Hilary Bonaccorsi
Associate | Charlotte
Hilary Bonaccorsi

Hilary Bonaccorsi focuses her practice on advising clients across industries on the intersecting patchwork of global laws that govern privacy and data security.

Ms. Bonaccorsi has extensive experience assisting clients in the asset management industry. She advises U.S. registered investment advisers on their obligations under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the SEC’s privacy and information security regulations, and provides strategic advice to asset managers regarding how to evaluate their obligations under state and federal law. She also works closely with clients to develop compliance programs related to the development and purchasing of alternative data sets and the risks related to web scraping.

Ms. Bonaccorsi counsels clients across sectors on their obligations under the California Consumer Privacy Act, FTC and state consumer privacy laws, the EU General Data Protection Regulation and CAN-SPAM. She is well-versed in complex privacy issues arising in the ad-tech and fin-tech industries and has worked hand-in-hand with clients to develop and implement comprehensive global privacy programs. She works with Dechert’s global data privacy practice to deliver time-sensitive advice to clients regarding how to comply with breach notification laws in the wake of data breaches. Ms. Bonaccorsi also conducts privacy due diligence in connection with commercial transactions.

Ms. Bonaccorsi publishes and speaks regularly on topics related to privacy and data security. She has been named a "Rising Star" by The Legal 500 US for Cyber Law for three consecutive years. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, which has focused on voting rights, election protection and representing families seeking emergency determinations from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding their eligibility to remain in the U.S. and apply for asylum. Ms. Bonaccorsi is a member of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Bonaccorsi served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Joseph N. Laplante, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Ms. Bonaccorsi is admitted in Massachusetts only; she is not admitted in North Carolina.

  • U.S. Regulatory Update by Dechert LLP — EFAMA, Webinar (June 14, 2022)
  • Compliance Issues in the Current Environment — Dechert LLP, COVID-19 Coronavirus Business Impact Webinar (April 21, 2020)
  • Moving Past Talk to Success: How to Manage Efficient and Effective Data Monetization Projects — Dechert LLP, New York, NY (September 19, 2019)
  • GDPR: The First Six Months — Dechert LLP, New York, NY (January 23, 2019)
  • Fraud Alert: Current Trends & Prevention Techniques — NICSA's 2018 General Membership Meeting, Boston, MA (October 11, 2018)
  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation: What You Need to Know as a US-Based Charitable Organization — Dechert LLP, Webinar (April 18, 2018)
  • European Data Protection Legislation and the Asset Management Industry — Dechert LLP, Webinar (December 6, 2017)
  • Big Data in Capital Markets Investing — Dechert LLP, Webinar (November 14, 2017)
  • Cybersecurity and the Board of Directors — Dechert LLP, Webinar (September 27, 2017)
  • Cross-Border e-Discovery and Data Sharing: Asia, E.U. and U.S. Perspectives — Dechert LLP, Webinar (September 19, 2017)
  • "Crime Watch" session — SuperReturn US East, Boston, MA (June 13, 2017)
  • US Data, Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues in M&A Transactions — Dechert LLP, Webinar (March 23, 2017)
  • EU-US Data Transfer Under the New Privacy Shield Framework – First Impressions — Dechert LLP, Webinar (November 17, 2016)
  • Preparing for and Responding to Data Breaches — Dechert LLP, Webinar (November 18, 2015)
  • Designing Privacy Policies and Identifying Privacy Risks for Financial Institutions — Dechert LLP, Webinar (September 29, 2015)

4 Takeaways For Asset Managers From SEC's Cyber Rule Plan - Law360 (March 2022)

European Commission Proposes Regulation on Artificial Intelligence - The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law (November/December 2021)

European Commission's Propposed Regulation on Artificial Intelligence: Requirements for High-Risk AI Systems - The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law (November/December 2021)

Amended DFS Regulations Answer Some but Not All Questions - New York Law Journal (January 2017)

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    • University of Rochester, B.A., 2007, magna cum laude
    • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2014, with Honors
    • Admitted in Massachusetts only; not admitted in North Carolina