S. Coast Guard
    • Vessel charter agreements
    • Excise taxes applicable to vessels under the Maryland State Boat Act
    • Vessel repossessions – judicial (i.e., vessel arrests) and non-judicial (i.e., self-help)

    Recognitions

    • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," 2013 - present

    Publications & Presentations

    • Presenter, Webinar for Private Client: GDPR Compliance – A Practical Approach, April 30, 2018
    • Speaker, MSBA Advanced Business Law Institute (2018): Privacy & Data Security – Before the Incident, April 19, 2018
    • Moderator, bwtech@UMBC Cyber Innovation Briefing: The Global Impact, Promise & Perils of Blockchain, March 20, 2018
    • Presenter, Webinar for the American Council of Learned Societies: What You Need To Know About GDPR Compliance, March, 2018
    • Speaker, CyberMaryland Conference (2017): Risk Mitigation Strategies for Cybersecurity Product and Service Providers, October 11, 2017
    • Speaker, MSBA Advanced Business Law Institute (2017): Contracting for IT Services & Electronic Contracting, April 20, 2017
    • Speaker, MSBA Advanced Business Law Institute (2016): What Lawyers Need to Know about Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, April 14, 2016
    • Moderator, Bar Association of Baltimore City, Privacy and Data Security – Is Your Law Firm Prepared?, March 21, 2016
    • Guest blogger, The Daily Record, Keep Calm and Prepare for a Cybersecurity Breach, August 3, 2015
    • Co-author, Vessel Excise Taxes, Chapter 11, Maryland Taxes, 5th Edition, Maryland State Bar Association
    • Regular lecturer, Smart Start Program, Maryland Small Business Development Centers

    Memberships & Activities

    • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
      • Director and Secretary, 2007-present
    • Maryland State Bar Association
      • Vice-Chair, Committee on Data Privacy, Cyber Security & Technology, 2015-present
    • Bar Association of Baltimore City
      • Chair, Business Law Committee, 2015-2017
    • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Lecturer: Maryland SBDC, Smart Start Program, 2007-present

    Education

    • University of Notre Dame (J.D. 2006)
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (M.A. 2003)
    • Hiram College (B.A. 2002)