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Brexit Law - the way ahead




Following the UK’s EU Referendum, Allen & Overy has consistently been approached by a number of media outlets to provide expert commentary about the legal implications of a leave vote. Below highlights some of the coverage that has been generated by our expert commentators.

Data protection

Nigel Parker

Wall Street Journal – Companies Weigh Data-Privacy Risks Ahead of Brexit



Sarah Henchoz – Employers at risk of legal action over Brexit harassment
Reuters – Brexit could give UK banks bonus flexibility – Businesses fear legal clashes as a result of Brexit
CNN Money – Will Britain’s European workers get the boot?

Governing law

Sarah Garvey

Law Society –​ Special focus Brexit: Standing alone


Impact on intellectual property

David Stone


Financial Times - Lilo skirts and vinyl dresses reveal extent of Brexit risks

Potential regulatory impact of Brexit

Nigel Parker


Bloomberg - Brexit Britain wants to be a world leader in driverless vehicles

Impact on financial services and regulation

Damian Carolan

Etay Katz

Kate Sumpter

Bob Penn

Bloomberg - British Banks Are Getting a Last-Minute Break From the EU
Global Capital - Wounded London faces long Brexit contest with continent​
Bloomberg - UK to end zero risk for EU state debt on no-deal Brexit - Bank watchdog rules out 'back-to-back' trading ban after Brexit
Radio 4's Today Programme - Bank of England's stress tests results and Brexit impact on financial services
The Economist The City resigns itself to limited access to the EU
​ – How the City of London hopes to navigate a hard Brexit
Bloomberg – U.K. Hedge Funds Look to European Watchdog to Ease Brexit Fears – Passporting question looms large for banks in the UK – Banks begin moving some operations out of Britain – Will foreign banks leave the UK after Brexit?
Reuters – Banks braced for pain after Brexit bombshell
Reuters – No EU regulation bonfire for City of London after Brexit

Matthew Hartley

Matt Huggett

Melissa Samuel


Matthew Hartley quoted in Reuters - Exclusive: Banks dealing EU sovereign debt may be dragged out of London 
GlobalCapital – Brexit draws scrutiny on UK loan documentation 
Reuters – Banks inked loan commitment flexibility on Brexit uncertainty 

​Impact on financial documentation (credit derivatives and loans)

David Campbell


Bloomberg – Baffled Credit Traders Call Their Lawyers as Brexit Clouds Swaps 
Reuters – LPC: Banks inked loan commitment flexibility on Brexit uncertainty

Impact on M&A market

Richard Cranfield



Reuters - Britain shrugs off Br​exit to enjoy boom in dealmaking​
Bloomberg – The Good and Bad of Brexit for Lawyers – Dealmakers warn of chaos in completing UK tie-ups
Bloomberg – Dealmakers get Brexit Blues in ‘Biggest Demerger’ in History

How Brexit will impact markets from around the world

Seth Jones

Matthew Townsend


Matthew Townsend quoted in Financier Worldwide - Impact of Brexit on international trade    
Seth Jones quoted in the Sunday Times - Well, Mrs May, are we open for business or not? – Brexit vote sparks US fears over transatlantic regulation 
China Daily – HK markets face volatility after Brexit  

American Banker – Brexit 'Extraordinarily Dangerous' for U.S. Banks 

Impact on the Unified Patent Court

David Por


World Intellectual Property Review – ‘Brexit’: EU lawyers discuss UPC options and harmonisation fears

Impact on the IPO market

James Roe – IPO markets come back to life after Brexit

Impact on professional and business services in the UK

Wim Dejonghe

Richard Cranfield


The Times - Prepare for the worst Brexit scenario
Reuters - Accountancy and law firms tell May - We need a Brexit deal on services
Richard Cranfield quoted in The Times - Business leaders call for clarity from government on life after Brexit
Wim Dejonghe quoted in The Economist on the potential impact of Brexit on law firms - Brexit could deprive British law firms of business in two ways –  No turning back – Britain heads into the unknown as May signs Brexit letter – Parliament must push for a bigger role in the Brexit negotiations – A lob and a smash 
Global Law Intelligence Unit – A Brexit Act in 19¾ pages


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