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Brexit ahead for TMT …8 months on

22 March 2017

By Peter Watts

Eight months ago, just before the Referendum, I anticipated the implications of a Leave vote for the sector. Today sees the publication of the first results of the Hogan Lovells "Brexometer", which will track the attitudes of global business to Brexit through the Article 50 process. 

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Industries: TMT
Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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Brexit – The Japanese perspective

22 March 2017

By Jacky Scanlan-Dyas

"There are numerous Japanese businesses operating in Europe, which have created 440,000 jobs. A considerable number of these firms are concentrated in the UK. Nearly half of Japanese direct investment intended for the EU in 2015 flowed to the UK, and the UK was one of the major destinations for Japan’s investment stock within the EU as of the end of last year. […] In light of the fact that a number of Japanese businesses, invited by the Government in some cases, have invested actively to the UK, which was seen to be a gateway to Europe, and have established value-chains across Europe, we strongly request that the UK will consider this fact seriously and respond in a responsible manner to minimise any harmful effects on these businesses."

Although long, this quote sums up perfectly what you need to know about the Japanese perspective on Brexit. 

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Jurisdictions: Japan

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Déjà VUCA – the (formal) return of the Scottish Referendum debate…

20 March 2017

By Pamela Buxton

The Scottish Government has a track record in taking pre-emptive action when it comes to Scottish referendums on independence. 

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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Brexit: What's on the Menu for the UK's Food Operators?

10 March 2017

By George Jenkins and Richard Welfare

With so much focus on sectors such as financial services, it is easy to forget that the impact of Brexit on the UK's food industry could also be significant. From trading and supply chain implications, potential issues in accessing skilled labour, to regulatory compliance considerations, the outcome of the UK Government's negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU is set to be key for the food industry. 

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Food Law

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Agreeing how to disagree: Brexit, future EU-UK agreements and the need for an umpire

7 March 2017

By Charles Brasted, Andrew Eaton and Telha Arshad 

What good is a cricket game without an umpire? While both teams might be applying the same rules, situations often crop up in which a definitive interpretation must be given, and the rules of the game enforced. The same applies to bilateral agreements: they inevitably require a mechanism that will ensure consistent interpretation and, if necessary, enforcement of the agreement between the parties.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy, International Arbitration