Dotan is considered as one of the world’s top lawyers in online gaming and gambling, e-commerce, and financial trading. Primarily, Dotan’s advice focuses on global regulation, tax, corporate structure and commercial issues.
Dotan is particularly well-known for his risk assessment analysis of regulation in multiple jurisdictions and his handling of global licensing procedures. Dotan advises both foreign and local clients with respect to provisions of Israeli law that apply to their internet and e-commerce activities. Dotan also advises on issues related to virtual and digital currencies and blockchain technology.
Dotan advises stakeholders at all business stages – from startups through their development and until all forms of exit events – including investments, M&A, sales, IPOs etc.; all while taking into consideration the business and commercial needs of his clients.
Dotan has appeared in the prestigious ranking guide “Chambers and Partners” since 2009 as a leading practitioner in global gaming and gambling: He has been described as being “extremely knowledgeable” and “immensely skilled, motivated and ambitious”. Who’s Who Legal Guide has cited Dotan as a global leader in Sport and Entertainment since 2014, and he was voted Corporate International Magazine’s Gaming Lawyer of the Year in 2014.
As a well-known expert, Dotan has authored several articles on internet subjects.
Dotan has been a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law Association since 2010.
Ph.D., Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 2006
LL.M. (Commercial Law), Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, Israel – Magna cum Laude 2001
LL.B., Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, Israel - Magna cum Laude 1995
Israel Bar Association, 1997
News and updates - Dotan Baruch:
Pre-Paid Cards and the Online Gambling Industry: Illegal According to an Israeli District Court
An Israeli district court rejected an appeal lodged by a person who was involved in providing pre-paid cards used for the purpose of wagering with online gambling websites. The court ruled that such activity amounts to aiding and abetting illegal online gambling activities, as well as contravenes the Israeli Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Seminar on Data Protection and Privacy
Barnea & Co. is hosting today another round of lectures for startups and entrepreneurs on the subject of data protection and privacy. Also to be discussed is the obligation of accessibility on the Internet. In addition, the seminar will feature a guest lecture from the Israeli Digital Organization.
EU Privacy – Which Jurisdiction Applies?
In an opinion issued to the European Court of Justice, the Advocate General of the Court stated that according to current legislation, any data protection authority in the European Union can take action against a breach of the privacy legislation enforced by that authority, even if the entity alleged to have contravened the legislation is located in another Member State.
The opinion was given in connection with a dispute about Facebook's alleged breach of German privacy legislation. Facebook argued that since its headquarters in Ireland are responsible for its data processing activities in the European Union, Germany's privacy authorities lack jurisdiction over its actions and only the Irish data protection authorities have the power to review its activities.
While the opinions of the General Counsel are not binding on the European Court of Justice, the Court tends to follow them in the majority of cases.
This opinion, if indeed followed by the European Court of Justice, is of significant importance, as it could lead to a barrage of enforcement measures against Facebook and similar structured internet multinationals. However, it should be noted, Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has instituted the concept of the lead supervisory authority in the jurisdiction of the data controller or data processor's main establishment, in an attempt to limit the need to deal with such a multitude of data protection authorities across the European Union; although it should be noted that the GDPR does not block entirely the other authorities.